For bespoke outdoor platform lifts, Sheridan Lifts is the lift company to turn to. We offer reliable and durable lift installation from our team of expert engineers, so you can rest assured that your external platform lifts will be installed with compliance and experience.

For bespoke outdoor platform lifts, Sheridan Lifts is the lift company to turn to. We offer reliable and durable lift installation from our team of expert engineers, so you can rest assured that your external platform lifts will be installed with compliance and experience. 


What are Outdoor Platform Lifts?

Outdoor platform lifts are platform lifts that are implemented externally. They are sometimes referred to as vertical platform lifts and help to improve accessibility for buildings that may have steps that lead to the entrance. Thus, external platform lifts help to transport people from one level to another, i.e, from the bottom level of the stairs to the top of the stairs (entrance) level.

This could be extremely useful for wheelchair users or those with physical disabilities that make walking up and down stairs difficult, as well as for people carrying goods that are otherwise too heavy for them to carry up and down the stairs.

As a result, outdoor platform lifts are safer and help to prevent accidents or injuries that may occur when attempting to use the stairs.


Who Needs Outdoor Platform Lifts?

Sheridan Lifts boasts a wide range of lift installations that are utilised in a variety of sectors, as well as the home.

As previously mentioned, outdoor platform lifts are beneficial for accessibility purposes which are applicable in both industrial and residential environments.


Industrial Application of Outdoor Platform Lifts

Sheridan Lifts works closely with numerous companies in an array of industries regarding their lift needs. When it comes to commercial outdoor platform lifts, you can rely on Sheridan Lifts to provide you with an exceptional lift solution that does not disrupt normal commercial operations.

Depending on the exterior space, you can decide on different platform sizes to suit your needs, so whether that’s for wheelchair users and/or carrying goods, Sheridan Lifts can help design your ideal elevator-like mobility solutions.

For those who want a seamless integration of an outdoor platform lift, Sheridan Lifts offers step lifts of 1m or 3m ranges with weight capacities of up to 280kg and 500kg, respectively. This form of outdoor platform lift is great for blending in with the exterior and can be implemented in public spaces such as parks or gardens for wheelchair users and families with prams or pushchairs.

Residential Application of Outdoor Platform Lifts

Sheridan Lifts is not only a supplier of lifts for industrial purposes, but also for residential means for houses and apartments. Particularly for homeowners, our collection of home lifts are ideal for improving accessibility within your home, especially if you or someone you live with has impaired mobility.

A myriad of factors need to be considered when it comes to implementing a lift within your home, but when it comes to outdoor platform lifts, these are most appropriate for homes that may have steps or a top level for the entrance. These are also known as porch lifts.

For safe home access for those with reduced mobility, our outdoor platform lifts at Sheridan Lifts are exactly what your home’s exterior needs. Although a ramp can also be considered, a platform lift is more compact and doesn’t require much property space to install.

Outdoor Platform Lifts Installation with Sheridan Lifts

Sheridan Lifts is a highly accredited lift company, with many certifications and accreditations to prove our compliance and reliability when it comes to safety and experience in installing lifts such as outdoor platform lifts.

We attempt to accommodate additional lift requirements or requests to ensure that all of your lift needs are met, so not only are you getting up-to-standard lifts, but you’re also getting lifts tailored to your specific needs and preferences, providing you with a unique and customised experience.

Sheridan Lifts is with you every step of the way, having our support whenever you need it, from the design process to lift installation, and further maintenance packages or lift repairs, you can count on Sheridan Lifts to provide you with top-class service.

With a 24/7 callout service, where emergency callouts are responded to within an hour, and non-emergency response time is up to 4 hours, this means that you can rely on Sheridan Lifts should a problem arise with your lift.

You’re in safe hands with Sheridan Lifts and our team of qualified and highly trained lift engineers, so peace of mind is given to you with our outstanding lift repair service. We know how inconvenient it can be when a lift breaks down, which is why we aim to be with you as soon as possible when this happens.


The lifespan of a platform lift is around 20 to 25 years. That said, undertaking maintenance and servicing of the lift will go a long way towards ensuring that the lift lasts for as long as it can.

We recommend regular maintenance and checks to decrease the likelihood of lift breakdowns and damage to your lifts. In doing so, it can maximise the lifespan of the lift, and thus optimise its performance and cost-effectiveness.

The cost of an outdoor platform lift depends on various factors such as platform sizes, extra features, lift location, design and aesthetics, weight capacity, and much more. This means that it is difficult to provide a ‘standard’ price for an outdoor platform lift, as there are many aspects that influence the price.

If you have ideas about the type of outdoor platform lift you desire, please feel free to get in touch with us for a tailored quotation. We can work together to come up with a suitable solution at a price that you’re comfortable with and meets all your requirements.

In the event that the lift breaks down when someone is using it, alarm devices must be fitted inside the lift to enable any trapped users to signal for help to a rescue service. This means that an alarm or autodialer must be connected to a phone line OR GSM via a mobile network contract to allow 2-way communication.


Yes – external platform lifts are able to be installed outside of a house. They are widely considered to be simple to install and do not require much construction compared to interior lifts. Architectural restraints may also prevent an indoor lift from being installed in your house, thus an outdoor lift is a better alternative.


If the building is considered ‘listed’ or the lift is built as an external extension, planning permission will be required from your local authority or council. For more information and advice, the team at Sheridan Lifts is more than happy to assist you with any further queries you might have about this.

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Sheridan Lifts is a leading independent lift company in the UK, having provided a range of lift-related services such as lift installation, lift refurbishment, as well as lift maintenance and repairs for more than 40 years.

Our 4 decades of experience and expertise show our dedication to our customers in offering high-quality lift services including the construction of lift projects like outdoor platform lifts.

If you are interested in our services or would like further information, please contact our team, and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.


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Why Choose Sheridan Lifts?


We are naturally a fully affiliated member with LEIA (Lift & Escalator Industry Association) and we carry all required certification to undertake approved lift installation works.


Customers are assured of peace of mind that all lift installations are undertaken with due diligence and project management whilst products used boast of being completely open protocol ensuring the ease of future maintenance and fault finding.


We can also offer extended warranties of up to 5 years.

What Else?

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We are contactable 24 hrs a day via a dedicated UK based phone number


We have engineers and lift technicians situated throughout the UK

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We are a family run and managed business offering a more personable service focused on the needs of our customers


Longevity and loyalty – some of our longest serving clients have been on our books for 30 years. If that isn’t testament to our services, then nothing is!

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