Leading Provider of Commercial Lifts Since 1996
All-Ways Accessible, Inc. has been a leading provider of elevators and lifts in homes and businesses throughout New Hampshire (NH), Maine (ME), and Vermont (VT) since 1996. We have created accessibility solutions for all types of public and private buildings--schools, office buildings, nursing home facilities, and houses of worship. We have also installed residential home elevators as luxury amenities in private residences. We work regularly with builders and contractors on everything from large scale developments and commercial projects to single residence renovations and new construction.
Unlike factory direct dealers, we can show you a range of commercial and residential products and help you decide which is the best fit for your project. In addition to our extensive product expertise and our dealer access to the best elevators and lifts on the market, we offer our customers years of experience, knowledgeable sales consultants, and licensed professional installers. These “lift specialists” can provide expert guidance on satisfying ADA and other code requirements. Since these codes can vary from state to state, we can help you avoid costly mistakes that wreak havoc on your budget and your timelines for delivery.
Our promise of top quality service includes educating consumers about the best solutions in terms of design, safety, and cost effectiveness. We gladly partner with architects, builders and interior designers to ensure that the installation process goes smoothly and satisfies the customer’s expectations for their homes or businesses. Our in-house team works with you to problem solve through every phase of the project, from initial design through post-installation and service. We also stand behind our work with our customer satisfaction guarantee; we All-Ways make it right.
All-Ways Accessible is the only elevator and lift dealer in the northeast with a showroom that includes two fully functional residential home elevators, several working stair lifts, both straight and curved, and several different types of patient lifts. Whether your project is residential or commercial, you’ll appreciate being able to view and “test drive” some of the elevators and lifts we offer.
Make All-ways Accessible your first stop for LU/LA Elevators, vertical wheelchair lifts, incline platform lifts, dumbwaiters, material handling lifts, patient lifts and modular ramps.
Visit our Design Center or call for a consultation today.
Limited Use/Limited Application Elevators or L.U.L.A
Lower cost alternative to a full passenger elevator
Limited Use Limited Application (L.U.L.A) elevators were developed as a lower-cost, highly functional alternative to a commercial passenger elevator and are a more refined, fully featured alternative to a vertical wheelchair platform lift. It is essential to understand where and why a commercial LU/LA elevator is the best solution.
Comparison to Commercial Passenger Elevator
A Limited Use Limited Application (L.U.L.A) elevator can comply with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if used in the right application. It can provide accessibility where vertical travel does not exceed 25 feet. When combining the equipment, construction and installation costs, LU/LA elevators can provide substantial savings. Advantages are achieved primarily through design:
- Smaller LU/LA hoist way and machine room space allows for smaller footprint.
- Lower overhead ceiling height often avoids extensive roof modifications.
- Shallower elevator pit depth, as little as 13 inches, lowers site preparation costs.
- Requires only single phase power versus three phase power typical of passenger elevators.
There are limits as to where the LU/LA commercial elevator can be used, however. It’s worth the phone call to confirm whether a more cost effective commercial LU/LA elevator will meet the needs of a specific project.
How a LU/LA Compares to a Vertical Wheelchair Lift
There are a number of advantages of the LU/LA elevator over vertical platform lift, including, but not limited to, greater functionality and visual appeal. Advantages include the following:
- Vertical travel is up to 25 feet where commercial platform lifts are limited to 14 feet. A LU/LA has a lifting capacity of 1,400 lbs. as compared to 750 lbs. (by code) for vertical lifts.
- A LU/LA has a speed of 30 feet per minute (fpm) whereas platform lifts and vertical lifts have a max speed of 30 ft/min as well, but usually do not exceed 20 ft/min. Many are as slow as 10 feet per minute.
- A LU/LA has a similar look and feel to a traditional elevator with fully enclosed car and automatic controls; a platform lift lacks this visual appeal.
There are commercial applications where a vertical wheelchair platform lift is more practical. To quickly determine if a LULA elevator is a viable solution for your application, simply contact us or provide us some information and we’ll call you.
Commercial Vertical Platform Lifts
Vertical Wheelchair Lifts are a versatile, cost effective solution for overcoming an architectural barrier in a commercial setting. There are several types of wheelchair lifts:
- Unenclosed – the lift is not enclosed in any way. Only up to 60 inches of travel
- Shaft Way – the lift is designed to be installed in a drywall shaft way
- Enclosed – the lift is designed with its own shaft way usually metal framing with either steel panels or see through acrylic panels
- Hybrid – a cross between an elevator and a vertical platform lift. Much more esthetically pleasing.
Also keep in mind that there are many different options available for each type of lift:
- Different platform sizes (some states require a very specific size)
- Different exit and enter configurations
- An assortment of platform and lift gates, fire coded doors, power gate operators, etc.
- Different drive options such as screw drive, screw drive with battery backup, and hydraulic
- A large number of color options available. The days of the standard ivory or beige color are long gone.
Which wheelchair lift is right for your application? What options, if any, are needed to make your lift code compliant? Talk to one of our Elevator & Lift Specialists.
All traditional wheelchair lifts look pretty much the same. If you lined up 6 different manufactures lifts in a row, the average layperson would say they are all the same. While they may all look the same they are built very differently and in the long term that matters a great deal.
Commercial Inclined Platform Lifts
An Inclined Platform Lift, also known as an inclined Wheelchair Lift, is a complete accessibility solution for facilities that have limited space and resources yet want to accommodate patrons and meet ADA requirements. Inclined Platform lifts serve both straight and curved stairways for indoors or outdoors. Each rail system is custom manufactured to the exact contours of the stairway, gliding along existing stairs and opening access to all levels.
