A curved rail stair lift requires a track that is curved to fit the shape of your staircase. There are several different types of curved rail. When buying a curved stair lift, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each type of track.
There are basically three types of track for a curved rail stair lift.
- Hollow Tube Rail
- Modular Flat Rail
- Custom Flat rail
Hollow Tube Rail
|Less expensive than custom flat rail||Lower weight capacity than custom flat rail|
|Smoother, faster ride than modular flat rail||Exposed gear rack|
Modular Flat Rail
Beware of curved stair lifts with modular flat rail track designs!! This type of flat rail is not custom made by the manufacturer and instead uses many smaller modular pieces of track that are assembled on site to try and fit the curves of your stair case. This means it is not a precise fit and the chair must travel over many more joints than a custom curved flat rail which results in a bumpy and uneven ride.
|Less expensive than custom flat or tubed rail||Slow, inconsistent, choppy ride|
|Quicker installation||Lower weight capacity than custom flat rail|
Custom Flat Rail
Bruno's custom flat rail design is custom curved by the manufacturer in the factory to have a precise fit for your stair case. This is done using measurements taken by a special photo system during the evaluation process. Flat rail is typically stronger and more durable than tubed rail and the gear rack is hidden by a flange on the track. This means it is safer than the exposed gears of a tubed rail.
|Custom curved for a smoothest ride||Typically more expensive|
|Faster than tubed and modular rail lifts||Longer installation lead time|
|Highest weight capacity at 400 lbs.|
|Gear rack is not exposed|
|Sits closer to the wall, taking up less stairway space|