Wheelchair Lifts Elevators
Being confined to a wheelchair is not easy. Navigating the stairs to go from one level to another is even harder. Mobility is hampered when one is bound to a wheelchair and it is extremely hard to maneuver in tight spaces. For multi-level houses, you can purchase a wheelchair lift. These are very helpful for people in wheelchairs and this type of elevator can carry weights of up to 500 pounds. Other heavy items can also be transported up and down in a wheelchair lift.
Enclosed or Unenclosed Wheelchair Lifts
Wheelchair lifts elevators can either be enclosed or unenclosed. Naturally, enclosed wheelchair lifts are more expensive than their unenclosed counterparts. Day Elevator & Lift has a Porch Lift model that has an aluminum frame. It is corrosion-free and is ideal for all types of weather conditions. Enclosed wheelchair lifts are usually made of shatterproof acrylic panels. The advantage of enclosed wheelchair lifts is that the passenger is protected at all times. Nevertheless, an unenclosed wheelchair lift also has a gate that prevents its passenger from accidents. Interlocks are included so that the lift will not move unless the gate is properly closed. Essentially, the main difference between the two is that the enclosed wheelchair lift has a ceiling while the other does not. Essentially, wheelchair lifts function the same way, enclosed or not. It will still vertically lift its passengers up and down several levels.
Indoor or Outdoor Wheelchair Lifts
Wheelchair lifts can be installed indoors or outdoors. The choice is usually depending on the layout of the house or building. When the house is still under construction, an indoor elevator is much preferred. However if the wheelchair lift is to be added when the house is already finished, outdoor wheelchair lifts elevators are more practical. It would also not be a good idea to replace your staircase with an elevator. It would prove to be inconvenient for normal people who just wish to move up or down one level. Outdoor lifts are better for the mobility of wheelchair bound people so that they can be lifted up and down levels without having to leave their wheelchair. They can also operate the lift without assistance, which helps boost their self-esteem because they can still function pretty much on their own.
How Much Do They Cost?
The cost of wheelchair lifts elevators varies. If you are looking to buy a brand new unit, expect it to be expensive. The good news is that there are reconditioned units that sell for $5,000 and below. An example is the Ameriglide’s Hercules Lift at $3,695. This type is unenclosed, however. Enclosed wheelchair lifts can set you back around $8,499 upwards depending on the style and additional safety features available. Installation is another cost that you need to add. However since wheelchair lifts are easy and quick to install, you might decide to do this yourself. This type of elevator is relatively maintenance-free as well. As long as you have an annual or bi-annual inspection, this lift will last for 20 years or more. If you study the kinds of elevators further, you will realize that the wheelchair lift is by far cheaper than most.