There are any number of reasons for installing a stair lift in your home, from accommodating an aging family member to a temporary loss of mobility from an accident or surgery. One often-expressed concern is how much damage is done by a stair lift installation. After all, stair lifts have to support a good deal of weight, so it’s reasonable to think that a secure installation involves heavy construction work.
Good news: when the day comes that your stair lift is no longer needed, chances are you won’t even notice it was there.
The weight of a stair lift and its passenger are borne entirely by the floor and the treads of the steps (the horizontal parts). There’s no damage to the walls in a typical installation. The lift rides on a track that rests on support brackets. These brackets carry most of the weight, and they’re screwed into the flooring and stair treads.
If you have carpeted stairs, the brackets go right on top … no need to cut or remove the carpet. And in wooden (or concrete) stairs the brackets rest right on the steps. Upon removal, you’ll probably never even see the screw holes on carpeted stairs. On wood or concrete there will be small holes to be filled.
In general, though, when a stair lift is removed there’s no drywall or plaster damage to be corrected, no big holes in your flooring and no corrective painting to be done. You can install a lift with confidence knowing you’re not setting yourself up for expensive repairs down the road.
Questions about a stair lift for your home or the home of a loved one? Contact Next Day Mobility.