What Is a Vertical Platform Lift?

Bruno VPL expert, Mark Holat, explains what a vertical platform lift (VPL) is and how they are commonly used.

What Is a Vertical Platform Lift?

Like a small elevator, a vertical platform lift (VPL) gives vertical access to people using scooters or wheelchairs. A residential VPL is commonly used to provide access between the ground level and a porch or deck, and are considered a space-efficient solution in comparison to a ramp.

By code, ramps need one foot of length for every one inch of rise.  For example, a 12” rise would require a 12-ft ramp, or a 24” rise would require a 24-ft ramp. The long “runway” ramp system can be both unsightly and expensive. VPLs are also considerably more cost-efficient than a residential elevator.

Bruno residential vertical platform lifts feature a 750lb lift capacity and are available in heights up to 14 feet. Every VPL includes the core components of a tower, a platform and a landing gate to protect the top landing. Simply roll your mobility device onto the platform, press the button, and the VPL will glide you up or down. As the lift travels up, the ramp automatically folds to create a barrier. An optional gate that closes once you are on the platform, is recommended to give a secondary level of safety.

Bruno Vertical platform lifts, sometimes called porch lifts, are available for indoor or outdoor locations. They are also multiple commercial platform lift models for schools, churches or other public buildings.

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- See more Bruno vertical platform lifts (VPL)
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