4 Steps To Choosing A Pool Lift
What do I need to consider when buying a pool lift or spa hoist?
The choice of your pool lift chair or disability hoist will depend on the swimming pool, hot tub or spa pool that you wish to gain access to. If the pool or hot tub is fully in ground you can choose from a portable or fixed lift, whereas if the pool or hot tub are walled or partially above ground; your choices are limited to a fixed lift/hoist.
Additional considerations are how far the disability lifting equipment needs to be able to reach to get someone into the water safely and how high it will need to raise up to clear any walls, curbs or other obstacles.
Is the pool or hot tub inside? This too could limit choices or require a customisation so we can fit it into a low ceiling application. Be aware of ceiling heights and know that even if a lift looks like it is not tall, once you raise it all the way up, it may extend beyond a typical 8 foot high ceiling. Confirm the overall lift height with the product specifications.
What type of mounting surface is required to fix a pool lift or spa hoist to the ground?
Most pool lifts or pool hoists will have multiple anchoring options and some are completely portable. The Pool Lift Company offers anchoring options for concrete or tiled floors, wood decks as well and patio areas for most of our lifts.
Modification of your deck or mounting surface may be required in some situations. Be prepared with measurements, photos, and possibly some local, qualified professional contractor help.
The Pool Lift Company can offer installation on all of our lifts if required. We will also carry out a free-of-charge survey to assess the area prior to installation of your lift. We can indicate proper placement of anchors, provide recommendations and will work alongside your contractor if you are using another agency to carry out the work.
How much weight does your pool lift or hoist need to carry?
Products like the Ranger Fixed manual pool lift offer a lifting capacity of 25 stones (158 kg) making it ideal for smaller clubs or centres to accommodate different users. When you get above a 180 kg requirement, your choices will be more limited. The Portable Pro pool lift is the only lift on the market that has a 28.5 stone (400lbs / 181kg) lifting capacity. Heavier capacity lifts are more expensive and require more extensive installation requirements.