Evaluating Elevator Modernization Plans

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Tenants and visitors often encounter your building’s elevator only moments after they arrive at your lobby. Their initial impression has a psychological impact on them, either positive or negative, and that impression transfers to their overall thoughts and feelings about your building. As such, the choice to improve your elevator can have a large impact on current and potential clients/tenants. It is often a large part of the way they differentiate between the buildings as they view perspective offices.

Facility managers are tasked with evaluating the health of the elevator and whether modernization would make the building a more competitive property. Since modernization is a significant expenditure, it is important to analyze the equipment, the controls and the drive systems with an elevator professional before deciding. Planning for extensive repairs or modernization can not only enhance your property’s appeal, but it may help ensure its ability to maintain long term leases.

There are many critical points to cover when you discuss the changes to your elevator system. Here are a few to include:

  • 1. Should you install a destination-selection control system?
  • 2. How will the elevator modernization affect tenant security?
  • 3. Will the new system cut average elevator wait time in peak periods?
  • 4. How will the new structure improve your building’s marketability?
  • 5. Is a close-loop door operator needed?
  • 6. Will modernization upgrade components to satisfy safety code?

An initial evaluation of your building’s current elevator may include the ride quality, condition of major components and their remaining life, and ways to comply with current code requirements. The size and age of the building are considered, and after discussing the needs of your tenants, a plan can be formulated for your review.

Aesthetics are important to first impressions, and first impressions are what your building’s image is all about. A new elevator can help you retain old tenants, but as your building becomes more competitive, it may draw new tenants as well.

Contact the elevator experts at SunCoast Elevator today- 305-690-0955. They can answer your questions and help you design a modernization program perfect or your building.

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Promoting Passenger Safety Year-Round

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No matter how many elevators your facility has, the safety of the passengers on your elevators should be your highest priority. Here are some of the things you can do to ensure you are taking the proper precautions to protect your passengers.

Provide Proper Training

Make sure all of your employees are trained on the appropriate use as well as the improper use of equipment. Employees who are not using the equipment correctly are going to pass on their bad habits to other employees and customers, so extensive safety training is paramount.

Foresee Seasonal Issues

In every business, there are likely seasons that are prone to heavy elevator traffic. To keep passengers protected, foresee any issues that tend to crop up during these times and take some extra precautions. For instance, a department store is likely to be busier toward the end of the year. In this instance, businesses might increase their staff during these times to compensate for the additional foot and elevator traffic.

Expect the Unexpected

Although there are some times of the year when you can anticipate some of the troubles you might run into, this is not always possible to do. Unfortunately, you need to expect the unexpected because accidents do happen. If your elevator shuts down or an entrapment occurs, your staff needs to be able to handle the situation with a level head. You should have a written plan for how to handle these situations to keep passengers and employees safe.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Once you have done everything you can to make sure your employees are trained on elevator safety and are prepared as much as they can be, you need to have a written plan for regular maintenance. Employees should have a regular schedule to monitor the elevators in your building. For more information on how to keep your business visitors and customers safe on your elevators, get on the phone with the team at Suncoast Elevator Company today- 305-690-0955.

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4 Ways To Know Your Elevator Needs To Be Repaired

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If you own a multi-story commercial building, then you know how important an elevator can be to clients. Whether they simply prefer not to use stairs or have trouble maneuvering up a staircase, many clients would rather use an elevator to move up and down stories of a building.

Because elevators are typically used a lot, it is essential to maintain them. If a lift needs to be repaired, you usually want to get it fixed as quickly as possible to avoid inconveniencing clients. Fortunately, you can usually get an elevator repaired before any lasting damage is done if you monitor them for the following four signs.

Uneven Stops

When an elevator stops at a certain level, the bottom of the lift should be even with the floor. If there is even a slight step up or down to get out of the elevator, then it needs to be looked at by a maintenance person.

Change in Speed

Most elevators travel quickly between levels of a building. For a few lifts, the reverse may be true and the elevator may naturally be slow due to age. However, a sudden change in speed is always a sign that the lift needs to be repaired. Elevators that travel too quickly can be dangerous, while ones that move slowly can be an inconvenience.

