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COVID-19 Notice

Preferred Elevator would like to assure our customers that we are taking all necessary steps to do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19. We have developed a “No Family Contact” process for service, repairs and installations. Our Mechanic, who will be wearing a mask and gloves, will call you when we are at your front door and will discuss the issues or concerns you have with your unit. Our customer can then unlock the door, but there is no need to further greet the Mechanic or be present for the service, repair or installation. Please feel free to move to another part of the home while we are working. Final payment can be left for technician or can be done over the phone with our office.
We greatly appreciate your business during this time.

Ken Gough


Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Misconceptions About Residential Elevators


Residential elevators are trending. A common misconception about residential elevators is that only the rich can afford them, but that is not true. Residential elevators are now affordable and add convenience to any homeowner.

Residential elevators are trending. A common misconception about residential elevators is that only the rich can afford them, but that is not true. Residential elevators are now affordable and add convenience to any homeowner. Home elevators are practical enough for most homes, not just for those who are aging or have physical limitations. They can also upgrade the aesthetics of a home, giving it a polished, put-together look. Some people are unaware of the many benefits that come with a residential elevator installation. Therefore, it is essential to go through common misconceptions about residential elevators thoroughly. Keep reading as we debunk the common home elevator myths!

Myth #1 Residential Elevators are Unsafe

Residential elevators are sturdy and held up by multiple cables. Some assume that an elevator is held together by just one cable that could easily snap. These cables, typically made of steel, have the strength to hold up a heavy cab individually let alone with there being several cables. 4-10 cables usually support an elevator’s car.

Myth # 2 If the Power Goes Out, You’re Stuck on an Elevator

It is mandatory for a residential elevator to have an emergency lowering feature. This device drops to the lowest floor possible if your power is off. Once the lowering function safely engages, the doors will unlock, and anyone using the elevator will have no trouble exiting. You won’t get stuck!


Oxygen will also not run out. If a home elevator is airtight, then this violates safety standards. There needs to be enough ventilation for people to breathe.

Myth # 3 Elevators Exceeding the Weight Limit Will Drop

Usually, an elevator cab that has reached its weight capacity won’t move. The doors won’t close, and a bell will notify individuals to step off of the elevator until enough people have left the elevator to reduce the weight. Most residential elevators have a 1000lbs capacity, which is more than enough for typical everyday use.

Myth #4 Elevators can Free Fall

When installed, a residential elevator has a safety feature called “over speed governor.” A flywheel with centrifugal arms fly outward if the device reaches its speed limit. The braking system takes over and grabs the rails running up and down the elevator shaft. Then, the elevator slows down.

Myth # 5 Residential Elevators are Expensive

Residential elevators range in price depending on customization but can be affordable. You won’t spend millions of dollars making your home safer and stylish. If a home elevator is still too expensive for you, it is possible to invest in a wheelchair lift, dumbwaiter or a stairlift

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

For 11 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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    Preferred Elevator

    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867