Benefits of a Home Elevator

Benefits of a Home Elevator


As times change and people live longer, more and more homeowners are installing elevators in their homes. Having a home elevator is an affordable solution for many needs and purposes. Whether you need to negotiate different levels of your home, looking to increase your home value or simply planning for the future, a home elevator is a wise investment.


Home Elevators Increase Home Value

Many home flippers are taking advantage of the instant dollar signs that come with putting an elevator in a house. Not only does it appeal to a larger home buying market, it can add $150,000 instantly to your home’s price.

Aging in Place

Aging in place is what everyone wants. When we are young and able, we don’t anticipate the effects of getting older. After age 65, many people have trouble getting up and down stair cases, in and out of bathtubs, etc. These situations can be a deal breaker for living in your own home- causing you to sell your home to live in a home that wasn’t originally your dream home, assisted living, or forced to move in with a family member or loved one. With the growing rates of assisted living and nursing homes, one could reason that the price of an elevator would cost less than three to four months of living in assisted/retirement communities.

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Home Elevator is a Luxury

Home elevators are helpful in many ways, but also a luxury item. In larger homes, they certainly make life easier when traveling between floors. Home elevators can be customized with elaborate materials such as high end woods, marble, custom glass shaftways, and even gold.

Home Elevators Save Space

In the state of Connecticut, if you build a ramp, you must have 12 inches of length for every inch of rise (1:12). This can take up a great deal of space, very quickly. A home elevator takes up no more than 18 square feet in the home, saving far more space than that of a ramp.

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Elevator Warranty

One of the best parts of having an elevator is being covered by warranty. Most manufacturers offer a standard 2-3 year warranty that will protect the home owner. Please note that regular service must be part of maintenance required for coverage under warranty. Elevator Service Company, Inc. has monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance contracts that save time, money, and repairs.

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Elevator Door Interlocks

Electromechanical door interlocks hold the door in place and prevent it from being opened when/if the elevator is in use. When the door closes, the interlock is engaged, enabling the elevator to operate.  Door interlocks are required by Connecticut State Code for all residential elevators and lifts.

Safety Features:

-Meets safety codes

-Reduced Potential Call-backs

-No Open or Exposed Contacts

-AMSE 17.1 and CSA-B44.1 compliant

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Elevator 5 Year Full Load Test


An elevator is a vehicle and requires maintenance just like a car, train or a plane. The required testing is for the safety of the users. Having a 5 year full load test on time saves a home owner lots of headaches and money in the long run. Not only is it required by the state of Connecticut, it is also a requirement of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Per ASME 17.1, requires testing be done every five years. Not having this test could result in your elevator being red-tagged or dubbed as unsafe and therefore disabled.


125% of rated load is placed inside the elevator cab and the elevator is run several times. The mechanic would then reset the governor switch and operate the car at a normal speed in each direction to ensure the ropes stay in place and make sure it stops with distance applicable to the code. This also ensures that the break system is working properly.

The 5 year full load test is not the same as a pressure test. Pressure tests should be done annually.

To schedule elevator testing please call 203-757-5000.

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Customize Your Home Elevator

Customizing Your Home Elevator

Home Elevators

That’s right-home elevators. Architects and builders are finding their projects to include a home elevators or setting up the home for a future elevator by pre-creating a shaftway out of closets stacked in line. Having an elevator in your home can help you in several ways as a home owner.

Closet Shaftway

Converting Stacked Closets to Elevator Shaft

If a home elevator is something works with your home, you have endless options.


Conventional Elevator vs. PVE

Conventional elevators are placed in a shaftway built by a contractor. Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators (PVE) do not need a shaftway. The “tubes” come premanufactured and only require assembly. Since the shape is cylindrical, a round hole should be cut out of a ceiling, or a half-moon platform should be constructed at the landing if the tube is not going through a ceiling.

tube elevator

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator



The Cab of Your Home Elevator

Cabs can be customized with a wide variety of interior walls, tile, and fixtures. Most manufacturers provide various wood, metal, stone, and other standard design options, as well as customizable ones.

Residential Elevator Cab


Home Elevator Gates

The elevator gate (located inside the door), is a required safety fixture. Options for gates include scissor gate, accordion, and enterprise.


Home Elevator Gates

Home Elevator Gates



Elevator Configurations



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Connecticut Elevator Oligopoly Gives Vets a Lift

Connecticut Elevator Oligopoly Gives Vets a Lift

Torrington, CT—Local small business owners and philanthropists, Steve Roth and Paul Farnsworth of Elevator Service Company, Inc of Torrington, CT, have the honor of participating in a new program surrounding Veterans in the mobility world. According to the 2014 US Census, more than 1 million Veterans were reported to have a disability rating of 70 % or higher.

