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One of the most common questions we receive is about the concrete thickness required for different garage lift types.

When setting up a garage lift, one of the most critical considerations for safe and secure installation and usage is the thickness of the concrete that will support the lift. Whether you’re installing a 4-post lift, MOT ATL lift, 2-post lift, or a car scissor lift, ensuring the correct concrete thickness is essential for both safety and functionality.

 

How Thick Should Concrete Be for a 4-Post Lift?

The minimum recommended concrete thickness for a 4-post lift is around *150mm (6 inches) deep.

Some lift manufacturers and several lift installation engineers use the absolute minimum recommended depth of 100mm or 4 inches of concrete, but due to the excessive weight and forces imparted by a 4-post lift at the floor bolts and base, we would always be overtly cautious and recommend a deeper concrete depth than this for added safety.

Four-post lifts are known for their strength and stability and are a popular choice for garages and MOT Bays.

How Thick Should Concrete Be for a MOT ATL Lift?

For this type of 4 post lift, the minimum recommended concrete thickness for an MOT ATL lift is around *150mm (6 inches) deep.

MOT ATL lifts, also known as MOT lifts or MOT ramps, are the perfect above ground inspection platform for MOT testing, as well as tyre changes, brake inspections and other underbody work.

The weight being held by an MOT ATL lift can vary greatly between a Class 4 MOT Bay for car MOTs and a Class 7 MOT Bay handling vans and light commercial vehicles, but we would always advice caution and use the deeper concrete thickness to support this type of vehicle lift.

It’s always best to consult the manufacturer’s specifications for your chosen lift model to ensure proper load distribution and secure installation before use.

How Thick Should Concrete Be for a 2-Post Lift?

For a 2 post lift the minimal concrete depth is around *150mm (6 inches) deep.

Some garage lift installers recommend the absolute minimum recommended depth of 100mm or 4 inches of concrete, but due to the excessive weight and forces imparted by a 2 post lift at the floor bolts and base, we would always recommend deeper concrete than this for maximum safety and to prevent post or vehicle damage.

Two-post lifts are great for saving space in your garage. They’re perfect for lifting vehicles for repairs or storing them. You can also easily reach the wheels and tyres without needing to lift the car any higher. This is because the lift uses special points on the underside of the car, instead of relying on the wheels for support.

How Thick Should Concrete Be for a Scissor Lift?

For a recessed garage scissor lift the minimal concrete depth is around *200mm (8 inches) deep.

Recessed car scissor lifts provide a versatile lifting solution, offering a low profile and excellent stability. Despite the different lifting mechanism the concrete thickness requirement for a scissor lift follows the same principle as the other lifts mentioned, as the floor must be solid, stable and thick enough to take the weight of the lift and the vehicle without any risk of the concrete cracking or failing.

The Importance of a Level Concrete Floor for Garage Lifts

A level concrete floor is crucial for the safe and proper installation of all garage lifts. The concrete must be sound, free from cracks or damage, and of the appropriate thickness, as discussed previously. An uneven floor can cause instability, causing the lift to become misaligned, compromising its stability, potentially leading to safety hazards, and causing uneven wear on the lift components.

How to ensure sound and level concrete for lifts:

  • Preparation: Ensure that the ground beneath the concrete is properly prepared, compacted, and free of debris. Poor preparation can lead to settling and cracking as the concrete dries.
  • Levelling: The concrete surface must be level to provide a stable foundation for the lift. Use a laser level or a long straightedge to check the flatness of the concrete floor, and correct any uneven areas before the concrete sets.
  • Inspection: After pouring, continuously inspect the concrete for any deviations in level. Address any issues immediately to prevent problems later on.

If you’re unsure about the levelness of your garage concrete floor, we recommend speaking to us or consulting a professional contractor for assessment and levelling if necessary before lift installation.

Important Additional Considerations for Concrete Thickness

Here are some additional factors to consider when determining the necessary concrete thickness for your garage lift:

  • Soil Conditions: The type of soil beneath your garage floor can impact the concrete thickness needed. If the soil is loose or unstable, a thicker concrete base might be required to ensure proper load bearing.
  • Lift Weight Capacity: The weight capacity of your chosen lift plays a crucial role. Heavier lifts will require a thicker concrete base to distribute the weight safely.
  • Frequency of Use: If you plan on using your lift frequently, especially for heavy-duty applications, a thicker concrete base is recommended for long-term durability.
  • Curing Time: Allow adequate time for the concrete to cure before installing the lift, ask your builder or lift installer for how long you need to wait from concrete being laid to when the lift installation can commence

* Minimum depths stated in this article and throughout this website are an indication of the minimum concrete depth that would be needed for the smallest size and tonnage of lift in each case, and you should always consult your lift manual or with a garage lift installation export for the minimum concrete depth for the lift type, size, and weight that you plan to purchase and have installed.

Call the Garage Lift Experts

If you have any questions about the concrete requirements for your garage lift or need assistance with your lift supply or installation, give Concept Garage Equipment a call.

At Concept Garage Equipment, we offer free advice over the phone and can provide free quotations for any garage lift enquiry. Our team of experts is here to help you make the best choice for your garage setup.

Call us today onย 0113 469 0572ย or use the website contact form today, we are here to help.