The decision to install a stair lift is often taken to allow for complete independent access to the stairs and when shopping online, you will likely find many options. You might consider purchasing a used stair lift in order to save money. If you do decide to purchase a used stair lift, then it is important to follow some simple guidelines. Find a Reputable Dealer of Used Stair Lifts: There are many online auction and classified sites that can put you in contact with a private person trying to sell their used stair lift. You never really know what you are getting when you purchase one this way though. You could be inheriting a stair lift that is broken, been misused, or is in otherwise poor or unsafe condition. Instead if you purchase from a reputable dealer, you can still save money on your used lift, but you will get a product that has been completely refurbished to factory standards and in the same condition it was when it left the factory. You will also get a warranty on your lift. These are things that a private individual won’t ever be able to guarantee you.
Choosing the right parts to incorporate into your stair’s design is a very critical decision to make. Everything should be chosen based on safety, function, and visual appeal. Safety is ensured when there are no sharp edges or abrasive surfaces found in the parts to be used. Function is dictated by how well the parts fit together, with no loose baluster or wobbly stair rails. The visual appeal is how the parts when incorporated into a single design will look. The resulting stairs should be coherent to the space where the stairs are installed. Its impact is seen on how well it blends with the existing furnishings or how it compliments the space’s design elements.
Why are stairs considered to be so difficult? Stairs must be built according to specific building codes and they require a high degree of accuracy to work correctly. With traditional stair construction, every cut is final and you better know what you’re doing or you get to start over again. Multiple stringers are required with literally dozens of precise, free hand cuts required to form the stair. Each stringer must then be attached in perfect alignment for the rise and treads to be secured accurately. This is a very cumbersome process, requiring a great degree of skill and patience.
Take for example the new NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) study that examined the number of injuries caused by outdoor deck stairs and porches from 2003 to 2007. The report confirms that deck and stair injuries are on the increase. NADRA points to a 2003 study showing a total of 37,760 injuries which required a visit to the hospital. Of these injuries, 6,120 were a result of structural failure or collapse. Further, the report shows that by 2007, the incidents of serious injury had risen to 55,160. Quoting from the report- "Nearly 15% of all injuries are a result of structural failure". Wood decks are constantly exposed to the elements and they have a limited life span of 10-15 years. As you can see, important to have your deck and deck stairs inspected so that signs of wood decay and deterioration can be repaired.
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