Finding an elevator company that panoramic elevator or properties' needs can be a challenge. Prospective buyers should research the wide range of options available.
Choosing an elevator company can be a tough decision. Unless you own or manage multiple properties, it's not as such a frequent occurrence. It's best to go into this process with a bit of knowledge about different types of elevators, maintenance, repairs and more. This way, when you are discussing your possibilities, you're knowledgeable and can keep up with prospective companies' explanation of their services.
First, what are the different types of elevators? They can be divided into two: passenger and freight. Passenger lifts are all meant for transporting people, but can be customized for special uses such as hospital emergencies or express elevators, which quickly transport people between two floors instead of between all floors. Freight lifts are generally larger and can carry a much larger weight than one meant for passengers; they may also use more heavy-duty materials instead of the sleek glass or metal seen in passenger cars. You may want to look at your elevator company prospects' portfolios to see what types of lifts they've had experience with; if you're a residential building owner, you may not want to work with a business that's focused on huge corporate buildings. Most companies do both, but it's the experience in designing and placing the lifts for maximum efficiency that's important.
Next, talk to prospective companies about their approach as far as maintenance and repairs go. If you are considering a specialized design, you may want to see if companies are willing to maintain your cars for you or if they outsource repairs. You may want to use a different provider for maintenance?you don't have to go with the one that installed your system. You want to work with an elevator company that's going to be predictable and timely in their care for your products, but also someone who knows how to work with your particular installations. Many elevators now have software that requires special knowledge of proprietary systems, but you could also choose an OEM manufacturer. Choosing an OEM manufacturer reduces your risk as far as repair time and parts availability but can be a bit more expensive. Research the different types of contracts, which include Full Maintenance, Parts Oil and Grease, Oil and Grease or Examination Lubrication, or a Survey and report. These obviously are a range that goes from taking care of everything to only examining and making recommendations.
Discuss their recommended maintenance schedule, which will probably be based on the purpose and frequency of use of your installments. A new car in an apartment building will probably need to be checked less frequently than one in the lobby of a huge corporate office building.
Also, make sure their mechanics are certified; certifications may differ slightly depending on the region and work scope. For example, those in the United States may belong to the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and have special certifications from that organization.
There's more to it, but this should be a good way to start thinking about the different aspects of choosing the right elevator company for your needs.