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The Differences between a Home and Business Elevator

The Differences between a Home and Business Elevator

Traditional ElevatorsHome and business elevators contain a wide variety of similar characteristics, but each has a series of different features. Business elevators used in commercial buildings require special permits for installation and must operate in accordance with state codes. While commercial buildings are obliged to have inclined lifts, homeowners can install any type of elevator that suits their needs. In addition, homeowners are not mandated by law to purchase elevator maintenance policies, though it is advisable to regularly verify the functionality of your elevator if you use it on a regular basis.

The other differences between commercial and residential elevators reside in the requirements on the doors and fire service button. Except the lifts that are limited use and limited access, all commercial elevators must include an automatic door opening and shutting system and must have a fireproof system that permits them to travel from floor to floor without endangering passengers. These features are not mandatory for homeowners, though they should insure their purchase comes with a variety of safety features.

When it comes to home elevators,there are differences between the basic models. Most home elevators use cables or chains to move the car from one level to another, but the cables are propelled differently. Hydraulic elevators use a hydraulic piston or jack to push a loop of cable connected to the car as the piston extends. Winding drum elevators have the support cables on a large spool or drum to move the car up and down. Traction drive elevators use counterweights to balance the weight of the car, and the motor moves the weights down as the car goes up via cables or chains.

Plenty of people have needed to decide what type of elevator would be best suited for their home or business, but if you've never done it before you may be at a loss trying to figure it out. One of the first things to consider is the type of building, because different elevators are designed for the type of building where they are going to be installed.

You wouldn't buy a platform lift for a small building with a few floors. They are best suited for larger buildings. Paying special attention to the needs of your specific home or commercial building is essential in choosing an elevator, so spend time doing research on elevator models and the buildings they are designed for before making your selection.

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