Years ago, elevators were deemed exclusive for commercial use. Over the years, residential elevators have steadily been gaining popularity with homeowners. This could be for an array of reasons ranging from the aesthetics they could bring into your home, their convenience, or simply due to necessity if you have loved ones whose mobility is impeded. Here are some of the different types of residential elevators that you could choose to install in your home.
These types of elevators tend to take up a significant amount of space. This is because they will require a control room that will house the machinery used to operate the elevator. As such, hydraulic residential elevators are better suited to individuals who either are constructing a new home or have engaged in renovations of their current residence. Hydraulic elevators can also enhance the interior décor of your home. Once installed, the paneling can be made from materials that will either match or complement your décor. Therefore, you do not have to worry about this type of elevator seeming out of place once it has been installed.
This type of elevator is also referred to as an MRL elevator. MRL stands for Machine Room-Less elevator. This type of elevator will not need a separate control room for its operational equipment. Instead, it is installed directly onto a track that has been mounted where the elevator will be servicing. To operate, the elevator will have a counterweight that functions to slide it up and down the track as needed. Generally, traction elevators will be installed on a staircase. This makes them an ideal option for homeowners who are simply looking for a simple retrofit. It should be noted, though, that traction elevators are not designed to slide up and down curved stairways.
This type of elevator is one of the more technologically advanced options that you could consider. They comprise a large tube made of polycarbonate, which contains a secondary tube within it. A cab is then attached onto the secondary tube and operates using air pressure. A pneumatic elevator will come with a pump box that will prove the air pressure to move the cab. Nevertheless, you will not require a machine room for this option either, as the pump box is quite small and portable. Pneumatic elevators are also a convenient option for homeowners looking to install an elevator in their existing homes rather than when constructing a residence.
For more information, contact an elevator installation company.