Strange Noises

The most obvious sign that an elevator needs to be repaired may be strange noises. If you hear loud thumping or clanging, something is likely wrong in the shaft itself and should be dealt with immediately.

Dusty Panel

Regular maintenance is undoubtedly the best way to keep an elevator working correctly. To inspect an elevator, a repairperson must open the control panel. A dusty panel is proof that it has not been inspected in quite a while. There is a high possibility that the elevator will need to be repaired if it hasn’t been maintained properly.

Monitoring a lift for any sudden changes is the best way to know if it needs to be repaired. For all of your elevator needs, contact Suncoast Elevator Company, Inc. today – 305-690-0955.

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Are You Experiencing Summertime Elevator Troubles?

As temperatures rise, elevators can react adversely to the heat. Skilled technicians can fix malfunctioning elevators, but business owners may be able to avoid unexpected downtime by taking a few proactive steps to protect these valuable assets in their commercial or multi-family residential properties. Here are three ways to keep elevators functional all summer long.

Keep Machine Rooms Cool

It is a good idea to try to protect your core elevator machinery from extreme variations in temperature. Ideal ambient operating temperatures for machine rooms range from 55 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Various types of elevators may respond differently to excessive heat. Newer programmable logic or microprocessor-based control systems are actually more prone to heat-related malfunctions than older mechanical models. Hydraulic elevators can also run the risk of control valve malfunctions. Regardless of the type of elevator, building owners should try to ensure that machine rooms are temperature controlled to maintain elevator functions all year round.

Protect Against Brown-Outs and Surges

 Voltage reductions can wreak havoc on elevators. Brownouts may occur more frequently when power grids are maxed out by air conditioning usage. These common occurrences can result in blown elevator fuses or damaged motors. Surges of current could also damage elevator control systems and machinery. Ask a licensed elevator maintenance provider about devices or other solutions that could protect your investment by shielding your elevator equipment from power irregularities.

Schedule Regular Elevator Maintenance

 Tenants rely on elevators every day and may only realize how important these features of your building really are during downtime for repairs. Regular elevator maintenance can help to reduce the likelihood of long unexpected down times for repairs when problems arise. No matter the season, SunCoast Elevator has more than 35 years of experience installing and repairing elevators across the state of Florida and can help you keep these machines functioning at full capacity all year round. 305-690-0955

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Invest in the Right Elevator for Your Commercial Property

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Building owners often strive to strike a balance between features and value when selecting elevators for commercial and multi-family residential properties. A variety of elevator models and styles are available at a range of prices. The purchase price and operational costs of two of the most common types of elevators, hydraulic and traction, may differ considerably.


Affordable Hydraulic Elevators
If the initial purchase price is a major factor, you might consider an in-ground hydraulic elevator. The hydraulic jack on these models is located underground and is installed with a PVC liner to prevent oil contamination. A twin jack hole less passenger model offers more structural stability and does not run the risk of oil contamination beneath your building. Even though hydraulic elevators cost less up front, these models can use up to thirty times more electricity than traction elevators.

Efficient Traction Elevators
Traction elevators are more expensive than hydraulic models, but energy savings over time can help to offset their initial cost. The motors in traction elevators only engage to overcome friction or in instances where the cab weight and counterweight are not equal. Newer traction elevators with alternating current (AC) drive units are even more efficient than models with direct current (DC) drives. Climate conditioning and lighting may use more energy than the elevator itself, and these costs can be minimized with timers or sensors. Investing in traction elevators can lead to significant savings over the course of their operational life.

Maintenance and Repair Costs
Keep in mind that installing and operating an elevator requires several stages of investment. Factor in these costs when selecting a model for your building. Remember that regular maintenance can help you to get the best value over the operational life of elevator equipment. No matter which elevator model you choose, rely on the licensed professionals at SunCoast Elevator for all of your elevator needs. Call us at 305-690-0955.

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Elevator Cab Options

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Property management professionals looking to upgrade their elevator system will want to consider the cab options while in the planning phase. Many are now considering customizable pre-engineered systems for the interior design. In addition to getting the look you want, this decision can also help to reduce maintenance costs further down the line.

