How Is a Vertical Platform Lift Installed?

Bruno VPL expert, Mark Holat, explains how vertical platform lifts are installed.​

How Is a Vertical Platform Lift Installed?

Although a residential vertical platform lift (VPL) is a freestanding piece of equipment, site preparation may be needed before the installation process can begin.

For example, a vertical platform lift must rest on concrete, so a concrete pad may need to be poured. In addition, a sidewalk may need to be added to create an appropriate “approach” path.

A safety barrier gate is a core feature at the top landing of any vertical platform lift. Depending on the location of the VPL, work may be needed to the surrounding area to allow for placement of the safety gate.

Whether your VPL will be powered using a regular household outlet or batteries, you will also need electricity available nearby that will either power the lift itself or the battery charger.

Most vertical platform lift site preparation is minor. However, if the wheelchair lift is being used to access a basement or second story of your home, it will often be enclosed in what is called a “hoistway or shaftway,” which is like an elevator shaft. This type of usage is less common and requires significantly more advance construction work.

The extent of any required VPL pre-installation preparation depends on the location of where the lift is placed and the current site condition. Your Bruno dealer will assess the location, make you aware of any related construction costs, help coordinate any related site prep and install the VPL when ready.

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