The reasons for lift upgrades vary. Some people are under the assumption that lift upgrades only occur when a lift is particularly old or isn’t working as it should. In fact, there are a number of reasons why people often opt for lift upgrades – as we’re about to outline.
- Disability Discrimination Act
Many buildings have to undertake a lift refurbishment or perform lift upgrades to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. Ensuring that your lift is accessible to all, is a must if you are offering services to the public and this often means making tweaks to your existing lifts. Some of the lift features that are added during lift upgrades, to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act include: floor announcements, tactile and audible push buttons and signals, lift car handrails and accessible intercoms.
- Health and Safety Lift Upgrade
Just like with the Disability Discrimination Act, lifts must adhere to strict health and safety regulations. Failing to comply can at best, land you with a hefty fine and at worst, a major accident that could cause serious harm to people. These kinds of lift upgrades are common on quite old lifts and building.
- Aesthetic Upgrade
Lift upgrades on ugly or old lifts are common if only to approve the aesthetics of the lift. If it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the building or looks particularly tired, it can have a detrimental effect on your business or building as a whole. Giving a lift a quick facelift can work wonders for the impression it gives.
- Performance Lift Upgrade
If a lift is struggling to perform to its ability then that’s often a sign that a lift upgrade is needed. Lift upgrades are often all that’s necessary rather than a whole lift replacement, to get the lift up to code.