– Also designed to move a wheelchair in a home application, but instead of traveling vertically, the lifts will move up a staircase. The supporting guide rail system that the lift moves on can be mounted to a reinforced wall or the treads of the staircase.
– Generally has a lower total capacity of 500 lbs., although some models can carry up to 600 lbs.
– Power requirements vary by manufacturer and model. Battery back up system is usually available as a factory option.
– Some basic models just have folding guard ramps on the platform, while other manufacturers offer manual or automatic folding safety barrier arms to help keep the user on the platform. Some models will also be able to have the platform fold up next to the wall when not in use.
– Functions with constant pressure controls on the platform and from each landing with remote controls.
– Can be designed for straight staircases as well as curved or spiral staircases.
– Incline lifts will generally require a wider staircase, which is not always possible in a residential application. Also requires almost 60 inches of landing space at the lower level, in front of the bottom stair riser, for the platform to land on the floor.
– Can be more expensive than a vertical platform lift due to the extremely customized design and niche type of product used when no other solution is possible.