Consider a Vertical Lift instead of an Elevator

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Beware of inexpensive vertical lifts. Quality matters with this type of product.


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    A vertical lift can be used in a residence without a full hoistway. This allows a lot of creativity in the layout. To be safe, your dealer must know the codes very well. Note that there are no hoirzontal structural hoistway members in this layout. This was very carefully designed for safety and to meet codes.

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    What should you consider when choosing between a vertical lift and an elevator?

    Speed - A vertical lift is slower than an elevator.

    Capacity - A residential vertical lift will carry 450 or 500 lbs. The commercial units, which are typically used in residential applications over 6 ft. carry 750 lbs.

    Noise - The lifting mechanism is not in a remote location, so you can hear more noise as you travel in a Vertical Lift.

    Size - A vertical lift may actually be larger than a residential elevator. Vertical lifts are allowed to be up to 18 sq. ft. and residential elevators may be only up to 15 sq. ft.

    Cost - Elevators cost more than Vertical Lifts. You may be able to get an interior Vertical Lift installed that serves up to 10 feet of travel for around $13,000. Construction costs are extra.

    Options - There are no options for the platform finish other than color. They are metal.

    Controls - The controls on a vertical platform lift are constant pressure. You have to keep pressure on the button during the trip or the lift will stop.

    Openness - For people who feel claustrophobic in a small elevator cab, a vertical lift may work well because you ride in a half car and can see out around you.

    Hoistway - If you pass through a floor, you will need to have a full hoistway built to at least 42" above the top landing.

    Doors and Gates - You must have doors and gates on the entry side of a lift. If the lift is enter/exit same side, the lower door must be full height and the wall on the entry side must extend up to the next landing. The doors and gates must close flush to the inside of the hoistway. Your contractor will need help from a well-qualified dealer so that he understands what needs to be done. There can be no protrusion or intrusion over 1/4" on any wall - which means that you cannot have a typical door handle or lock. The doors must be self-closing and use modified locks with no thumb turns on the back.