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26 Oct 2022

can I leave my aluminium ladder outside?

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of aluminum ladders including step ladders, extension ladders & combination ladders (like the one you see above). The reason why aluminium is such a popular material is that it's not only lightweight, but it's incredibly durable too. Both of these qualities are really desirable when you're manufacturing a piece of equipment that needs to be easy to manoeuvre and last for a long time.

How should I store my ladder?

Storing any kind of ladder correctly is the key to prolonging its life - that's why we always recommend that you keep your ladder in a secure, dry place like a garage or shed. While aluminium isn't a material that's prone to rusting if it's left out in the rain, there are some potential risks to leaving it outside, we'll get to those shortly. For now, let's take a look at the correct way to store your ladders.

First, you need to find a storage space that's big enough to fit the ladder in question. If you've got an aluminium extension ladder, you should be able to concertina it down so that it's fairly compact. On the flip side, if you have a step ladder or single-section ladder, you're going to have to work around a set length. 

In an ideal scenario, you'd keep your ladder stored up off the floor. This not only keeps it out of your way, but it also ensures that it isn't laying in any damp or dirt patches. A ladder storage rack or ladder storage hooks are a great solution if you don't already have something like this in place. 

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Why shouldn't you leave an aluminium ladder outside?

As we've mentioned, aluminium isn't a material that's prone to rust, in fact, it's one of the least corrosive materials on the market - but that doesn't mean that your aluminium ladder is completely impervious to the effects of rain. Chances are, your ladder will have plastic or rubber feet as well as other parts made of materials that might be damaged if they're left outside too long. 

Not only will keeping your aluminium ladder inside ensure it's in good working order the next time you come to use it, but it will also prevent your aluminium ladder from being stolen. Nowadays, with the cost of aluminium on the rise & people facing a cost-of-living crisis, you can never be too careful with your DIY and construction equipment. An aluminium ladder that's laying in plain view in your garden is an easy target - so why risk it? Keep your ladder somewhere nice and secure so that it's ready and waiting for you when you next need to use it.

So, if you're wondering whether or not you should store your aluminium ladder outside, our advice would be - no! Do yourself a favour and pick a more secure spot where your ladder will be safe from the elements & from thieves. 

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17 Oct 2022

are roof ladders safe

If you're new to the world of construction you might be asking the question - is it safe to put a ladder on a roof?  Well, here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of ladders that are specifically designed to be used on roofs. Today we're going to take a look at these roof ladders to show you how safe & effective roof ladders can be when you need to access your roof or chimney. Roof ladders allow you to work on the top of any building in a safe & secure manner. Here's how...

Why use roof ladders?

Roof ladders are designed to be used on the roof itself, which means you'll need to have a suitable extension ladder to help you reach the required height first. People have asked us whether it's safe to put an extension ladder on their roof, and the answer is a definite no! Extension ladders are designed to be used on stable ground & they don't have any features to secure them to the roof itself. Chances are if you put an extension ladder (or any other traditional ladder) onto your roof, you're going to end up injured. They simply aren't built to be used on roofs!

If you do need to work on your roof, it's paramount that you purchase a suitable roof ladder. The roof ladder should be able to reach from the eaves to the roof ridge, so bear this in mind when you're choosing. If you're unsure which of our roof ladders is right for you, get in touch with our expert team. We're more than happy to help.

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Are roof ladders safe to use?

Yes! Roof ladders boast a unique design with a hooked top that makes them perfectly safe to use on most roofs. They also feature wheels so that you're able to get them into position with ease. Every element of the roof ladder's design is there to ensure that you can work at height safely. 

How to use a roof ladder

1. While standing on a secure extension ladder, push the roof ladder up and onto the roof. The wheels should be in contact with the roof tiles & the hook should be facing upwards.

2. Unlock the safety clips and push the roof ladder upwards so that it reaches the top of your roof. 

3. Once the ladder is in place, secure it by locking the safety clips in place. Then, flip the ladder over so that the hook reaches over the apex of the roof and secures the ladder in place.

4. Before climbing onto the roof ladder, give it a tug to see if there's any movement. If there's excessive movement, consider re-positioning the roof ladder in a more suitable place. 

Note: Always ensure you are wearing the correct PPE before you climb up a ladder or onto a roof. If you don't have sufficient safety equipment or training, do not climb onto the roof.

Our best-selling roof ladder!

 

This Lyte Double Section Roof ladder is one of our best-sellers! Here are some of it's key features:

  • Made of lightweight aluminium

  • Combines the strength of a trade ladder with a heavy-duty ridge hook for stability

  • Rubber coated bars that evenly distribute the weight across the roof

  • Secure safety catches

  • 150 kg maximum load

  • Industrial non-slip rungs

  •  Available in: 2.94m-4.64m, 3.44m-5.64m, 3.94m-6.64m, 4.30m-7.67m

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If you have any questions about our roof ladders, we'd love to hear from you! Take a look at some of our other resources about roof ladders below.

Read More: 

- How to Use a Roof Ladder 

- Roof Maintenance Checklist

14 Oct 2022

We wanted to make the most of the spooky season so we decided to slash the prices of our best-selling ladders! Let's take a look at some of the products featured on our Halloween sale page...

