Replacing, updating or, as the industry call it, modernizing, an elevator is not as simple as upgrading or replacing your car, it is incredibly important that it is done, and it’s done right. People rely on elevators to climb hundreds of feet into the air, and should any components of that elevator fail due to wear and tear, it could be catastrophic. If your building is due for elevator modernization you may be curious what that may entail. Here are a few of the tasks you can expect from an elevator service company conducting modernization.
ADA Compliance Check
To ensure that your building’s elevator system is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act a compliance check will be conducted and services deemed necessary will be added to the modernization task list.
Mechanical Operations Upgrade
One of the most important aspects of modernization is ensuring that all mechanicals of the elevator are upgraded. This includes power units, hydraulics, door operators, dispatch and call systems, brakes, cables and additional items.
Cab Replacement or Renovation
Not all modernization is safety focused. Now is the time to conduct renovations to bring your elevator up to date with function and style. Replacing or redoing the cab will make people feel as if they are in a safer elevator than one that looks like it is from decades prior.
Door Replacement or Refinishing
Along with the cab you may want to consider refinishing or replacing the doors. From the way they open to the inside and outside appearance, modernization is the time for updating their look.
In cities prone to earthquakes, as Seattle is, it is especially important that elevators are properly built to keep them steady in the event of a ground shaking event.
Fire Service Compliance
Elevators must be in fire service compliance to help ensure the safety of anyone in the building in the case of a fire.