Weâ€™ve looked at loft ladders
before on this blog, from the standard sliding two or three piece wooden or metal loft ladders, to concertina style ones (those that fit on the loft hatch and take up minimal space in the roof) as well as space saving staircases as an alternative. Now there is a new style to throw into the mix, the telescopic loft ladder.
Youngman are a UK based ladder manufacturer: their name is synonymous with quality and value among ladder users, especially those in trades that require frequent use of ladders. If Youngman donâ€™t make it, it doesnâ€™t exist! Youngmanâ€™s range of loft ladders includes two and three section metal sliding loft ladders, which represent excellent value for money. But now with the addition of the telescopic loft ladder, Youngman have the whole market covered.
The New Loft Ladder on The Block
Their telescopic loft ladder is similar to a concertina style, in that it takes up very little room in the loft space and is stored mostly on the back of the loft hatch. The advantage the telescopic loft ladder has over the concertina style is that it takes up very little vertical height, so as much space as possible is left useable in the loft. It is very easy to fit, so could be done as a DIY project or in less than two hours by a carpenter. As there is no need to enlarge the loft hatch for this ladder, it is a great alternative to the concertina style, if space and easy fitting are factors in your choice. The Youngman telescopic loft ladder needs a minimum loft hatch opening of 51 x 60 cm, which covers most standard loft hatches.
The telescopic loft ladder comes in heights of 2.6 or 2.9 metres, which covers floor heights of between 2.17 metres and 2.88 metres, over three height settings per model. The shorter model has eight treads, where the longer model has ten. They need only 24cm of vertical or horizontal clearance, which is not a lot of space to take out of the average loft. The ladder itself will rest at an angle of between 65 and 75 degrees when it is in use, which is a similar angle to most sliding loft ladders. It weighs just 15 kilos (2.9 metre model weighs 18 kilos) and is load rated to 150 kilos. The ladder also comes with an operating pole, which will help expand the ladder for use, but it is spring-loaded and will retract itself when it is put away.
Loft Ladder Safety
When the loft ladder is pulled down, red locking buttons on each rung show clearly that the rung is locked in position and the ladder is safe to climb. An anodized aluminium finish gives this loft ladder a sleek look and feel, making it a joy to use. As you might expect from Youngman, this loft ladder is certified to both domestic and commercial standards (EN131 and EN14975) for frequent use. This means it is perfect for use in offices and other commercial buildings for accessing roofspace or crawlspace above ceilings. It is in this application that the telescopic loft ladder really shows its worth, as the quick deployment, coupled with the minimal vertical and horizontal clearance make it ideally suited to that job.
The Youngman telescopic loft ladder has the deep, wide treads you would expect from the brand and is also well built and sturdy, which is a very important factor for ladders that are going to be used for carrying things up and down into, and out of, storage. For home and
commercial use this is a great ladder if you need to avoid having a new loft hatch put in, or are concerned about the amount of space the loft ladder will take up. Telescopic loft ladders are fairly new to the market, but they should be considered as a great alternative to a concertina style model where space and fitting are the main factors in the choice. Starting from Â£159 they are not cheap and are more expensive than the standard sliding loft ladders
by the same manufacturer, but the space gained and easy fitting advantages could mean that the extra money is well worth it. Click the link above to take a look through the entire loft ladder range on the main Mildland Ladders site, and, if you've experienced one of these new telescopics either as a user or a fitter please drop a comment into the box below.