Pros and Cons of 5 Different Elevator Installations

When it comes to installing a residential home elevator, there are many different installation methods to choose from depending on your personal needs. With home elevators, there are, of course, pros and cons to each installation. For your guidance, we’ve compiled a quick run-down of five elevator installations to help you make an informed decision about which one will best suit your requirements.

Roped hydraulic

A roped hydraulic elevator uses a pulley system with a hydraulic pump and cables. It offers a smooth (though slow) ride and is a popular choice for residential elevators for several reasons. Firstly, its dual design makes it a cost-effective option compared to some other installations, and it’s easy to maintain. There’s no need to dig a well hole, and it doesn’t put a strain on the property’s top-level infrastructure. The major disadvantage is energy usage - hydraulic elevators are not the most efficient. You can combat this by installing a counter weighted roped system that counterbalances the load on the motor, making it a much more economical option.

Overhead traction

Unlike the hydraulic, this type of elevator installation uses hoist ropes and counterweight, which balances the cab load. It can reach faster speeds than a hydraulic lift, offers a smoother ride and uses far less energy. The main downside is the cost - traction installations are significantly more expensive to install and can be more high-maintenance due to the location of the controls.

Machine room less (MRL)

An MRL installation is the perfect solution for homeowners who want to save space. It is a type of hydraulic or traction lift that eliminates the need for a machine room. Instead, the hoist stores all the controls and mechanics. While you save on space, you can also save on price; without the machine room installation, the cost is generally cheaper. A negative aspect is the noise pollution and vibrations caused by the steel connections. Soundproofing is an option, but this will increase the price. Reduced load capacity is another downside, but this tends to have less of an impact in residential buildings compared to high-storey commercial properties.

Winding Drum

Sharing traits with the traction and MRL systems, a winding drum installation uses electrical power, counterweights and ropes to control the rise and fall of the elevator. There is no need for a machine room as the motor can sit above or below the elevator shaft, saving space and reducing installation and maintenance costs. Downsides are they’re not as smooth as other systems, and there is a clicking noise made by the breaks, which can irritate householders.

Custom builds

As a knowledgeable elevator installer, we can design a custom lift depending on your style, preferences and requirements. From installing fully-functioning wheelchair lifts to adding subtle design accents that complement your interior, our custom builds are tailored to you. Here are some examples of customizable elevator parts:

  • Cab materials - white oak, walnut, mahogany or maple
  • Elevator gate types - swing doors or collapsible gates
  • Ceiling finish - mirrored, glass, panelled or painted mural
  • Flooring - carpet, hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tiles

This list is by no means exhaustive. Adding some personal flair will give your lift personality and allow it to blend perfectly into your home.

At Ascension Elevators, we promise you’re in good hands. We’re a home elevator company with a five-star Google rating that focuses on providing exceptional customer service. If you have any questions about residential elevators, get in touch today, and we can talk you through our products and services, finding exactly the right elevator you need for your home.