Elevator Cab Material Choices
The main choice that you will need to make is the material that you prefer. Following are some of the possibilities that you can choose from:

  • Stainless steel: Steel is extremely durable and low-maintenance. Rather than the classic elevator panels, they can also be configured in textured patterns that will look nicer and can help hide wear and tear. Finishes can even help to strengthen the steel. It’s easy to clean, hygienic and long-lasting.
  • Wood veneers: Using resin-hardened types of wood will result in a surface that is more resistant to scratches and abrasions.
  • Laminates: A more budget friendly option, these can be gotten in every color as well as made to look like wood. It’s a better lower cost choice than carpeting or cloth, as it will last longer and not retain odors.
  • Composite metals: A combination of metal and polymer, they are both rugged and provide a surface for your elevator interior that is highly detailed and sculptured.
  • Combinations: One can also choose to combine materials using them to their best advantage. For example, use stainless steel for the areas that get the most impact such as handrails and kick plates but wood for upper panels, making the look warmer.

Additional Considerations
When discussing your choices, you’ll want to make sure what is included in the package, as well as what you will need that is not. Review how emergency features will be accommodated. Always ask about installation, warranties, and availability of materials for repair or replacement.

Upgrading elevators gives property management the opportunity to improve the look of the building while reducing future maintenance costs. It’s a decision that has many facets to it so it’s a good idea to take the time for a thorough consultation. SunCoast Elevator Company’s team of professionals can discuss your next elevator project in detail. Contact our team at SunCoast Elevators at (305) 690-0955.

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How To Keep Your Building’s Elevator in Shape

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As a commercial building owner or manager, an important part of your job is to ensure that the building’s amenities are working well for your residents or tenants. In buildings with one or more elevators, this becomes especially critical. Residents or tenants who live or work on higher floors will have a world of complaints if their elevator is slow, inefficient, or breaks down. Beyond these service inconveniences, one of the chief considerations you want to be sure you have covered at all times is to make sure that the elevators are safe.

It’s important to understand how often your elevators should be checked for preventative maintenance. This can be an easy job when you partner with the right elevator maintenance company to keep your building’s elevator working properly and safely over the years.

Prevention To Avoid Problems

Your building’s elevator needs have regular check ups to ensure its overall fitness and to prevent problems before they occur. Knowing how often to call in an elevator maintenance company is one of the first steps in preventative maintenance. Do you know whether the elevator or elevators in your building are hydraulic or traction? Traction elevators, which use a system of ropes and pulleys, are the most common type. They usually require maintenance once a month, or 12 visits a year on average. Hydraulic elevators, on the other hand, use a system powered by a piston inside a cylinder. These are generally used for larger buildings with at least six stories. These elevators usually require maintenance visits about once each quarter, or an average of four times per year.

 

Partner With a Professional

Having a good working partnership with a professional elevator maintenance company that regularly checks and services your building’s elevator is the best way to keep the elevator operating smoothly year after year. Miami and Gainesville property managers, facilities managers and owners trust SunCoast Elevator Co. Give our experienced team a call at (305) 690-0955.

Our family-owned and operated business brings decades of experience and a personalized touch to every client and every project in the Miami and Gainesville regions we serve.

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Should You Install Elevator Access Controls?

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Many buildings find value in the security and convenience provided by elevator access control. This type of control provide a form of security and privacy to tenants are called access control systems. These systems are common in a variety of buildings, including both single and multi-office buildings, hotels and especially hospitals. They provide or restrict access through card readers located next to the call buttons.

 

Still not sure? Here is a breakdown of the advantages of using an access control elevator system.

 

Provide Better Security for Your Tenants
A building with an elevator access control system is a safer building. For example, in a large hotel that includes meeting spaces, a public restaurant and a swimming pool, in addition to the rooms for guests, an access control system would allow anyone visiting the hotel to access the restaurant and meeting spaces, but guests can swipe their room key to access the floor their room is on and the floor containing the swimming pool. Give people entry to the floors where they belong, and nothing more.

