How Long Does A Stairlift Last?

A well maintained stairlift should last 10-12 years. Typically an annual service will keep your stairlift in optimum condition and operating safely for the maximum possible time. If a stairlift is not properly maintained it is unlikely to work properly for more than five years.

Will Fitting A Stairlift Cause A Mess?

Stairlift installation is not a messy process. Stairlifts are installed on top of existing floor coverings such as carpet or wood. We hoover any dust afterwards and remove any waste.

How Long Does It Take To Install A Stairlift?

Installing a straight stairlift takes 2-5 hours depending on the model.

A curved stairlift can take from 4-8 hours. The lead time on a curved stairlift is 10-21 days from date of survey. Every curved stairlift rail is custom made per staircase.

What Is A Stairlift?

You probably already know the answer to this if you are on our website. A stairlift is simply a lift with a chair on it that can be used to get up and down your stairs safely. This can be very helpful, or even a necessity, for someone with reduced mobility.

Stairlifts are available for most types of stairs. The two main varieties of stairlift are:

Straight stairlift – for a stairs with no turns in it.

Curved stairlift – for a stairs with one or more turns in it.

Can I Hire Or Rent A Stairlift?

Stairlifts are available for long or short term hire. Check out our rentals page if you want to hire a stairlift.

Can I Buy A Reconditioned Stairlift?

Reconditioned stairlifts are available. They typically cost about 50% of the new price for a straight stairlift. A reconditioned curved stairlift usually costs about 75% of the cost of a new curved stairlift. It is important to buy a used stairlift from a reputable stairlift dealer that has been trained by the manufacturer of that model of stairlift; for safety and insurance reasons.

Able Plus offers a full range of second hand stairlifts. Check out our reconditioned stairlifts page for more info.

What If I Decide To Change My Carpet After The Stairlift Is Installed?

We recommend, if you are considering changing your carpet in the near future, you do so before having your stairlift installed. The stairlift is installed on the stairs and downstairs landing area, on top of any floor coverings.

If you have a stairlift installed and want to change your carpet on the stairs, we can remove the stairlift for a day to allow this to happen. Call us on 01-8245763 for advice on stairlift removal and relocation.

Will A Stairlift Work During A Powercut?

In the event of a power cut your stairlift will continue to function as it has backup batteries. This should be enough to use your stairlift a few times a day for at least 48 hours. One the power is back the batteries will recharge.

How Much Does A Stairlift Cost?

Stairlift prices van vary widely, our prices are very competitive.

Able Plus offer reconditioned straight stairlifts for  €999.

Reconditioned curved stairlifts from  €3200.

New straight stairlifts from  €1650.

New curved stairlifts from  €3800.

All of our stairlifts come with a two-year, no quibble warranty.

The quality of aftercare and other factors should be considered along with the price of your new stairlift: is the company insured. Are they going to charge me a lot for services and repairs. A stairlift that is well looked after can last many years. Like a car there are costs associated with  keeping a stairlift in optimum condition. These potential costs should be discussed before you buy a stairlift.

Do I Need A Stairlift?

A stairlift can be a necessity or a useful addition, depending on the situation.

Stairlifts are great for people who want to continue to live in their home as they age, without making too many modifications. The benefits in this case include a quick and clean installation (no major building work or structural modifications). No need to move a bedroom downstairs or install a bathroom downstairs.

Stairlifts may be recommended by an Occupational Therapist if a person has reduced mobility or is recovering from a medical procedure. If the recovery is expected to take a fixed period of time a rental stairlift may be the best option.

People who find the stairs daunting often install a stairlift for peace of mind.

We are all getting older and sometimes people have a stairlift installed to make life a bit easier.

What Types Of Stairlift Are Available?

Stairlifts come in a variety of options.

A straight stairlift fits on a stairs without a turn in it. Able Plus offer next day installation on straight stairlifts. A straight stairlift is also often most the affordable option.

A curved stairlift has a bespoke rail engineered to suit the individual staircase.

An outdoor stairlift is weather proofed and engineered to withstand the elements.

A hinged stairlift is suitable for a stairs with a door or passageway at the bottom of the stairs.

An automatic stairlift has a seat that turns automatically at the top of the stairs, this can be helpful for people with severely reduced mobility or if they find turning the seat manually difficult.

Our reconditioned (secondhand) stairlifts are fully serviced and inspected by our engineers. Recon stairlifts a great for those on a tight budget.

Able Plus offer hire (rental) stairlifts at affordable prices. These can be installed next day for straight staircase, or within 14 days for stairs with a curve. Renting a stairlift is ideal for people who are recovering from a medical procedure and know they will regain their mobility in a fixed time period. Most of our rental clients hire their lift for about nine months.

Are There Grants For Stairlifts Available?

There are grants available from your local council for home modifications, if your OT has recommended a stairlift you may be eligible. Contact your local council to find out more.

This page on the Citizens Information website has more information. 

What Warranties Come With A Stairlift?

All of our new stairlifts come with a two year no quibble guarantee.

All of our reconditioned stairlifts come with a six month no quibble guarantee.

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