How to Erect a Scaffold Tower | Infographic 

There are some jobs that can’t be completed using a standard ladder. In these scenarios, you might opt for a scaffold tower to provide you with extra height and workspace. Today we’re going to show you how to erect a scaffold tower so that it’s safe to use.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to show you how to erect a generic scaffold tower. You should always refer to the assembly instructions on your chosen make/model for a more detailed guide.

Scaffolding Safety Guidelines

The person in charge of erecting a scaffold tower should be competent and trained to do so. If in doubt, please contact a licensed builder or scaffolding contractor to help you erect your scaffold tower safely.

Scaffolding that’s a risk to the public

If your scaffold tower will be erected in a place that’s a risk to the public, for example, on a public footpath, it’s best to schedule your scaffold work during quiet times of day. Alternatively, request a temporary road closure from your local council to reduce the risk of accidents. 

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Scaffolding safety checks

While you’re working on a scaffold tower, it’s vital that you periodically check that it’s safe to use. You should do this [please include graphics for each point below]:

  • Before you start using it
  • Every 7 days while it’s in use
  • After damage or bad weather

How to Erect a Scaffold Tower: Step-By-Step Guide

Most scaffold towers are made of these major elements:

  • Scaffold frames
  • Braces
  • Work platforms
  • Scaffold stabilisers
  • Advanced guard rails
  • Castors (for mobile scaffold towers)

It is possible to erect a scaffold tower on your own, but it’s much easier with two people. We’d recommend finding a friend or colleague to help you.

1.      Attach the castors

If you’re building a mobile scaffold tower you should start by attaching the castors to the first scaffold frame. Once attached, lock the brakes in place to prevent movement.

2.      Install horizontal braces

The horizontal braces are put in place to secure the two sides together. Once these are in place you should have a sturdy rectangular base for your scaffold tower.

3.      Check the scaffold tower is level

During the building process, you should repeatedly check your scaffold tower is level using a spirit level. It’s important that your scaffold tower doesn’t lean to one side. This could become a health and safety hazard,

4.      Install the first level

Once the base of the scaffold tower is in place, you can add the first level. It’s likely that some of your scaffold frames will feature ladders to allow you to climb up and down the scaffold. Ensure these are installed in the right place by referring to your manufacturer's guide.

5.      Install diagonal braces

To stabilise the scaffold tower as you build the first level, you use diagonal braces. These secure the scaffold tower and help to keep the rectangular shape all the way up.

6.      Install the scaffold stabilisers

Once you’ve erected the first level of the scaffold tower, you should install the scaffold stabilisers. There’s usually one stabiliser on each corner of the scaffold tower. These add an extra level of security before you build the scaffold tower to a significant height.

7.      Add a work platform

Before you can add the remaining scaffold frames and braces, you’ll need to install a work platform to stand on. It’s important that this is fully secure and level to prevent slips and falls. For 3T (or through the trap door) scaffold towers, you will need to ensure the trapdoor is in the correct place & orientation.

8.      Install the guard rails

Most scaffold towers come with an advanced guard rail system for added safety. Guard rails should be installed on the first level of the scaffold tower before anyone attempts to climb the scaffold tower to continue building.

9.      Continue adding scaffold frames & work platforms

All you need to do now is continue adding the remaining scaffold frames and work platforms until you reach the desired height.

Safety tips when erecting a scaffold tower:

  • Ensure all fastenings are tightened securely before climbing the scaffold tower.
  • Wear appropriate PPE and fall protection gear, (this will depend on the height and nature of your scaffold tower).
  • Choose a scaffold tower with toe boards to prevent the fall of any equipment/materials.

At Ladders UK Direct we offer a wide range of DIY and professional scaffold towers to suit your needs. We hope that this guide will help you erect your scaffold tower quickly and safely so you can start working at height in no time! Head to our scaffold towers page to shop:

www.laddersukdirect.co.uk/shop/scaffold-towers

Email sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk for more help finding the right scaffold tower for you.

If you've found yourself reading this blog, you're probably looking for the best extending ladder for an upcoming job! Don't worry, you're in good hands. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a huge range of extending ladders that are suitable for jobs around the home, on-site or on the move.

In order to find the best extending ladder for you, we need to first ask you the following question - what will you be using your extending ladder for? Trade or DIY jobs? Work your way through this blog and we're sure we'll be able to find the best extending ladder for you.

 

Best extending ladder for jobs around the house

Looking for an extending ladder for DIY and jobs around the home? We have a range of extending ladders that are perfect for you! All of our DIY extending ladders are designed with homeowners and DIY-ers in mind. This means they're lightweight, easy to operate & durable - so you won't have to worry if they get a bit damp in your garden shed. What kind of jobs might you use an extending ladder for, you ask? Our DIY extension ladders can be used for cleaning windows, gardening, painting & most other DIY jobs you can think of!