Lyte Double Section Roof Ladder

  • Made of lightweight aluminium 

  • Features a heavy-duty ridge hook for stability

  • Rigid box section stiles

  • Designed to evenly distribute the weight across the roof

  • Safety catches

  • 150kg maximum load

  • Industrial non-slip serrated rungs

  •  Available in: 2.94m-4.64m, 3.44m-5.64m, 3.94m-6.64m, 4.30m-7.67m

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Professional Double Extension Ladder

  • Strong aluminium ladder

  • Fitted with a stabiliser bar to help limit sideways flip

  • Ideal for all types of professional work

  • Large comfortable ‘D’ shaped rungs

  • Rigid extruded box section stiles provide additional strength

  •  PVC moulded feet offer a secure non-slip grip

  • 5 different sizes available

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Dolle Hobby Loft Ladder (1200 x 700) Wooden Loft Ladder

  • Wooden ladder provided, folding into 3 sections
     
  • Pole and metal handrail included
     
  • Tested and certified to EN 14975 (European Ladder Standard)
     
  • Max working load: 150kg
     
  • Deep wooden treads for comfort when climbing
     
  • Minimum opening length 1200mm
     
  • Maximum floor-to-floor height - 2.85m
     
  • Extension kits available for higher-than-normal installations (up to 3.5m)

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These are just a small selection of the ladders we currently have on offer! If you'd like to see all of our Halloween deals, simply click the button below. Alternatively, get in touch and we'll be happy to help you over the phone!

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Read More: House Decorations for Halloween

08 Oct 2022

house decorations for halloween

The days are getting shorter, the weather's getting colder and the pumpkins are ripe for picking. That can only mean one thing... Halloween is nearly upon us! If you're a lover of spooky season, you might be planning to turn your home into a house of horrors - which is a job that we can help you with! Our step ladders, extension ladders, combination ladders & hop-ups can all be used to hang Halloween decorations inside and outside your home.

While you might want to create a bloody crime scene in the front garden to give your neighbours a fright, it's important that you don't become the victim of an injury yourself - so don't go dangling off the roof or climbing on a dust bin to hang your decorations. Make sure you have the right equipment on hand before you get started. We've put some ideas together, so if you're wanting house decorations for Halloween this year, we hope you'll find this useful!

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Spider's web archway

If you've got trees in pots at the front of your home - you can use them to make a spooky spider's web archway. Simply place one on either side of your door, then use a step ladder to bend and secure the tops together forming an archway. Then, cover the trees in synthetic cobwebs. These can be bought at most craft shops or even your local Poundland. Most cobweb packs come with little plastic spiders, so scatter these amongst the cobwebs for an extra-scary effect.

Dangling witch feet

Want to make it look like a witch has got stuck in your tree? You can DIY a set of witches' legs by stuffing a pair of striped tights and adding shoes. Once made, grab a ladder and attach them to a branch in your tree. Hanging Halloween decorations are always a hit!

Floating witch hats

If you're planning a Halloween party, floating witch hats are an excellent Halloween decoration for your house. You should start by buying or making a series of witches' hats. Once you've got all of your witch hats ready, attach a length of fishing wire to the top of each hat. We think it looks best if you cut the fishing wire to different lengths. Then, you can grab your step stool or step ladder and hang them from the ceiling. You could even use one of our combination ladders to hang them safely up the stairs. The kids will love this Halloween decoration idea.

Lights!

Fairy lights are a wonderful Halloween house decoration because they illuminate your property and add a bit of sparkle. Better yet, they'll illuminate your driveway so that trick-or-treaters can find your property more easily. Of course, lanterns and pumpkins can be used along the path, but fairy lights look best when they're draped around your windows or dangling from trees. Make sure you use a suitable GRP ladder if you're going to be working with electricals!

DON'T MISS OUR HALLOWEEN DEALS!

During the month of October, we are slashing the prices of some of our best-selling ladders. You can find them all here...

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So there you have it, if you've been looking for some inspiration for house decorations this Halloween, we hope you've found this useful. Don't forget you can shop a wide range of ladders here at Ladders UK Direct to ensure that your Halloween goes off without a hitch.

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03 Oct 2022

how to clean gutters

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How to Clean Gutters

Cleaning the gutters isn’t a job that homeowners look forward to, but if your gutters become clogged up with debris, your home and garden could be susceptible to water damage.  

When should you clean your gutters?

Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice a year. Once in spring and once in autumn.

  • It’s easier to clean your gutters in dry weather
  • Clean gutters under trees more frequently
  • Double-check your gutters are clear before storms

Tips for cleaning your gutters:

 

CLEAN FROM BOTTOM TO TOP

The safest way to clean your gutters is from the ground up. Please do not attempt to clean your gutters by climbing on the roof.

 

DON’T OVERREACH

You might be tempted to overreach when cleaning your gutters so you don’t have to reposition your ladder. This could lead to serious injury. Always keep your waist between the rails.

 

USE A TROWEL OR GARDENING GLOVES

Removing a build-up of leaves and debris from your guttering can be difficult. A garden trowel or pair of gardening gloves can help you get the job done quickly.

 

USE A HOSE TO FLUSH YOUR GUTTER

Once all the debris has been removed, you can give your gutters a final flush with the hosepipe. Run the hose at high pressure to clear stubborn blockages.

 

Don’t want to clean the gutters yourself?

If you don’t fancy cleaning your own gutters, don’t worry. There are some alternatives for you to consider!

  • Hire a professional
  • Install gutter whiskers
  • Add a mesh guard
  • Use a plastic cover

What are the best ladders for cleaning gutters?

There are a few different types of ladders that you can use if you want to clean your gutters out safely. Here are some of our top picks:

You can browse our full range of ladders & step ladders that are ideal for cleaning gutters head to www.laddersukdirect.co.uk.