Designed to carry different objects
Many commercial elevators are put in place out of necessity, to get work completed efficiently. For example, elevators are needed in restaurants to transport meals between separate floors. Office buildings also require elevators for transporting important documents, and hotels need them for bringing laundry and other items up and down for guests. In many ways, commercial elevators are used in order for a business to keep up with demand--efficiency is key.
Home elevators are different in that comfort and style are often more important. People who would like the use of one in their home frequently do not have to transport large items. Depending on the type of elevator, they could benefit from being able to place their laundry, groceries, prepared meals, or other smaller but delicate items on their elevator. The term for this type of elevator that transports objects rather than people is “dumbwaiter.” One that is designed for home use will look different than one designed for commercial use.
Have different weight capacities
Typically, a home elevator used for carrying objects will allow a total weight of 50 to 120 pounds, though some can carry more, while a commercial dumbwaiter may be able to hold 200 up to 500 pounds. Elevators for transporting people will be able to hold more weight, which determines how many people can use one at a time.
Have different capabilities
A residential dumbwaiter can typically make up to four stops, equivalent to 35 feet vertically, while a commercial one can make up to six stops, equivalent to 50 feet.
Whatever you need a home elevator for, we can determine which type will work for you. Please contact us to get started.