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home elevators vs. ramps

Which is better, a ramp or a home elevator? When it comes to choosing the right access solution for your home there are a number of factors that need to be considered, from budget and available space to determining which access solution is best suited to your access needs. What works well for your neighbours may not be the best solution for your requirements.

This article explores the differences between installing a ramp vs. installing a home lift including the key benefits that come with each option. For personalised advice on choosing the right access solution for your home and budget, contact your local disability access specialists at Axis Lifts today on 1300 002 947.

The Benefits Of Ramps

Low Cost

One of the main benefits of choosing a ramp as your access solution is that they are typically cheaper to install than lifts. However, this is only true when installing a lift to span relatively small elevations. The larger the elevation is, the less cost effective a ramp becomes when compared with a lift.

Low Maintenance

Another benefit of installing a ramp rather than a lift is that ramps require minimal maintenance once installed. This is because ramps are made up of very few components as opposed to lifts that are built with many moving parts requiring regular maintenance to ensure safe operation throughout the lifetime of the lift.

The Benefits Of Home Elevators

 Less Space Needed

Installing a lift is a great option when space is limited as it will only take up the space of the lift car and the shaft. Conversely, ramps require much more space for installation to ensure that the incline of the ramp is at a safe and legal angle. This can make ramps difficult to incorporate into the design of an existing building.

Additionally, the amount of space required increases with the height of the elevation making ramps much less practical for providing access to higher areas.


All commercial and residential lifts offered by Axis Lifts come with a range of customisation options to ensure that each lift is designed to meet the preferences of the client and complement the surrounding decor.

From external colour to flooring materials and even glass panelling, we can help you design a lift that will seamlessly fit into your space. Conversely, when it comes to installing a ramp there are minimal options for customisation.


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Effortless Use

In a home elevator, passengers can travel between multiple levels of the home with the touch of a button. Conversely, using a ramp requires more physical effort, whether you’re pushing a pram or a wheelchair, and can become hazardous when wet.

Suitable For Multiple Storeys

Another benefit of installing a home elevator is that it is suitable for providing access multiple storeys high. In comparison, a ramp is only practical for accessing lower rises as the higher the ramp, the longer it needs to be, taking up more space and significantly increasing the cost.

Adds Value To Property

Finally, installing a lift adds value to your property when it comes time to sell as it appeals to a wider market of buyers including those with limited mobility that would not consider a multi level home without a lift. Additionally, it helps to futureproof a home, ensuring that buyers will be able to live there comfortably through to retirement when mobility may become a factor.

Axis Lifts is Queensland’s leading lift provider, offering quality access solutions Brisbane and Queensland wide for both residential and commercial applications. With products ranging from commercial and home lifts to platform stair lifts and dumbwaiters, we’ve got the perfect solution for your access needs. Contact us today on 1300 002 947 for expert advice and a free quote.