How to buy an efficient commercial elevator?

With technological advancements taking place in every field, even residential elevators and commercial complexes are built with architectural designs which are unique and eye-catching. They also have incorporated state-of-art technology which makes daily living an easy affair. One such helpful innovation is the installation of elevators. Advantages of installing elevators Elevators are an essential requirement for any commercial building because: - They provide an enhanced and universal mobility solution, - They increase the overall commercial value of a building by about 10%, - They are easy to design, install and maintain thereby requiring the least amount of fuss, - They provide for a safely comfortable ride from one floor to another or from one level to another.

Things to look for before installing the elevator

Since the installation done is for a commercial complex, there are certain things which need to be looked into before finalising on the same. They are: Safety and structural strength:For buildings which have already been built, it is very important get the structural strength and safety of the building assessed by a good civil contractor before an elevator is installed. For buildings which are still in the planning stages, an elevator can be incorporated into the design before the blue print is finalised. But here also, factors related to safety and the total structural strength of the building to be made has to be calculated. Inviting bids and hiring contractors: Once the desire to incorporate an elevator has been finalised, it is very important to ask for bids from good contractors with ample experience in this field. The following points have to be kept in mind before choosing a contractor: -  Compare the budget, materials used and the project plan submitted by all bidders individually, - Conduct a thorough research on previous work done to get a good knowledge about their work efficiency with regards to the equipments and materials used, time taken and ability to work within a budget, - Ensure that they have a proactive after-sales service and are well equipped to handle the annual maintenance of the elevators installed.Ensure that the bidder is also adept at providing other relevant mobility solutions like the installation of ramps, wheelchair lifts, dumbwaiters etc. Design of the elevator: The design of the elevator has to be finalised after the selection of the contractor. For this it is important to know the following details: - The type of elevator that needs to be installed like -> whether the elevator will operate with gears or without gears, -> whether it is be a normal lift, a capsule lift etc, -> whether panels should be made of glass, metal or a combination of both etc., -> the proposed site of its installation, -> capacity of people it needs to carry etc., and - The budget sanctioned for the same. Budget: Pre-determination of the budget for installing the elevator helps to ensure that costs are kept under control and do not spiral out of proportion. But for finalising the budget, the contractor has to submit his plans and designs with regards to the elevator to be installed. The budget finalised should also take into account unexpected overheads which might occur. It is best to keep a margin of 25% on and above the required budget to account for these sudden necessary expenditures. In the world of commerce, time is equivalent to money. And climbing staircases is not only physically draining but also a waste of time. Hence the installation of elevators provides an easy alternative which is much preferred by people of all ages and mentalities.  It also provides an opportunity for people who are differently abled or with having mobility problems to move about by themselves.