All posts by Mark Crispen

How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Here at Inclinator, we’re serious about bringing our customers the safest, most reliable home elevators in the industry, but we also like to have a little elevator-themed fun from time to time. In that spirit, we’d like to introduce the “elevator pitch” or elevator speech. Have you heard of it?

This useful business tool can help “elevate” students, entrepreneurs, and seasoned businesspeople alike to land new opportunities and deals with a simple and informal (but rehearsed) conversation, perhaps inside a literal elevator.

And while you likely won’t be able to employ the elevator pitch for career growth or profit in your home elevator (unless you invite that dream client or your boss over to your house to take a little ride with you), our Inclinator Elevette models are excellent for rehearsals.  Continue reading How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Home Elevator Emergency Preparedness

Just because most emergency situations occur without warning does not mean that you shouldn’t be prepared. That’s why we design our Inclinator home elevators with a variety of important, code-compliant safety features to give you greater peace of mind.home elevator emergency preparedness

Hopefully, you will never experience a catastrophic emergency in your home, such as a damaging fire or flood. If the unthinkable happens, or even if you experience power outages for non-emergency reasons, you can feel confident knowing your residential elevator will not present a risk to your family’s safety. And there are several actions you can take to help protect your elevator in certain situations, as well.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the built-in safety features of every Inclinator elevator, as well as what to do in emergency situations involving your elevator.

Continue reading Home Elevator Emergency Preparedness

All the Ways You Can Customize Your Home Elevator

Many things set Inclinator home elevators apart from the competition, but one of the main ways we delight homeowners and builders alike is with our wide range of customization options.

It’s not boasting when we say that Inclinator elevators are the most customizable in the world – it’s a fact. From drive systems to cab styles and safety features to accessories, there are nearly endless possibilities for configuring Inclinator elevators, so they fit perfectly in every unique home. And each Inclinator home elevator is individually crafted and finished to ensure that every detail is perfect.

So, how can you help your clients design an elevator they’ll love to live with? Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading All the Ways You Can Customize Your Home Elevator

Inclinator Co. of America Names New President/CEO

Harrisburg, PA, September 24, 2018 ( –

Inclinator Company of America, a leader in the residential elevator and  residential/commercial lift industry is proud to announce that Cliff Warner has assumed  the role of President & CEO of the family-owned company on September 21, 2018. Warner brings more than 15 years of experience in leading teams in manufacturing and engineering. Warner becomes the seventh president to lead the company founded in 1923.
Warner was Inclinator’s Director of Engineering and Quality for the past 2.5 years. Prior to Inclinator, Warner served as Director of Quality for New Standard Corporation. He earned a  degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania State University. Warner resides in York, PA with his wife and four children.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and excited for the future ahead!” – Cliff Warner, CEO

When asked about his recent promotion, Warner stated that, “I’m honored to have been selected as Inclinator’s  President and CEO. Inclinator has that rare combination of great customers, extremely talented employees and products that are second to none. I’m excited about our opportunities for growth and know how important our culture and teamwork are to our success. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and excited for the future ahead!”

Warner succeeds Bill Stratton as President and CEO. Stratton led Inclinator for the past 4 years. Under his tenure the company increased its industry leading position among  residential elevator companies. Stratton is leaving the company to pursue other business  opportunities.

Inclinator Company of America, a residential elevator and residential/commercial lift company based in Harrisburg, PA, invented the stair chair lift in 1923 and home elevator in 1928. Today, there are more Inclinator elevators in homes  across the country than any other brand. All of Inclinator’s elevators are produced in its South Central Pennsylvania manufacturing facility.

Home Elevator Safety Features

Elevators are commonplace in public areas such as hospitals, business offices and hotels. However, home elevators are on the rise as well, thanks to the number of aging citizens and people with disabilities. These machines make transport between floors more accessible than before, so those who need a little extra help can continue to enjoy their independence. Many people may also install home elevators to improve home value and add contemporary appeal.

