Do’s and don’ts of adding an elevator in your office

Commercial buildings / offices need to have an elevator for both convenience and accessibility for its users and visitors. In case your office is located across several floors in a building you must consider installing an elevator. Grant Residential Elevators has over half a century of experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of lifts.

While choosing an elevator for your office you must keep the following things in mind:

  • The type of elevator you choose must be appropriate for your office building: There are basically three types of elevators for commercial buildings. The first category is a hydraulic lift which is easy to install but takes up a lot of space as it requires a separate machine room for the equipment that runs the elevator. So it may not be a great option if you have space constraints. The second category are the traction elevator or the Machine Room Less (MRL) elevators which don’t need a separate machine room and the elevator works by sliding up and down a track with counter weights. The installation, however, is tedious and you should consider this as an option only if you have some renovation / retrofitting plans for your office. The third category are the pneumatic elevators which are the most advanced. These elevators consist of a large polycarbonate tube which has a tube inside within which the cab works with air pressure. This tube can be installed without the need to build a shaft or a machine room and can be fitted without any retrofitting required. So if you aren’t planning any renovation in your office this option may be the most appropriate.
  • Cost of the elevator: The cost of the elevator depends upon the type of elevator you choose (out of the three listed above) and whether the elevator is being installed while constructing a new office or while retrofitting an old one. One must remember to include the cost of the elevator, installation costs, cost of constructing a machine room and for the electrical wiring work which may be required.
  • Adherence to the safety guidelines: It is important to ensure that the service provider adheres to the local safety guidelines while installing the elevator to avoid any risk in the future.
  • Choosing a service provider: You must remember to choose a service provider who is known for making commercial elevators and has a proven track record of installing the same in your local area.