So which extending ladder is the best for you? Take a look at some of our best DIY extending ladders below and choose the best one for you!

DIY extending ladders

On the left, we have the Domestic Double Extension Ladder which is made of lightweight, sturdy aluminium and comes with a 1-year guarantee. This ladder is perfect if you want a ladder that's free from bells and whistles and will get the job done!

On the right, we have the Domestic Triple Extension Ladder that's certified to EN131 non-professional standard. It also comes with a 1-year warranty and is made of durable aluminium. Take a closer look at our top DIY extending ladders to decide which one is the best for you...

Domestic Double Extending Ladder >         Domestic Triple Extending Ladder >

 

Best extending ladder for tradespeople

Choosing the best extending ladder for tradespeople is a little trickier, there are so many excellent options on the market!! Here at Ladders UK Direct, we think the best extending ladders for tradespeople are from LFI. Not only are these extending ladders made to the highest standards, but they're also available at incredibly reasonable prices. Take a look at some of our top picks below.

LFI extending ladders

On the left, we have the LFI Super-Trade Plus Double Extension Ladder that boasts lots of great features including a stabiliser bar, comfortable D-shaped rungs and PVC moulded feet. This double section extending ladder comes in a range of lengths, so we're sure you'll be able to find one that suits your needs.

On the right, we have the LFI Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder, another excellent choice if you're looking for the best extending ladder. It conforms to EN131 professional standards and boasts all of the same great features of the double extension ladder. Look at these two trade extending ladders in more detail below.

LFI Super-Trade Plus Double Extension Ladder >         LFI Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder >

So there you have it - an insight into the best extending ladders we have to offer. We hope that you can find the right ladder for your needs here, if not head to our Extension Ladders page to explore our full range. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch.

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staging board

While there are a lot of jobs that can be completed with a ladder, there are some scenarios when a ladder simply won't do. How do you know if you should use staging boards and handrails? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can a ladder provide me with the right amount of space to work?
  • Can I complete the job in a few hours or less?

If you answer no to both of these questions, then it might be worth looking into our staging boards and handrails. These products are designed to provide you with space and stability while you work at height. They're non-slip and allow you to work continuously without going up and down a ladder multiple times throughout the day! Ideal if you're painting a house, renovating or working on site. 

How to use staging boards

First of all, you need to choose staging boards that are the right length and width for the task at hand. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we supply staging boards in a range of widths and lengths, so you should have absolutely no problem finding one that suits you.

Using staging boards to work at height couldn't be simpler. All you need is a set of trestles that are the appropriate height for the job at hand. Once they're in place, lay your staging boards across the gap and ensure they're secure before starting to work. Staging boards can also be used to bridge an existing gap as long as they're supported properly. If you'd like extra security, we'd recommend using a staging board with built-in handrail(s). These can make it easier to tackle precarious tasks and should help to prevent accidental slips and falls.

Take a look at our staging boards

Here's a selection of staging boards and handrails for you to choose from. As always, if you have any questions about these products, you can drop the Ladders UK Direct team an email at sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk.

600mm Staging Boards

600mm staging board

Our 600mm staging boards boast a range of features that make them perfect for working at height. They boast non-slip, rot proof decking, rubber inserts to prevent aluminium on aluminium slip and heavy-duty rubber end caps. These boards come in lengths from 2.4m to 6.0m, so whether you need to bridge a large or small gap, there's a 600mm staging board that'll work for you.

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Staging Board Kit with Single Handrail

600mm staging board with handrail

When you need a bit of extra stability at height, our staging boards with single handrails are an excellent choice. This staging board is made of aluminium but features a rubber insert to prevent aluminium on aluminium slip. Much like our other staging board, this staging board with a single handrail comes in lengths from 2.4m-6.0m, so we're sure you'll find one that suits the task at hand.

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Staging Board Kit with Double Handrail

staging board kit with double handrail

If you're looking for the ultimate staging board solution for working at height, this staging board kit with double handrail could be the solution. These staging board kits are ideal for working at extreme heights and are sure to provide maximum stability while you work. Putting the kit together is simple, so you'll be able to start working at height in no time! These staging boards feature non-slip rot proof decking and high-grade posts and handrails so you know you're purchasing equipment that'll last for years to come.

Buy Staging Board Kit with Double Handrail >

 

Not sure if any of these staging boards are right for you? Take a look at our entire range of platforms and staging. This equipment will help you work at height in any environment. If you have any questions about the staging boards mentioned in this blog, drop us an email and we'll do our best to help - sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk.

