Also known as a stair lift, an Inclined Platform Lift (IPL) is a limited use elevating device. IPLs differ from Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs) in their method of transportation and installation. For example, IPLs transport a rider diagonally across a staircase as opposed to vertically over a barrier. In addition, IPLs travel along railing installed into a staircase rather than a concrete slab.
IPLs should be installed professionally to ensure safety and proper use. As such, most dealers perform the initial installation as well as any relocations and necessary repairs. Manufacturers will have a list of their local dealers and will tell you if the dealer is an installer.
Before purchasing an IPL, contact a product specialist and inform them of your situation i.e., why you require a lift, where you need to put it, etc. This is necessary as the codes governing platform lift design and operation differ from place to place. A manufacturer or dealer will ensure that the lift you purchase will conform to code regulations in your area. Take a look at our code page for more information.
If you are a facility manager, grounds keeper, or architect in need of a code compliant accessible solution to promote the use of a venue, you may benefit from a lift. Similarly, if you are a home owner who has difficulty negotiating a staircase, you may be in need of a lift.
Price for a lift varies with make, model, and situation, so it is difficult to say accurately. However, in general, an inclined platform lift will range in price between $5,000 and $100,000.