Residential elevators have long been popular features in seaside locations, which generally have smaller lots and where buildings tend to have multiple stories. They provide access to the upper levels of a home without the need to climb steep staircases.
After Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast in October 2012 and caused widespread flooding, many people had to replace residential elevators that were damaged by water. Many customers took their experiences into consideration when deciding what type of new elevator to purchase for their homes. Traction elevators have become a popular option in communities near the water because their equipment and electronics are located at the top of the elevator shaft, where they cannot be damaged by floodwaters. Elevators can also have “float switches” that will raise the cab if floodwater is detected.
Many people who rebuilt their homes near the water after Sandy raised the structures, often putting main living areas on second floors. This poses challenges for people with limited mobility and can also make normal activities, such as transporting groceries to the kitchen, difficult. Many homeowners decided to install elevators when they rebuilt their homes.
Home elevators are not just a good idea in areas that are near a coastline. They are a safe and efficient way to increase accessibility for senior citizens or for other individuals with limited mobility in any home. A variety of residential elevator styles are available, including traction, hydraulic, and pneumatic models that can be built in a new house or installed in an existing structure to make all areas of a home accessible.