Why Routine Maintenance Is Essential for Your Home Elevator

Home elevators are complex pieces of machinery that can be quite expensive to purchase and install. If you have a home elevator, it is important to remember that routine maintenance is essential to keep it running safely and smoothly. Regular maintenance will help keep your home elevator in good working order and give it a […]

LULA: Safety Bulletin

There is a need to add a ½” washer to shackle assembly. This is important information for all Elevator Contractors maintaining and servicing Federal Elevator LULA Elevators. The issue found is that a ½” washer needs to be added to shackle assembly as per figure 1 – Item 3 in the document attached.  This will […]

Unlock the Benefits of Glass and Windows in Home Elevators

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a home elevator, you may want to consider one that has glass and windows. Not only do these elevators offer more spaciousness and comfort, but they can also provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home’s décor. Read on to learn more about the advantages of using glass […]

Installing an Elevator in New vs Existing Home

If you’re planning a new home or remodeling an existing home, the cost of installing an elevator is something to consider. Building an elevator into the design of a new home offers several cost-saving options, whereas retrofitting an elevator in an existing home can be more costly and complex. Let’s take a closer look at […]

Ontario Offers Tax Credit for Your Home Elevator

The Government of Ontario is offering a temporary, refundable personal income tax credit that can help you make your home safer and more accessible, helping you age-in-place. The credit is available for the 2021 and 2022 tax years and is worth 25% of up to $10,000 in eligible expenses per year for a senior’s principal residence in […]


For most people, a home elevator is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. We asked our expert team to use their 160-plus years of combined experience in elevators to help you find the best home elevator manufacturer. They came up with 6 questions you can ask any company you’re thinking of working with, plus the answers to look […]

8 Tips For Builders: Adding a Home Elevator to a New Build

Adding a home elevator to a new home build not only adds value to a home in the long term, but it can also be seamless to accommodate your new home build. Below are eight tips that can help builders with adding a home elevator to a new home build with ease. Include elevator service […]

Quick Tips: How do I use my home elevator?

Now that you have a personal home elevator, you have a world of convenience at the click of a button. Once installed, it is really important to understand how your elevator functions, how you can keep it in good care for years to come, and very importantly, how to use your elevator safely. Tips on […]

2019 Elevator Convention – NAEC Fall 2018

We are excited to be a part of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Fall convention this year. Our colleagues will be travelling to Grand Rapids, Michigan to represent our company. This marks the 20th year that we have been exhibiting at this trade show. This mark’s the Association’s 70th year holding this excellent […]

Nominated for 2019 Best Canadian Contractor

Federal Elevator is proud for the Ellie nomination in the category of Best Contractor – Canada. This our second time being nominated for this award ceremony with only 4 other companies. The Ellies is an awards program run by Elevator World, the only international publication that focusses on everything elevator and escalator related. Ellies recognize […]

Elevator Manufacturing Plant

We have over 30 years experience in low to mid-rise home and commercial elevator, making Federal Elevator a a trusted provider in the elevator industry. We often upgrade our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant to help us deliver the quality elevators our clients have come to expect from us. All home and commercial elevators are designed, engineered […]

How a home elevator can help you age-in-place

Aging baby boomers will become a significant demographic in North America within the near future. The typical boomer is active, financially independent and most have the desire to continue living in the homes that they worked hard to maintain. Many are modifying their existing home to help them adapt to possible changing lifestyle rather than […]

What is an Elevator Machine Room?

Firstly, What is The Machine Room?! The Machine room is an area set aside for the elevator equipment and consists of the Controller, 2 electrical disconnects and the pump unit. The Controller is a series of relays to help the elevator run, think of it as the brain. The electrical disconnects are for to bring […]

Home Elevator Finishing Tip – Fascia

Is your home elevator height lower than your door heights? Hide the elevator equipment from sight by adding a fascia at the top part of the door frame. The fascia should be added at the time that your contractor installs the door frames on every level (schedule this after the elevator is fully installed). Keeping […]

The Controller

The controller is located in your machine room. Think of the controller as the elevator’s brain. The controller is a series of relays, electronic components and a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) that work together to help the elevator run smoothly and safely. All of the elevator’s functions and travel are controlled by this panel. When […]


This is one of the several doors opening options that Federal Elevator offers. Bi-parting doors are a great option for the client who is looking for a modern and elegant entrance to their elevator. They are finished in brushed stainless steel and are fully automatic. Bi-parting doors are widely appreciated by many clients for their […]

How much does one of these things cost anyway?

One of the first questions I almost always get asked after I tell people that I work for an elevator company is, “How much does one of those things cost anyway?”. A residential elevator can cost you from about $20,000 to upwards of $40,000 depending on layout and finishes. The spectrum is quite wide as […]

FEDERAL FEATURE IN FOCUS – 3-Speed Car and Hall Entrance

When deciding on door options for your elevator, our 3-speed car and hall entrance (applicable to residential and commercial projects) is the contemporary choice.  This fully automated option gives the elevator a sleek look. Don’t want to sacrifice space to have this feature? No problem, we can work with you to have the 3-speed car […]

On our way to Tampa, NAEC here we come!

Here is a photo of our crate waiting for the shipper to pick it up. The crate has now gone and Alan and I are next to go on Monday afternoon. The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) 64th Annual Fall Conference takes place in Tampa from September 22 – 26. NAEC is an association […]

Safety Features Included in Our Residential Elevators

A common inquiry that we receive from potential clients is: “What safety features are included in my residential elevator?”. This is an important question as unlike commercial elevators, residential elevators in Ontario and in most North American jurisdictions are not required to meet any specific code and are not required to be inspected upon turn-over […]

Preparing Your Home for an Elevator Install

So you have decided to include a residential elevator and you contacted us for a quote, you may be wondering what the next steps are. While Federal Elevator will provide you with a quality residential elevator, we are do not provide you with the hoistway that will enclose the elevator. We recommend that you work […]

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