Choosing the Right Ladder

A ladder can come in really useful for all kinds of DIY tasks around the home, from extension ladders for clearing out gutters or reaching 2nd or 3rd story windows to step ladders for painting & decorating.

Here are a few pointers to consider if you’re looking at purchasing your first ladder.

1: What will be the main purpose of the ladder?

It’s likely that a ladder will come in very handy in all sorts of situations. You may have an idea of what you already need but it may be worthwhile having a look around for other products on the market that may suit a number of needs. It might be that you decide to go for a multi-purpose ladder which are exactly as it says on the tin.

One of the biggest benefits is that they fold up compact for easy storage.

2: The weight of your ladder is an important consideration – many people do not consider the weight in ladders which can range fro 6kg up to as much as 70kg, the larger of which would cause 1 man quite a lot of trouble to erect by himself.

If you’re planning on moving your ladder around as you work, then the weight definitely needs to be taken into consideration.

On the other hand, if you are really serious about DIY, a professional-grade ladder might be a good buy. I’d usually look for a kitemark of EN131 (trade) or BS2037 class 1 (class 1) Which are both strong and durable, and should stand up to years of use.

3: Safety is the golden rule when using any ladder or step ladder.

For example, if your ladder is 8m in height, to have a safe angle of lean the bottom needs to be 2m from the wall.

When choosing a ladder, you can always check out the accessories that can be used in conjunction with ladders. Typically ladder stays, or stoppers to help stop any movement/slippage whilst the ladder is in use.

things to remember: thousands of people still get injured every year and many killed from working at height so safety really is the key. Never use any equipment that is damaged or looks as though it could be unsafe.

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