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A Guide: Residential Elevators 101

A guide: residential elevators 101

You may find this guide useful if your steep steps have been bothering you.

Today we’ll provide a guide on residential elevators. This guide will break down what a residential elevator is, the popular types of residential elevators, the benefits of owning a residential elevator, and even draw comparisons to stairlifts. We hope that you find this guide extremely helpful.

What is a Residential or Home Elevator?

A residential elevator is a lift designed to make it easier and more comfortable for homeowners to travel between the floors of their homes. Home elevators can benefit anyone, but it is common to see this residential lift in the homes of older people that may have trouble using their stairs. This residential lift also benefits those who may have a disability or limited mobility. Stairlifts are also another beneficial option that we’ll discuss later. 

Two Popular Elevator Types

  1. Cable Drum Elevator: Cable elevators vary. It all depends on if they need a lift shaft, pit, or machine room. They are often motor-powered. This motor turns into a drum with a cable wound around it, which pulls the lift upward. The motor and the drum are typically situated in a pit below the elevator or a machine room. The cables are routed downward. 
  2. Hydraulic Elevators: Works by pumping hydraulic fluid into the cylinder of the hydraulic arm via a valve. A piston is then forced up by the pressure of the fluid. As a result, the elevator is pushed up with it. Hydraulic elevators tend to need ample space and a separate machine room.

Benefits of Residential Elevators

  • Helps prevent slips, trips, falls, and injuries
  • Homeowners gain some of their independence back
  • Residential elevators help homeowners age in place (stay in their homes) 
  • Home elevators increase property value
  • Home elevators help adult children worry about their parents less
  • Residential elevators are safe and affordable with financing
  • Residential elevators are stylish with multiple cab options and features. 

Residential Elevators or Stairlifts? That is the Question.

Both residential elevators and stairlifts benefit any home. It all boils down to your particular condition and what your needs are. For a homeowner that has trouble standing (or can’t at all), a stairlift or wheelchair lift is the optimal option. If you’re a homeowner that can walk around, but your steep steps cause difficulty, then a residential elevator is probably the more beneficial investment. Talk to us about your needs. Preferred Elevator can help you find the perfect option! 

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For 14 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
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