Glass Elevator FAQ’s

When considering a glass elevator for your home, McKinley Elevator is prepared to help. Our knowledgeable and helpful team guides you in your options, styles, and installation requirements. Review our frequently asked questions about residential glass elevators, and when you are ready to learn more, talk to one of our experts.

Q. Are Glass Elevators ADA Compliant?

A. Passed in 1990, the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) was created to help disabled Americans gain easier access to multi-level commercial buildings. Specific to residential elevators, McKinley Elevator provides you with the understanding to help navigate the ADA codes and regulations related to making homes accessible and safe for those who are disabled.

Q: Is a Glass Elevator Made of Glass?
A: It depends on the vendor. For example, the Savaria Vuelift glass elevators are made from crystal clear low-iron silica glass while the Elvoron Home Elevator by Garavanta offers several options for glass finishes. We invite you to give us a call to schedule an appointment at one of our California showrooms, where you can compare each option in person.

Q: What are the Weight Limits for Glass Elevators?
A: The weight limits for residential glass elevators range starting at 840 lbs up to 950 lbs.

Q: Are there Custom Sizes and Design Options for Glass Elevators Available?
A: Yes. Custom size and design options for our glass elevators are available. Because each home is designed differently, there is no “one size fits all” solution. With showrooms located in Irvine, California and in the San Francisco Bay Area, we encourage you to make an appointment to come and see which custom sizes are available.

Q: What are the Benefits of a Glass Elevator?
A: There are several benefits to installing a glass elevator in your home. A glass elevator not only adds luxury and convenience, but enhances accessibility and allows natural light to stream throughout. In many homes, a glass elevator is considered a showpiece unlike an elevator enclosed in a shaft way. 

Q: How Much Maintenance Does a Glass Elevator Need?
A: Home elevators are like automobiles – you do need to service them. There are many different service plans to keep your home elevator in top condition, including quarterly and semi-annual maintenance programs.  A McKinley Elevator expert can advise you of manufacturer recommendations for your specific model.

Q: What are the Differences Between Glass Elevators and Pneumatic Elevators?
A: Unlike glass elevators, which are usually lifted with a system of cables and/or stacked weights that provide a counterweight to the cab and passenger load weight, pneumatic elevators are a vacuum-operated lift that require less energy and space compared to traditional and glass home elevators.


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