Ladders are commonly made of three different materials: aluminum, fiberglass or wood. Each of these materials has benefits and drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know about the different common ladder materials before you start shopping:
There are many different types of ladders on the market, but most homeowners won’t need a complex, hard-to-use or expensive ladder for maintenance, repairs, cleaning and accessing hard-to-reach places in their homes. Here are some of the most common types of ladders made for everyday use:
Common ladder types will help you tackle most chores and tasks around the house. Here are a few ladder types that can help you perform more specialized tasks:
By now you likely know what type of ladder you need for your home or specific project. Here are a few things to look for when shopping for the right ladder:
Ladder Safety Features
Slip-resistant rungs and an extra-wide base both provide more support. Rubberized non-slip feet and safety locks for adjustable and extension ladders are also excellent features to have in a regular use ladder.
All ladders are rated for a particular weight and load capacity. Consider the weight of the user and any materials that may be heavy, like those using for roofing or painting.
Ladders come in a range of heights. Choose a model that can be used for your highest common tasks safely without standing on the top rung. For high-up work, a tall, durable ladder with a safety platform is vital.
Brush Up on Ladder Safety
You can tackle tons of tasks with the right ladder in tow. Here are a few basic tips to help you use your ladder safely:
It’s easy to miss damage on a ladder when you’re working. That’s why checking for any damage at the beginning of a project is important. Don’t use a damaged latter.
Check your ladder’s locks and basic stability before climbing it. Do this every time you go up any ladder.
- Use caution and climb slowly
This is particularly important if you’re carrying tools, paint buckets or other materials.
Every garage needs a ladder and most will benefit from small, easy-to-use options like step stools as well. Shop the Home Depot online or in-store today to find all of the different types of ladders you need for your home.