There are many reasons that you might be interested in purchasing a new ladder. You might have had an old ladder that is now past its best and needs replacing. It may be the case that you need a specific type of ladder to carry out a particular task. Or could it even be that this is the first time that you are buying a ladder?

In any of these scenarios, it can be easy to be confused by the sheer range of ladders that are available. That means you need to do a little research before you buy to ensure that you are getting the right ladder for your needs.

At Precipitous we offer a huge range of ladders from simple extension ladders and extending telescopic ladders to those for a specific purpose, such as a roof ladder. Buyers often come to us with questions about which ladder is right for them. So here is our guide to the three questions you need to ask in order to establish which type of ladder is right for you.

What kind ladder do I need for the task?

The kind of task that you are carrying out will actually dictate the ladder for you, so when you come to come to make your ladder purchase, make sure you ask which type of ladder will be suitable for the job. Many people who don’t have a great deal of experience on ladders will assume that an extension ladder is fine for all tasks, but there are many situations where a different type of ladder may be a better choice.

What sort of material is best?

Ladders are available in various different materials and these can make a difference as to whether the ladder is suitable for you. While wooden ladders were common and popular in the past, modern models typically shun the material in favour of more durable and long-lasting ladders.

Aluminium is a common choice. It is highly affordable, making it ideal for buying specific use ladders. It is also very light, which is perfect for transportation. Another option is fibreglass, which has the advantage of not conducting electricity, making it safer to use around electrical equipment.

How tall does the ladder need to be?

As a rule of thumb consider how high you will need to be to carry out the task and buy a ladder that is taller than that height. Remember that you cannot stand on the top rungs of the ladder so when you are at the maximum height you will usually be able to reach just below the full height of the ladder.