Best types of ladder for DIY
3 August 2017 08:15:06 GMT
If you are planning on carrying out DIY tasks around the house, you’re going to need a good quality ladder. But with such a huge range of different types of ladder available, which one is right for you? Here we examine the most popular types of ladder for DIY tasks.
Extension ladders are some of the most commonly used for DIY. Consisting of either two or three parts, extension ladders can be slid apart and locked in place, allowing you to reach up to a variety of different heights. Usually starting at 2.5m, some of the larger models can extend in excess of 10m meaning there is almost no task around the house that they can’t be used to perform.
These are highly convenient ladders as they can be stored at their closed height but used to reach up to a much higher point. Many people have this sort of ladder for their DIY work, but there are actually a number of different types of ladder that could be more useful. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Platform step ladder
The major advantage of the platform step ladder is that it gives you a stable platform that you can work from. This makes it ideal for tasks like painting or hanging wallpaper. This means that they are one of the most comfortable ladders for DIY, and even offer higher levels of safety if you choose a model with a handrail.
Combination 3 way ladder
Combination 3 way ladders are probably the most versatile and multifunctional type of ladder available. In one product you have a functional extension ladder, step ladder and stair ladder that can be set up whichever way is most useful to the task at hand. If you are planning lots of DIY work to your property but only have the space to store one type of ladder, this could be the perfect one for you as it can fulfil the functions of multiple ladders.
There are multiple forms of combination 3 way ladders available including fibreglass models that are designed to be safe to use around live electricity. You could also choose a light model if you are going to be moving the ladder around a significant amount.
If you know that you are going to be getting a lot of DIY work done on a pitched roof, buying a roof ladder is essential. On one side of the ladder there are wheels, which allow you to slide the ladder along the roof without damaging the slates or tiles. On the other side are hooks that fit over the top of the roof.
You simply slide the wheeled side of the ladder along the roof, then turn it over to hook it in place. This makes it easy to carry out simple tasks on your roof.