People think of installing an elevator in their home for many reasons: climbing stairs is getting hard or hard for a relative, convenience, to upgrade their home’s resale value, or because it’s just plain cool. Then come the objections: the cost, the maintenance, and nightmares about installation.
What many people don’t realize is that these issues, in the hands of experienced professionals, can become surprisingly pain-free. Installation isn’t as hard as you think, the cost isn’t so bad especially when spread over several years, and the right maintenance contract can keep things humming along—and fixed quickly if rare problems occur.
Elevators in some locations present fascinating problems. For example, elevator technology turns out to be a limiting factor in how high buildings can be built. (If your home is under 2,000 feet tall, you can rest easy.) As one country after another, races to build the world’s tallest building, the ability to move people to new heights is an urgent problem.
One issue is speed: how can you travel 2,000 feet in a reasonable time? But a more pressing problem is the weight of the cables; ordinary elevator cables covering that distance will weigh over 41,000 pounds!
As they work to solve that problem, builders are promising the latest bells and whistles. Like summoning the elevator on your iPhone and punching in your destination before you get on—so the elevator system can figure out how to most efficiently allocate riders along that 2,000 plus feet.
These will all be features in the Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, expected to cost $1.2 billion and stand over 3,000 feet into the sky. We never quote an installation without carefully researching your situation. But we can confidently promise to come in well under that figure.
In light of the tower’s gargantuan problems, you can see why installing an elevator in your home isn’t so hard. Especially since we have been doing it for over 50 years—we have seen it all and solved it all.
After everything is up and running, many of our clients ask themselves one question: what took me? Give us a call to see if installing a home elevator in your place is really that complicated. We think you’ll be pleased.