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Factors That Affect the Size of Your Home Elevator

Factors That Affect the Size of Your Home Elevator

Today, we’ll be looking at factors that affect what size your home elevator will be.

Home elevators are helpful devices to have around the house as they assist people with getting from one floor of their home to another without the need to use the stairs. For people who have difficulty using stairs, this can be a huge benefit that grants them more independence within their home. Before you install a home elevator, however, you need to determine what size the elevator should be. Today, we’ll be looking at factors that affect what size your home elevator will be.

Width of Your Wall

Usually, a home elevator utilizes a rail system that attaches to your wall, so it’s important to know how wide your wall is before you decide what kind of elevator to get. It’s possible that 30 square feet won’t be enough if your walls aren’t wide enough for rails to be hooked onto them.

Width of Your Door

Home elevators will typically have doors that are around 36 inches in width. This is done so that people can comfortably get into the elevator, even if a wheelchair needs to be brought inside of it. If no one using the elevator has a wheelchair, you could consider models with smaller door widths. With that said, you don’t know if the extra width could be needed in the future, so a wider door could be a safer overall option. An elevator installation company can also give you advice if you’re unsure of what door width to get.

Clearance Around Your Home Elevator

You don’t want your home elevator squeezed too tightly into your home. There needs to be space for the elevator to function appropriately. The elevator needs space for different purposes, such as getting passengers on and off of the elevator, and for allowing the doors to open and close. There also needs to be space (typically no fewer than 6 inches) available above the top of your home elevator. An elevator company will understand the building codes that must be enforced. This way, you’ll know for certain that you’re getting an elevator with sufficient space to function as needed.

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For over a decade, 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!

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