Houston Home Elevators

What is a residential elevator? 

A residential elevator is a lift system that is installed in homes to make multi-level homes more accessible. Residential elevators are designed to fit within the size and space limitations of a home’s doorways and ceilings. You can have an elevator installed during new construction, or it can be installed in your existing home. 

What are the benefits of home elevators? 

Home elevators can provide access to areas of a home that may be difficult for some residents to access otherwise. This is especially beneficial for seniors or those with mobility limitations who may find climbing the stairs challenging or even unsafe. People who need to go up and down stairs multiple times per day can also benefit from the convenience that a home elevator provides. 

Are there wheelchair-friendly home elevators? 

Wheelchair users can use home elevators, provided they are large enough for the person in the wheelchair to move and turn around. An alternative to a traditional home elevator is a wheelchair lift, which is also called a vertical platform lift. These lifts can be enclosed or open on top, and often they are installed in garages or outside near entrances instead of a ramp.

How much does a home elevator cost? 

There are many things that affect the cost of a home elevator, including the location and size of the area where it will be installed, the brand and type of elevator, and whether the installation is for new construction or retrofitted into an existing home. Costs generally run between $30,000 and $50,000 for the cost of the actual elevator and the labor and materials needed. 

How safe is the elevator? 

Today’s modern home elevators are designed with your safety in mind. They are equipped with safety features, such as door interlocks, sensors, an elevator phone, an emergency alarm, and a backup power supply. In addition, there are regulations that dictate the requirements for weight limits, speed, and travel distance. 

How fast do home elevators move? 

With an average speed of about 40 feet per minute, home elevators move a lot slower than commercial ones. 

What is the difference between residential and commercial elevators? 

Residential and commercial elevators have different size requirements and weight limits. For commercial elevators, these requirements are based on where they are located and the number of floors served. Residential elevators are typically much smaller than commercial ones, which enables them to fit into the smaller spaces found in homes. 

How much space is needed for a home elevator?

Home elevators typically require about 25 square feet of space and an 8-inch pit. In addition, some models require a machine room to house the elevator’s machinery and electrical controls, which will add to the space required for installation. The minimum size requirements for a machine room are 5’5” deep and 4’6” wide. 

What types of home elevators are there? 

There are four types of home elevators. These are:

  • Traction – This type uses a track and rope system to move the elevator. The system can be geared or gearless.
  • Hydraulic – This type uses a hydraulic system of valves and pistons to move the elevator.
  • Machine-room-less – This type has machinery installed in a space that is accessed through the top of the elevator rather than in a machine room.
  • Vacuum – This type uses an air-driven system rather than cables or a pulley system.

Where do you install a home elevator? 

In existing homes, residential elevators are typically installed near stairways or in closets, living rooms, hallways, or garages. In new construction, you have more options because you are not limited by existing structures, and the elevator can even be an attractive design element. You can work with your architect or builder to determine the best place for your home elevator. 

What happens if there is a power outage?

Today’s modern home elevators are equipped with a backup system that uses battery power to lower the elevator to the ground floor even if there is a power outage. This safety mechanism is designed to prevent anyone from getting stuck in the elevator if the power goes out. 

How long does it take to install?

Many things affect how long it takes to install a home elevator, such as the type of elevator, machine room requirements, if it will be installed in new construction or in an existing space, and how much remodeling or construction work will need to be done to accommodate it. This can take a couple of days or a few weeks. It can also take a few weeks to have the elevator made to your requirements. 

How many people can a home elevator lift? 

Most residential elevators are designed to carry one or two people, depending on the type and dimensions of the elevator. 

Can residential elevators be fitted to any home? 

Residential elevators can be installed in almost any home. Certain types of elevators require more space than others, so it’s important to take that into consideration when you choose your elevator. 

Does insurance cover the cost of a home elevator? 

Standard insurance policies and Medicare do not typically cover the cost of a home elevator, but there may be community grants that will help pay a portion of the cost. In addition, VA healthcare will cover the cost of home elevators for veterans injured in the line of duty. In certain cases and in some states, other veterans may also be eligible to receive some assistance with the costs related to installing a home elevator.

What maintenance does a home elevator require?

Inspection requirements vary by state, with some states requiring annual inspections and others requiring inspections at longer intervals of time. It is best that you have your home elevator inspected every year by a trained maintenance professional who can make any necessary repairs. 

How much will elevator maintenance cost? 

A service call for maintenance for your home elevator can typically cost between $100 and $150, with additional charges for any repairs that are needed. The cost for annual inspections and maintenance is typically around $450 per year on average, but this depends on how many floors the elevator provides access to and the type of elevator. 

How is a home elevator powered?

Different types of home elevators are powered by different methods, including a hydraulic system, an air-driven system, or a track and rope system. In addition, modern home elevators are equipped with a battery backup that can be used during a power outage. 

How will my home elevator be installed?

That will depend on many factors, such as whether it will be installed in new construction or in your existing home, if any remodeling needs to be done, and what type of elevator you choose. We will work with your builder, architect, or contractor as we prepare for the installation, and then our trained installers will properly install your new elevator for you. 

What are the weight capacities for home elevators? 

The weight capacity for home elevators can range from 500 to 750 pounds for most models and up to 1,500 pounds for some models.

How do I use a home elevator? 

A home elevator works the same way a commercial elevator does. You just push the appropriate button, and the elevator moves.

How do I pick the best home elevator? 

You should consider the location where you would like your home elevator installed and the type of elevator you would like.  The size and amount of space required are also important factors. Our design specialists will work with you to determine the best type of elevator to fit into your existing space, and if you’re building a new home, we will work with your builder or architect to include the elevator in your home’s design.

Will a home elevator increase the value of my home? 

Adding a high-quality residential elevator to your home can add to the value of your home. It can also make your home more appealing to many buyers, especially seniors or those with mobility limitations.