On most models, inclined wheelchair lifts fold up at the lower and upper landing with power assist, maximizing space while not in use, and carry a host of safety features for both passengers and other patrons. Below are common features and functionality of inclined platform lifts:
- Standard non-skid platform that can be sized to accommodate wheelchair and ADA compliance
- Travel distance is almost unlimited with two stops standard, additional stops available
- Up to 650 lbs. load capacity for straight lifts, up to 495 lbs. load capacity for curved lifts
- Travel speed is approximately 20 feet per minute for straight lifts, 10 feet per minute for curved
- Constant pressure platform controls and hall call controls at each landing
- Emergency stop and alarm, safety platform arms, and many more safety features
Inclined Wheelchair lifts are designed to help eliminate barriers of accessibility in schools, public facilities, restaurants and places of worship.
A Commercial Dumbwaiter is an ergonomic and economic solution for moving material from floor to floor in a multi-level commercial environment. Commercial dumbwaiters are intended for all public, private and industrial settings including schools, universities, office buildings, manufacturing facilities and houses of worship. Dumbwaiters are particularly useful where a passenger elevator isn’t feasible due to site constraints, budget concerns or the type of use doesn’t justify a ‘passenger riding’ vertical transportation product. Save manpower, save space, save time, save energy and avoid workplace injuries with a Commercial Dumbwaiter.
All-Ways Accessible handles several different dumbwaiter lines. For more information or a customized quote for your project, contact one of our Elevator & Lift Specialists today!
Material Handling Lifts
What are Material Handling Lifts?
Also known as vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRC), material handling lifts move materials in factories, warehouses, industrial plants, institutions or anywhere that products or supplies need to move from one level to another. Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors are not elevators. In fact, they have their own national code (ASME B20.1) and are specifically exempt from the national elevator code. Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors provide fast, efficient, convenient and safe access to/from mezzanines, balconies, basements, and between levels in multiple story buildings. They can be installed for through-floor, interior or exterior applications. The principal components of Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors include guide columns, carriage and a mechanical or hydraulic actuating mechanism.
What are the benefits of using a Material Handling Lift?
- Safe, efficient, convenient means of moving materials vertically.
- Less costly to install, operate and maintain than elevators.
- Safer than using a forklift to move materials between levels.
- Moves loads of all shapes, sizes and weights from 1 lb. to 200,000 lbs.
- Designed for mezzanines, through-floor and other multi-level applications.
- Meets or exceeds OSHA regulations.
- Equipped with advanced safety features to protect people and materials.
Material Handling Lifts can be installed in new buildings or in existing buildings with unused elevator shafts, and they can be customized to your application needs. Their hydraulic, mechanical systems make it a safe, efficient, convenient means of moving materials vertically.
Patient Lifts Reduce Risk of Injury
Throughout the USA, hospitals and rehab facilities are facing a revolution. It is being spearheaded by patient care staff who, after years of back injuries, falls and putting patients at risk during transfers, are demanding new policies regarding "Safe Patient Handling.
Since the company began, All-Ways Accessible, Inc. has been working with caregivers, in both home and hospital settings, to design safe, efficient patient lift systems.
As the exclusive dealer of the Surehands Lift and Care System, All-Ways Accessible has been designing, installing and servicing patient lifts throughout New Hampshire (NH), Maine (ME), and Vermont (VT) since 1996.
Whether it be a Wall Lift, Ceiling Lift, Mobile Lift, or Pool Lift, designing an effective patient lift system requires not only a thorough understanding of lifting and body mechanics, but also a critical knowledge of installation layout, daily activity flow, and structural integrity.
So if you are a member of a patient care team at a hospital or rehab center, All-Ways Accessible has the tools, knowledge and experience to help you design the patient lift system that is right for you.
All-Ways Accessible offers free lift demonstrations and site evaluations, and has a variety of lift accessories (Slings, Body Support, Frictionless Slides) to aid in safe transfers. We also have several lift systems setup in our showroom for demonstration purposes. Check out a video on some of our SUREHANDS® Lift & Care Systems products. Watch Video
Call us today and let All-Ways Accessible design a safe Patient Transfer System that's right for you.
Commercial ADA Compliant Modular Wheelchair Ramps
Modular Wheelchair Ramp Basics
If you're like most people we talk to on a daily basis, you're either bidding a job which requires handicap access be added to a structure, or you've found yourself in a situation in which you need ramp access for yourself. In either case, we're confident we can help you meet whatever needs you may have. Here is some basic information on modular ramps:
- Ramps are made of light weight durable aluminum
- Standard ADA width is 36".
- Ramps can be up to 60 feet in length (long leg support option required.)
- Shortest ramp section is 4' - Longest ramp section is 8' (sections are bolted together.)
- To meet ADA compliance, a resting platform is required for every 30' of ramp (commercial)
- Ramp lengths are in whole numbers (i.e. 4', 5', 6', 7', 8')
- Legs are adjustable for changes in terrain.
- Extended end rails are available at ramp termination (required for ADA compliance.)
- There is a 2" curb lip on all ramp and platform sections (ADA mandatory.)
- Ramps can be designed in an almost endless number of layout configurations.
- Modular ramps can be used for residential applications as steep as 2:12 slope ratio.
- ADA compliance requires a 1:12 slope ratio and 36" width. (Check your local code)
- Modular ramps for a private residence do not usually require a permit. (Check your local code)