- If the elevator no longer complies with existing codes and standards
- If the waiting lines at the lobby have grown longer resulting into impatience among passengers
- If passengers complain about noise and riding comfort
- If the elevator is as old as the building and has never been upgraded since its installation
- If the elevator looks worn out and out of date
- If downtime happens frequently resulting into the inconvenience of tenants
- If the elevator negatively affects the building’s aesthetics and property values
Elevator upgrade to improve safety and performance
One of the most critical reasons why you need an elevator upgrade is safety not only for the tenants and visitors but to avoid any legal liabilities. Doors that do not function properly can hurt the efficiency of the elevator and it can be upgraded at minimal expense. When an elevator stops between floors, passengers may be tempted to exit the elevator and leap on the landing which can result into tragic and expensive accidents. Passengers should be prevented from opening the doors through door restrictors which can be mounted on the elevator doors. This will reduce the possibility of accidents from passengers who panic and try to pry open the doors during an emergency. Another elevator upgrade is the installation of two-way communication telephones that can initiate a call by simply pushing on a button on the phone’s faceplate. This type of phone is actually a requirement of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) codes which you need to seriously comply with.
Elevator upgrades for the visually impaired
National elevator codes require Braille plates and safety signage that allow the visually impaired access to critical information while inside the elevator for their own safety. Safety signage in Braille informs the visually impaired on important directions and emergency protocols while using elevators. However, Braille plates and safety signage are available in industry standard finishes that comply with ADA codes yet improve the aesthetics of the elevator interior and exterior. Safety signage is available in self adhesive plastics that are applied in the interior next to the call button.
Elevator upgrades focused on aesthetics
LED lights are not only energy efficient; they can improve the aesthetics of the elevator interior through superior illumination. Light emitting diodes can be used to upgrade the direction lanterns for better angular viewing that allows passengers to see the lanterns clearly from many angles on the elevator lobby. Not only are LED lights cost effective and easy to install; they can minimize the need for frequent replacements that is associated with the more traditional incandescent bulbs.