Although there are many reasons for installing exterior elevators the most common reason is because the structure was already built prior to necessitating an elevator. There are many types of exterior elevators but one thing they all have in common and that is, of course, that they are all built on the outside of the structure.
Exterior Domestic Passenger Elevators
Quite often one or more persons in a family find it difficult to get up and down the stairs into a home or to access upper levels in apartment dwellings which are only accessible by stairs. Exterior passenger elevators can be installed as an alternative to moving into a single story building. Many homeowners are attached to their homes and really don't want to sell them at all. However, they are no longer able to safely get in and out of that home. And exterior elevator is the perfect solution.
Exterior Commercial Passenger Elevators
Although there are many older buildings which were constructed without elevators, this is not the only reason why exterior elevators are being added to commercial buildings. Some buildings are located in an area where the scenery is absolutely beautiful. New innovations in exterior elevators allow passengers to have a panoramic view of the scenery because the elevators are built with glass walls. In fact, there are even an abundance of high-rise buildings in large metropolitan areas with exterior elevators constructed in such a way so as to provide passengers a scenic view of the city. Tokyo is one such city known for its revolutionary use of exterior of commercial passenger elevators.
Exterior Elevators to Move Cargo
Many times exterior elevators are used to move heavy loads up and down buildings, but most often they are used in shipyards and commercial construction sites. Exterior elevators are perhaps the most commonly used type of elevator for heavy equipment and oversized loads. They can be built in such a way as to handle great amounts of weight and they can be built to almost any size necessary because they are outside the building. When building a heavy duty elevator within a structure you are limited of course I space. This is not the case with exterior elevators.
There are so many types of exterior elevators from wheelchair lifts to huge cargo elevators that you will never be at a loss when seeking one that meets your needs. You can find exterior passenger elevators that provide a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery or a simple exterior staircase elevator to help move wheelchairs up and down the stairs for easy access to the home. Since there are so many types of exterior elevators on the market, you would need to contact the manufacturer or distributor to discuss your particular needs and get quotes on pricing. Simple exterior elevators can be very inexpensive while exterior cargo elevators made to carry heavy loads can cost many, many thousands of dollars.