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23Dec

All you need to know about the Garaventa Elvoron MR residential elevator

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Residential elevators in Alberta are designed and manufactured to meet safety codes and standards as per the B-44 code. All Garaventa home elevators are top-of-the-line models and meet or exceed these safety requirements.

Why choose a Garaventa residential elevator?

Garaventa products are reliable, innovative, and designed for smooth and quiet operation. In Alberta, this brand of home elevators is installed and serviced by factory-trained technicians to ensure quality.

With a wide range of options and finishes, homeowners can have a residential elevator that’s custom made to fit their home layout and decor. Choose from a number of beautiful upgraded finishes, including standard wood veneer or melamine with various gate and door options. Three-speed sliding doors are available as an upgraded door package
What are the advantages of a Garaventa residential elevator?

Home elevators make daily routines easier, safer, and more convenient. Simplify chores such as laundry and groceries in a multi-level house in one smooth trip. Unlike other residential elevators, the Garaventa Elvoron MR requires no machine room and minimizes the amount of space used in your home.

This model operates with a non-hydraulic drive without hoses, seals, valves, pumps, or cylinders, which allows for a simpler drive mechanism and fewer service calls.

Some of the advantages of the Garaventa Elvoron MR include:

  • No stretching, bouncing or spooling issues (like with some cable and drum drives)
  • Variable speed drive for a smooth start and stop
  • Single touch automatic operation (no need to hold the button like a lift)
  • Standard 1000lb capacity
  • Speed of 40 feet per minute
  • Large usable platforms appropriate for a wheelchair user and one attendant

How does the Garaventa elevator rank for safety?

The Garaventa Elvoron MR is regulated by specific safety codes and standards such as being CSA compliant. The safety of users is at the core of the design, with custom solutions to match each home’s layout and meet the household’s unique needs.

Some of the safety features include:

  • Standard battery lowering
  • A phone built into the car operating panel
  • Manual lowering
  • Optional automatic doors and gates

Garaventa products are manufactured in British Columbia and come with a standard 2-year parts warranty with the ability to extend to 7 years. With 40 years of the residential elevator and lift experience, Garaventa ensures quality and reliable solutions.

22Dec

The different types of residential lifts for your home

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Stairlifts serve as an essential piece of equipment at home for those with limited mobility. It allows for easy and safe movement around a multi-level home and helps with independent living. 

Stairway lifts come in various configurations to meet the user’s needs and are intended to fit the stairway’s layout. Residential stairlifts are a cost-effective way to improve your home’s accessibility and are mandated to operate under “constant pressure”.

Types of home lift elevators explained

Types of home lift elevators explained

 

This article focuses on three types of stairlifts – straight, curved, and outdoor lifts. 

Straight stairlift

The most common and economical type of lift is a straight stairlift, which can be directly installed along either side of a straight staircase. One of the benefits of this type of lift is that it is generally quick and easy to install with a standardized rail that can be customized to fit any staircase. We typically have these lifts in stock and can install them within 3 days.

Users have the option of choosing manual and power upgrades for added safety and convenience. Most models can come with an optional retractable rail and power seat swivel.  To save space, the seat, footrests and armrests can be folded when not in use. 

Curved stairlift

A curved stairlift should be customized to fit specific requirements for staircases with curves, turns, immediate landings, or unique and complex designs. If your stair chair isn’t custom-built for your specific set of stairs, it may not provide the tightest possible fit.  Much like a standard straight stairlift, this option comes with easy-to-use and intuitive controls and is equipped with a foldable seat, footrest, and armrests. 

Outdoor stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts come in both straight or curved configurations. The features of an outdoor lift that differentiates them from indoor lifts are that they are designed to handle changing weather conditions and extreme temperatures, including sleet and snow and high winds. They’re also equipped with a lock-and-key for added security and a cover to keep the equipment protected.

Consumers typically use outdoor lifts for transportation to and from a deck, a porch, a driveway, or a detached garage. Like indoor lifts, outdoor stairlifts come with a foldable seat, as well as a seat belt.

7Dec

The different types of stairlifts for residential and commercial use

by Andrew @ Uppercut

Modern stairlifts are designed to be flexible, practical, and economical to provide better accessibility for people who are elderly, in a wheelchair, are injured or have conditions that limit movement. stairlifts are a vital piece of equipment that minimizes the risk of falls and injuries.

Technological advancements have allowed for greater innovation and versatile designs in stairlifts. Let’s take a closer look at some of the different types of stairlifts for residential and commercial applications.

Stairlift

Stairlift

 

Residential stairlifts 

Many injuries and falls happen at home, a place that is meant to be a safe haven for seniors and wheelchair users. Residential stair lifts come in various designs to accommodate each unique space, including homes with curved stairs, porches, and tight clearances.

For stairway lifts intended for indoor purposes, the X3 is an inclined platform lift with the ability to transport a wheelchair up and down a set of straight stairs—ideal for stairs about 36 “- 41” wide and at least 47” at the bottom landing. 

The Scalara SL1+ is used on straight staircases with a capacity of carrying 400lbs in residential settings or 350lbs in commercial settings. It’s designed for comfort with a strong and steady system. 

For curved stairways, the Scalara Stairlift CL2 is a custom stairlift designed to transport individuals up and down levels safely and effortlessly. This system can handle curved and spiral stairways and buildings with several flights. 

Commercial stairlifts 

Most businesses with two or more floors can benefit from installing a lift in their building for better accessibility. This is especially true for medical centres, recreational centres, hotels, and restaurants. The following models are a reliable investment for commercial applications. 

The Garaventa Xpress II can be installed into existing spaces for straight stairways. This lift can fold up and comes with the option of being mounted to a wall or with support towers. 

The Garaventa Artira utilizes a custom-built tubular rail system that can accommodate curved staircases. This allows wheelchair access for stairways with bends or plateaus.

The Garaventa Scalara is similar to a residential stairlift but is B-355 code compliant, making it acceptable for public installations. The Scalara can accommodate both straight and curving staircases.
 

Key takeaways

The above are just a few of the many innovative stairlift designs that meet each home and business’s needs. A quality lift fits specific standards and regulations and ensures the user’s health and safety.