At Potomac Garage Solutions, we offer more than just garage organization solutions, we also have parking lifts in Washington DC. The car parking lift systems come into account when there is a need for enhancing the space of a car parking lot or even your garage if there is not enough parking space for all the vehicles you own. Lift systems ensure more independent parking spaces for two (single platform) or four (double platform) vehicles.
How Parking Lifts Work
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Parking systems are generally powered by electric motors and hydraulic systems that move the vehicle into the desired position. That is the internal and mechanical working part of the machine. For the user, the whole process is really easy. In case of automatic parking systems, computers, sensors, cameras and mechanical components are used to take the car, move it throughout the garage and park it in an empty slot.
It is possible for an automated parking garage to be erected on any empty lot or even in between buildings. The building itself is made of a metal skeleton which can be covered on the outside with pretty much whatever is needed for it to fit in the city landscape.
In such type of systems, the car is driven into the single story or multi story garage as usual. Once positioned on the ramp, the driver shuts down the engine, secures the parking brake and steps out of the car. While the driver does all this, sensors analyze the vehicle to determine its size and overall shape.
Once the driver has exited the building, the mechanical arms of the living building are set in motion. Depending on the available empty spots in the garage, the system determines where to take the car. Using various electro-mechanical components, the car is moved into the respective spot, either vertically or horizontally.
The whole process is really fast, considering an average system, it just takes as little as two to three minutes from entry to parking the car in its spot. Most of such systems are fitted with a turntable, which means that when leaving, there is no need for the driver to drive in reverse.
Well there are a lot of cars in a public parking lot and if you’re wondering how the system recognizes your car apart from the other, the answer is fairly simple. It is an automated parking system for a reason; it gives you a card or key containing a code which identifies the position of the vehicle. Once you scan your card or key, the system finds the car and sets in motion its mechanical arms to bring the car back to you.
What to keep in mind
Before having the car lift system installed, you must know the following things:
- Research well, and choose the company that has a good reputation and convincing enough for you to hire them. Make sure they have the ALI seal of approval. The Automotive Lift Institute’s certification is the only internationally recognized standard for car lifts of all designs.
- Go for the company that offers reasonable warranty. It is the trademark of an honest company as machines are not free of errors and you should not face any problems if the machine breaks before its due time. For major parts, our parking lifts have a five year warranty.
If you have any other questions about out parking lifts in Washington DC, please call us today at 240-650-2622. One of our garage