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Shaftless Elevators: The Benefits and Facts

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Shaftless elevators are compact residential elevators

Shaftless elevators are compact residential elevators. They take up minimal space so that even smaller homes can benefit from having a residential elevator. The installation is easy and doesn’t cause a lot of disruption since a shaft does not need to be constructed first. Shaftless elevators are a fan favorite because of their convenience. They also come in different sizes to benefit wheelchair and walker users. Allow us to elaborate more on some of the facts and benefits of having a shaftless elevator in your home. 

Shaftless Elevators Design Features

This elevator’s design is one of the quickest elevators to install in a person’s home. The shaft-less design includes constant pressure, or “push and hold” buttons on the control panel and comes standard with safety devices and emergency switches. A dual winding drum moves the cab up and down. These elevators do have travel limitations, so if you have a two-story home, this is an ideal fit. 

With its design being so compact, you can place this type of elevator almost anywhere in your home. A shaftless elevator also doesn’t require space for a machine room and you can opt for a partial enclosure if you want to house the elevator into a floor with existing walls. An example of this would be an elevator fitted into a pantry or closet. The most popular model is a shaftless elevator that has a guide rail system for the cab to travel on and a wall attachment to support the unit 

How Safe is This Kind of Residential Elevator?

Very safe! These elevators operate by using constant pressure controls. For your shaftless elevator to work, you have to push the control button and hold it in the operating position. If you’re traveling and no longer hold on to the control button, the elevator will stop right away. Sensors situated at the top and bottom of this lift will detect any issues, ensuring a safe ride. The cab doors also have an interlock feature that ensures the elevator doesn’t move unless the doors are closed and locked correctly. You don’t have to miss out on a single safety feature that other residential elevators have when you select a shaftless elevator. 

The Benefits, in a Nutshell

Shaftless elevators are:

  • Compact but able to accomodate wheelchairs and walkers
  • Feasible to install in places with open floor plans
  • Cost-effective (no machine room equals lower costs)
  • Easy to install quickly (no shaft or machine room means less installation time)
  • Convenient for anyone with mobility issues 

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

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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