Many commercial properties in DeKalb, Chicago, Peoria, Frankfort, Oshkosh, Wausau, and the surrounding areas have the same issue that you do: how to become ADA compliant. One option that more and more are turning to is LU/LA elevators, and the professionals at Access Elevator have been installing these space-saving devices for many years. These are designed to provide accessibility for handicapped individuals and take up less space and have a lower cost than a full-blown commercial elevator. Contact our team at Access Elevator to learn more and to schedule a time to meet with our team.
Differences From a Traditional Elevator
First, let’s define what these elevators are. The letters stand for “Limited Use/Limited Application” elevators, and they can be added in places where a traditional elevator would be impractical to install. These special elevators take up about half of the space of a traditional elevator and they do not require a concrete hoistway. LU/LA elevators also only need to be inspected once every six months compared to monthly for a traditional elevator.
There are downsides to a LU/LA elevator, however, which include the fact that they can only travel up to 25 feet whereas a traditional elevator can travel much further. LU/LA elevators are also limited in their weight capacity as well, typically no more than 1,400 pounds, whereas a traditional elevator can handle at least 2,000 pounds of weight and often more.
ADA Compliance With LU/LA Elevators
There are several options for a commercial building or business to become ADA compliant. Wheelchair ramps are an obvious option, but these take up a lot of space even for a small change in elevation. Wheelchair lifts are another option that takes less floor space, but also have limitations on weight that are approximately half that of LU/LA elevators. And because they operate very similarly to traditional elevators, LU/LA elevators are easily used by nearly everyone. These elevators offer a cost-effective and reliable option to comply with the ADA.
If you have a business or commercial property in DeKalb, Chicago, Peoria, Frankfort, Oshkosh, Wausau, or the surrounding areas, you owe it to yourself to make the call to Access Elevator. We will provide you with the different options in LU/LA elevators and can even come out for a site visit to see what you currently have and where you are envisioning locating your LU/LA elevator. Let our team help you be ADA compliant without a lot of hassle.