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loft ladder measurement infographic

Loft Ladder Measurements

If you’re planning to install a loft ladder, there are some vital calculations you’ll need to do first. Whether you’re shopping for a wooden loft ladder or a concertina ladder, you need to know if it’ll fit your home before you make a purchase.

To help you get it right, we’ve put together this loft ladder measurements guide. Do make sure that your measurements are as accurate as possible – accurate measurements will prevent complications with your loft ladder installation later on.

DID YOU KNOW? You can use the filters on our website to find a loft ladder that meets your exact requirements! Visit laddersukdirect.co.uk/shop/loft-ladders to browse our range.

Floor to Floor Height

One of the most important measurements you need to take before purchasing a loft ladder is the floor-to-floor height. Get this measurement wrong, and your loft ladder might be too long or too short!

The floor-to-floor height is exactly what it says on the tin: the distance between the floor of your loft and the floor below it (where the loft ladder will sit when fully extended). You will need to know this measurement in order to purchase sliding, concertina or telescopic loft ladders.

Floor to Ceiling Height

Floor-to-ceiling height is important because you want to make sure your new loft ladder folds away neatly and the hatch is flush to the ceiling.

To take this measurement, you need to measure the space between the floor and the ceiling of the room under your loft. This measurement is needed if you’re purchasing a folding loft ladder or a ladder that’s integrated with a loft hatch.

Hatch Clearance

When you install a folding loft ladder, you need to make sure there’s enough space for the ladder hatch to move freely. So it’s important to measure the arc between the hatch and the wall.

To take this measurement, you should measure the distance between the back of your loft hatch and the nearest obstruction in the room below.

Loft Hatch Opening

If you don’t have a loft hatch in place already, then you’ll need to take loft hatch opening measurements. These define the size of the hole you’ll need to cut to install your new loft ladder and hatch.

You may need to consider where the structural beams in the ceiling are – you definitely don’t want to cut through those! Also take into account wires, pipes and other obstructions before you start cutting.

Did we mention we sell complete loft ladder and hatch kits here at Ladders UK Direct? Don’t forget to check them out!

Horizontal & Vertical Clearance

When you’re folding your loft ladder away, it will take up some space in the attic. Ideally, you want your ladder to fit neatly into the attic without bumping into your belongings or other obstacles. If you get the horizontal and vertical clearance of your loft ladder wrong, you might have a hard time putting it away.

This measurement is usually determined by the height of your attic. To find out if your chosen loft ladder will fold away into the attic, you should check its maximum clearance in the product specification. If you can’t find it, get in touch with your loft ladder supplier.

 

Popular Types of Loft Ladder

Having trouble choosing the right type of loft ladder for your home? Let’s take a look at the two most popular styles…

Sliding

Sliding loft ladders are the most common type of loft ladder on the market. The sections of the loft ladder slide together to create one compact unit inside the loft ladder hatch.

Concertina

Concertina loft ladders are ideal if you have very little attic space. Rather than sliding together in large sections, the whole ladder concertinas (folds in on itself) to become a very small unit. These loft ladders are often used for mezzanine floors.

 

Popular Loft Ladder Materials

When it comes to choosing the right material for your loft ladder, there are two options that dominate the market: wood and aluminium.

Aluminium Loft Ladders

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, lightweight loft ladder, aluminium is the way to go. Aluminium loft ladders can be used by most people. We’d recommend aluminium loft ladders to homeowners who want to purchase one loft ladder to last a lifetime, but don’t plan to access the attic often. This is simply because aluminium loft ladders don’t offer the most comfortable climb.

Wooden Loft Ladders

Wooden loft ladders are a beautiful, natural alternative to aluminium loft ladders. They’re made to last, can be customised using wood paints and are especially comfortable to climb because of their smooth edges. We’d recommend wooden loft ladders if you’re planning a loft conversion and want to access your attic more regularly.

 

Now you know a bit more about the measurements you need and the options on offer, we hope you can choose the perfect loft ladder for your home.

We offer a wide range of loft ladders including wooden ladders, mezzanine ladders, concertina ladders and even loft ladder and hatch kits! Head over to our Loft Ladders page to shop.

Loft Ladders >

Email sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk for more help finding your perfect loft ladder.

working on ladders

When you're spending a lot of time working with ladders, it's paramount that you know the dos and don'ts. There are so many accidents that occur every year because people working with ladders aren't sticking to the safety guidelines. Now we don't want to teach you to suck eggs, but we do think it's important to provide you with a reminder of the dos and don'ts of working with ladders every so often! If you'd like to brush up on your ladder safety, just keep reading...

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