What type of pool or spa would you like to access?
The choice of your lift/hoist will depend on the pool, hot tub or spa 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 lift will need 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 pool deck or mounting surface are we going to affix the lift?
Most lifts 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.
What is the heaviest weight you need the lift to accommodate?
In certain cases, the heavier the better as this provides greater accessibility to more people however, heavier capacity lifts are more expensive and require more extensive installation requirements. When you get above a 400 pound requirement, your choices will be more limited.
What are the limitations of the user of the lift(s)?
Finally we get to what the typical user is capable of. For pool and hot tub access we will first need to know which is your chosen lift/hoist. We can then modify the lift with accessories or options and even customise the lift to accommodate the typical person who will be using the lift if necessary.
Still not sure? Try our product finder tool or speak to a member of our expert team.