Maintenance Requirements For Traditional Elevators Versus Glass Elevators

Having an elevator installed in your multi-floor office complex will accommodate employees and patrons who are physically impaired or who do not have the time or energy to climb multiple sets of stairs. If you're undecided between the construction and installation of a traditional encased elevator or a glass elevator, based upon the uncertainty about maintenance requirements you will be responsible for, explore the needs for both models.

A Standard Model

A standard model contains a motor that includes pulleys and cables. These parts are located within the shaft and are attached to the elevator itself. The elevator is electrically-operated and when a button is depressed on the elevator's keyboard, a sensor will activate the motor and the elevator will ascend or descend.

In addition to cleaning the interior and exterior of the elevator compartment and inspecting the buttons and lighting that is inside of the passenger area, mechanical parts will need to be inspected annually and a lubricant will need to be applied to gears and other metal components. The lubricant will ensure that mechanical parts move smoothly.

An electric elevator is complex in design and may occasionally malfunction, either due to an electrical failure or a motor issue. If you decide to purchase a standard model, you will need to hire an elevator technician, to aid with the inspection and maintenance requirements of the unit.

A Glass Model

A glass elevator will comprise of glass walls and may also contain a glass ceiling. A glass model does not contain a standard motor and will lack the pulley and cable system that standard models have. A pneumatic motor system has the same electrical requirements as a standard elevator, but the motor system utilizes vacuum pressure instead.

When buttons are depressed, the vacuum force will be reduced at either the top or the bottom of the shaft and increased on the opposite end, resulting in the elevator going up or down. A glass model elevator will require a daily inspection, maintenance of the glass panes, and the sanitizing of metal components that are within the elevator. To reduce the amount of cleaning necessary, have your construction contractor draw up plans for an elevator that is compact in design or that doesn't contain solid glass all the way around the passenger area. 

An inspection of the button keypad should be performed routinely. Unlike a standard model, a glass model will not be likely to malfunction as often. This is due to the alternate motor type. For this reason, many business owners choose to invest in a glass model, since it is considered a low maintenance elevator. Learn more about elevator maintenance today.