Solutions for your next elevator renovation project

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Okay, to be totally transparent, we’d gladly welcome helping with a whole-cab elevator interior renovation – just do a total elevator cab makeover in one relatively swift move.  We’re talking the whole chalupa – walls, ceiling, lighting, handrails, toe kicks, friezes.

But, what if re-doing the whole cab is a bit of overkill?  As in, suppose it’s just some moderate wear-and tear that needs some sprucing up … or maybe you just want to make a design change.

We say:  No problem!!  And we’ll get to the details in a minute.

Now, first things first … have you taken a good, hard look at your elevator cab interiors lately?  It’s easy to sometimes overlook the growing number of scuffs, nicks, gouges and so on as you move about your facility.  We’ve advocated at length about doing an interior appearance audit to make sure your building isn’t leaving a bad impression on occupants, customers and visitors.

Now, back to our main theme.  If you break down your elevator into its components and inspect each one, you might find only one or two things need replacing to make the cab look “new” again.  Things like:

High Impact Wall Panels

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Fully wrapped and bonded edges with a finished backing plate make the panels extremely durable.  Their construction mean there is no risk of bowing, warping or chipping.  Panels can come in solid colors, patterns, woodgrains, or textured high-impact wall coverings.  The panels are also easily hung or affixed to the cab frame, which speeds installation.  Trims and reveals enhance the overall look.

And since you’re going to be replacing the wall panels, you have options to add branding or full-size graphics.  Talk about making a statement!

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Handrails and Wall Guards

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You may not think much about handrails in your elevators unless you are trying to meet ADA codes or you go to lean on or grab something that is not there. This is another elevator product that comes in different shapes, sizes and finishes. Not only do handrails make an elevator cab look complete, they also provide stability – something to grasp – while the elevator stops and starts, sometimes not as smooth as one desires. Typically this is not a big deal, but if you are elderly or injured and need all the support you can get, it is a welcomed sight, that also helps reduce the risk of a fall.

Numerous profiles are available, including solid flat, round, oval and flat metals.  Typical metals and finishes are brushed stainless, brushed brass and brushed bronze.

One additional benefit of handrails is that they add another layer of wall protection elements that reduce the risk of items like carts and luggage from striking the wall.  The addition of wall guards – either as stand-alone elements or behind a handrail deliver additional protection against wall damage.

Toe Kicks

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As their name implies, toe kicks provide impact protection from shoes and boots.  They also are another design element that brings a high degree of finish to the cab.  Most often metals are used, but other materials like laminates could be employed, although they may be more prone to scuffing and damage.

IMPORTANT … you can see there are ventilation slots showing … when replacing toe kicks, if there were ventilation slots in the old one, there should be ventilation slots in the new one.

Ceiling and Lighting Options

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Another important aspect of the elevator is the amount of lighting in the cab. People are more comfortable in a well-lit interior and a brighter ceiling can make the cab look newer and cleaner with an increased lighting output.

Celling panel options can be high-pressure laminates, stainless steel, or aluminum frame with translucent inserts (used as part of the cab lighting system).

Lighting may not seem to be a big deal, but when you take into consideration that in most cases these lights stay on 24/7, they are running for 8,760 hours a year. That’s a lot of energy … and money!

Many elevators still use fluorescent bulbs, but as we all know, fluorescent power ballasts start to develop an annoying buzz over time, and the bulbs themselves can start to develop an annoying flicker.

Thankfully, things are changing with LED lighting making an appearance in cab modernization retrofits. Most of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are rated for about 5,000 hours, whereas LEDs are rated sometimes up to 50,000 hours. That means instead of replacing bulbs every year you are replacing them every five or more years, not to mention decreasing the elevator lighting-energy consumption in some cases up to 90%.

Conclusion

The case we’re making here is that freshening up an elevator cab doesn’t have to break the bank.  You can help spruce up the appearance of your elevator cabs by just swapping out an element or two.

For more elevator cab ideas, click here to download Inpro’s elevator interiors catalog.

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