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Five Things To Consider When Choosing An Elevator

Mar. 23, 2023

Construction projects require a great deal of detail and can take months or years to complete. An important part of the construction process is making sure you choose the right structural design and materials. You must consider the foundation and various natural elements before incorporating certain additions into your building.

When constructing a multi-story building, you should consider how people will access each floor. Stairs are a natural choice, but it is also wise to install an elevator because it is faster, more convenient, and takes into account people with disabilities and mobility issues.

Villa Elevator for Personal

Villa Elevator for Personal

What is an elevator?

An elevator is a platform that can be opened or closed to lift or lower people and goods to and from an upper or lower floor. In the past, it was mandatory for floor buildings not to have elevators. As a result, some real estate investors avoided installing elevators because they were costly to install and maintain.


Five things to consider when choosing an elevator

Elevators are useful in a variety of buildings, including homes, apartment buildings, and offices. However, there are so many different types and styles of lifts that it can be difficult to determine which one to use. Here are a few things you need to consider when choosing an elevator for your building.

Passenger Elevator

Passenger Elevator


1. Size

How big should your elevator be? Most elevators are 3 x 4 feet, but they also come in larger sizes if you need them. This is something you will need to discuss with your elevator company as they will be able to calculate everything for you based on the type of load you expect.


2. Load capacity

Smaller buildings and spaces with low traffic can easily get away with a 1,000 lb. load capacity, but if you are using an elevator for cargo or heavy traffic, you may need more. Lifts have load limits, but you can get a lift designed specifically for your load expectations.


3. Safety

Any time you transport people, you need to consider safety measures. There are many systems that should be installed to ensure the safety of you and anyone riding the elevator. These include alarm systems, power failure backup systems, braking systems, and telephones installed in the elevator car.

Passenger Elevator for Residential

 Passenger Elevator for Residential


4. Price

There are a wide variety of lifts, starting with smaller, more basic, lower-cost options, to luxury lifts that are fun to ride. However, in addition to the initial price of the elevator, you will need to consider the cost of installation. You may also need to do some renovations to the building to make room for the elevator. Houses, in particular, are rarely designed to add elevators in the future, so they may require additional construction to accommodate them.


5. Drive system

The drive system is also an important choice. Your elevator installer can explain everything in more detail, but you'll also need to do some research on your own. The most common drive systems for small elevators include reel and counterweight chain drives. Some of these, such as reel systems, will require a machine room to house the drive.


An elevator is a huge investment, so it requires careful consideration. Consider asking your lift installer if you can see examples of the different types of lifts they build, which can help you make a decision. Keep in mind that custom elevators are also an option.


For more information on the perfect elevator for your needs, contact BDFUJI Elevator.

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