commercial elevator installation

What to Expect with Commercial Elevator Installation

The first commercial elevator was installed in New York City in 1857. Since then, elevators have helped move people and goods between floors of increasingly taller buildings.

If you’re building a multi-story warehouse or project managing the construction of a new office building, commercial elevator installation is likely on your to-do list. But what does the installation process look like? Most elevators on the market today function similarly—from embedded technologies to commercial elevator dimensions. This means installation is also similar.

Read on to find out what to expect.


The first step in the commercial elevator installation process is finding the best company to work with. Ask your network for recommendations and reach out to a few elevator installation service providers in your area to get quotes.

The company will send a service professional to your location to conduct a site review. They’ll ask you about your needs, budget, and timeline and put together a proposal.

You also need to decide between the types of commercial elevators:

  • Traction elevator systems
  • Hydraulic elevator systems
  • Machine room-less
  • Commercial wheelchair lifts
  • Dumbwaiters
  • Material lifts

If you’re unsure which type of elevator is best for your building, ask the project management professional at your elevator installation partner company for advice. They’ll ensure you’re looking at the correct information—and not get confused by extraneous information like residential elevator dimensions!

Installing a Commercial Elevator: The Steps

The elevator installation company will already have a rough idea of where you want the elevator installed. This would have been decided on in the initial installation.

Let your elevator installation team know if this location changes at any stage in your building project.

Your installation team will:

  • Place the columns
  • Add the carriage
  • Lift the drive base into place (for a mechanical elevator)
  • Assemble the enclosures and gates
  • Complete the necessary electrical wiring
  • Test the elevator

Make sure the installation team has enough clear space to work safely. In addition, all floors related to the installation should be completed and structurally sound.


Commercial elevators typically see heavy use, so they need continual maintenance.

This will:

  • Maximize the life of the elevator (making your investment worth it)
  • Ensure you keep up with technology upgrades
  • Prevent the need for extensive—and expensive—repairs later on

Create a service schedule with your elevator installation partner right away.

Also, go over the terms and conditions of any warranty you receive as part of the elevator purchase. Warranties come in two forms: product or manufacturer’s warranty and service warranty.

Commercial Elevator Installation Made Easy

Understanding the commercial elevator installation process is the first step to getting an elevator for your next build. If you know what to expect, you can easily insert the installation into your construction timeline. Choosing the best installation partner will be a breeze, too!

If you’re based in New England, consider working with Keystone Elevator Weymouth. We’re a full-service elevator company with almost three decades of industry experience. Contact us today for expert advice.