Things You Need to Consider While Installing A Lift at Home

Are you planning to install a lift at your home? Then you need to know and consider the following things. Let’s begin with the space for the elevator.

You will require space to build a shaft in which the elevator will move up and down. However, there are a few models that do not require a shaft being free standing you will still need to identify the proper space of installation of a lift at home.
Lift at Home
Lift at Home
A pit is required at the base and some extra clearance above as well for the engine room and to ‘house’ various mechanisms of the lift. Ideally, most homes now are designed with a lift in mind. However, in old homes if you need a lift you can retrofit one later internally or externally depending on the availability of space and the chosen model. Cost is another factor to consider along with the structural modifications required in the building.

Levels and Stops

There are a few other factors to be considered depending on the purpose of installing the lift. These are:
  • The number of levels
  • Door opening features
  • The maximum rise
  • The number of stops
  • The technology of the lift
  • Reliability and affordability
  • Cost or maintenance and operation
  • Effective interior design of the cab
  • Easy access to control panel and
  • Your situation and particular needs.

Choosing the Lift

Here comes the choice of the model of lift at home you want to install. There are ideally three main types of lifts.
  • Vertical Platform Lift has different shapes and sizes of platforms. These lifts have a maximum operating height. These must be mounted on a stable concrete slab or base. It must be securely enclosed so that there is no unwanted accumulation of snow or rain and also to prevent any danger and falls. These lifts require a grounded 110-volt electrical circuit to function.
  • Inclined Platform Lifts move up or down the existing stairways. That is why these are called “Stair Lifts” and is best suited for people using a wheelchair. It may have fold down seat for those who have problems with stairs but do not need a wheelchair. The platform is reinforced by the rails mounted on the wall. These lifts are very versatile and easy to maneuver on curved staircases.
  • Residential elevators are Vertical Platform Lift that requires fully enclosed shaft. It has platforms of different sizes and finishes and requires a solid base such as concrete slab. It requires a 200-300 volt dedicated electric power source.
You must however consider all factors and implications of installation, standards for licenses, inspections, building permits, maintenance in your municipal area. Also, check the safety features of the when you install a lift at home.

Factors for Installation

Lift at Home
Lift at Home
Planning is necessary before and it must be done by an authorized contractor only. All instructions of the manufacturer must be followed during installation. Consider the following factors as well:

Elevator Drive System: This will depend on your requirement. You can choose traction, hydraulic, pneumatic, and rack and pinion systems.

Code Requirements: You must know and consider the National Electric Code, American Society of Mechanical Engineers safety code and the local as well as state building codes.

Electrical Requirements: You must have a dedicated electric power source according to the voltage requirement of the lift at home. It is also required to have a proper backup for power in case of emergencies.

Hoist way size: The size of the hoist way may vary from one building to other. Consider the thickness of the walls and make sure there are no distribution panels or wiring mounted on walls. Also, consider the machine room location and size requirements.

Before you install a lift at your home you must plan first. You need to know all the factors as well as requirements above and consider them for a better experience.

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