This is a growing trend in home design and renovation, and it has led to the development of home elevator safety standards. As you begin to seriously consider adding an elevator in your home to improve accessibility, you probably have questions about standard and optional safety features. While it’s true that code compliance regulations for home elevators are comprehensive not all states have adopted the most updated national safety code. This means available safety features may vary by manufacturer.

Here at Inclinator, safety has always been a priority for us, and we are proud to tell our customers that our elevators, as well as our drawings, planning guides, and installation instructions, are all ASME A17.1-2016 (CSA B44 in Canada) code compliant – that’s the latest version of elevator safety guidelines. All of our Elevette home elevator models include industry-leading features to keep their owners and users safe and secure, and many come as standard equipment.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the most important individual safety features included with our Elevette home elevators to give you a good idea of what you should expect in any home elevator you’re considering. Continue reading Home Elevator Safety Features

Comparing Drive System Options for Your Home Elevator

Elevette® home elevators have more standard features and custom options than any other home elevator brand, and that’s why we’re so proud of our banner product here at Inclinator. We also know that navigating all the customization possibilities for your new home elevator can be overwhelming.

While choosing design features and finishes for your elevator’s cab and exterior may be fun, there are also numerous mechanical and operating system-type elements to consider. And for those of us “non-techy” people, making decisions about how a new home elevator will work mechanically doesn’t seem all that exciting, though it is essential.

To make the process easier, today we’re taking a closer look at one of the primary “behind the scenes” options you’ll need to select before installation of your new Elevette home elevator can begin — the drive system. There are three distinct home elevator drive system options from which you can choose.

While each offers similar travel speeds and can be used with all Inclinator Elevette cab styles, features within your existing home or upcoming construction projects may affect the choices available to you. You may also simply prefer one configuration over the others once you have all the information.

Continue reading Comparing Drive System Options for Your Home Elevator

Options to Improve Accessibility in Your Home

If you’re facing a loss of mobility for the first time, or you’re simply planning ahead to thrive in place at home as you age, you’re probably wondering what options you have to make your home more accessible for the use of wheelchairs, motorized scooters, or walkers. It’s true that these assistive devices can be problematic to use comfortably within many traditionally designed homes that have complex floorplans, steep stairways, and perhaps only a single bathroom located on an upper floor.

Unfortunately, countless Americans believe that the architectural challenges their houses present cannot be overcome. They resort to moving from their beloved homes at a time when such a disruption in their lives is the last thing they need. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on your home. There are many types of renovations, both small and large, that can make your home much more livable with mobility issues. Let’s take a look at some of the more significant (but definitely realistic) changes that you can make. Continue reading Options to Improve Accessibility in Your Home

The Story Behind Home Elevators

The elevator as we know it has changed dramatically since humans first realized they could move large and heavy objects with rope and pulley systems. Home elevators are a byproduct of that ingenuity, created to make it easier for those with disabilities or injuries to get around their homes more easily. The story behind the home elevator is an interesting one, and it speaks to why home elevators have become so valuable to us. Continue reading The Story Behind Home Elevators

The Advantages of Building Up

When adding on to your home, is it better to build out or build up?

You might think that by building taller, you’re missing out on valuable living space. In reality, building up can help you maximize square footage while making your home more functional. For example, if all of the bedrooms are on the upper floors, they are separate from the more active areas of your home, such as the living room or kitchen. People in the bedrooms can fall asleep more easily and won’t be disturbed by others in the house watching TV or socializing in the living and dining areas.

If you’re thinking about adding on to your home, use this guide to learn more about the benefits of building up and why you might want to build up instead of out.

What Is Building Up?

