Attic Ladder Reviews
It is easy to run out of storage space in your home. Using attic space as an additional storage area can go a long way to easing the problems of knowing where to keep possessions that are not used very often.
Items can be stored safely, and out of sight up in the attic. You’ll need an attic access ladder, of course, and we review three of the best below.
Brand and Model
Aluminum ladders are lightweight and tend to last a long time. This model is installed in the loft and is not attached to the door at all. The ladder sections slide.
Wood is still the traditional and preferred material for many when purchasing an attic ladder. This model uses folding steps which are attached to the door.
This is an attractive and innovative design alternative to the wood and aluminum ladder types. It looks equally good when installed in your home or garage.
Buying an Attic Ladder
If you have some potential storage space ‘up in the roof’ that you’d like to use, you’ll find it a lot easier to access if you have an attic ladder specifically designed for the purpose.
There are other portable ladders that you can use safely, of course. Telescopic ladders are especially suitable. They are easily moved around, and can be stored in the house, and will extend through the ceiling opening so you can climb right up and into the attic.
But if you are going to access that space in the attic on a regular or even semi regular basis, you will find that pull down attic stairs, fitted within the attic itself, are going to be a lot more convenient.
You’ll be able to pull down the steps on the spur of the moment to get instant access, without having to go hunt out another ladder!
Attic access ladders can be made of aluminum, wood or steel, but the first two of these are the most common
Installation is going to be quicker and more straightforward if you have an existing opening in the ceiling, as you’ll probably just have to enlarge it a bit.
You can buy pre-assembled ladder kits which take a few hours to complete if there is an existing opening to the attic space. It’ll take longer if you are not that DIY experienced or if you need to cut and frame a new ceiling opening yourself. Then, it’s more like a weekend job
Fitting one should be within the capabilities of the average competent home handyman. It is probably rated as being a moderately difficult task. If you have sawing skills, can square and align materials you should be able to fit an attic ladder. If not use a contractor.
Tools Needed to fit an Attic Ladder Kit
- Power Drill/Driver
- Drill Bits and Screws
- Wood shims
- Safety wear: goggles, dust mask, gloves
- Framing Square
- Tape measure and pencil
- Wood Saw
- Craft knife
Points to Consider Before Buying an Attic Ladder
- Check the capacity of the ladder to ensure it will be sufficient to carry the weight of the heaviest person who’ll be using it, plus the weight of the heaviest items being carried up to the attic at the same time.
- Check the ladder length as well, to ensure the floor to ceiling height is adequate for your purpose.
- Check also the rough opening measurements (size of the ceiling opening) to ensure you have sufficient access for the largest of objects that need to pass through to be stored.
Read and understand all assembly instructions that come with your attic ladder kit, before proceeding with your installation.
When you have fitted a ladder, attic access becomes a lot easier as you won’t have to go down to the basement or backyard shed to get another ladder.
Quality, brand name and price determine most peoples’ buying patterns. Werner, Louisville and FAKRO are amongst the main manufacturers of attic ladders.