Q1) Are Cheap Loft Ladders Necessary Bad Loft Ladders?
While some of our own loft ladders are what we consider “cheap” there have been a growing trend lately to make ones that cost even less, but they are not very well made at all. But we are also willing to be honest and say that this is a bladed question. And just because the loft ladder seems cheap doesn’t mean it’s any less safe to use. But as all these answers will tell you it’s all a matter of “frequency of use” and not necessarily how well made it is…
A1) You are talking about the fold down “Attic Ladder”?
If you are using it for just access to the loft/attic. Say to be able to get to the loft for maintenance. The light weight/cheaper ladder would work. But if you are accessing the area for storage and will be moving heavy objects up the ladder a heavier one would be needed. The load limit of the ladder should be listed on the ladder itself
A2) I would say that this question can be generalised. generally, cheap things are much lower quality as they are not built using high quality materials though this is sometimes not true. I would say, go for the more expensive option as it will probably work as a better investment and will last longer due to the higher quality materials like Vanadium.
A3) It’s all a matter of much you are going to use it. Just because a site has cheap loft ladders for sale, doesn’t mean they are bad it just means they are for use now and again not all the time, up and down with heavy box loads to put away. Our 2 Section Loft Ladder might just be the cheapest loft ladders in the Uk but they won’t disintegrate as soon as you step on them! In fact they will last for years, and years if you are only up and down it getting those christmas decorations out and putting the odd box or 2 into the loft.
A4) unless you’re going up and down that thing all day and night and weigh 18 stone …….then get a cheap one, if it’s just for occasional use to put up christmas tree into the loft for another year. If it breaks you can always put the company who made it on the Ferret programme !!!! (this is a Welsh consumer program for those that don’t know)
A5) My own one came from this site and cost 120.00 included loft door and ladder is built-in to it but is a pretty advanced DIY fit. otherwise it has been very useful, for occasional use. (made of pine, very solid and has taken loads of stuff on it.
6) You generally get what you pay for. Don’t go cheap with these things, you’re at your most vulnerable when using them and if they are unstable, it can mean a fast scenic trip to the hospital or morgue. All I have to say is that safety is priceless.
And the last comment says it best. Safety is priceless. And the best loft ladders and ones that you feel safe on. So if you feel a little unsteady pulling the loft ladder down or putting it up you might want to consider splashing out on an expensive, but super sturdy set of electric loft ladders! They may be expensive but the quality of them if very superior.
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