Lofts are a great source of extra storage for many of us and adding a loft ladder can make access to that space much easier and definitely safer. Whilst there are 2 types of ladders you might go for, which one you choose really comes down to personal preference and what space is available for you to use.
The 2 types of loft ladders are essentially sliding and folding which can then come in either metal or timber and will range in price. There are 3 main things you need to consider before choosing your loft ladders. First, it is important to accurately measure the dimensions that your ladder will fit into to get the best one for your needs. Second, you will need to think about how you will use your ladder and finally, you can decide whether to go for a sliding or folding ladder and what material you would prefer. We’ve given a brief overview of each type below to help you
Sliding ladders are the easiest to fit and use – if you have a limited amount of space available for your loft ladder then the Concertina ladder will likely be the one you go for as they are great space savers, having only small landing space requirements.
The other variation of sliding ladders is the Telescopic ladder. These are great at saving space too and have a very minimalistic design – because the design element is simple they are also good value. If you prefer timber to aluminium these are usually more expensive, but you will benefit from a better looking finish and ladders that feel more secure.
One thing to bear in mind when installing sliding ladders is how often you will use them – although the cheaper aluminium versions of these may seem attractive on price, they are only designed for light usage and you will want something stronger if you plan to use them frequently.
Folding ladders generally fold up into 2 or 3 sections when out of use so they end up stacked on top each other when the hatch is shut. The timber folding ladder is usually the most popular design – they tend to be quieter than aluminium ladders and more secure. As before, if your ladders are going to see heavy usage it is always better to spend a bit more on something robust.
Most timber folding ladders will come with a frame and hatch ready to be installed into your loft opening. Although this means you will need to make your opening into the required sizes, most have different hatch sizes you can select from so you should be able to get something that suits.
One final thing to consider when purchasing your loft ladders is the maximum load – if your loft is used for storage and you intend to carry heavy boxes up then you will need to take this into account as it is dangerous to exceed the maximum load recommended.
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