LULA Elevators by DME Elevators & Lifts: Serving Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
DME Elevators & Lifts recognizes selecting the right elevator provider is just as important as selecting the right elevator. Serving our community since 1977, our advisors and technician have decades of experience installing and servicing commercial elevators, LULA elevators, in public buildings, private professional buildings, schools and houses of worship. During your free site assessment our knowledgeable Commercial Access Advisors will be able provide you with accurate and decisive guidance. There is no obligation to consult with DME Elevators & Lifts expert advisors.
Excellence in Elevation
Each project is backed by a full-service DME team comprising of Commercial Access Advisors, project coordinators and licensed technicians who understand the needs of contractor and architects. Engaged at all levels throughout the process, we will confidently deliver accurate and decisive guidance for on-time installation and hand-over.
Experience You Can Trust
We understand the potential of Limited Use/Limited Application Elevators as a lower cost alternative to commercial passenger elevators.
You can rely on DME Elevators & Lifts to provide the best solution for your project, as we’ve already done the research for you. Our team has rigorously selected only elevator models that provide superior functionality, design, reliability and value.
Premier Service You Deserve
Our promise to you goes well beyond installation. As a full service provider, our manufacturer trained in-house technicians are fully licensed to also maintain and service your LULA Elevator. DME Elevators & Lifts is dedicated to delivering worry-free operation, for years to come.
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Not all LULA commercial elevators are created equal. DME Elevators & Lifts has diligently screened a wide array of elevator manufacturers and models over our 35 years of operation, carefully selecting manufacturers providing the most versatile design options and functionality, time-tested reliability and overall best-value.
Our LULA elevators come with heavy-duty hydraulic drive systems and a range of cab designs. The choice of elevator and options depends on preference and building requirements, involving the selection of appropriate elevator configuration and associated finishes. As a high level summary, key elements of a LULA elevator include the following:
|Elevator Car||Stainless steel, wood, laminate and powder coated steel cabs available. Laminate and powder coated steel cabs available in many colors and finishes. Multiple wood species and panels available, such as flat, Shaker, recessed and raised panels with a number of finishes|
|Fixtures||Car operating panel (C.O.P.), recessed telephone system, hall calls and handrails come standard in stainless steel. Custom options include metals with finishes such as vintage bronze or black colors|
|Doors||Standard is the automatic 36” wide, two-speed car and hoistway door available in many finishes including stainless steel, pre-finished powder coated colors, or primer gray finish (to be final painted by others)|
|Configuration||Cars come standard with a single opening with options for two opposing doors and 90 degree openings to suit the building’s requirements|
|Drive System||All our LULA lifts feature heavy-duty, time tested cable hydraulic drive systems|
Our elevators share a number of features and functionality.
- Car sizes up to 18 sq feet including 42” x 54”, 42” x 60”, 48” x 54” or 51” x 51”
- Standard car height of 7 feet, custom taller heights available
- Up to 25’ travel standard with up to six stops
- Speed of 30 feet per minute (fpm) with 1,400 lbs load capacity
- Smooth heavy-duty cable hydraulic drive system with automatic leveling
- 36” wide automatic two-speed car and hoistway door
- Low ceiling overhead and shallow elevator pit depth design
- Wide range of safety features
- Featured Elevator Model
We carry models from the most trusted manufacturers including Symmetry and Savaria. Our most versatile LULA commercial elevator is from Symmetry Elevators which is also our featured model.The Symmetry Elevation commercial LULA elevator has a wide array of standard and optional features including several exclusive to Symmetry.Proven in technology and flexible in design, the Elevation LULA is an excellent option for many commercial access applications.
To review details of our LULA elevator and a helpful planning guide, simply click the link here.
Significantly Lower Operating Cost
LULA elevators were developed as a lower-cost, highly functional alternative to a commercial passenger elevator and a more refined, fully featured alternative to a vertical wheelchair platform lift. The key is clearly understanding where commercial LULA elevators are the best solution.
Comparison to Commercial Passenger Elevator
A LULA lift is particularly well suited to meet ADA and accessibility needs where vertical travel does not exceed 25 feet, desired lifting capacity is up to 1,400 lbs and square footage of floors serviced are within applicable codes. When combining all equipment, construction and installation costs, LULAs can provide substantial savings while requiring lesser footprint. Advantages are achieved primarily through design:
- Smaller LULA hoistway and machine space requirements for lesser footprint
- Lower ceiling overhead requirement, oftentimes avoiding extensive roof modifications
- Shallower elevator pit depth, as little as 13 inches, for lower cost site preparation
- Requires only single phase power vs. three phase power typical of passenger elevators
There are limits to LULA commercial elevator applications. Nonetheless, there’s value in confirming whether a more cost effective commercial LULA elevator will address building requirements.
Comparison to Vertical Wheelchair Platform Lifts
As compared to vertical wheelchair platform lifts, there are a number of advantages of the LULA over wheelchair lifts, including but not limited to greater functionality and visual appeal. Advantages include the following:
- Vertical travel is up to 25 feet where commercial platform lifts are limited to 14 feet
- Lifting capacity of 1,400 lbs as compared to 750 lbs (by code) for vertical lifts
- Speed of 30 feet per minute (fpm) whereas platform lifts are typically around 10 fpm
- Similar look and feel to traditional elevator with fully enclosed car and automatic controls
There are commercial applications where a vertical wheelchair platform lift is more practical. To quickly determine if a LULA elevator is a viable solution for your application simply contact us or provide us some information and we’ll call you. Be sure to learn more about our LULA elevator models in the tab above.