Building up refers to the process of adding floors to an existing building, rather than building an addition on the ground floor. If you decide to build up during home additions, you create a second, third or additional upper story. You have a few options if you want to add on to an existing space vertically. The option that works best for you and your home will depend on the current design of the home and your budget. Here are some options for building up to consider:

  • Remove and replace the roof: If you are building up on a home with a steep-sloped roof, one option is to remove the roof completely, add the additional stories, then install an entirely new roof on top at the end of the project.
  • Remove the roof temporarily: A second option is to cut away the existing roof on the home, add the additional stories, then return the roof to the house, rather than install a new one. Using the existing roof can make the addition more cost-effective. You can discuss the pros and cons of replacing versus restoring the roof with the contractor to determine which option will work best for you.
  • Build on top of a flat roof: If your current home has a flat roof, your contractor might be able to build up without cutting away the existing roof. Alternatively, you could build up from a single-story attachment on your home, such as an attached garage, without removing the roof.
  • Add a modular story: Your contractor has the option of building the new story on-site — meaning all of the work is done on your property — or building modularly. Modular design means that the additional story is built in a factory somewhere else, then delivered to your home intact and completely assembled. The builders add the fully-built story on top of your current house. One benefit of modular building is that it is often quicker and easier to do since the building takes place indoors and can continue on no matter the weather. Many homeowners also find that modular additions cost less than on-site builds.

Benefits of Building Up

There might come a time when the home you live in doesn’t meet your needs the way it once did. When that time comes, you have a few options. You can sell the property and move somewhere else, or you can make changes to the home, such as adding on to it. Whether you are adding on to an existing home or designing a new house from scratch, here are a few benefits of thinking vertically:

1. Gives You More Square Footage on Less Land

One of the most noticeable advantages of building up is the cost savings per square foot. When you stack living space, you can actually add considerable square footage to the design without the added costs for foundation and roofing materials. Multi-story homes feature smaller foundations and rooflines, so they not only require fewer materials, but they also allow you to save on land costs.

For example, depending on the area, a ranch on a 60’ lot could cost $80,000 more than a same-sized, multi-story home on a 40’ lot. You’d save more money on the taller home, and you’d have plenty left over to add features, such as a residential elevator, which would make your multi-story home more convenient.

A more compact footprint also means more options for location since you can squeeze a multi-story home onto a much smaller lot. If you are hoping to build a new home in an area that is already densely built, you are likely to have more choices available to you if you plan on building up rather than building a sprawling, single-story house.

2. Allows for the Future Addition of an Elevator

It is also easier for builders to incorporate a residential elevator into the design of a multi-story home, which is why we encourage buyers or homeowners in their 40’s, 50’s or 60’s to consider making their new homes “elevator ready” by using stacked closets in a multi-story design. Regardless if you can benefit from an elevator today, making it easier to install tomorrow will save you a lot of money when or if you decide to purchase one.

There are many benefits of installing an elevator in your home, including:

  • Makes the home more functional: An elevator that glides from floor to floor in your home can make living there a lot easier. You can use the elevator to transport items, such as vacuum cleaners and heavy suitcases, from one story to the next without having to drag those items up the stairs. A residential elevator also allows people who have difficulties with mobility to visit and enjoy your home.
  • Increases the safety of your home: Every year, nearly 2.8 million children visit the emergency room because of injuries resulting from a fall. While not every fall is as a result of tripping down the stairs, many are. Providing another option for moving around your home will help reduce the risk of falling, keeping your loved ones safe.
  • Can increase your home’s property value: If you decide to sell your home in the future, having an elevator installed can allow you to set your asking price higher. Many homebuyers are willing to pay more for a house that has an elevator, especially if the elevator would allow them to remain in the house for as long as possible or would allow them to get more use out of the property.

Learn More About the Benefits of Building Up and Installing a Residential Elevator Today

Whether you’re a builder designing a home for a client or a homeowner looking to expand your living space, building up has its advantages. If you are interested in learning more about adding an elevator to a home, Inclinator can help. To learn more about the process and to get started, find a dealer near you today!