Lifts and elevators come in different categories, types, builds and designs to suit the building and the purpose for which they are installed. Passenger lifts are the most common, but other types also include cargo lifts and dual-purpose lifts that are designed for both passenger and heavy cargo. Read on to know which type is best suited for your building.
Types of Lifts for Different Buildings
This is the most common type of lift and can be found in almost any type of building that has more than six floors. Passenger lifts come in different sizes that correspond to specific passenger loads.
Cargo lifts are used to transport heavy items away and are often dedicated for this function to cut down on foot traffic. Cargo lifts are common in commercial establishments such as stores, restaurants and offices and are installed on a different shaft away from common work areas. Service lifts come with basic interiors but are designed to carry heavier loads compared to typical lifts.
Double purpose lifts are designed for both passenger and cargo. Common in residential buildings, hospitals and office-buildings, these lifts are often wide and have large capacities to suit different types of loads. They are also often-designed to accommodate handicapped passengers which means they come with features like non-slip floors, handicap-friendly support bars and easy-to-reach emergency systems.
Also called domestic lifts, these are designed to move passengers among different floors in a residential setting and are built either inside or outside the home. Residential elevators are smaller than regular elevators and are often built to accommodate up to three people at a time. A special type of residential lift is the stairway lift which is common in homes where someone in the family has a problem with independent mobility. This type of lift is installed along an existing staircase and follows the shape of the stairs. It can also be constructed inside or outside the home and can be remotely controlled.
Also called bespoke lifts, these are designed according to a specific purpose or need. Bespoke lifts are often favored by private users who want elevators that are designed according to specific needs, such as private handicapped users who live in multi-story residences. Bespoke lifts are also called such because the interior design can also be custom-made.
Lifts According to Height
Lifts may also be categorized according to building height. Hydraulic lifts are commonly found in low-rise buildings or those that have a maximum of three stories. Hydraulic lifts are named such because they use an underground hydraulic cylinder. Mid-rise buildings or those that have up to eleven stories typically use geared elevators. High-rise buildings are suited for gear-less traction lifts.
These are the most common types of lifts that suit the needs of a building and the people using it. To ensure that the lift is safe and can provide the service needed by a building and its passengers, work with a reputable lift contractor who can cater to your specific design and function requirements.