Getting in and out of an attic for people without a built-in ladder is not only inconvenient but also risky. This would require a standard ladder being set up or leaned against the wall, climbing into the ladder and then climbing back out, and if items were being removed, the individual would need to coordinate the load while keeping a steady foot. Instead of messing around with the old and unsafe method of reaching the attic, a better solution is with an attic ladder installation.
The important thing for an attic ladder installation is that the right ladder should be chosen and the installation process completed properly. Today, kits are sold so homeowners with basic skills and help from a family member or friend could complete the installation. Obviously, this would solve the problem of getting in and out of the attic while saving money. However, many people prefer to have a professional handle the process of attic ladder installation.
While some attic ladders will simply pull down straight, one of the more popular designs is the folding ladder. With this, the ladder design is comprised of two or three sections. When in the closed position, the space leading into the attic would be relatively small, perhaps three feet long. However, when the attic ladder is pulled down, each section folds out and then locks securely in place so once it has been unfolded completely, attic access is easy.
Although both choices work, most people love the folding attic ladder installation in that this option works better for areas with small space. In other words, if you wanted to create an opening into your attic in the garage but space is limited, the folding ladder would be the perfect solution. That way, instead of being limited to a full-length ladder, the folding sections would make it possible to create access to the attic but without having a tremendous amount of room to do so.
The concept for attic ladder installation for a folding design is much the same from one brand to another but as with anything you could purchase, some ladders are of higher quality than other ladders. In addition, you want to make sure you shop around to find the ladder that is appropriate for your needs. As an example, the ladder chosen should have a weight capacity rating for the heaviest person that would use the ladder to get into and out of the attic.
Another consideration when looking at options so the attic ladder installation could be completed is quality, especially when going with a folding ladder. This means the ladder needs to be made from high quality materials and workmanship so as it serves its purpose and is folded and unfolded throughout its lifetime, the ladder can withstand the wear and tear. Sure, inexpensive ladders could be chosen but if this means sacrificing on quality, you want to avoid the purchase.
This is not saying that price is unimportant but of all considerations when buying an attic ladder, pricing would be last. Remember, companies that sell ladders and lifts work in a very competitive market so by shopping around and watching for sales, there is no reason the attic ladder installation could not be completed within budget while providing you with a solid access point.
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