What is a through-the-floor elevator?
These elevators are not fully automatic, they feature constant pressure operation and are should therefore be called accessibility lifts. An example of a through-floor lift is the Savaria Telecab. It operates on a self-supporting tower and moves through a floor cut-out rather than a hoist-way. When space is an issue, this option is a good way to move one person with a wheelchair from one floor to another. The cab includes lighting, a non-skid floor, a full handrail and easy to reach controls making it easy to use with a mobility device or wheelchair. This style of lift is a better solution than a stairlift if you use a wheelchair since you can remain in your chair, with no need to transfer.
How much space do I need for a through-the-floor elevator?
For the floor cut-out, you will need a minimum space of about 36″ by 61″.
What about all-glass elevators?
An elevator can be made from glass with metal framing with extensive customization. Alternatively, a Savaria Vuelift is an all-glass (or all-acrylic) elevator with metal framing that includes a self-supporting hoistway. See more about the Savaria Vuelift here.
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