Reaching Lofty Heights: The Ultimate Guide to Loft Ladders

Many of us will have experienced the peril of hauling ourselves up into our lofts on a rickety stepladder. Not only is it a dangerous manoeuvre that could result in injury, but it’s also just a huge waste of your time. However, with the help of a fitted loft ladder, you’ll be able to access your loft quickly and safely without all of the fuss.

If you’re still unsure as to whether a loft ladder makes sense for your home, keep reading to find out more.

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Types of Loft Ladder

There are four common types of loft ladder that you should know about. Although the choice largely comes down to a matter of taste, it’s likely that space will also influence your decision.

  • Sliding Ladder:

    Typically separate from the loft hatch and pulled down with a metal pole, this is the most straightforward type of loft ladder. It’s very easy to install, but it does take up more space in the loft.

  • Folding Ladder:

    This type of loft ladder is integrated with the hatch. It takes up minimal space in the loft when folded away, although it requires more clearance than other types to open properly.

  • Concertina Ladder:

    A concertina loft ladder neatly folds upwards, meaning that much like the folding ladder, it takes up very little space. The pitch can be adjusted, so it’s an ideal choice for when there is minimal clearance below the hatch.

  • Telescopic Ladder:

    As its name suggests, this ladder opens telescopically, making its closed position even more compact than that of the other types.

Preparing For a Loft Ladder

When planning for a loft ladder installation, it is essential that you take accurate measurements to ensure that you end up with a ladder that fits precisely into your space. The height measurement will depend on the type of ladder you choose: for a sliding, concertina or telescopic ladder, measure from the floor that the ladder will rest on to the loft floor; for a folding ladder, measure the floor that it will rest on to the ceiling where the hatch opens.

You will need to measure the clearance - both in the loft and below it. For loft clearance, measure the distance both vertically and horizontally from the hinged side of the hatch to the nearest obstacle, whether it be a water tank, rafter or timber brace. The clearance below the hatch should be measured along the floor from directly beneath the hinged side of the hatch to the nearest obstacle.

Finally, don’t forget to measure your hatch as this will naturally dictate which type of ladder will be most appropriate. Although you can extend it, it’s much easier to get the right size to begin with.

Bespoke Loft Ladder Installation By an Experienced Team

Loft ladder installations, no matter which type of ladder it is, should never be undertaken by an amateur DIY enthusiast. In order to avoid mistakes, it’s always better to have the task performed by an experienced team who really knows what they’re doing.

At The Attic Guys, we pride ourselves on being one of the South East’s most trusted and efficient installers of loft ladders and hatches. You can always count on us for a premium service and exceptional finished product. To find out more, please get in touch with us today.