Once you have chosen your Stiltz home elevator the next stage is to prepare the area of the home for installation. Most residential elevators require a shaft and building one can be quite an undertaking. It can sometimes take several weeks of site preparation and be very disruptive, noisy and messy for the homeowner.
But with a Stiltz home lift, depending on the type of work involved with the property, either a simple floor penetration or some adaptations to your landing is all that is usually required.
If your Stiltz home elevator is going through the floor, the building contractor will ensure that the strength and integrity of the house remains even when the appropriate hole has been made in the ceiling for the lift to pass through.
It is not complicated or time consuming to install one of our residential elevators and any experienced and competent builder can carry out the work.
The hole for the home lift will be just big enough for the elevator to pass through with about 1” of clearance around it. Upstairs a lip can be created around the hole so that the lid, which fills the hole when the lift is downstairs, will sit level with the floor above.
This means that you can put your original flooring back down on the lid and create an almost seamless look when the lift is downstairs. When your Stiltz elevator comes back upstairs it picks the lid up on its way. Should anyone be standing on the lid as the lift is coming up, sensors on the top will be activated as soon as it detects the weight and it will stop.
The residential elevator travels on a unique twin rail system which is screwed into the floor which means no supporting wall is required, allowing the lift to be installed virtually anywhere in the home.
Some customers have placed their Stiltz home elevator in a closet either upstairs, downstairs or both. If the user is looking for a more discreet installation, this is a neat option.
The other installation method is for the Stiltz home elevator to travel up to a landing. This can be achieved with all of our products, including the Trio wheelchair elevator.
Brackets will hold the rails in place about halfway up between floors and the rails will also be screwed to the floor and into the ceiling. In this instance a piece of wood must also be fixed into the ceiling spanning three joists (this is not needed with a through floor installation.)
A gate will be built into the landing from your existing railing which will open when the home elevator is upstairs. By using an ‘interlock’ this gate will only open when the Stiltz lift is upstairs. As soon as it leaves the landing the landing gate will lock.
Customers may find that either of these types of installation will work for them. It depends on whichever is the most suitable and convenient for you and your family. At Stiltz, we are proud to say that no other home elevator on the market offers as much flexibility and ease of install as the Stiltz range of residential elevator products.