Residential elevators and lifts have been becoming more popular. More home owners are increasing their mobility at home with elevators and lifts for a number of reasons. Whether the need is convenience or necessity, the benefits are substantial. We are going to take a look at the basic home elevators and lifts available to consumers.
Home elevators were once thought of as a luxury that many people could not afford. With advancements in technology, home elevators are more affordable than ever. They give anyone the ability to travel between floors in their home with ease and comfort. There are many different types of home elevators, but typically there are three drive systems to choose from. There are the classic hydraulic or cable-driven systems, or the newer pneumatic system that has become very popular for residential use. Residential elevators are the best option for homes with multiple floors that you want have access too. Some residential elevators can now be purchased for the same price as a new car and will increase the value of your home.
There are basically three types of lifts available for home use, vertical platform lifts, inclined platform lifts, and stair/chair lifts.
A vertical platform lift travels straight up and down. They are enclosed on the sides to prevent falls and to stop children or animals from getting under the platform. They typically are used in homes where someone needs wheelchair access either inside or outside the home. They make traveling vertically very simple and can be operated by the passenger.
An inclined platform lift travels up and down using an existing stairway. They are also typically used strictly for those confined to a wheelchair who need to travel up and down a set of stairs. They are more often used in commercial setting, but can serve a purpose in a residential home too. They usually have a flat, non-slick surface that the person can roll their wheelchair onto and can be operated independently by the passenger.
Lastly, a stair/chair lift consists of a seat that moves up and down a stairway by way of a track. They are typically the most affordable home mobility option. They are easy to install when the staircase is straight up and down. When a staircase takes a turn, a custom track has to be built. They are great for both indoor and outdoor use. Stair lifts are perfect for people who need a little assistance with traveling between floors in their home.