Are you looking to install an elevator or lift in your house? If your head is full of questions, look no further. This article aims to serve as a ready reckoner by answering some of the pressing questions people have about elevators and installing them at home. A complete guide to personal elevators for home.
Where is the Elevator Going to Be Placed?
The answer to this question lies in whether the house has already been built or not. If the home is yet to be built, an elevator shaft can be accordingly designed. If the elevator should be discreetly positioned, it is possible to place it close to an external wall. Alternatively, it can also be constructed in a garage or storage area to conserve the carpet area of the house.
How Much Space Does the Lift Shaft Need?
Professional Elevators has years of experience in constructing a variety of lifts and elevators. In our opinions, a minimum 4 ft x 5 ft is needed to construct a reasonably small, yet functional elevator. Based on your needs and requirements, the elevator experts of Professional Elevators, will determine the right dimension and configuration of elevator required for you.
When Should an Elevator be Renovated?
A good elevator can last 20 years or more. This however depends on the usage and maintenance of the elevator. Semi-annual maintenance should definitely be carried out regularly. The experts of Professional Elevators can thoroughly check your elevator and replace parts that are worn out or damaged. This considerably reduced the need for overhaul and prolongs the life of the lift.
Many people in their 50s and 60s, want to age and live their lives in the same place where they currently reside. By installing an elevator and maintaining it, mobility and accessibility of the living space for 20 years and beyond can be achieved.
What is the Cost of an Elevator? Is the Investment Worth It?
An elevator costs 8.5 lakhs and upwards. While this might seem steep at the first glance, assuming that the elevator is in operation for at least 20 years, the annual cost is only 42,500 per year! This is a very reasonable price to pay for good mobility and accessibility of the building.
Furthermore, if you plan to rent out a portion of the house / building, having an elevator will surely make it more attractive to future tenants and may even boost the rental value of the property.
What are the Factors that Influence the Cost of an Elevator?
Several factors go into play in determining the overall cost of the elevator. This includes the height of the elevator, its capacity, the number of stops, type of carriage and so on. The elevator experts of Professional Elevators will be able to give you an accurate ballpark figure to enable you to make a purchase decision.
Are Elevators Safe?
Most certainly! An elevator works on a pulley mechanism and has several safety components put in place to ensure the safety of the passengers as well has the inhabitants of the building.
For instance, elevator cars are made with insulation material to protect the passengers. Additionally, multiple safety systems are put in place to ensure the safety of passengers. Furthermore, Professional Elevators leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that all calibrations are accurate. This ensures that the factor of safety incorporated by the elevators is indeed very good.
Long Story Short: Elevators Today Are Very Safe!
Can the Elevator Be Customized?
Yes, the facade and interiors of the elevator can be customized and decorated to suit the needs of the inhabitants of the building. For instance, the shaft or carriage can be decorated in a color that matches the ambient color.
Additionally, in the wake of the pandemic, Professional Elevators can equip your elevators with non-contact buttons to ensure the safety of the passengers. The type of car, capacity, number of stops and so on can be customised based on the building.
Certain components of the elevators, such as safety mechanisms cannot be customised, as they have been designed for maximum safety. Replacing these will compromise the entire safety and integrity of the elevator, making it an unsuitable choice.
Can the Elevator Be Made Wheelchair friendly?
Yes indeed! Professional Elevators knows and understands that as we age, we may have different requirements. Therefore, we offer lifts that are wheelchair accessible, or have braille keypads too. All you need to do is ensure that no steps and ridges make the lift inaccessible.
What are the Elements of an Elevators User Interface? Can it be Customized?
Most commonly an elevators User Interface includes hall call buttons, the elevator door and car itself and the touch panel within the elevator. All these features can be customized to some extent based on the needs of the users.
The Bottom Line:
An elevator is a useful investment in the quality of life and well being of the inhabitants of the house. Professional Elevators has over two decades of experience in designing elevators and can design the elevator of your dreams and needs by incorporating all the features you want and need.
By deploying an elevator, you are making your home much more accessible to the people who matter to you, and the joy of doing that is priceless!