How ADA & Building Codes for Elevators Work

How ADA & Building Codes for Elevators Work

Residential elevators are comprised of 3 primary functional elements; the car, rail structure and the drive system.
The car is the most visible portion of the home elevator. It can be made in a variety of sizes and configurations and there are a number of ways that you can customize your home elevator car to match the décor of your home. The elevator car is the piece that transports passengers from landing to landing.

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The Anatomy of a Wheelchair Lift

Symmetry Wheelchair Lift in garage

A wheelchair lift, also known as a vertical platform lift, is a powered lifting device used to transport wheelchairs and their users from one level to another. A wheelchair elevator for home use differs from a residential elevator in that it is not always fully enclosed, uses different drive systems, and requires relatively few site modifications. Vertical platform lifts are ideal for wheelchair users who may not have the space for a full residential elevator or require a low rise application or have a need for outdoor use.

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Aging in Place: Living out Your Years in Your Home

Symmetry Shafless Home Elevator Sliding Door Open Seat Down

Defined by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” aging in place has gained popularity in recent years. Many Americans plan to live independent lives in their homes for as long as they can, rather than relocating to smaller apartments or assisted living facilities.

Successfully aging in place requires homemakers to consider how to ensure their homes remain accessible. Mobility issues affect over two-thirds of people aged 65 and older, according to the United States’ Census Bureau. Difficulty walking and climbing stairs can impair your ability to live independently while increasing the risk of falling injuries.

Aging in place house plans may be as simple as rearranging furniture to eliminate tripping hazards or as involved as installing residential home elevators. In either case the goal is the same: to ensure you can age in place in a safe, comfortable environment.

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Wheelchair and Handicap Accessible Elevators for Homes

Wheelchair Accessible Elevator Options

For people with limited mobility, a single stair can become an obstacle that limits independence, but this does not have to be the case. If you are a wheelchair user exploring home elevator or lift options that empower you stay in your home, rest assured that there are solutions available to you.

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Commercial Platform & Wheelchair Lifts

White VPL-UL at upper landing with gate open and wrap around handrail

Whether you are constructing a new building or modifying an existing building, a commercial wheelchair lift may be the perfect solution to overcome architectural barriers and elevation changes. Commercial wheelchair lifts provide the ability to overcome elevation changes in the existing environment. Capable of traveling up to 14 feet vertically, wheelchair lifts, are designed to provide ease of access for people with mobility-impairments, while occupying a small footprint.

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Accessibility in Schools: Options to Improve Accessibility

white VPL for school use improving accessibility

Inclusion within an educational environment goes beyond the rights protected by the ADA. Educational facilities are required to provide equal access to those with mobility impairments. Providing an accessible route and accessible means of egress is important to a safe and accessible administration of education.

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Entrance Doors for Vertical Platform Lifts

Fire-Rated VPL-SL Steel Door

One of the most critical aspects of a vertical platform lift (VPL) shaft is the entrance. With the safety of the rider being of the utmost importance, the entrance door is required by code to be flush to the interior of the shaft.

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Beware Used Wheelchair Lifts for Sale

white VPL outdoor

Are you looking for wheelchair lifts online? What you should know is that the price may be deceiving. Be careful, a used and untested wheelchair lift may cost you more than you think.

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Wheelchair Lift Not Working? Troubleshoot Checklist

senior woman in wheelchair at home

Wheelchair lifts, or Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs), are designed to ensure the safety of the passenger. If one of the many checkpoints along the chain of safety is breached, the lift will not move. With the redundant safeties available on VPLs it can sometimes appear that everything is fine, but the lift will not run.

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