Why living on the top floor can be a good thing


With all the super-tall buildings around, it makes you wonder how do people actually live on those top floors. Buildings with over 30 floors are not uncommon in UAE, and apartments are inhabited at even such dizzying heights. Instinct would warn you against renting an apartment on top floors, but maybe living at the top isn’t so bad. Here’s why we think it might be a good idea after all.

  • Privacy is the biggest advantage of living on top floors. You are saved from worrying about being seen through windows.
  • Your view is much better than those below you. The city lights and tiny cars are a treat for your eyes. 
  • Top floors are much more peaceful, as traffic is lesser. 
  • We agree that it may take a while for elevators to reach you, but you won’t have to be greeted by large groups of people when one does arrive!
  • This one may be overlooked, but home makers know how significant it is. Top floors are often safe from insects and other disturbances. Ants and roaches don’t climb so far up, and even flies avoid such heights. 

With elevator technology advancing at a rapid pace, top floor apartments aren’t as overwhelming as they used to be. You might even enjoy staying up there more than you would downstairs! 

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Facts about Glass Elevators

Though two plain steel doors have come to define elevators through the years, elevators have been increasingly built using diverse materials and designs. Glass elevators is among them an attractive solution, and is used as home elevators, passenger elevators in luxury and commercial buildings, as well as panoramic elevators. 

But glass elevators don’t really have any glass in them. These elevators are transparent and resemble glass, hence the name. Glass elevators are in fact made of lightweight acrylic that is also stronger and resistant to breakage than glass. Actual glass is an impractical material for elevators, as it is heavy and fragile. 

Panoramic glass elevator by Atlas Elevators

These elevators can be pneumatic or cable-driven. The former uses vaccum for ascend and descend, is extremely compact, and requires no hoistway or shaft. These elevators are perfect for homes and panoramic elevators. Cable-driven elevators, on the other hand, use cable-and-drum attachments to lift or drop elevator cars along the shafts. They can carry heavier loads when compared to pneumatic elevators.

The glass-like panels make these elevators more attractive than conventional elevators. In tall buildings, they offer fantastic views of cities below, especially in Dubai. Contact Atlas Elevators to install high quality glass elevators in your buildings!

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How long can elevators last?

Elevators have become an indespensable element in buildings, regardless of height. The ease and efficiency of movement has encouraged its increased use, even in residential homes. Though these systems are often well-designed, they have a definite life time beyond which replacements are required. 

A well-maintained elevator can be used for up to 25 years or a little more. Beyond this period, frequency of maintenance increases, and parts become outdated which calls for replacement. The better solution would then be to remove and replace the entire elevator.

Maintenance is key for elevators to last as long as their design period. You don’t have to wait for something to go wrong to perform maintenance. By issuing regular (annual) checks, a lot of future issues can be foreseen and resolved in advance, saving time and money in the process. Reactive maintenance is often more expensive and causes a lot of inconvenience. 

Removal and replacement may require heavy equipment and cranes, especially for skyscrapers. Shafts are created during initial construction to facilitate future replacements without disturbing the rest of the structure.

Find something wrong with your elevator? Notify your building owner immediately for taking necessary action.

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