Choosing the Right Material for Elevator Interiors

If you have ever been in a hotel, commercial building, apartment complex, or any other building that gets quite of bit of foot traffic, odds are there is some damage to the elevators. There can be several causes of elevator damage such as luggage hitting a wall panel causing a dent in a hotel elevator, someone moving furniture out of their apartment building, or even a rebellious teenager deciding to vandalize public property while no one’s looking. Because of these situations, it’s important to evaluate the building for what could occur in the elevators and determine the best way to minimize any future damage by choosing the right materials for elevator interiors.

Many building engineers or property managers simply want the cheapest option for their elevators. Although laminated panels are commonly thought of as a budget-friendly approach for elevator walls, what some people don’t realize is that you’re only paying less upfront but you’ll still need to spend more money in the future to maintain it. The laminate sheet can begin to peel off the particleboard after time and is vulnerable to scratches, so these types of panels aren’t the most durable.

Try using other materials that are not only resistant to scratches and dents, but will also look great in your elevators. One recommendation: textured metals panels. There has been a significant increase of textured metal usage in elevators for the past few years. Rigidized Metals offer a variety of different textured metal patterns which can complement different interior styles. These are ideal for avoiding scratches while also not breaking the bank.

For those who want a more upscale look while still maintaining durability, we also recommend woven metal panels such as those from Gage Architectural Products. The woven panels are the ultimate way to withstand damage while creating a unique, 3-D look to your elevator walls. Worried about your elevator looking like the inside of a freezer? Mix and match metal types and patterns to break away from a boring, monochromatic look.

If you’re not too keen on using metal, another recommendation is resin materials from 3form. This company creates what they call a “dynamic translucent resin panel” with a wide spectrum of colors and patterns– our favorite being the Varia Ecoresin. These panels are a great way to make a statement as soon as anyone walks in the elevator. When incorporating this material in an elevator, we start with a laminated panel that attaches to the wall, and then we attach the translucent Varia Ecoresin panel to the laminated wall panel with the use of extended supports. This way, light is shown through the Varia Ecoresin and creates a shadow onto the laminated panel, resulting in more depth in the overall look.

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