Access to a home elevator will support your desire to age in place. Use the following guidelines when choosing an elevator product to have installed in your residence. 

Access And Comfort

Elevators feature side opening and center opening doors. Elevator doors come equipped with single-speed and multiple-speed options. The access panel that is designed to operate the door will typically be placed at a height that both people who are standing or seated in a wheelchair will be able to access.

Comfort features are installed in many modern home elevator models. These features may include a shock-resistant floor covering within the cab and cushioned handrails. 

When reviewing home elevator models that are featured in a dealer's showroom, you will have the opportunity to view a wide range of models. This will allow you to hone in on an elevator style that is best equipped for your lifestyle. 

Custom Features

Residential elevators include basic models and handicap-accessible models. A manufacturer may offer customization processes for either type of elevator.

Adding glass doors to an elevator will improve the aesthetics of the elevator. Adding an extra wide handrail within the elevator cabin will support those with limited mobility. An elevator manufacturer will list a range of custom features that you can select from when placing an order for your new elevator. 


A manufacturer will specify how many feet an elevator will travel per second. The drive system that an elevator contains will have a bearing on how fast an elevator will be. Roped hydraulic, cable winding drum, vacuum tube, and gearless traction drive systems are featured in residential elevators. 

Weight Limit

The weight limit that a manufacturer advertises should be carefully assessed. If you or a loved one will be using a wheelchair when riding on the elevator, make sure that the unit you are seeking to purchase will be equipped to handle the weight load.

A handicap-accessible elevator will contain a larger cab than a basic elevator model. An elevator that is rated as a handicap-accessible model will likely support more weight than a basic elevator model.

Noise Level

Many modern elevators contain technological equipment that buffers the noise that the drive train makes while an elevator is moving. In spite of this, you should still assess many elevator models. This will allow you to select an elevator that is relatively quiet while it is operated.

Contact a company that offers home elevators to learn more.