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A Guide to the Difference Between Commercial and Residential Elevators for Your Toronto Property

When exploring the various conveyance options for your building, it’s important to know the differences between the leading models. Our team at Bramalea Elevator has great experience in the industry, and in this latest post, we’ll shine a light on the subject with a guide to the differences between commercial and residential elevators for Toronto buildings.

Residential elevators tend to be smaller

As you might expect, elevators designed for use in the home tend to be smaller than those used in businesses. They’re designed to be installed easily within small spaces and may only accommodate one or two people. In comparison, a commercial elevator might be able to accommodate 10 people in a Toronto building.

Commercial elevators must adhere to stricter standards

Commercial elevators must adhere to strict standards to be installed in Toronto buildings. For example, ANSI A17.1 and the Americans with Disabilities Act are two key considerations when installing commercial elevators. Residential elevators must still comply with similar standards for manufacturing, but don’t need to comply with specific commercial standards as they are not used by the general public.

Automatic Door Opening and Fireproofing

All commercial elevators installed in Toronto properties must be fitted with automatic door opening systems and fireproofing technology. This is designed to keep users safe throughout their time in the elevator. While residential systems manufacturers must abide by strict safety standards, there are no specific guidelines for safety technology within the home. It’s up to the homeowner to ensure that the elevator is designed according to their unique safety requirements.

Maintenance needs

Another key consideration when comparing commercial elevators and residential elevators is the maintenance requirements for the systems. Commercial elevators must be reviewed on a semi-annual basis to ensure that they comply with the latest performance standards. Experts from the manufacturing company will visit the facility to review the elevator and its performance. Residential elevators don’t require the same type of performance standards. They can be designed to be maintained every few years or according to the unique needs of the homeowner.

It’s important to work closely with your elevator manufacturing firm to determine the best style of elevator for your building. Our trusted team at Bramalea Elevator has decades of experience in the conveyance industry and we can help to answer any question you might have regarding the latest technology. Call today for details.

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