Since the first public building elevator was installed in New York City, elevators have come a long way. Today, residential elevators are becoming a valuable tool for the young and old, those with mobility limitations and those who are able-bodied.
Yet, regardless of the reason behind your residential elevator installation, there are a few specific factors worth expecting from your investment. That said, here are four things to keep an eye on when choosing an elevator for a home.
- Accommodating elevator design. When it comes to choosing an elevator for a home, you want to be sure the elevator is benefiting your house and not the other way around. Look for home elevators that won’t take a hefty toll on your home’s construction. Certain elevator companies are able to design elevator parts to your specifications.
- Your style preference. Odds are you’ll want a home elevator that blends well with the home’s aesthetic and style. For instance, a modern-looking home may benefit from a pneumatic elevator with a circular build and glass shaft. Older homes with a lot of character may look best with vintage-style elevators.
- Elevator safety. Elevators are incredibly safe, but it can still be beneficial to learn about the drive systems of the elevator you intend to install. Drive systems have different advantages that can make it easier to identify elevators that are suited to your needs. Don’t be afraid to talk to elevator manufacturers about safety regulations and design specifications that could impact performance.
- Elevator size. Some homeowners may prefer installing narrow elevators to reduce the need for construction and modification. Yet, in some cases, a larger elevator may be best to accommodate wheelchairs and other devices for mobility. Think about the function you need your home elevator to serve before making your final selection.
Keep an eye on elevator maintenance
Once you’re done choosing an elevator for a home and have your residential elevator installed, it’s important to make sure it’s well-maintained. A home elevator is recommended maintenance at least once every 12 months.
This ensures your residential elevator is not only in good condition and working efficiently, but that it lasts as long as possible in your home. To learn more signs an elevator needs maintenance or to schedule an elevator repair, contact Shaw Elevator today.