When should I remodel my cab?
Cabs begin to show wear and tear in five to seven years, even with a durable product. In addition, tastes and styles change over time—particularly with a change in ownership, requiring a new look. The most typical time to remodel your elevator cab is during a modernization, although it is by no means the only time. During a modernization, an elevator is down for a substantial period of time. A cab remodeling can most efficiently be integrated with your larger remodel, both in terms of budgets and logistics.
What is the process once I've decided I want to remodel my elevator cab?
Generally speaking, remodeling projects involve the following steps:
- Initial site visit
- Project specifications
- Customer selection of materials and design
- Estimate / Bid – based on either a site visit or provided details
- Acceptance of bid and execution of contract
- Follow-up site visits, as needed
- Permit application, if necessary
- Shop drawings
- Scheduling of installation
- Installation—typically 1-2 days per elevator cab*
*Depending on the scope of your project, most jobs are complete in one to two days per elevator cab. We ask that you schedule an additional day as a buffer. We will do our best to work within your scheduling constraints. If you have special circumstances, we will work to accommodate them.
How much will this cost?
No two renovations are the same, and it is difficult to estimate a price without discussing some basic details regarding your potential project. Our commitment is to remain competitive on price, transparent as to scope, and helpful throughout the process. If you have already established a budget, we will do everything we can to work within it. If you are still in the planning stage and have not yet addressed the budget, give us a call and answer a few questions about your project and we can give you a ballpark number—no strings attached.
What materials can I use in remodeling?
The most common materials found in elevator cabs are plastic laminates, wood veneers, textured stainless steel, and glass. Less common solutions involve stone, specialty plastics, and woven metals. Use your imagination! As long as it passes fire and safety codes, is available on the market, and does not affect the operation of the elevator, it can probably be installed.
Cab Solutions uses a variety of suppliers, depending on the scope of work and details of the individual project. In addition to replacing wall panels, the scope of remodeling very often includes replacing the ceiling, lighting, floor covering as well as re-skinning doors and re-cladding return walls, strike jambs, transom, headers, and bucks.
Very often the most difficult question to answer isn't what can you put into your elevator cab but what should you put into it. An appropriate solution depends on many factors, including durability needed, integration with building lobby and hallway design, personal choice, budget constraints, and weight change concerns.
I have a designer/architect—can you work with them?
Absolutely. If you want to use a specific designer or architect it is most effective to have them involved as early in the process as possible. We'd be happy to work with them.
How long will my elevator be down?
For a typical remodeling where you are replacing wall panels, ceiling, and lighting, you should plan on your cab being shut down for two days, although we very often complete the work in one day.
What can go wrong?
Cab remodeling can be an unpredictable business, but the risks can be greatly reduced with thorough planning and good logistics. With proper engineering upfront, appropriate review of applicable codes and permitting, and realistic scheduling with all parties involved, the risk of a major problem or disruption is small.
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