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 (Newswire.com) –

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

It’s true that 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 of 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, as well. 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 important.

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 drive system options to choose among, and while each offers similar travel speeds and can be used with all Inclinator Elevette cab styles factors of your existing home or planned new construction project may affect the choices that are available to you, or you may simply prefer one style over the others once you have all of 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

Residential elevators have not only changed the way we age in place, but also how builders and homeowners look at future house designs. There’s great value in building up rather than out, from cost savings to a reduction in roofing/foundation materials; but more than that, it allows builders to utilize amenities like the residential elevator to stunning effect.

Even if homeowners aren’t ready for an elevator, they can include future considerations for one by including “stacked closets” in the home design. Including a residential elevator in a new home can also increase its value by 10%.

You might think that by building taller, you’re missing out on valuable living space. Well, you’re actually able to preserve the square footage while enhancing the functionality of your layout as space can be better utilized in a multistory design when compared to a ranch-style home. Think about it: if you prefer a little more peace and quiet, having all of the bedrooms on the second floor can keep sleeping quarters private and peaceful, and separate from the more active living areas of your home.

Building up—a new design philosophy

Today’s builder is working with a new design philosophy: building up. While it’s true that many homeowners have a design in mind when they’re considering a new house, whether it’s the materials, the architecture style, or ranch vs. two-story home, there’s a lot that can be said of building up.

One of the most noticeable advantages to 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. Multistory homes feature smaller foundations and roof lines, so they’ll not only require fewer materials, but you’ll also save on land costs.

For example depending on the area, a ranch (on a 60’ lot) could cost upwards of $80,000 more than a multistory home (on a 40’ lot) of the same square footage. In this example, deciding between building up or out comes down to comparing a $240,000 price tag to one that’s only $160,000. Not only would you save more money on the taller home, but you’d have plenty left over to include that residential elevator in your plans! All without sacrificing square footage.

One of the most expensive parts of a home is the land you build on. Multistory homes have a more compact footprint than a ranch, making taller homes ideal for new developments and in-fill projects.

A more compact footprint also means more options for location, and makes it easier for builders to incorporate a residential elevator in the design. This is why we encourage buyers or homeowners in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s to consider making their new homes “elevator ready” by using stacked closets in a multistory design. Whether 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.

Future proofing your new home—including design elements that will reduce the number of future improvements and modifications—is key to getting the most out of it and improving the resale value.

Homeowners and builders alike benefit from a smarter design

Builders and homeowners can both save when it comes to building up, from lower land costs to a reduction in materials purchased. Beyond the cost savings there’s the added advantage of improving a home’s functionality and livability. A multistory home equipped with an elevator offers its residents the same level of access, only with a more functional layout—one that can be utilized with ease by the smart builder.

Homeowners who opt to consider a residential elevator in their designs can look forward to more livable space and flexibility in future additions, for both retrofits and new builds. Those considerations during the design phase could easily save you money down the road, making it much easier to budget for such renovations. That means you’re not just saving money up front by building up, but setting yourself up to save in the long-term as well. To get started, find a dealer near you today!