It is quite easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle of planning for a new residential elevator installation. However, there are a number of basics that need to be assessed prior to having your elevator installed. This includes asking some fundamental questions before starting on your installation undertaking so as to make the entire process go faster and in a smoother manner. Let’s explore some of the most important questions to consider.
Which elevator best suits my needs-The first thing you must determine when considering installing elevators for residential projects is which type of home elevator will work best for you. The amount of traffic the elevator will be seeing and the weight of any equipment it may carry can help you determine the size and load capacity that you need for a residential elevator in your home. You should also consider accessibility; if your elevator may be being used by disabled people or those with mobility issues, you may need a larger one to accommodate wheelchairs. You will also need to decide on the drive system for your elevator; the main types are hydraulic, cable winding drum, and chain drive counterweight. These each have varying benefits depending on where you live, how much electricity you are willing to use, and how much space you have, so learning about them and speaking with a qualified representative from Vertechs can help you make an educated decision on which type to choose.
How much space will I require- Before installation of an elevator in your premises, you first of all need to consider the amount of your available space. To start with, a lot of space is required for building an elevator shaft, which is a lot easier for new construction projects. Elevator shafts are a bit more difficult to construct in an already built home. Sometimes, they need to be worked into the interiors of your home, and others times built on the exteriors of a home. All these aspects require zoning and permits from your local government. As such, it is always critical to know the requirements well ahead of time. Additional space might also be required for a lift pit, which is normally 6-12 inches dug out that is constructed below the lowest level. A machine room might also be required for some kinds of elevators. As such, knowing the type of an elevator you want to purchase well ahead of time will come into play when making the final installation and cost decisions.
What is my budget-This is one of the most important questions you will need to ask yourself, as it can determine the direction your project will take. The only reason that this is last on the list is because if you cannot afford the elevator that will fully meet your needs, you should possibly consider waiting until you can save up enough to afford that one, rather than settling for something less that you will be unhappy with. A residential elevator in Ontario is a long-term investment, and it’s one that you want to be sure you are happy with before you make any decisions. That said, there are residential elevators available that can fit a variety of budgets. The initial budget must take into consideration any contract work for building the pit, shaft, and machine room, as well as the purchase of the elevator and the installation once the rest is built. You must also remember to budget long term for things such as maintenance and inspections, usually done every six months.
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