Of all the world records that are out there, this has to be our favourite one. The world's longest ladder! According to the Guinness World Records, the longest ladder ever recorded was 41.16m (135 foot) long! It was designed and made in 2005 by the Handwerks Museum in Austria. In total, it had 120 rungs! Imagine how long it would take to get from the bottom to the top... you'd probably have to stop for a break on the way up.

Now, although we don't have the world's longest ladder here at Ladders UK Direct, we do have some long ladders that you can use to reach up high. Let's take a look at some of the longest ladders we have on offer, they might just be the ones you need!

triple section rope operated ladder

Triple-Section Rope Operated Extension Ladder

Of course, our triple-section ladders are the longest that we offer. These ladders come in a range of lengths, reaching up to 13.97 metres! They also come in extended heights of, 10.47m, 11.97m, 12.97m. They're not quite the world's longest ladders, but if you're looking for a long ladder, these are the one's for you.

A few of its key features are:

  • Wall running wheels
  • D-shaped rungs
  • Rubber feet

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Double Section Rope Operated Extension Ladder

Our longest double extension ladder extends from a stored height of 5.94m to 10.71m! Again, it's about 30-something metres shy of the world's longest ladder, but it certainly will give you enough height to reach most gutters, lightbulbs and ceilings.

They're great for tradesmen and the rope mechanism makes them incredibly easy to operate! Even the longest ladders are easy to open and closed when you incorporate a pulley system, so don't worry about wrestling with your long ladder.

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One of the great things about long extension ladders is that they collapse down into much smaller sizes. This makes transporting long ladders incredibly easy! Do you think the world's longest ladder was built in sections or in one long piece? Unlike our ladders (which can be transported pretty much anywhere) we doubt the world's longest ladder made many journeys. Imagine the size of the van you'd need! 

So, while we can't offer you the world's longest, most impractical ladder we can help you with some long and highly useful ladders! If you have a specific ladder length requirement, we may be able to help you find the perfect ladder over the phone. Call us on 01446 789538.

Before using a step ladder, you need to ensure that it is suitable and safe to use. If it isn’t and you decide to use it anyway, there could be some serious consequences in relation to your health and safety. To avoid any unwanted problems below is a step ladder inspection checklist that you can follow to ensure that your step ladder is safe to use. Please read each step carefully and fill in the relevant information where needed.

Step ladders should be checked briefly before every use and formally inspected every 6 months (if used once a week or more) or 12 months (if used less than once a week) using this checklist.

Step ladder inspection checklist

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By following the above checklist, you can ensure that your step ladder is completely safe to use. If your step ladder, however, is not fit for use, we have an extensive range of step ladders to choose from right here at Ladders UK Direct. From regular to GRP step ladders and warehouse to platform steps, we have a step ladder to suit every and any need.

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Bedroom

People are constantly looking for creative ways to expand their living space and increase the value of their home. Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular ways to do this is by converting the loft into a usable space. Whether you need to add a new bedroom in time for a new arrival, or you want to add a private office space away from the rest of the house, making the most of the space in the rafters is an appealing choice. 

It turns out, you can't just pop a double bed, a desk and a lamp into your loft and call it a day. As with most major renovations, there are a few legal hoops that you have to jump through before you can declare your loft conversion as a safe and functional room. You've probably seen properties for sale with the elusive promise of a 'potential fourth bedroom subject to regulations'. This just means that there's a loft that could be turned into a bedroom, so long as it complies with building regulations. 

But what are these building regulations and what do you need to do to comply with them? Let's find out.

General Loft Conversion Regulations

Whether you're planning to turn your loft into a bedroom or an attic, there are some fundamental building regulations that your conversion needs to comply with. Most of these are to do with the stability and safety of the loft itself and set out the minimum requirements for things such as:

  • The structural integrity of the loft floor and ceiling
  • The installation of a suitable stairway access
  • Any changes you plan to make to the outside of your home
  • The additional fire escape route
  • The insulation required in the floor and walls

Specific Bedroom Regulations

Once you've made sure that your loft conversion complies with the various regulations listed above, you can turn your attention to the more specific, additional regulations that you must adhere to if you want to use the finished space as a bedroom. That's right, there's an extra layer of regulations in place to make sure that the room can be used as a bedroom safely. These regulations include:

  • Headroom - There needs to be sufficient room for someone to get in and out of the bed without hitting their head. This might mean that you have to make alterations to the pitch or overall height of the room. Bear in mind that the headroom required along your allocated fire escape route needs to be a minimum of 2 metres.

 

  • Insulation - When it comes to insulation for a loft conversion bedroom, there needs to be 50mm of insulation along the roof as well as sufficient insulation in the floors and walls. You should consider the additional insulation required when you're making your headroom calculations.

 

  • Fire and safety - The requirements for fire safety vary greatly depending on the nature of your loft conversion. As such, it's important that you contact your local authority or building control specialist to ensure that your loft bedroom conversion complies. In general, taller buildings have stricter fire requirements for obvious reasons. Descending from a third or fourth storey in an emergency is going to be infinitely harder than the first or second. 

