Posted on: 30 November 2021
Do you have multiple floors in your commercial space? It will be imperative to make all areas easily accessible to everyone, including those with mobility limitations. Unfortunately, staircases alone don't always serve this purpose. That's why installing lifts in your commercial space is crucial. Lifts come with many benefits, including convenience, enhanced accessibility, improved safety, etc. However, commercial lift installations are generally expensive. Therefore, it's imperative to pay careful attention to several factors before you spend your money on the project because mistakes in your decision making only serve to make the project costlier. Therefore, here are some of the top considerations worth making when planning to install a lift in your commercial space.
Regulations And Standards
It's imperative to be aware of any national and local standards and regulations governing commercial lifts installation before starting the project. Doing this will help you avoid potential penalties and fines down the line that will only make your project costlier. Most of these regulations exist to ensure safety standards are adhered to during installation. For instance, your lift will need to have a functioning alarm system for when it fails, among other regulations. Therefore, check with your local council to ensure you are aware of and adhere to all required rules and standards.
What's your building's demand for a lift? Usage is a critical aspect in selecting a commercial lift because it helps you predict the traffic density and flow. Therefore, think about the number of people accessing your building, their arrival and departure rates, and their movement patterns when planning your commercial lift installation. All these are essential components that will significantly impact your choice of lift, where to install it, the ideal number of lifts you require, dimensions, speed, size, and arrangement among other crucial components.
Once you determine your usage needs, consider the lift capacity. How many people or freight or both can the lift support at a given time? Generally, lifts have different load ratings, which means they can only support people and freight up to a maximum weight. Therefore, evaluate your needs before you decide on the right lift capacity. For instance, if your commercial space is a high-traffic area, it would be best to invest in a high-capacity lift. However, it is worth noting that large lifts often require more space and tend to be costlier. Therefore, keep that in mind when deciding on the ideal lift capacity for your commercial space.Share