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How to Choose A Home Elevator

pve elevator in stairwell of a winding staircase

The technologies available today give homeowners a wide selection of elevator types depending on their needs.  Home elevators is a rising trend as they become more affordable, our population ages, and more multi-level homes are built. Convenient elevators are no longer just for the rich or the disabled.  But with all these choices of types of residential elevators, it can become difficult to decide which system works best for you and your family.

Traditional Elevators

Traditional residential elevators come in three main systems: hydraulic, traction, and winding drum.

These types of elevators often require a shaft, pit, and machine room to operate.

They can be installed pre-construction which can be planned into the home’s architecture and aesthetic to complete the design. Or they can be retrofitted into existing homes.

We can work with you either way to best fit your lifestyle when going with a traditional home elevator.

Our licensed contractors are insured and bonded giving you peace of mind when making such a big decision to change your home’s structure to fit an elevator.

Hydraulic vs Traction Elevators
luxury cab of a traditional residential elevator installed by home elevator of houston
pneumatic vacuum elevator installed by home elevator of houston

Vacuum or Air-Driven Elevators

For cost and flexibility, it is hard to not like vacuum elevator solutions.

In a home retrofit project, vacuum elevators can be installed in a variety of locations with minimal installation time, usually 2 days.

It is typically the more affordable solution for lower installation, operating, and maintenance costs. Also, PVEs do not need machine rooms or an elevator shaft or pit to operate leaving more room in your home for storage and living.

With the variety of design options and 360-degree field of view, it is easy to fit the aesthetic of your home and will add value if and when you sell your home.

PVE models range from single passenger to three passenger or wheelchair accessible models.

Compare PVE to Traditional Elevators

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The number one question we receive is about the cost of a home elevator. Traditional elevators start at $27,000 and vacuum elevators at $35,000. If this is an investment you wish to make in your home for your safety and convenience, let's schedule a free in-home consultation. See more home elevator pricing details.
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Elevators Add Value and Accessibility to Your Home

Whether you need a home elevator because of a disability or just the inherent mobility safety over traditional stairs, residential elevators are becoming more affordable and a nice option to add to your home.  And with the trend of “aging in place,” a home elevator is a great option to add for the future and can be a great selling point if you do decide to sell your home.

It is important to talk with a licensed and knowledgeable accessibility expert like us at Home Elevator of Houston. We have decades of experience and can make sure that we give you the right information to make an informed decision.  Also, our professionals will properly install your home elevator for years of convenience and trouble-free operation.

We offer free in-home consultations to help you confidently choose the right solution for you.

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