Pros and Cons of 5 Different Elevator Installations

When it comes to installing a residentialhome elevator, there are many different installationmethods to choose from depending on your personal needs. With homeelevators, there are, of course, pros and cons toeach installation. For your guidance, we’ve compiled a quick run-down of fiveelevator installations to help you make an informed decision about which onewill best suit your requirements.

Roped hydraulic

A roped hydraulic elevator uses a pulley system with a hydraulic pump and cables. It offers a smooth (though slow) ride and is a popular choice for residential elevators for several reasons. Firstly, its dual design makes it a cost-effective option compared to some other installations, and it’s easy to maintain. There’s no need to dig a well hole, and it doesn’t put a strain on the property’s top-level infrastructure. The major disadvantage is energy usage - hydraulic elevators are not the most efficient. You can combat this by installing a counter weighted roped system that counterbalances the load on the motor, making it a much more economical option.

Overhead traction

Unlike the hydraulic, this type ofelevator installation uses hoist ropes and counterweight, which balances thecab load. It can reach faster speeds than a hydraulic lift, offers a smootherride and uses far less energy. The main downside is the cost - tractioninstallations are significantly more expensive to install and can be morehigh-maintenance due to the location of the controls.

Machine room less (MRL)

An MRL installation is the perfectsolution for homeowners who want to save space. It is a type of hydraulic ortraction lift that eliminates the need for a machine room. Instead, the hoiststores all the controls and mechanics. While you save on space, you can alsosave on price; without the machine room installation, the cost is generallycheaper. A negative aspect is the noise pollution and vibrations caused by thesteel connections. Soundproofing is an option, but this will increase theprice. Reduced load capacity is another downside, but this tends to have lessof an impact in residential buildings compared to high-storey commercialproperties.

Winding Drum

Sharing traits with the traction and MRLsystems, a winding drum installation uses electrical power, counterweights andropes to control the rise and fall of the elevator. There is no need for amachine room as the motor can sit above or below the elevator shaft, savingspace and reducing installation and maintenance costs. Downsides are they’renot as smooth as other systems, and there is a clicking noise made by thebreaks, which can irritate householders.

Custom builds

As a knowledgeable elevatorinstaller, we candesign a custom lift depending on your style, preferences and requirements.From installing fully-functioning wheelchairlifts to addingsubtle design accents that complement your interior, our custom builds aretailored to you. Here are some examples of customizable elevator parts:

  • Cab materials -white oak, walnut, mahogany or maple
  • Elevator gate types- swing doors or collapsible gates
  • Ceiling finish -mirrored, glass, panelled or painted mural
  • Flooring - carpet,hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tiles

This list is by no means exhaustive.Adding some personal flair will give your lift personality and allow it toblend perfectly into your home.

At Ascension Elevators, we promise you’rein good hands. We’re a home elevator company with a five-star Google rating that focuses on providing exceptionalcustomer service. If you have any questions about residentialelevators, get in touch today, and we can talk you through our products and services, finding exactlythe right elevator you need for your home.