A basic attic ladder is essentially a set of stairs that fold, and can be accessed with ease if someone needs to go to the attic. Most often, attic ladders look like typical ladders when they are folded out. However, they have hinges that fold, so that the they can be easily stored when not in use. For attics that have been finished, and are being used as a living space, permanent stairs are often installed. The following paragraphs will discuss different types of popular attic ladders.
One of the most popular types of attic ladders is the two-piece wooden design. This type of attic ladder is built with two wooden sections, joined with hinges placed between them. This allows the ladder to fold in half for more convenient storage when it’s not in use.
When the ladder is unfolded, the bottom touches the floor at an angle, which makes climbing into the attic easier. Instead of having thin rungs, this type of attic ladder has flat risers that range from being 1-3 inches wide.
Metal and aluminum style attic ladders are also popular. They are usually more expensive, but are known to have a lifespan longer than that of wooden type attic ladders. Metal and aluminum style attic ladders also provide the homeowner with a more sturdy climb to their attic area. These ladders usually have rungs or risers, but users must take care when using them. Metal and aluminum tend to be slippery, so some models are available with slip-resistant steps.
A compact style of aluminum ladder is the telescoping attic ladder. This type of attic ladder is known to provide the best space saving option for any homeowner. They are condensed in size, and when opened, the ladder comes straight down to the floor as opposed to an angle. A telescoping attic ladder is an excellent choice for homeowners who have smaller attics or just a crawlspace attic.
All types of attic ladders are versatile, making them a perfect solution for entering your attic or the crawlspace area of your home. Attic ladders allow homeowners to free up some of their living space by replacing traditional attic stairways. Attic ladders are an exceptional option if your living space is minimal, or if your attic is seldom used.
Attic ladders are extremely simple to put together. Some types come pre-assembled, but these are harder to transport to your home, and often cost a little more. However, a pre-assembled attic ladder can be installed with very little effort from the homeowner. Most attic ladder manufacturers offer installation, but this usually accompanies a fee. Some retailers have service men available for attic ladder installation, but a fee is often associated with this service, as well.