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.
- How to Use a Roof Ladder
- Roof Maintenance Checklist