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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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Wheelchair Lifts: What to Know About Them

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Wheelchair lifts can undeniably make life easier

Wheelchair lifts are just like stairlifts in that both lifts use a powerful motor for transportation. The only real difference is that a wheelchair lift uses a platform to transport both the person and the wheelchair from floor to floor. Limited mobility doesn’t have to stop a person from achieving daily tasks and enjoying life in general. The lifts that we offer can make life a bit easier. If you or your loved one is a wheelchair user, here is what you should know about wheelchair lifts. 

What are the Two Most Popular Wheelchair Lifts? 

  1. Vertical: This lift moves the person seated in the wheelchair vertically. You can compare this type of wheelchair lift to an elevator because it has a door that opens and closes once the user enters the platform. Next, the user presses a button that takes them to the next level. Once the person reaches their destination, the door opens, and the user can exit the lift.
  2. Inclined: This platform doesn’t move up and down because it’s tilted on an angle along the stairs. You can compare this type of wheelchair lift to an escalator versus an elevator. This type of lift is ideal for those who don’t have much space for a vertical application.

Are Wheelchair Lifts Safe?

Absolutely! Arguably, it’s safer to own a wheelchair lift than to not. Wheelchair lifts come equipped with many safety features such as safety straps, obstacle detectors, an emergency stop button, and an optional backup battery. Anyone interested in a wheelchair lift can rest assured that their wheelchair lift will still work even during a power outage. 

Will a Wheelchair Lift Damage My Home? 

Not at all. A wheelchair moves vertically along its tower system. You don’t have to worry about the lift puncturing your walls. The goal is to help you age in place and stay in your home, not damage your home. 

Are There Outdoor Applications? 

Yes, there are. A wheelchair lift can help you reach any destination, indoors, or outdoors. Whether it’s from your yard to your porch to your entire home or from the living room to the laundry room, we have you covered. No matter what your unique needs and home layout are, our mechanics are educated and skilled to ensure that you have safe travels. If you’re not sure if a wheelchair lift is right for your home, reach out to Preferred Elevator 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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    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