 

Modify Access Based on Your Tenants’ Needs
While managing which floors can be accessed, property managers often find that their occupants may have varying needs. In a office building, often employees are granted entry to floors they do not work on in order to collaborate with other employees more simply. However, many companies find that restricting access between floors after hours is a helpful loss prevention tool. At the same time, a hotel or dormitory would likely need their occupants to have maintain access at all hours.

 

Choosing an elevator access control system is the right step in maintaining a secure property, which benefits property managers and occupants alike. For more information on how your building could take advantage of the possibilities of an access control system, visit Suncoast Elevator Company, and give us a call at (305) 690-0955.

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Are Your Occupants Waiting Forever for the Elevator?

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Getting Started With an Elevator Modernization Plan
Why should I modernize? My elevators are running. Is it worth the investment? These are questions any building owner may be ask. But, also ask yourself the following:

  • Is your elevator over 10 years old?
  • Will other parts of your building soon need renovating?
  • Has your building occupation been increasing?
  • Do customers complain or experience long wait times?
  • Are you competing with nearby buildings for occupants or tenants?

There are important reasons why this needs to be done sooner than later. It helps to do this process in steps.

Hidden Dangers
Elevator and building safety codes change over time. They can be hard to keep up with. So, you will want to first review what the latest codes are. This way, you can see what changes need to be made to your elevators and building to ensure that they are compliant.

Do elevators free fall? Almost never. Today’s elevators are engineered to make free falls essentially impossible. However, that doesn’t mean people can’t get stuck. As your elevator ages, gears and mechanisms that are used every single day will start to become less reliable.

Don’t wait for a technician to get seriously hurt, or an occupant to get stuck, before you take the plunge.

Write Up Your Plan
Once you have an inspection done and know what changes are needed, you can make a step-by-step plan with your contractor. A reputable contractor knows elevators like a science. They will be able to give you a detailed description of the process. Don’t just go with the cheapest bid right off the bat. Either way it’s an investment. Make sure your new elevator system is going to last!

Don’t Keep Your Tenants in the Dark
Explain how they will benefit when the modernization is done and keep them updated on the project status. Being upfront and posting clear signs will aid in occupant-owner cooperation, and leave you peace of mind.

Modernization of elevators is something that can only be put off for so long. Once you’ve determined it’s time to begin the process, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that it is done as efficiently as possible. Contact SunCoast Elevator at (305) 690-0955 to find out how they can use their expertise to help you bring your elevator system up to date.

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3 Tips for Evaluating the Performance of Your Elevator System

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Having a reliable and working elevator in your building is an excellent investment, an often-required accommodation, and a convenience for your tenants. Over time, it is necessary to replace, update, and modify your system to maintain safety and functionality. Factors like your building’s age, the frequency with which your system is used, and the age of your system can all contribute to the changes that will need to be made. As you work to identify which components need to be modified, consider these three tips.

 

  1. Equipment Function

 

The first thing you should look at is the function of your system. Does it operate smoothly? Have there been any recent incidents where the system malfunctioned? Are repair and maintenance schedules up-to-date? The following pieces of equipment and machinery should be looked at as well:

 

  • Hoist machine
  • Cab
  • Cables and pulleys

 

  1. Condition of Cab Interior

 

Throughout the years, your cab’s interior is going to become outdated and dirty. Updating the visual appeal of this interior component can do a great deal in maintaining property value and helping your tenants feel comfortable. That being said, certain updates to the style and modernity of the inside of the cab can affect components outside of the cab. For this reason, you will want to carefully evaluate the kinds of updates you wish to complete to make sure they are complementary to the existing structure of your system.

 

  1. Professional Inspection

 

Trying to identify which parts of your lift system need to be modified to reflect changes in local codes, your building’s age, and your system’s efficiency, can be difficult. Fortunately, professionals who are experienced with inspecting this type of equipment can provide you with knowledgeable insight so you don’t have to replace any more than is necessary. Additionally, they can help you with repairs and modifications so you don’t have to do it by yourself.

 

For assistance with maintaining a functional, safe, and visually appealing lift in your building, rely on the professional services of SunCoast Elevator. Call us today at (305) 690-0955 and get dependable, experienced help.

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