Installing an elevator in your home can be a beneficial investment. Elevators offer the convenience of traveling between floors of your home without having to worry about walking up and down the stairs. They add value to your home and are also a worthwhile solution for individuals who use a wheelchair or struggle with mobility. Arrow Lift offers different types of elevators to fit the design of your home.
Types of Home Elevators
There are many types of elevators available. From practical solutions to luxury designs, elevators can be incorporated into your home. If you’re considering a remodel, or building a home, read on to learn more about Arrow Lift’s reliable elevator options.
Traditional Home Elevator
A traditional home elevator is a classic option for any home. These elevators are installed in a shaft and are concealed by swing doors, which can be similar to the rest of the doors throughout your home. They also offer the widest selection of customizations among home elevator types and can be upgraded to include automatic sliding doors for enhanced ease of use. The car of these elevators is usually large enough to accommodate several people, or a wheelchair, if necessary. Traditional home elevators commonly require 25 square feet of floor space in the home in order to have 15 square feet of space inside the elevator car. The remainder of the floor space is used for the support structure, drive mechanism, and running clearance inside the home elevator shaft. To ensure the perfect integration into your home’s design, make sure to involve a home elevator company in your renovation project early on.
Glass Home Elevator
There are a couple of different ways to incorporate glass into your home elevator. One way is to purchase a traditional home elevator and add glass (or plexiglass) panels to the car walls, the doors/gates, or even the elevator shaft walls. Another way is to purchase a glass “tube elevator” for your home. These home elevators, for example, Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators (see below), have glass (or plexiglass) curved shaft walls, as well as a car with transparent walls. This provides a panoramic view as you travel between floors in your home.
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator
Pneumatic vacuum elevators demonstrate that high-quality elevators do not have to take up too much space. Also referred to as tube elevators or vacuum elevators, their compact design requires reduced construction. This type of elevator is highly energy-efficient and offers a panoramic view of your home as you travel between floors.
Shaftless Home Elevator
The shaftless home elevator is another type of elevator that requires less construction in your home. With no pit or shaft, they have one of the quickest installation processes. These elevators have a battery-backup so they can be used safely during power outages. Shaftless elevators provide the same benefits as a traditional home elevator but with a smaller footprint.
Pitless Home Elevator
Pitless Home Elevators are a versatile option, often ideal for existing homes, since they don’t require a pit to be dug into the foundation of the home. Because these elevators do not require a pit, they require less construction in your home. Pitless home elevators are offered in a few different styles — traditional, vacuum, or shaftless. These professionally installed elevators offer a variety of custom design options, so you can style your pitless home elevator to your taste.
As you can see, there are several different types of elevators available for homes. Elevators provide the most versatile transportation option between the levels of your home. Additionally, they are highly customizable and can be incorporated into nearly any design aesthetic.
If accessibility is your top priority, there are two common alternatives to elevators: vertical platform lifts and stair lifts. These elevator alternatives provide accessibility within the home, but they are more limited in customizability and usability than elevators. Keep reading to learn more about these options.
Vertical Platform Lift
Vertical platform lifts (VPLs) are not an elevator; however, they offer wheelchair accessibility and travel vertically from one floor to another. VPLs are most commonly used in garages or on outdoor porches/decks. VPLs can travel up to 14 feet vertically and are a cost-effective solution for adding wheelchair accessibility to a building.
The stair lift, also known as a stair elevator, is a safe and affordable option that saves space while still maintaining accessibility in your home. Stair lifts are ideal for individuals who do not require the assistance of a wheelchair for mobility. Arrow Lift offers stair lifts to suit nearly any staircase, including straight, curved and outdoor.
Contact the Arrow Lift Elevator Experts
Are you considering adding an elevator, or another type of lift to your home? Arrow Lift’s team of professionals is here to help every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more and start designing your new home elevator.