What is a Car Lift, and How Can They Add Value to Your Project?

As the UK becomes increasingly urbanised, and urban centres are growing every day, space in cities is becoming more and more expensive and in-demand every day. Finding inventive ways to increase capacity for structures like car parks is very important today to ensure that parent organisations remain profitable, regardless of rising land costs and an increase in space restrictions.

Car lifts can be used over-ground or underground to reduce the need for spacious ramps and parking spaces, as well as provide users with a simpler and more streamlined parking experience.

Car lifts can be used in both commercial settings and in residential applications, whether this is in automatic parking systems (where cars are moved and stored without the user in the vehicle), in man-on-board lifts (where a driver or member of staff accompanies the car on the lift and then drives it to park it), or in car stackers (where car parking spaces are “stacked”, either above or below ground).

Car lifts can also increase driveway space in residential homes, allowing for multiple cars to be moved underground, or to stack vehicles. This makes access easier, and also allows for more space. In the luxury housing market, car lifts can also massively increase the value of a home and are a highly sought-after feature for many prospective buyers.

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Types of Car Lifts

There are many different types of car lifts available on the market today, each with their own applications, advantages and disadvantages. At Sheridan Lifts, our team of lift installation experts are always happy to offer advice on how to best carry out your lift installation project, including when it comes to upfront costs, construction costs and installation costs of your lift type. Some lifts are able to be used in both commercial and residential settings, while others are generally only used in commercial settings. Some of the most popular car lift types include:

Like regular platform lifts, car platform lifts can be used to quickly and easily lift and lower heavy goods such as cars and vans shorter distances, with minimal building work required.

Automatic car lifts are an impressive option that parks and stores vehicles for users, without them needing to ever enter the car parking/storage area.

These lifts move cars to parking areas with a driver still on board, removing the need for ramp space in a multi-storey car parking space.

Car stackers or vehicle stackers are used to lift cars and create space to store more than one vehicle in a column, which is excellent for garages and parking facilities with limited floor space.

Like car stackers, these lifts help to save space in commercial or residential garages, but use a tilted design to save more space, without compromising on the safety and security of users and vehicles.

What to Consider when Installing a Car Lift

When you’re installing a car lift, there are several important considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure that your project is a success, and that it offers you and your users the best possible experience when using your car lift.

Safety In Your Car Lift

In terms of safety, a cheap or low-quality parking lift differs substantially from a high-quality one, as less expensive alternatives usually have fewer safety features and a shorter warranty on their parts and labour. When selecting a parking lift, choosing a lift installation partner that is well-known, highly qualified and established can make a huge difference to the overall success of your project – the team at Sheridan Lifts are always happy to provide advice and help you choose the correct type and model for your parking lift project. Having a maintenance plan in place is also vital to ensuring the safety of your car lift in the long term.

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Getting the Right Functionalities

It is extremely important to choose the right parking lift for your application when investing in a parking lift. Before you look into buying a parking lift, be sure to thoroughly evaluate the unique needs of your project, as this allows you and your engineers to identify the features you need and the ones you don’t, which will result in you finding the best possible solution. There are many different functionalities available when it comes to car parking lifts, so choosing the right type of lift, the right capacity and capabilities, the right budget and the right user controls will all make a difference to the finished product.

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Support and Maintenance Contracts for Your Car Lift

While a high-quality installation job is a must for your car lift, there is also extensive ongoing maintenance required when it comes to keeping your lifts safe and running in the long term. It is necessary to maintain, repair, and upgrade parking lifts throughout their lifespan because they are complex pieces of equipment. When calculating the lifetime cost of owning a parking lift, you need to consider all of these factors!

It is a legal requirement that any lift that carries people, whether it carries just passengers or both passengers and goods, as in a man-on-board car parking lift, be inspected every six months. For goods-only lifts, such as automatic car lifts, for example, an in-depth inspection is needed at least every 12 months.

At Sheridan Lifts, we offer a range of lift maintenance packages for all of the lifts we install. Our lift maintenance packages have been designed to suit a range of budgets and lift maintenance needs, so you can get quality maintenance regardless of the type of car lift you have installed. Our team can help advise you on the right package for you, based on how much traffic your lift receives, the impact a breakdown would have, the size and initial cost of your lift, and many many other factors.

Along with our standard lift maintenance packages, we can also assist in creating entirely custom packages if required, so that our services can be tailored to meet your exact needs and those of your lift users. Inspections and maintenance visits are included in all of our lift maintenance packages to ensure your lifts are always in compliance, and that any problems can be discovered early and resolved quickly.

Working With Sheridan Lifts for Your Car Lift Installation

At Sheridan Lifts, we are proud to be one of the nation’s foremost experts in the design, installation and maintenance of car lifts and car parking lifts. To find out more about the work we do, or to speak to our friendly sales team about a car lift for your next project, please get in touch via our website form or by giving our offices a call!

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