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The Ultimate Guide to Shaftless Elevators

preferred elevator guide to shaftless elevators

Shaftless elevators can be a unique addition to any home.

Usually, elevators are enclosed in a vertical pathway known as an elevator shaft. But that is not the case with shaftless elevators. This article discusses the definition, operation, safety, and reasons to use shaftless elevators. 

What Are Shaftless Elevators?

As the name indicates, shaftless elevators are smaller lifts that are not supported by a shaft. Instead, these elevators do not need a pit, machine, or pre-construction for support. Conversely, they need a leveled floor and a load bearing wall to self-support. Further, they do not require considerable building modification and construction during installation. Therefore, shaftless home elevators can be installed in homes with limited spaces. 

As a result, they give a chance to owners of any size home to enjoy easy and faster movement between two floors in their houses. Shaftless elevators are available in various designs, including slightly bigger ones with wider doors to accommodate wheelchairs.

How Do Shaftless Elevators Work?

There are three main parts of a shaftless elevator:

  • Control panel button
  • Pressure sensors 
  • Interlock feature

The operator presses and holds the control button for the lift to keep moving. If you release the control panel, the pressure pushing the lift subdues, and the elevator automatically stops. The sensors recognize any hindrance and instantly prevent motion, while the interlock attribute enables the lift to start moving when the door is closed. 

Are Shaftless Elevators Safe?

As pointed above, shaftless elevators have features that detect obstacles and prevent accidents. In addition, the elevators have been approved for home use in all fifty states. That said, it is always good to inquire from the dealer and do your due diligence.  

Reasons To Choose Shaftless Elevators

If you are looking for foolproof reasons to install shaftless elevators in your home, consider:

  • The little space that they require because machine rooms and pits are unnecessary
  • High levels of safety
  • Customization options are available
  • The number of designs and models available to choose from depending on your specifications
  • The little construction needed
  • Easy setup

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!

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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