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Inclined elevators: the advantages of changing perspective

The classic image of a vertical installation is often associated with the word lift. To be honest, however, inclined elevators have that extra charm, which makes them quite interesting not only for manufacturers, but above all for customers who decide to own one. The advantages of inclined elevators are in fact many:

  • They allow people to cross slopes of land that would be tiring (if not dangerous) on foot.
  • They are often built with glass cabins, to allow users to enjoy the view.
  • Installation times are decidedly faster than for vertical lifts.
  • They are easier both to assemble and to manage.

Physically, inclined elevators are cabins that run on rails similar to train tracks, or on ropes. Not having to face a vertical path and not having to reach real “floors”, there are only three buttons: the door opening and closing button and the “up” and “down” direction buttons. It may also happen to find benches and grab bars to support yourself, especially if the inclined lift has to make a particularly long journey.

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When to install an inclined lift

In practice, who installs inclined elevators? These elevators are perfectly suited to the needs of city public transport, especially in ancient cities, perched on mountains and hills, but they can be found in tourist attractions such as resorts and beaches or cultural monuments. However, inclined lifts can become excellent allies even in private homes, especially those with large gardens and parks on a gradient. In any case, this choice cannot be made by ignoring the reference standard for inclined lifts (European standard UNI EN 81-22-2014, which can be downloaded from the European Union website, which details all the safety rules for this type of system, both traction and push). How can we be sure that our inclined lift complies with the legislation? Turning to serious and competent professionals in the sector.

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How much does an inclined lift cost?

As mentioned, there are several variables to consider for the installation of an inclined lift (including, trivially, the length of the path and changes in direction or slope) and this inevitably causes prices to fluctuate. To this, we must add the costs of ordinary maintenance and certifications in accordance with the law. The maintenance interventions, on the other hand, are similar to those foreseen for normal vertical lifts, therefore at least one check on the safety of the system every six months and one check every two years, carried out by a competent body, which carries out an in-depth check on the plant. The other maintenance interventions are managed by the installing company and are more or less frequent, depending on the use of the lift (even monthly for lifts used for public transport). To conclude the list of advantages of inclined lifts, we cannot fail to underline the low energy consumption, especially those with MRL (machine room less) electric technology, used in large buildings and for lifts that make many trips a day, since they allow significant savings in terms of energy consumption. If you want to guarantee effective mobility in the building of your dreams, contact the Maspero offices for a quote.