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Residential Elevator Installation: 4 Main Parts

Residential Elevator Installation Preferred Elevator

Now, with financing, grants, and loans, anyone can have access to a residential elevator, and you don’t have to skip out on style.

Are you considering adding a residential elevator to your home? Then, you may be curious about how the installation works.  Home elevators have many parts and functions. However, understanding how these four main parts operate will give you greater insight into how home elevators function as a whole. 

The Hoistway

There are many ways to conceptualize what an elevator hoistway or shaft is. It’s a vertical pathway or “hallway” within a home that connects floors vertically instead of rooms and has three parts, which are:

  1. The Pit– This space allows your residential elevator to join or become flush with the lowest floor landing.
  2. The Travel – The distance from the lowest to the highest floor
  3. The Overhead – The amount of space needed for your home elevator to reach the highest floor in your home and keep sufficient clearance between the elevator cab to the ceiling of the hoistway. 

The Machine Room

The purpose of a machine room is to help the elevator function and work. This room sits above the hoistway and contains elements such as the control box, hydraulic tank, or drum and motor cables. Depending on the drive system of the elevator,  your residential elevator may or may not require a machine room. If you’re unsure of what your home could benefit from the most, our professionals can help you find the perfect home elevator. Typically, machine-room-less elevators are ideal if you need to take up less space and would like to conserve energy.

The Residential Elevator Structure

The structure connects to a wall in the hoistway and consists of rail brackets, guide rails, a counterweight system, and varying mechanical devices depending on the elevator’s drive system. The elevator cab will travel vertically on the structure. An elevator’s structure provides both power and stability.

The Elevator Cab

The elevator cab is the final part of the installation that you’ll see each day. You can customize an elevator cab in many ways to match the aesthetics of your home. Residential elevators can have a sleek and elegant design. After all, long ago, only wealthy people could afford home elevators. Now, with financing, grants, and loans, anyone can have access to a residential elevator, and you don’t have to skip out on style. 

To learn more information about the benefits of owning a residential elevator, reach out to us today. 

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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      Essex, MD 21221
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