A vertical platform lift can increase safety and accessibility at home, while helping you enjoy your home life more.
A vertical platform lift is an accessibility product that is designed to take you vertically from one level to another level. Much like an elevator, but for shorter distances. They can be used inside a home or outside. They are also commonly referred to as a “porch lift”, “wheelchair lift” or “wheelchair porch lift”, since often you see them used to get people from the ground level up to a porch on their home.
The platform lift is used by many people for different reasons, including those who have difficulties navigating stairs, or who use a wheelchair, walker or other mobility device, so they can go up and down stairs without having to fear for their safety.
Many times people choose to install a vertical platform lift for its compact size. In most places, there are minimum requirements to be met for the length of a ramp for it to be safely reach the level of a porch or deck. Since they take up less room than a ramp, so many people find them a more attractive option for a wheelchair porch lift.
We offer our clients some of the best vertical platform lift options by the most respected manufacturers, along with home remodeling and modification services.
About Vertical Platform Lifts
Residential vertical platform lifts are able to transport a power chair, wheelchair, power scooter, or other mobility device up and down between the levels of your home. Vertical platform lifts can be installed to go between heights of several inches, to 10 feet and beyond.
Safe Living Solutions offers vertical platform lifts (VPLs) for both indoor and outdoor use. Depending on your specific situation, there are many options available that can help maximize the compatibility of the lift with your space.
Typically, indoor vertical platform lifts (wheelchair lifts) are installed inside a home or garage to facilitate access to the home for someone who is in a wheelchair or using another mobility device. Most often, they are installed in spaces where constructing a ramp is not possible or is undesirable.
One thing to note is that a vertical platform lift does require a level concrete pad for installation. In most cases, a typical garage will not require additional concrete work, since the concrete floor is usually adequate for weight requirements.
Vertical platform lift manufacturers
Safe Living Solutions has partnered with some of the biggest names in home access equipment to help ensure our clients have the most reliable and safe equipment for their homes, including Harmar, EZ Access and Precision Lifts.
We are manufacturer-trained wheelchair lift installation experts, which means you can rest assured it will be done to manufacturer specifications.
Vertical platform lift cost
A platform lift is generally more affordable than a home elevator. For instance, a vertical platform lift price could be between $4,000 and $10,000 (depending on brand, model and features), plus installation costs.
In contrast, a home elevator will almost always require remodeling of some kind before even buying the elevator and having it installed. That can cost $25,000 and up, depending on model and remodeling needed. So, a vertical platform list is clearly a more affordable choice.
Vertical Platform Lift Options & Features
As mentioned earlier, a residential vertical platform lift can be installed inside or outside of your home. Here are just a few of the options available to you.
There are a wide range of features and configuration options available with vertical platform lifts. For instance, depending on the space you plan to install a lift, you may need specific of entrance/exit configuration.
During your consultation with one of our home accessibility and mobility experts, we will assess your specific situation and home. After which, we’ll be able to provide you with the exact configuration you need, along with options that will make using the lift easy and enjoyable. For situations where you may need a larger turning radius (such as with certain power chairs), the size and layout of your vertical platform lift may be affected.
Not every vertical platform lift is the same in terms of how much weight can be safely lifted. They typically range from 600 lbs to 1,400 lbs. For that reason, it is important to fully consider how the lift will be used, so you never exceed its weight capacity.
Vertical platform lifts can have a variety of features designed to increase personal safety and ease of use. Some of these include:
- Backup batteries to ensure lift continues to work during a power outage
- Auto-stop features (if something is detected beneath the lift)
- Emergency shut-off button
- Sensors to improve load balancing
- Weight detection
- Easy to use gates with sensors
Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable home accessibility expert. We’ll be able to explain how a residential vertical platform lift (or other products) can help make your home easier to live in.