Harmar Vertical Lifts are an affordable and cost-effective alternative to elevators in many situations. This makes vertical platform lifts a favorable option for seniors, wheelchair-bound persons, and others with mobility issues.
Elevator Or Platform Lift?
Those who need elevators often do not have the budget for an elevator, much less the remodeling. An elevator almost always requires remodeling or even a built-on addition to the home. So this means a traditional elevator costs somewhere around $15,000++ in remodeling costs before money is spent on the actual elevator and its installation. This may mean a $35,000 to $45,000 total cost, which very few people can afford.
In contrast, a vertical platform lift is generally $6,500 – $15,500 plus installation costs. If a platform lift will do the job, it is clearly the more affordable choice.
Vertical platform lifts also require less energy output than elevators. Again, this saves money and helps stay within the average homeowner’s budget. Keeping energy costs down is especially important in light of the current energy crisis and high electricity rates.
A Harmar Vertical Platform lift is essentially a self-contained elevator. It has four sides but is open on top, with a completely contained lift motor plus safety features that can be operated by the rider or a helper. It can carry two persons or one person in a wheelchair, up to 600 lbs. residential or 750 lbs commercial. The lift has an entry door on one level and another door on the other level. When it reaches the new level, the safety door releases, allowing the passenger to exit safely.
In the rare case of a malfunction while in use, its passenger can be easily extracted through the open top. There is also no danger from a fall as it’s designed to avert crashes, unlike with standard elevators.
The vertical platform lift mechanism runs quietly and smoothly, to avoid being disruptive to both the passengers and the household residents.
Elevator owners spend yearly on inspection, parts, and repairs to ensure safety. On the other hand, vertical platform lifts seldom require simple repairs, only when needed.
With the installation of a weather-resistant model, the vertical platform lift can help a person safely reach their front door even in inclement weather such as rain or snow. Most outdoor platform lifts come with specially designed covers that prevent moisture entry from damaging internal components, ensuring that these lifts will last as long as their indoor counterparts, provided they are properly maintained.
One concern often voiced by prospective lift customers is that a vertical platform lift will take up too much space. However, an elevator or ramp also consumes significant space, and if an accompanying shaft has to be dug, it could destabilize the original structure, imposing further usage restrictions on the home or business. Ramps require plenty of square footage when installed at an appropriate grade, and for heights greater than 24 inches, a platform lift has a much smaller footprint.
Also, vertical platform lifts are more likely to be used at heights from five to eight feet, and can be purchased and installed for far less costs than a home elevator would require.