Ramps generally take up the most space even though they seem to be the easiest solution. In existing buildings there is often not enough room for a ramp. Vertical lifts take up less floor space, can be configured to meet building codes, and come in cost effective options.
Decisions that should be made when considering a wheelchair lift is what kind will best serve the required needs and be the most cost efficient to purchase and maintain. Wheelchair lifts can be platforms, ramps, or booms. Modifying existing buildings for handicapped access can be difficult and costly, but must be done. The booms are used to move wheelchairs only and store in a vehicle during travel.
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While vertical lifts can be installed by the buyer, it’s best to have them professionally installed to ensure compliance with all local statutes and codes. To ensure proper installation, the desired location should be evaluated before purchasing a wheelchair lift. There needs to be sufficient room in front of the lift for loading and unloading a wheelchair. In addition, sufficient head room, including for standing passengers, when the lift is at its full height is a must. Wheelchair lifts require a firm, stable, level space for proper operation. A steel enforced concrete foundation of at least four inches is optimal as these lifts can easily weigh more than 1600 pounds.
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Vertical lifts are platforms that are powered with electricity. They are often used for access to the house, elevated areas in homes and commercial buildings, as well as for loading and unloading private vehicles and public transportation vehicles. Vertical lifts can have more than one stop and turn up to 90 degrees. The most economical lifts have one stop and only go up and down.
Vertical wheelchair lifts can be used inside or outside, depending on the particular need. Motors are concealed to prevent water damage, making vertical lifts designed for outdoors water resistant. The platforms are also designed for use in most any weather, but care should always be taken when wet or icy. It’s also possible to build enclosed shafts around the lifts.