What Is a Pitless Elevator?
When installing a traditional home elevator, a builder has to create a shallow pit in the foundation of the home to accommodate the elevator. This pit must be created according to specific dimensions outlined in the building plans. The home elevator pit is usually 8 to 14 inches deep, not including the thickness of the concrete slab at the bottom.
Pitless elevators, on the other hand, do not require a pit to be dug or poured. In homes where digging into the foundation to create a pit is not an option, pitless home elevators provide a safe and reliable alternative. Getting the comforts of an in-home elevator without disturbing the existing floor is possible with a pitless elevator.
There are three types of pitless home elevators available: the Symmetry Pitless Home Elevator, Shaftless Home Elevators and Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators. Each of these options offers unique design features. Keep reading to explore these options and learn more about which type of pitless elevator is right for your home.
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For a convenient way to move between floors, a pitless elevator may be the ideal option. These elevators are ideal for homes that do not have space below the elevator for a traditional pit.
Keep in mind that some applications work better for pitless elevators than others. Contact Arrow Lift today to determine if a pitless home elevator is right for your home.
Types of Pitless Home Elevators
Symmetry Pitless Home Elevators
Symmetry Pitless Home Elevators are designed to look and feel exactly like other full-featured home elevators but without the need to construct a pit at the base of the elevator shaft. Like a traditional home elevator, Symmetry Pitless Home Elevators are installed in a shaft built by a contractor and have swing doors at each landing that can match the other doors in your home.
Additionally, you have the choice of numerous design options when it comes to the wood-paneled car, accordion-style gate and fixtures in the car and at each landing. This pitless home elevator offers tasteful elegance that can blend into your home’s aesthetic or stand out as a showpiece, depending on your needs and desires.
Shaftless Home Elevators
Shaftless Home Elevators, also commonly referred to as through-the-floor elevators, are designed to travel vertically from one floor to the next along a vertical rail system that does not require a shaft. In addition to not having a shaft, they also don’t require a pit at the base, which minimizes construction
Arrow Lift offers a range of Shaftless Home Elevator models to suit your needs. Shaftless elevators are typically an ideal choice for those looking for a space-efficient elevator that can be installed quickly in an existing two-story home.
Pneumatic Vacuum Home Elevators
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators are sometimes referred to as “tube elevators” because of the cylindrical plexiglass tube in which the elevator car travels. This self-supporting, round plexiglass shaft sits on top of the existing floor, so no pit is required.
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators consume minimal electrical power, making them a green choice. Their innovative vacuum design is safe and reliable. These stunning home elevators offer several customizable options and can be installed nearly anywhere space allows.
Arrow Lift Pitless Elevator Key Features
Each type of pitless home elevator has its own advantages and features unique to its product design. Here are some common features:
- Requires no pit, reducing construction requirements
- 3 options to choose from: traditional wood panel car installed in a shaft; shaftless home elevator; pneumatic vacuum home elevator with plexiglass car and shaft
- Some models are limited to 2 stories, others can travel up to 5 stories high
- Some models are limited to 1 passenger standing only, others can carry several people at once or someone in a wheelchair
- All models are ASME Safety Code compliant
To find the appropriate pitless elevator whose features fit your requirements, speak to your Arrow Lift expert for more information.
Arrow Lift Pitless Elevator Highlights
Less In-Home Construction
One of the primary advantages of pitless elevators is that they do not require the builder to dig and pour a pit at the base of the elevator. The lack of a pit reduces the amount of construction needed to install the elevator, making it ideal for existing homes. Additionally, because a pit does not need to be created, the construction timeline is often reduced.
ASME Safety Code Compliant
At Arrow Lift, providing safe and reliable elevators is our top priority. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) puts forth codes and standards that help ensure the safety and quality of mechanical devices, including elevators. Our selection of pitless home elevators are designed and installed to fully comply with ASME safety codes.
With the Symmetry Pitless Home Elevator, you can select the design, fixtures and other details to create a look that complements your home. We offer a wide range of finishes, car interior design, handrail options, fixtures and more. This gives you full creative control over the finished look of your pitless elevator. Other types of pitless elevator allow you different customizations, such as several color options.
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When it comes to designing and installing pitless home elevators, having an experienced team by your side is essential. For over 35 years, Arrow Lift has been committed to Elevating Excellence. To learn more about designing a pitless home elevator tailor-made for your home, call Arrow Lift today.