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Built to last, it’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as a product that lasts “forever”. Even though they’re built using the most robust materials, and are professionally engineered for durability, they will eventually need replacing at some point or another - especially after years of heavy-duty and continuous use. We discuss what to look out for when deciding if you need to buy a new loft ladder. 
The primary reason for replacing an old loft ladder is safety. If your existing model is not performing to an optimum standard, you run the risk of fall and injury for anybody using it, so it’s important to give your loft ladder a thorough inspection from time to time - especially if you’ve had it for quite a while now - and check the following: 
Worn foot grips: If your loft ladder is equipped with foot grips, as most models do, then you need to make sure they still have purchase. If your loft ladder is resting on a bare floor, it’s likely that the grips will have worn over a long period of time, which can result in unexpected slippage. 
Loose or broken treads: Broken treads are sure-fire way to a fall or painful ankle injury. This could either be a result of misuse or overloading the maximum weight tolerance. Even if just one of the treads is loose or broken, you cannot possible operate the loft ladder safely, as your footing and balance would always be at risk - regardless of whether you tried to avoid the broken tread or not. 
Dislodged handrail: Many loft ladders come with a handrail for added support. Whilst it would take a great amount of force to knock a handrail from its fixed position, constant usage (especially when regularly relied upon for stability) can gradually become loose. If the problem is beyond repair, or if an expert does not recommend repair, then it’s time to install a full replacement. 
Faulty sliding mechanism: There are two main kinds of loft ladders, sliding and concertina, and both employ very different - yet equally crucial - sliding mechanisms to facilitate ascent and descent. Over time, the sliding mechanism can sometimes stick (although maintenance is generally quite low) and prevent it from running smoothly. Most of the time, this can be fixed with a quick blast of lubricant. Otherwise, you may be due for a new model. 
If, after reading our blog, you are now inspired to invest in a replacement then see our selection and buy a loft ladder! Check out our Loft Ladders page for more information
The Loft Access Company have over 14 years’ experience in all things loft related - including installing loft insulation. If have any other questions or would like to book in a no-obligation survey, please get in touch. Thank you for reading! 
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