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. Is there a standard size home elevator?

While some sizes are more common than others, there is no standard residential size.

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?

A pit is recommended, for our traditional home elevators that go in a hoistway or shaft. Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators (PVE) do not require a pit or shaft construction.

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. 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.  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 consultation.  One of our knowledgeable associates will give you all the details to make an informed decision.

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?

All our home elevators come standard with an emergency battery back-up.

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 a telephone in every elevator.

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 with ambulatory problems travel from one level to the next. It is done either vertically, or inclined running over a stair case. (Inclined Platform Lift, aka, IPL)

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.


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