Platform Lift Jargon Buster

4 March 2015

Jargon may have its place in your specialist field, but it can also create obstacles for people wanting to purchase something. We want to try to keep things as simple as possible for our valued customers. So, we have put together the following glossary of terms, or lift jargon buster, to help identify those more confusing or contradictory terms often found in the lift industry.



Technically speaking, a commercial platform lift refers to any platform lift in a commercial setting; offices, shops etc. However, a platform lift can be installed pretty much anywhere, including homes, hospitals and schools.



Access lifts are forms of mobility solutions; smaller and easily installed in homes or outside areas that only require small adjustments, instead of a full lift installation. Access lifts can be a wheelchair platform, an actual lift, or a stair lift.



Elevator is the American English term for ‘lift’. Though Gartec does not use this term in any of its product information, our customers sometimes refer to it when making enquiries.



This is another term for a domestic or residential lift. Home lifts are purposely smaller to make them more appropriate for home installation.



Otherwise known as the platform lift, commercial lift, domestic lift, or any other lift device: all lifts installed by Gartec can safely hold passengers or goods within their stated weight limit.



This is a lift with a basic platform bottom that travels a limited distance between floors in a building. It is the most common lift we install and people often get confused as it is simply a term used for most lifts.



This is another term for domestic lift or elevator, and simply refers to a lift that belongs in a person’s home. They can be platform lifts or stairlifts, any of our platform lifts are actually suitable for installing in the home.



This term can catch people out quite easily. Almost all lifts are vertical because they travel vertically between floors. All lifts Gartec install travel vertically, it is just another confusing term.