Chair Lifts

Custom Outdoors is now a Texas State Licensed Installer for ADA compliant handicapped pool lifts.

We offer lifts from these quality chair lift manufacturers:

  • Aqua Creek Products
  • SR Smith
  • Spectrum Aquatics

If you have already purchased your lift elsewhere, Custom Outdoors is licensed to install it for you.

The Deadline for compliance is January 31, 2013.

Tax Credit

The purchase of a pool lift may qualify for a special tax incentive on your tax return, (Section 44 of the IRS Code).  These incentives are available to individuals and businesses to help off-set the expense of a pool lift.

Who’s Affected

Public pools in the United States MUST install a permanent fixed lift.  The ADA also empowered citizens to sue businesses that are not in compliance with the guidelines, and government institutes who do not become compliant will lose their opportunity to receive grants.  Pools with less than 300 linear feet of wall are required to have one pool lift or a sloped entry and pools with more than 300 linear feet of wall are required to have two points of accessible entry for people with disabilities.

For additional information about new codes that affect public swimming pools of all kinds, visit Recreonics‘ web site.


DA Accessibility Summary for Swimming Pools

EFFECTIVE – 5/21/12

The Department of Justice has issued its final ruling on the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, extending the compliance date for the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design for existing pools and spas to January 31, 2013.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. On September 15, 2010, the ADA Guidelines finalized on July 23, 2004 (ADAAG 2004) were signed into law and now require compliance by all Title II (Public Entities) and Title III (Public Accommodations and Commercial Entities). This includes recreation facilities, swimming pools, wading pools and spas.

ADA regulations cover both public and private facilities including pools operated by public park and recreation districts, hotels and motels, fitness and recreational sports clubs, country clubs, high schools and universities, waterparks, hospitals and health care facilities. Regulations may also apply to private residential facilities, such as homeowners, apartment and condo associations, if these facilities are open to the general public.

ADA guidelines provide specification of certain elements in the design of new and renovated facilities to ensure that individuals with disabilities are generally able to access swimming pools and spas and use a variety of features of the facility. The guidelines are the minimum level of accessibility required and are encouraged to be exceeded where possible to increase opportunities.