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Stairlift Installation: Clearing Up the Misconception About Wall Mounting

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If you’re considering a stairlift for your home, you might have some questions about the installation process. One common misconception is that stairlifts are installed into the wall. However, this is not the case. In reality, stairlifts are securely mounted directly to your stair treads, ensuring a safe and stable installation without compromising the integrity of your walls or bannisters.

Why Stairlifts Are Not Installed Into the Wall

While it might seem logical to assume that a stairlift would be mounted into the wall for stability, this is not the preferred installation method. Here are several reasons why stairlifts are mounted to the stair treads instead:

  • Structural Integrity: Walls, particularly those not designed to support heavy loads like drywall, may not provide the necessary structural support for a stairlift. The weight of the lift and the user could potentially damage the wall or cause the lift to become unstable over time.
  • Versatility: Stairlifts need to be adaptable to various types of staircases, including those with turns or intermediate landings. Mounting the lift to the stair treads allows for greater flexibility in installation, regardless of the staircase layout.
  • Preservation: Installing a stairlift into the wall would require significant alterations to your home’s structure. By mounting the lift to the stair treads, the original construction of your house is preserved, maintaining the aesthetic and structural integrity.

How Stairlifts Are Installed

The installation process for a stairlift focuses on securely attaching the rail to the stair treads. Here’s a concise overview of how it works:

  • Assessment and Measurement: A professional installer assesses your staircase and takes precise measurements to ensure a proper fit.
  • Bracket Placement: Specialized brackets are positioned on the stair treads. These brackets are designed to be robust and are made from materials compatible with your staircase type, ensuring optimal support and stability.
  • Rail Installation: The stairlift rail, an engineered piece crafted for durability and smooth transit, is securely attached to these brackets.
  • Chair and Carriage Installation: The chair and carriage, which constitute the moving part of the lift, are then attached to the rail, completing the setup for your new stairlift.

Throughout the installation process, the focus remains on the stair treads, not the walls. This method ensures that your stairlift is safe, secure, and reliable, without causing any damage to your walls or compromising the stability of your bannisters.

If you have any further questions about stairlift installation or would like to discuss your specific needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Mobility123. We are committed to helping you find the perfect stairlift solution for your home, ensuring safety and independence. Contact us today!

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