Indoor or Outdoor Elevator; Which One is Right for You?

So you’ve decided to install an elevator in your home, and now you’ve got one more big decision to make — where exactly do you want it installed? Your choice will be between an indoor or an outdoor elevator, and your needs, your space availability and your home’s layout will determine your ultimate decision.  Here are a few things to take into consideration when you are making your final decision between the two:

Space Availability:

Installation of an indoor elevator will require more interior space as you’ll have to make a place for it. You’ll have to adjust your layout slightly in order to accommodate your new addition.

If you’re short on space in your home, or simply don’t want to lose any valuable square footage, an outdoor elevator may be a good choice for you as you will not have to allot any interior space to make room for installation.

Aesthetic Preferences and Overall Convenience:

Consumers often choose an indoor elevator because installing it will not change their home’s outside appearance.  Since it is in the interior of the home, there is little indication from outside that it has even been installed.  If you don’t want to change the outside look of your home, an indoor elevator is definitely the right choice for you.

An outdoor elevator is, as the name simply states, installed on the outside of your home.  Installation requires little interior construction, minimizing disturbance during the entire process as there is no need to move plumbing, ductwork or electrical work to accommodate the new elevator. With an outdoor elevator, users can reach a higher level of the home without having to access the traditional entranceway, like the front door or garage door. For example, you could unload your car and travel from your ground floor garage to your second-floor kitchen right up to your third-floor bedroom in a quick trip.

Local Weather:

It is important to consider the weather in your area when you’re deciding between an indoor or outdoor elevator.  While outdoor elevators are built to withstand normal weather fluctuations, an indoor elevator would be a better choice if you live in a climate with harsh or extreme conditions, like long, snowy winters.

At Liftavator, we offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor elevator options. Our residential elevators provide up to 50 vertical feet of elevator service, and even small properties with limited space can take advantage of one of our indoor elevator options.  Our outdoor elevator is the most durable, weather resistance vertical platform lift on the market today. Short lead times and an easy installation process means creating access to your multi-story home is a quick, easy process!

About Liftavator

Liftavator, the number-one source for residential, limited use/limited application (LU/LA) in North Carolina, designs, builds, and installs only the highest quality elevators and platform lifts. In addition to the company’s revolutionary designs and ideas, it offers a 90-day guarantee on all labor and materials. Liftavator doesn’t consider a job complete until the customer is 100% satisfied.

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