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Commercial and residential stair lifts serve the same basic purpose of providing accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges, but there are several key differences between the two.

1. Design and construction Commercial stair lifts are typically designed to withstand heavier usage and are built to be more durable than residential models. They are engineered to handle the demands of high-traffic environments such as office buildings, schools, and public spaces. Residential stair lifts are designed for personal use in homes and are often more compact and aesthetically pleasing.

2. Weight capacity Commercial stair lifts typically have higher weight capacities than residential models to accommodate a broader range of users. This is important for businesses and public buildings where individuals of varying sizes may need to use the stair lift.

3. Features and options Commercial stair lifts may offer additional features and customization options to meet the specific needs of businesses and public buildings. This could include features such as key locks, adjustable seat heights, and larger platforms. Residential stair lifts may have more limited options but still offer features like swivel seats, remote controls, and safety sensors.

4. Compliance with regulations Commercial stair lifts are often designed to meet specific safety and accessibility standards mandated by regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the United States. These standards ensure that commercial stair lifts provide safe and accessible vertical transportation for individuals with disabilities. Residential stair lifts may not be subject to the same regulations but should still meet relevant safety standards.

5. Installation and maintenance Commercial stair lifts may require professional installation and more frequent maintenance to ensure they remain safe and operational in high-traffic environments. Residential stair lifts can often be installed by certified technicians and may require less frequent maintenance, depending on usage.

Overall, the main differences between commercial and residential stair lifts lie in their design, construction, intended usage, and compliance with regulations. It’s essential to choose the appropriate type of stair lift based on the specific needs and requirements of your business or residential setting. Power Stair Lifts is ready to help you!

If you live in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Macungie, Schnecksville, Whitehall, Coopersburg, Quakertown, Kutztown, Northampton, Emmaus, Catasauqua, Nazareth, or another Lehigh Valley location, call Power Stair Lifts for a free in-home estimate. We are independently owned and operated—not a franchise—and our mission is to serve our neighbors and community. Click through our site and web pages at powerstairlifts.com or call 484-895-1188 to schedule your free home assessment and estimate.