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Elevators & Lifts

In this blog, we discuss residential transportation services like home elevators and wheelchair lifts that can easily move people from floor to floor within a normal two or three story home. Usually, when you think of custom in-home elevators or stairlifts, you may immediately think of a celebrity’s mansion or some billionaire’s summer home. However, as the need for handicap accessibility grows, these incredibly useful machines are being added to homes with more frequency than ever. There are differences between lifts and ‘residential elevators’, though.

An article from the Wetaskiwin Times Advertiser discusses these differences:

“ ‘Residential elevator’ is the commonly used term for a lift that is enclosed in a shaft and can travel vertically as much as 15 m (49 ft.). They can be equipped with platforms of various sizes. Usually more expensive than a lift, the cost of a residential elevator starts at around $20,000. A lift is an elevating device that can travel up and down as much as 2.45 m (8 ft.). Lifts are generally a less expensive option, ranging in price between around $3,000 and $15,000 or more depending on the type of lift installed.”

There are actually three types of lifts:

–          Vertical Platform – Made with platforms of various sizes mounted to a stable, solid base. This type of platform is usually covered to keep riders away from the harsh weather around.

–          Inclined Platform – This type of lift is arguably the most common. An inclined platform sits directly on top of an existing staircase in a home. Instead of having a stable base, this system relies on a set of rails.

–          Stair-chair Lifts“Stair-chair lifts consist of a seat that travels up and down a stairway. The seat runs on a track or rails mounted either on the surface of the stairs or on an adjacent wall. If a stair-mounted track is used, it reduces the usable width of the stairs so it may not be suitable on narrow staircases.”

For more information about getting your own lift or elevator, contact Nationwide Lifts, a leader in the world of custom residential elevators.



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