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Can a Stair Lift Be Installed Outside?

Posted on by John Burfield

Often when we think of a stair lift, we envision it inside someone’s home allowing them to access multiple stories of their house. But for many, accessing their outdoor space is just as important as their indoor space. This is never more true Installing a standard indoor stair lift outside is not a smart move and will likely result in damaging the unit beyond repair. Fortunately, there are stair lifts that are manufactured to withstand harsh outdoor elements.

Bruno Outdoor Stair Lift

An outdoor stair lift functions the same way and has similar features as an indoor lift, such as a swivel seat, flip-up arm rests, seat, and foot rests, obstruction safety sensors and two 12-volt back-up batteries. The main difference with an outdoor unit is the extensive weatherproofing it undergoes to make sure that water, dirt, and temperature changes do not damage the control boards and motor. Outdoor units also come with a marine-grade vinyl padded seat and weather resistant cover to help protect the stair lift.

Like indoor units, outdoor stair lifts can be installed on both straight and curved staircases. A curved rail is typically custom-made to fit the exact curve of your stairs and will therefore cost more than straight rail lifts.

For a quality straight rail outdoor chair lift such as a Bruno Outdoor Elite, you are looking at a starting price of about $5,700 installed. An outdoor unit will typically cost between $9,000 and $16,000 installed due to the need for a custom-built rail.

One bit of advice when considering an outdoor stair lift is to contact a provider with extensive experience installing outdoor lifts. While they are similar to indoor lifts, installing an outdoor lift can present challenges not found in most homes and therefore should be left to the pros.

Features Bruno Outdoor Elite Straight Bruno Outdoor Elite Curved
Flip-up arms, seat, and footrest    
Weather-resistant cover    
Two wireless call/send remotes    
Two 12v backup batteries    
Marine-grade vinyl padded seat    
Obstruction safety sensors    
Onboard audio/visual diagnostics    
Offset swivel seat    
Gold warranty (5-year major components; 2-year parts)    
Weight capacity 400 lbs. 400 lbs.
Pricing Starts at $5,700 $9,000-$16,000

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