Frequently Asked Questions

Standard residential elevator construction involves complicated and expensive procedures. Hoyt Elevators have eliminated the need for many of these unnecessary procedures. Here is a list of the most commonly asked questions:

What’s wrong with a ‘Pit’?

In most standard home construction (either new or addition), the basement slab is just 10 inches above footing drain levels and the high water table. A recessed ‘pit’ for a typical elevator beneath slab level means this damp, musty humidity can permeate your home through the hoistway shaft. It also means greater pre-construction costs, especially in remodels.

What’s wrong with a ‘machine room’?

If you have the extra space and disposable income, an elevator with a separate machine room is typically quieter. However, the preconstruction and installation logistics of a machine room and a remote drive source can easily push the overall installation price up by $7,000 to $10,000. There’s a balance between cost and decibel level.

Why ‘hoistway doors’?

Hoyt Elevator is the only residential elevator manufacturer to supply hoistway doors, frames and interlocks as an integral component of the machine. Our competitors force installers to order and adapt these parts separately from third party vendors. It’s like buying parts of a new car from different companies.

Why an ‘automatic’ car gate?

Simply because all elevators need to have the gate closed to operate. If the last user leaves the gate open on one floor, the elevator cannot be called to any other floor. Opening and closing multiple doors at every use can become inconvenient. Hoyt Elevator provides a gate that conveniently and automatically closes on its own.

Why a ‘ceiling access panel’?

This feature easily allows elevator mechanics to install, maintain & repair the drive system located at the top of the shaft without awkward and expensive chaseways through upstairs bedrooms or attic spaces.  It also acts as a back-up emergency egress in the event of hoistway/car door obstruction.

Why less ‘headroom’ is better?

This is essentially the ceiling of the hoistway. Typical homes have ceiling joists approximately 96 inches high above the upper floor, whereas, typical home elevators require 108 to112 inches of headroom. This means that costly construction features like dormers or raised platforms in the attic must be added while usable space can be lost above the shaft.

What’s wrong with ‘special framing’ requirements?

Most elevators depend entirely on a specific blocking configuration which is tied into the building framing to support the machine rail system. The disadvantage is that the vibration from the rails is transferred directly to the building frame and can resonate throughout the home. Hoyt Elevator’s rail system is free-standing and supported entirely by the concrete slab at the machine base, eliminating annoying noise and unnecessary vibrations.

Why ‘simple assembly’ is preferable?

A simple assembly means less time and effort on the job for the installers because more time and effort was spent at the factory. Parts fit together easily because they were all prepared and pre-assembled at the factory in order to make sure they work reliably without the need for imprecise field modifications. Ultimately this affects the cost and reliability of the product. Hoyt Elevators are pre-fabricated and undergo a strict testing to ensure easy installation.

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