come in all shapes and sizes. From step ladders to loft ladders, there isn't a design where an aluminium ladder isn't appropriate. Here's some information about how to shop for these handy and essential pieces of gear. Ladder Construction
You should look for aluminium ladders
with heavy duty construction that's reinforced in strategic places. For example, some aluminium ladders such as pool ladders, extension ladders and step ladders have a strengthening beam integrated into the treads. The treads themselves should have non-slip coatings or rubber overlays. Aluminium loft ladders
and attic ladders should have rubber feet to prevent slipping. Another desirable design feature is rubber on the stiles, the long vertical sides of the ladder. The best ladders are certified to UK safety standards, such as BS 2037 Class I Industrial classification, a specification that applies to aluminium ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings. Always check with the aluminium ladder manufacturer for exact specifications and ratings. More Ladder Details
Aluminium step ladders are particularly popular and come in 2 varieties: swing-back or platform. A swing-back ladder is the taller ladder that is hinged at the top and unfolds into a stable "V" shape. An aluminium platform ladder is much shorter than a swing-back. It also unfolds into a "V," but due to its lower height, a platform ladder is much more stable. The treads of this ladder are also much broader. Regardless of which type you choose, be sure to select one with the proper certifications, duty and load ratings, which express the ladder's strength in terms of the amount of weight it will support. Staying with our stepladder example, a duty rating of about 130kg and a maximum load rating of 175kg are typical. You should never lean the ladder, unfolded, against a wall, for example and attempt to climb it. Never use an aluminium ladder for electrical work because of its high electrical conductivity. Finally, when using a step ladder
, strive not to climb or stand on the last 3 treads, a safety factor that makes selecting the correct size ladder imperative. Benefits of Aluminium LaddersAluminium ladders
are popular with UK home owners and tradesmen alike because they are lightweight, easy to handle and strong. Aluminium does not rust and is highly resistant to corrosion, an important factor to consider if you're going to be storing your ladder outdoors. Aluminium ladders easily withstand daily use and along with such use, the inevitable dents and dings. For long service and durability, they can't be beat.