Below are a few questions we often get about elevators and wheelchair lifts. If you have a question that is not answered here, please use the form on this page to send us your inquiry. Or better, give us a call at (713) 360-7353
Q. How much will a residential elevator cost?
Many factors affect the final installed cost of an elevator such as number of floors, type of elevator, door openings, cab size, and any other options you may want. Installed traditional elevators start at $27,000, and installed vacuum elevators start at $35,000. But depending on the situation and installation site requirements, a vacuum elevator may be a less expensive solution for your home. There are so many considerations so we wrote a blog post about how much a home elevator costs that may help you understand in more detail. The best way to know what your options are and the cost of each is to schedule a free in-home consultation. One of our knowledgeable associates will look at your home’s architecture and give you all the details to make an informed decision.
Q. Do you repair or offer maintenance services for home elevators?
We service and offer maintenance plans for elevators installed by us.
Q. Is there a standard size home elevator?
While some sizes are more common than others, there is no standard residential size. We do install the world’s smallest home elevator.
Q. What is an elevator pit?
That is a recessed area in your home’s foundation so that your elevator car will land evenly with the 1st floor.
Q. Does an elevator need to have a pit?
Q. Do all elevators require a machine room?
No they don’t, we have elevators that have everything go inside the hoistway.
Q. How many floors can a home elevator travel?
Residential elevators can travel vertically up to 50 feet of travel and 5 to 6 stops.
Q. What is a LU/LA elevator?
This is a LU/LA elevator is commercial elevator designed for low-rise buildings with light to moderate traffic becoming ADA compliant. It stands for limited-use/limited-access.
Q. What happens if I lose electricity while in the elevator?
It depends on the type of elevator you have, but all our home elevators are installed according to code and come standard with an emergency battery back-up. Read more about how home elevator systems are designed to keep you safe during a power outage.
Q. What happens if the elevator breaks while I’m in between floors?
Although very rare, that’s why elevator codes require us to install an alarm system and a telephone in every elevator.
Q. What happens if I overload my home elevator?
All residential elevators (any elevator, really) has its weight capacity posted on a label inside the cab. If that capacity is exceeded, the elevator will not move.
Q. What is the difference between a Wheelchair Lift and Vertical Platform Lift (VPL)?
They are the same thing.
Q. What exactly is a wheelchair lift?
This is platform that will lift people in a wheelchair or other mobility assistance device like a scooter to travel from one level to the next. The change in elevation may be a few inches up to 14′ (Texas code maximum). It is done either vertically with a Vertical Platform Lift that is much like a “stripped down” elevator or inclined running over a staircase, which is called an Inclined Platform Lift (IPL). NOTE: IPL are currently unavailable.
Q. Is there a standard size for wheelchair lift?
In a commercial application there is. The smallest size allowed by code is 36″x 48″.
Q. How high can a wheelchair lift go?
The highest a wheelchair lift can go in Texas is 14′.
Q. Does a wheelchair lift need a machine room?
No, it does not. All the equipment goes in the adjacent shroud/mast.
Q. Is a wheelchair lift or a LU/LA elevator right for my building?
Glad you asked! We have put together a comparison of wheelchair lifts and LU/LA elevators for commercial and other low-use buildings.