HOW TO CHOOSE A HOME ELEVATOR
A well built home elevator should last many years with scheduled maintenance. Choose a well known manufacturer with history in the business. A home elevator is nothing you should cheap out on. Do your homework and buy quality, and it will last.
Installing a residential elevator is for the pros only. Licensed, experienced elevator technicians will ensure that your elevator meets all national and local code which is critical for safe operation. Silver Cross has a list of pre-qualified elevator installers and can help you find a local expert.
The elevator drive system you choose will dictate the noise and smoothness of the ride. The quietest and smoothest rides come from gearless drives or hydraulic drives. But there are pros and cons to each style, so it’s always best to visit a dealer’s showroom to try the elevator type yourself and to ask questions.
Some companies are very flexible and offer different finish options and cab styles. Adding options such as glass sliding doors (offered by Savaria) takes your home elevator to a different level of luxury altogether.
Specifications and Your Home
Before you run down the path of picking exactly what you want, a local elevator contractor is the right person to help you review your needs for travel distance and hoist-way requirements, and these factors may narrow your choices. If you are building a new home, figure the elevator into your plan right from the beginning for the most flexibility of choice. For a renovation, make sure you get an expert in to review how installation can be done.
Tenant Satisfaction and Safety
- Does the condition of your elevator deter potential tenants from moving into your building?
- Are tenants frustrated by the length of time they wait for an elevator, or by the frequency of break-downs, causing them to consider relocating?
- Are elevator malfunctions causing potential safety issues?