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Three Questions to Ask Before Residential Elevator Installation

It is easy to get swept away in the excitement of planning for your new residential elevator in Ontario, but there are some basics you must assess before installation can occur. Asking some basic questions before you begin installation can make the whole process go faster and smoother.

Which elevator best suits my needs?

The first thing you must determine when considering installing elevators for residential projects is which type of 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 an 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 need?

Another big issue you will need to consider is the amount of space that you will need for your residential lift in Ontario. You will need the space to build an elevator shaft, which is easy to work in if you are working in a new construction project, but may be slightly more difficult if your home is already built. Elevator shafts can often be worked into the interior of a pre-built home, but sometimes may have to be built on the exterior of the home. This may require permits and zoning with the local government, so this is important to know ahead of time. You may also need space for an elevator pit, usually 6-12 inches dug out and slabbed below the lowest level. A machine room will be necessary for some types of elevators as well, so knowing what kind of elevator you will be using comes into play with these 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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