How To Choose The Right Home Elevator Or Lift Pt.2

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Elevators, Lifts

In part 2 of our guide to choosing the right home elevator or lift for your home, we will highlight other types of home lifts and elevators that are suitable for your needs! If you’re looking for an affordable, easy-to-install and reliable accessibility elevator, skip to our Counterbalanced / Traction Home Elevators section!

Winding Drum Home Elevators

The classic winding drum home elevator has been used since the 1920s and is still commonly found in many homes today. They operate using an electric motor that winds two wire ropes or cables directly onto steel drums that raise and lower the elevator. Wiring drum home elevators were initially popular amongst homeowners due to their simple operating system. With that said, winding drum home elevators are actually very noisy, and their operating system is not as smooth as other options.

Additionally, winding drum home elevators are extremely large and require extensive home preparation to accommodate separate machine rooms, large hoistways and deep pits. Not only is the installation process costly and time-consuming, but it also requires homeowners to rip up and renovate their homes to accommodate a winding drum home elevator, and in this economy, who wants to do that?

Counterbalanced / Traction Home Elevators

Counterbalanced or traction home elevators use a system of pulleys, cables and counterweights to lower and lift the cab. While some home elevator manufacturers build a separate machine room to install the counterbalanced / traction mechanism, RAM Elevators + Lifts mount all the essential machinery needed to operate our home elevators on top of the car, creating a machine room-less (MRL) design. Our residential products vary from simple porch lifts (Vertical Platform Lifts) that are purely designed to ease accessibility to complex multi-floor home elevators that bring luxury and comfort to your home.

RAM’s unique technology brings new meaning to accessibility and convenience. Each of our home elevators is engineered with industry-leading materials and products that are meticulously designed to offer homeowners the following benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Ultimate Reliability
  • Low Installation and Maintenance Costs
  • Affordable Mobility Solutions

Choosing The Right RAM Home Elevator 

While there are many home elevators available on the market, not all homes are equipped to install an elevator. Unfortunately, many homes don’t have the space for a home elevator and homeowners often don’t have the time or money to reconstruct their homes to create additional space for a necessary lifting device. As the world experiences a significant shift towards accessibility, RAM Elevators + Lifts have designed and manufactured home lifts and elevators that enhance independence and remove restraints that passengers with limited dexterity experience in their daily lives.

Our product line of home lifts and elevators includes a variety of options suitable for all your needs. Whether you’re looking for accessibility, affordability, convenience or luxury, RAM Elevators and Lifts has a solution for you! Check out our blog on “The Cost of A RAM Home Elevator” to learn more about the value of our home lifts and elevators!

The RAM Difference 

Contact us to learn more about the variety of home lifts and elevators available at RAM Elevators and Lifts, or request a quote today!


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