A Lift for a Vet” program, funded entirely by donation, allows the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IEUC) to buy and install vertical transportation equipment for veterans for the better use of their homes.

“Elevator Service Company follows the ‘A Lift for a Vet’ mission to provide the means to an independent life to as many veterans as possible. Through ESCO’s resources, we make ‘A Lift for a Vet’ possible.”

-Steve Roth

Elevator Service Company (ESCO) is a licensed elevator installer in the state of Connecticut. Located in downtown Torrington, satellite offices include Bridgeport and Waterbury, with field offices in Groton and Greenwich.


Elevator Service Company has been highly regarded in the community and has been named winner of many awards including “Business of the Year” for 2015 and 2016 by the Home Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association. Other awards include Elevator World Magazine’s Photo Contest Winner for 2015, as well as multiple HOBI (Home Building Industry) awards.

Elevator Service Company Inc., located at 47 Water Street in Torrington specializes in vertical transportation for both residential, commercial, and municipal buildings, as well as homes. Elevator Service Company Inc. was established in 1948 and is licensed in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. 80% of their business is in residences. Vertical transportation solutions for residential applications provided by Elevator Service Company Inc. include, but are not limited to, stair chairs , residential wheelchair lifts, vertical platform lifts,residential inclined platform lifts, residential dumbwaiters, conventional residential elevators, and pneumatic vacuum elevators. Products for commercial application include commercial elevators, commercial dumbwaiters , commercial inclined wheelchair lifts, commercial vertical platform lifts, material lifts.

Elevators are hugely beneficial in a residence for improving quality of life and drastically increasing the value of a home.

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Elevator Service Company, Inc Welcomes New Associates

Due to the immense growth in the last two years, Elevator Service Company, Inc (ESCO), has, again, grown its team. The expansion has included the addition of Project Manager, Steve Berko just three months ago. Joining Berko are Torrington native, Ora Curry, and Amber Wilder.

Ora J. Curry, former Automotive Sales Manager, graduated from Uconn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Ora is an active member in the community’s youth programs and is a father to two teenage student athletes and two rescue dogs. He enjoys the outdoors, working out, and golfing. Ora is also a proud recipient of the 1929 Club Award.

“Winning the 1929 Club Award was a huge honor and still is to this day. It is one of my proudest moments as an athlete. Playing football and what I was able to take away from it, carved out my work ethic, and taught me how to apply those values to every area of my life.” -Curry


Amber Wilder brings over 10 years marketing and management experience to Elevator Service Company, Inc. Her educational background is in business and psychology. Amber has a strong knowledge of digital marketing and has worked on several projects including website construction and search engine optimization (SEO). “Market research is crucial. Without it, a company could spend more time spinning its wheels and wasting money. I plan to enhance what efforts that have been put in place, as well as bring in fresh ideas that will help the company to reach its goals, both long and short-term.”


Elevator Service Company, Inc plans to expand, opening offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Elevator Service Company is located at 47 Water Street in Torrington with satellite offices in Bridgeport and Waterbury. For more information on Elevator Service Company, Inc and their services, please visit




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CT State Board Awards Director Seat to Elevator Service Company CEO

CT State Board Awards Director Seat to Elevator Service Company CEO

As of February 16, 2017, Steven Roth of Elevator Service Company, Inc. (ESCO) in Torrington has been awarded the distinct honor of serving a two-year term as Director of the State Board for the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut is a component of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) with four associations under it at a local level—the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County, Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut, and Home Builders Association of Northwest Connecticut.

“It is truly an honor and a significant responsibility to represent 800 statewide firms which employs more than 30,000 people.” -Steven Roth

Roth’s involvement with the Home Builders and Remodelers Association has been a contributing factor to its growth. The HBRA of CT writes proposed legislation and amendments, testifies at public hearings, and actively promotes the industry at meetings with state legislators, regulators, coalition partners, and other stakeholders.

Roth has served as a board member at a regional level for the HBRA of Fairfield as a board member as well as co-chair of the Associates council and his employees are affiliate members of the local Associations. Apart from being on the State Board of Directors, Steven Roth is also a part of National Association of Elevator Contractors, Better Business Bureau, and a proud sponsor of the NW Chamber of Commerce, Warner Theater, Susan B. Anthony Project, YMCA, AM Vets, Friendly Hands Food Bank, and Hartford Hospital Zero Prostate program.

Elevator Service Company, Inc. will be making another announcement in early April of this year.

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