Glass Elevator Design Guide

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Glass Elevators

There are a few different models of glass elevators for your home that are currently available. Depending on the model you can have the ultimate in form and function, Rise Above Elevators can advise the best one for your needs. With glass elevators, you have clear cabs and self-supporting enclosures, these impressive elevators offer a modern look and feel. They are a true masterpiece of art and engineering designed to fit into an existing home’s architecture.  Most glass elevators are modular systems that come complete as a stand-alone structure, no hoist-way construction is required.

THE COST OF GLASS ELEVATORS

When you are considering a glass elevator for your home elevator, you are probably going to have questions about the cost of a luxury home addition. More than likely, it may very well be your first question. Our technicians and service staff understand your concerns, you can schedule a consultation at your convenience to discuss the cost, based on your needs and requirements.

Glass elevators are more than functional, offering style and a sleek modern feel to enhance your home. The clear panel construction of a glass elevator allows the elevator to blend into the decor of a room. The clear view of glass elevators makes for a fun riding experience. It’s a different perspective from most elevator rides.

There are two different operation options with glass elevators: Pneumatic vacuum elevators and cable elevators.

Pneumatic elevators operate by using air pressure to lift the elevator car. The elevator cab has a vacuum seal built into the ceiling. These can cost around $10,000 to $15,000 depending on the extra need for retrofitting.

Cable drive elevators use a motor and drum unit that goes into the top of the elevator shaft. Two cables connect drums to the cab.  This type of elevator is rather loud and large, and normally not a good option for a residential elevator. But there are advancements being made to the cable elevator and the new styles are good for glass elevators in homes.  The cost can range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Glass Elevator Styles

A glass residential elevator will add functionality as well as style to your home. The clear panel construction will compliment the space and also provides a 360-degree view of a home.

Rise Above Elevator, South Florida’s leading home elevator company, offers glass elevator models that may be ideal for your home. The Vision brand glass elevators offer breathtaking views from its glass panels and elevate riders at  32 feet per minute.  This elevator can travel up to 40 feet with five stops and features push button operation. The Vision elevators has a 830 pound capacity and is wheelchair accessible.

Cylindrical Glass Elevator

Cylindrical glass elevators integrate beautifully into your home. It operates on a winding drum system that utilizes two aircraft cables to safely and quietly move up to 830 pounds at a comfortable 30 feet per minute.

Installations can be done with two to five stops and feature an elevator car up to 14 square foot which can accommodate wheelchairs. The fully clear glass elevator panels offer a dramatic, unobstructed view of your home.

Cylindrical glass elevators are also lauded for maximizing space. It does not require a shaft, pit, or machine room so it easily integrates into existing home structures.

Vision Glass Elevators

Glass elevators add functionality as well as style to the home or business. These elevators will be a center point for attention. The clear panel construction, made out of polycarbonate, prevents these elevators from overwhelming a room.

Vision glass elevators are available with 2 different types of lifting mechanisms: Pneumatic and Cable. These lifting types are explained in greater detail below.

There are 3 styles of pneumatic glass elevators and 2 styles of cable glass elevators.

Cable Drive Glass Elevators

As previously mentioned, cable drive elevators incorporate a motor and drum unit into the top of the elevator shaft. Two cables will connect the drums to the cab. The drums wind up the cable to raise the cab and spool out cable to lower the cab.

The motor that is turning the drum units is controlled by a variable frequency drive (VFD) which has the ability to closely control the speed of the operation. The VFD can ramp the speed up from 0 to full speed in a very smooth motion. Ramping down to a stop is just as smooth.

Cable-driven glass elevators can be used for both residential and commercial use.  This style elevator has a weight capacity of up to 830 pounds.

Pneumatic Glass Elevators

Pneumatic vacuum elevators operate by utilizing air pressure to lift the cab. The cab has a vacuum seal built into the ceiling. Turbines at the top of the tube, draws air out of the tube above the cab and pull the cab upward.

When the cab reaches the designated level, steel brakes secure the cab to the landing. In the down direction, the turbines turn on for a brief second, lifting the cab off the brakes. When the turbines turn off the cab drifts down slowly and quietly. Once it reaches the designated level, up to 4 levels, steel brakes engage once again.

There are 3 styles of pneumatic glass elevators, but only one will accommodate wheelchairs and has a max weight of 525 pounds.

Rise Above Elevator

Deciding to have a glass elevator installed in your home is a monumental decision. Reach out to the experts at Rise Above Elevator to schedule a consultation in order to find out if owning a glass elevator is right for you. 

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