When it comes to buying a ladder it’s well worth taking time to consider what you’ll be using it for? Naturally, if a ladder is part of the essential equipment you need to carry out your job or trade then it will be used for different purposes than if you are the occasional DIYer. We caught up with Edwardes to look at your options in a little more depth. Believe it or not, there are different ladders for different situations and it’s important that you understand what these are and how each option is right for different jobs.
Likewise, if you live in a bungalow rather than a three story town house, you are hardly going to need a ladder that extends beyond perhaps 3 metres so your needs will be completely different. Having said that, if you go for a Compact Aluminium Extension Ladder it will fold up to just 2 metres in length which makes it ideal for storing or transporting in a van or even an estate car. You could also consider a Telescopic Ladder as an alternative which will make storage of the ladder even easier as it folds down to just 90cm but extends to 3.8 metres. Constructed from aluminium, it weighs just 12kg and has securing straps with velcro pads that make carrying and storage simple in its own black bag.
Of course if you would rather transport your ladder on the roof of your car you need to make sure it is safe and secure. Roof Rack Ladder Clamps are ideal for this. They work simply by the hooks that attach to your roof rack bars, then the aluminium crossbar screws downward to the height you require which then clamps the ladder firmly in place.
Another alternative, if you don’t need to work from a great height is to consider a Platform/Ladder combination instead. This could be a more versatile option for some as it can be used in a number of configurations for different purposes. Again, this will fold up for storage and is another light weight option.
At the end of the day, a ladder is something which comes in handy for a whole host of situations and it makes sense to own if you like to do your own DIY and jobs around the home. From cleaning gutters out to painting windows, a ladder comes in handy more often than you’d think but it’s important that you choose the right one for your own specific needs.