Lift companies are an integral part of modern western society. With an accessory like the lift sufficiently ingrained in current public consciousness as to be un-dissociable from it, it is only natural that companies created to maintain and service these types of implements should be successful and widespread across the western world as well.
Services offered by, and requested from, lift companies usually revolve around one of three types of task. The lines below go into more detail about each of these types of services, and explain how each of them factors into the service life of the average lift.
Installation is the first step in the process of setting up a lift. This task is most commonly carried out in newly-built properties, or older properties being converted and modernised; this is because the blueprints for most modern buildings already included a lift, doing away with the need to install a second implement of this type.
Where the installation of a new lift is concerned, lift companies tend to come in when the project has already been cleared and all permissions acquired. The involvement of these types of companies mostly revolves around the actual execution stages, with lift installation professionals usually being in charge of taking measurements, erecting the scaffolding, setting up the beams, and finally, installing all the elements necessary to ensure proper lift functionality, such as the pulley system, the car itself, or the automated mechanisms meant to ensure passenger safety both before and after boarding the lift.
Lift installation is one of the most frequently requested services from lift companies, and an essential step in the construction of almost any modern building more than a few stories high.
As frequently requested as lift installation is, however, it is not the most common or commonly advertised service offered by specialist companies. Indeed, there is one other service most lift companies provide even more frequently: lift maintenance.
Lift maintenance is the bread and butter for most lift companies, for easily understood reasons: every device of this type, without exception, requires repair or maintenance at some point, and opportunities to repair a lift are far more common than chances to install one.
Furthermore, offering lift maintenance is an excellent way for lift companies to retain clients, as many property owners rightfully feel it is a good idea to hire the same company that installed a lift to provide maintenance for it. In other instances, property owners are dissatisfied with their current company, or somehow have the need to find a new provider for this service, so many lift companies also use this particular service as a way to acquire new customers, even without having performed any installations for them. These particularities cause lift maintenance to be seen by many lift companies as the main service to focus their business around and promote.
Modernisation is the third and final service most lift companies are frequently required to provide to both old and new customers. This service is most often provided in older properties, with outdated lift models which are no longer up to specifications or which may constitute a potential safety hazard.
Lift modernisation can be carried out in a number of different ways, from installing new security features to updating the mechanism itself or installing new parts meant to boost and improve the device’s performance. Most professionals employed by ethical lift companies will know how to assess which modernising features would best suit any given lift, and will be happy to advise property owners on how best to improve upon their existing device.
These are, of course, far from the only three services lift companies normally provide; they can, however, be said to be the three most popular ones, and the basis upon which most of these companies build their business.