What is an Elevator Modernization?

It’s giving your elevator an updated appearance on the inside or outside, whether it be the controls, the doors or the interior. The purpose is to maintain the machine’s youthfulness and reliability.

A pretty cool fact! Delaware Elevator recently completed the elevator modernization of the Washington Monument! The structure is 55 feet square at the base and 554 feet 7 inches high and weighs an estimated 91,000 tons. And yes, our team had to take those steps all the way up many times during the modernization process. The machine room is at the very top of the structure!

Why might you need an Elevator Modernization?

If your elevator is 10 years or older, runs slowly, the buttons and doors don’t function properly, you’re constantly in need of repeated repairs, the parts have become obsolete or if your interior is worn and damaged then you are in need of modernization.

Modernizing your elevator will save money in the long-run by making your machine more energy efficient and increasing the value of your property.

Other pros include easing traffic flow and keeping equipment up to date on safety and code compliance. Additionally, every mod is made to order with a customizable controller.

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The Benefits:

We utilize non-proprietary equipment whenever possible on all of our elevator packages, both traction and hydro – from controllers, door equipment, machines, fixtures, paneling, and lighting. With our non-proprietary equipment, any qualified elevator contractor can work on your elevator in the future.

Traction vs. Hydraulic:

Traction elevators are geared or gearless, have AC or DC motors, are low speed and high torque.

Hydraulic elevators are conventional for traveling 2-5 floors, roped for low levels and low traffic or holeless for traveling 2-4 floors.

We offer designs that work:

  • In-Ground Hydro packages in various shapes and sizes
  • Holeless packages are available for custom application
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Next generation machines and controllers:

  • Geared – We can replace your aging geared machine with an upgraded non-proprietary machine
  • Gearless – New design and efficient motor with less energy to drive the machine – the potential for big savings

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Non-proprietary door equipment:

*Over 84% of elevator problems are door related.

  • Our door equipment allows for programmability and customization

First impressions matter:

  • Our cab interior design team will make your vision a reality
  • We offer 3D renderings to confirm product is properly constructed to our customer’s needs

Going Green:

  • We offer energy saving elevator variable frequency drives and regenerative drives



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