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Residential Elevators: 3 Common Myths

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If you have questions about residential elevators, we have answers.

If you have questions about residential elevators, we have answers. Today we’re going to debunk three common myths about home elevators, myths that often impact a homeowner’s buying decision. If you’ve been contemplative about adding a residential elevator to your home, you’ll find this information helpful. 

Myth #1: Only Rich People Can Afford Residential Elevators

The history of elevators does show that affluent people owned residential elevators when they were first introduced. However, fast forward to today, and you’ll see that homeowners with various budgets can call a home elevator their own. There are so many resources available that can make owning a home elevator more affordable. 

Myth #2: Home Elevators Are Unsafe

Another common misconception is that elevators are only held together by ropes. Back in ancient times, elevators did have a rope or pulley-like mechanism, but in modern times, you’ll find that traveling via elevators is one of the safest ways to travel. Home elevators use steel cables because of their strength and durability to transport people safely. Residential elevators also have safety features, so you can rest assured that you’ll have safe travels. For example, many people think that when you overload an elevator or if it breaks mid-travel, it will free-fall to the bottom. This notion is false. What will happen instead is that your residential elevator’s safety features will engage and the elevator will either slowly lower itself to the bottom level or merely won’t move until the elevator is back within the recommended weight capacity after people exit it safely. 

Myth #3: You’ll End Up Spending a lot of Money on Elevator Repairs

Elevators do need, we recommend once a year. But the point of a service agreement is not for you to spend more money, but instead, spend less on costly repairs. Preventative maintenance is important because it ensures that your elevator is a well-oiled machine. In your everyday usage, you should follow safety tips to ensure your residential elevator’s longevity. 

The Benefits of Resident Elevators in a Nutshell

Depending on the design you choose, yes, a residential elevator can make your home appear more elegant and stately. But its primary purpose is to make life more convenient. Our mechanics install elevators that can help many homeowners age in place, gain back their independence, and put less stress on their joints, regardless of age. If you’re curious about more of our products’ benefits, dial Preferred Elevator’s number 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!

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
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