Is there a loft in your house? Do you utilise it as a storage space? If you ask any homeowner these questions, they will almost certainly say “yes!” When you ask the same homeowner how they get into the loft, you’ll hear things like “I walk out to the garage and grab the rickety old stepladders out, then pound the walls and paintwork while struggling to take it upstairs,” or “I balance precariously on a chair or some old boxes.”
If you don’t do it right, getting into a loft may be perilous; a fall from even a moderate height can result in catastrophic harm. Every year, people are injured by falls in their own houses. It’s cumbersome and time-consuming to have to obtain step ladders or other ways of accessing the loft. The good news is that this problem can be solved easily; all you need is a loft ladder.
Loft ladders are inexpensive to purchase, simple to construct, and most importantly, provide a safe way to reach your loft or attic. They swing up into the loft for storage, taking up little room in your house or garage. Simply lower the loft hatch and slide the ladder down to access them whenever you need them.
They are often built of aluminium or wood, with aluminium ladders being the less expensive choice and hardwood ladders being the more expensive alternative. A good quality loft ladder, regardless of the material, will be durable and last for many years. They can usually safely handle up to 100Kg, which includes your weight as well as the weight of any objects you may be hauling into the loft. To see some examples of loft ladders, go to this loft ladder website, which lists ladders available from Wickes, a DIY store.
Compared to the more typical aluminium ladders, wooden loft ladders (also known as timber loft ladders) have a few benefits. A metal ladder will feel quite cold on your hands in the winter, but a hardwood ladder will still be frigid but will not transfer heat away from your hands and feet as rapidly. In addition, as compared to metal ladders, wooden ladders are often quieter to operate. All of these factors only matter if you need to access the loft on a regular basis; if you only need to reach the attic once every few months, a less expensive aluminium ladder would most likely suffice.
Anyone with intermediate DIY abilities may accomplish an installation in a few hours; but, if you are unsure about taking on the work, any local builder, carpenter, or odd job guy should be able to finish it for a little price. There are even firms that specialise in loft ladder supply and installation; check your local directories to see who is available in your region.