There are many different types of ladders our there. Purchasing a ladder can be overwhelming. As a result, many people don’t know where to start. The first step to buying a ladder is being aware of the many options available.
1- Extension Ladders
Many people use extension ladders. They are very convenient because they are adjustable in length, making them suitable for jobs of all different heights. The two sections are layered directly on top of each other when at minimum height. When at its maximum height, the top section slides to the top of the bottom section, allowing the ladder to nearly double in length.
2- Multipurpose Ladders
Multipurpose ladders are very common for contractors and people who need their ladder to be versatile. As the name infers, multipurpose ladders can be transformed into a number of different configurations. These include a twin stepladder, extension ladder, a stairway stepladder, and many more. Depending on the configuration, multipurpose can be used by 1-2 people at a time.
3- Platform Ladders
Platform ladders are standalone units. They do not need to be propped up against anything to be stable and secure. These ladders have a special platform which is typically located where the top rung would be. The platform provides a convenient place to set tools and also provide your feet some relief with the increased surface area.
4- Orchard Ladders
Orchard ladders feature unique design that decreases the size of the back portion of the ladder without decreasing overall stability. This feature allows users to get close to the trunk of trees when gathering fruit or doing seasonal trimming. For this reason, orchard ladders are great for people who pick fruit on a regular basis.
5- Rolling Ladders
Rolling Ladders have casters. Because of this, the ladder can be moved easily and quickly from one location to another. Rolling ladders are great for alleviating the amount of stress put on one’s back when picking up and moving a ladder from place to place. Rolling ladders can come in the form a traditional stepladder, or a ladder which has a large platform at the top, allowing for increased space, safety, and mobility.
6- Safety Ladders
You guessed it. Safety ladders ensure maximum safety at all times. They come with a number of different features and add ons all included with the users’ safety in mind. These add ons vary from harnesses, tie downs, cages, and stabilizers. They help to reduce the risk of falling and other injuries.
7- Attic Ladders
Also referred to as loft ladders, attic ladders allow users access to their attics without the use of a standalone ladder or a staircase. Attic ladders are attached to the attic entrance. In most situations, users pull down the handle to the to the entrance, and the ladder either extends down or unfolds.
Stepladders are also known as A-frame ladders. As the second name suggests, stepladders make the shape of an “A” when opened up. This allows the ladders to stand on their own without leaning against anything. They are very similar to platform ladders. Stepladders are great for jobs that require the user to work at extreme heights, providing maximum stability.
9- Step Stools
Many households own a step stool. They allow users a small amount of extra height in order to get to hard-to-reach areas, such as high cupboards or pantry shelves. In addition, step stools are compact. Users can store them in virtually any area.
10- Telescoping Ladders
A telescope can be extended when in use then shortened to save space when not in use. The case is the same with telescoping ladders. Not to be confused with an extension ladder, telescoping ladders feature sections with slide in an out of each other, rather than on top of each other. This feature makes telescoping ladders very easy to transport.
11- Twin Stepladders
Twin stepladders are another version of ladder type number 8 on our list. They have ladder steps on both sides. They hold the weight of two users at the same time. Jobs are done quickly and efficiently when both sides are used simultaneously.
As shown, there are many different types of ladders out there. We hope this article provided some valuable information about the many types of ladders available, aiding you in the decision-making process.