Why have a loft ladder installed?
Posted on 25th June 2020 at 14:37
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You have probably thought of having a loft ladder fitted every time you have entered the loft, and realised that you could do with one.
You have probably had to rummage around your garage or your shed trying to free your stepladder from all the stuff that is piled up on top of if just to get to it. You then had to carry it up the stairs and probably scratched the walls on the way up.
Finally you had to lift yourself up into the opening as your step ladder is just that little bit too short, and that is only if you could be bothered to use all that empty space inside your loft and not just opted for the easy option and just stored whatever it was that needed to be stored on top of the pile that’s in your shed or garage!...sound familiar?
There are a lot of reasons why purchasing a loft ladder will benefit you, but the first and foremost is simply for convenience. Another ladder may do the job just fine, but each foray up to the loft then means going to fetch it each time.
On the other hand, a loft ladder provides quick and easy access, and isn’t nearly as taxing on your personal strength each time – or, for that matter, possibly your furniture. They’re quickly unfolded and then equally as quickly stored again. What’s more, up in your loft they’re often protected from the elements a lot better than other ladders are when they’re stored in sheds or garages, leaving them less susceptible to that gradual wear and tear from rot or rust.
Amongst the greatest advantages to loft ladders are that they’re a lot simpler to use, and a lot more stable. Given the often heavy hatch doors, sometimes accessing your loft is an intrinsically risky act in itself, so you’ll want something that provides you with the maximum safety as you do so. Setting up a rigid ladder yourself properly requires a lot of testing each time, as resting points or angles that you think are safe can turn out not to be at the worst possible moment – or the ladder itself could slip on the ground. Although general-purpose ladders are undeniably useful things for a variety of purposes and odd jobs, for maximum safety you can’t do better than using specific loft ladders for the very purpose and context it was designed for.
If you have utilities in the loft, such as a boiler or meter, you may find that installing a loft ladder can save you time when you have tradespeople round. As part of their own health and safety measures, employees from gas and electric companies are within their rights to refuse ascending ladders they might deem unsafe, leaving you with the issue of how to get them up to the loft to read your meter. Loft ladders can nip a lot of these issues in the bud as – like we’ve said above – they’re specifically created for this purpose.
Finally, the increased convenience that loft ladders offer can help you to make greater use of your loft space by making it less difficult for you to get up there. This opens up a new range of possibilities – often in terms of storage, meaning that you can store Christmas decorations and other seasonal decorations out of the way for the rest of the year.
If, after reading our blog, you are now inspired to install a loft ladder then check out our Loft Ladders page for more information.
The Loft Access Company have over 22 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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