From traction to hydraulics, it is safe to say that the mechanical system that a property owner chooses when it comes to an elevator investment is incredibly important. With this said, the passenger does not see these moving components which means that interior aesthetics are often emphasised in order to make the best first impression, particularly in hotels and other tourist hot spots. The glass elevator is famous for its appearance in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel written by Roald Dahl, however, the real thing does not travel “sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways”. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over some interesting facts about the glass elevator…
What is a glass elevator made from?
Although glass elevators may look fragile, their entire construction is actually an illusion. After all, the ‘glass’ isn’t the same type of glass that we use on our windows but rather a clear polycarbonate acrylic that is made to look like the glass we know and recognise. Interestingly, this material is actually 250 times more durable! This means that it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to smash the cab walls of a glass elevator.
Are glass elevators safe to use?
Since a glass lift is made from an acrylic rather than traditional glass, the entire structure is incredibly safe for passengers to use. After all, this design does not affect the mechanical components that control the speed and safety of a lift and the strength of this polycarbonate material makes ‘smashing’ the glass whilst the elevator is in motion a very difficult and unlikely feat.
Why are glass elevators an aesthetical solution?
A glass elevator is often used as a centre piece in a building that endures a lot of visitors and serves as a spectacle that many people use just for the experience rather than a need to travel between the different floors. After all, the shaft of the lift is not hidden away behind a wall but rather placed in the centre of a room and the cabs ‘glass’ structure provide passengers with a 360° view as it ascends and descends, making them one of the most popular scenic lifts on the market.
Since aesthetics play a big role in the type of elevator that property owners tend to opt for, the team here at Elevators Ltd have an entire service dedicated to interior cab design. In fact, our epoxy cabins offer excellent durability without affecting the final design and style. To find out more information about scenic lifts like the glass elevator, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and ask a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!