What are escalators

An escalator is essentially a moving staircase that transports individuals from one place to another, typically to another level of a location or building. For those in a hurry, escalators can be a lot quicker in aiding an individual to get to their destination than an elevator, and certainly a lot quicker than actually taking the stairs on foot. The reason that an escalator would be faster than an elevator is because the constant motion of the staircase on a revolving belt eliminates the need for stopping and waiting for your chance to enter, or stopping on multiple floors to take on more passengers, as an elevator does.

If you are in a hurry to get somewhere, or running late, it’s always quite a relief when you see an escalator in the distance on the way to your destination. An elevator requires stopping and waiting for the elevator to reach your floor level, and who knows how many floors you will be required to stop at on the way to your desired floor level? And if you are late to something, it’s such a lame excuse to say, “I’m sorry, the elevator held me up.” And stairs are so exhausting to climb, particularly when there are many levels in the building in question. Not to mention, they often take even longer than elevators.

This is why escalators are lifesavers on so many occasions. You don’t need to wait for it to arrive, for it is a constantly rotating belt. You just step onto the moving staircase and you’ll be up the stairs in no time.


Types of escalators

The most common escalator that we are all familiar with today is called the step type escalator. Some older models of this type of escalator had wooden steps, but now they are pretty much always made of metal.

An escalator that used to be in use was called the cleat type escalator, which essentially consisted of treads of slanted, cleated metal that represented more of an upward belt than an escalator. These, however, are not in use any longer and have been phased out in favour of what we are now familiar with, the step escalator we all know and love today.

How escalators are beneficial

If you think about it, the usefulness of escalators is extremely evident. They are a quick, efficient and safe means of transportation. In buildings that would otherwise have a lot of pedestrian traffic on the stairs, with people colliding because they are using the same crowded staircase to transport themselves either upstairs or downstairs, they are a very convenient and wise option in order to cut down on pedestrian traffic. Since they have two separate staircases to separate those who are going upstairs and downstairs, this leads to less traffic on one staircase because, unlike the traditional staircase, everyone isn’t trying to be crammed into the same area.

This regulation of pedestrian traffic also comes with the added bonus of people making it to their destinations faster. They also increase the value of a property. For these reasons, the benefits of escalators cannot be underestimated in any building that sees regular traffic, and it is always a wise decision to have them installed.


Safety should always be the main priority when it comes to transportation. Only secondary to safety should come speed, efficiency, etc. When it comes to escalators, these are one of the safest forms of transportation in the world. There are also a number of things the users of this form of transportation can do to increase their safety factor.


Vertical transportation is exactly what it sounds like; transportation vertically. The term is essentially referring to the various means of travelling between floors in a building or its different levels. Some forms of this kind of transportation include elevators, lifts and escalators. Each of these forms has its own pros and cons.