 

  • A proper loft staircase - Unlike your usual lofts that you maybe pop into once or twice a year, loft bedroom conversions require a suitable, sturdy staircase. Typical aluminium or concertina loft ladders are not appropriate for use in this scenario. Instead, you should opt for a loft staircase. These staircases offer permanent access to your loft, boast a traditional wood look, and will help you create a safe loft conversion. 

 

  • A fire safety door - This door should be able to open fully allowing easy access in and out of the new loft bedroom. Doors along the proposed fire escape route also need to be replaced/upgraded to fire doors. This helps to control the spread of a fire, should the worst occur.

Does Boarding a Loft Add Value?

If you decide to do a loft conversion that complies with the necessary building regulations, it can definitely add value to your home. If your loft conversion also applies to the specific bedroom guidelines, you can safely upgrade your housing listing from a 3 bedroom property to a 4 bedroom property! This can make your home much more appealing to potential buyers when/if you decide to sell it. 

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of loft staircases, designed to help you get your loft conversion underway. If you're unsure which loft staircase is right for you, why not drop us an email? sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk.

When it comes to ladder safety, you can never be too cautious. While you might think that climbing in and out of your loft ladder is a fairly safe manoeuvre, there's still a very real possibility that an accident could occur.

In fact, climbing in and out of the attic can be more dangerous than you might think for the following reasons:

  • The space for the ladder is limited
  • You might have large, cumbersome items in your hands
  • Your loft ladder might be old and inadequate

One small wobble and you could find yourself flat out on the landing with the Christmas decorations strewn all around, so it's important that you choose a loft ladder that's sturdy, stable and capable of carrying an appropriate maximum weight. 

Fitted loft ladders

Although you might think it's okay to grab a ladder out of the shed on the rare occasion that you need something from the attic, investing in a fitted loft ladder is usually a far safer option.

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of loft ladders that comply with safety regulations, while also offering excellent stability. Choose either a wooden or an aluminium loft ladder depending on your style and needs. We even offer a variety of loft stairs which provide you with permanent loft access and boast a lovely traditional design.

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Aluminium or wood?

You might be wondering whether aluminium or wooden ladders are the safer options. Well, here's what you should consider while you're trying to choose between the two. If your loft ladder will be on display, then you might want to go for a wooden loft ladder with a charming traditional appearance. These ladders can be painted to match your decor and will offer excellent stability. We often recommend wooden loft ladders for elderly people because they're a little more robust than their aluminium counterparts.  

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If cost is more of a concern, we offer a whole range of aluminium ladders that are still very safe to use. Aluminium ladders come in a variety of styles including concertina and sliding. Of these two styles, sliding loft ladders offer slightly more stability than concertina - so if you're planning to use your loft ladder frequently you might favour this kind. That being said, our concertina loft ladders are certified to the necessary safety regulations and are sure to get you in and out of your loft without a hitch. 

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Loft ladder safety tips

Having a fitted loft ladder installed is just one part of loft ladder safety. Realistically, you can still injure yourself if you use your loft ladder incorrectly. Here are a few loft ladder safety tips to help you get in and out of the attic smoothly.

1. Maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times

2. Check that there is no damage to the loft ladder or hatch before you start your climb

3. Don't carry items up the ladder that are too large or heavy

4. Ask for help if you're struggling to get something in/out of the loft

5. Don't attempt to drop from the loft hatch or slide down the loft ladder

6. Keep vulnerable people, children and pets well out of the way

7. Don't strain to put things in or take things out of the loft

8. Make sure you have sensible shoes or footwear on before you climb the ladder

 

Hopefully, this blog gives you some insight on how to choose and use a loft ladder safely. For more ladder safety tips - click here. If you have any questions about loft ladders or loft ladder safety, don't hesitate to drop us an email sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk.

funny ladder stories

We preach about the safe use of ladders on a regular basis. In fact, we've got a whole collection of blogs that focus primarily on the safe use of ladders! Of course, as with every walk of life, there are some people who just love to break the rules and generally behave in a dangerous manner.

We call these people, idiots on ladders. This is not just a term we have coined for ourselves, this is a legitimate term that even has an annual competition that's run by the Ladder Association. That's right, people send photographs of dangerous ladder users in, and the most ridiculous of the bunch wins.

For now, we want to show you some of the funniest, and most dangerous ladder stories that we've come across. Don't be fooled, we aren't trying to inspire or encourage you to be one of the biggest idiots on a ladder (it's definitely not a good achievement) - but we can appreciate a funny story when we read one!

 

The Bin Ladder

Let's start with a gentleman who clearly couldn't wait to fix the vent on the outside of his home. With a ladder that was clearly a metre or two too short, he decided to balance it on top of a wheelie bin to gain the extra height.

Now, if you've ever felt the lid of a wheelie bin before, you'll know it's fairly pliable - definitely not the flat, firm surface that we'd recommend you use your ladder on. Not only that, but wheelie bins have wheels and can be easily tipped over. One accidental tilt or turn could have sent him flying! You have to laugh at this silly decision & pray that he didn't get hurt...

We'd recommend that this gentleman purchases an extension ladder that's the correct length for the job at hand, in future. We'd probably also urge him to stick to solid ground and use rubber ladder mats for added safety! Whether he'd take our advice or not, is another story.

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The Make-Shift Platform Ladder

Next up is a gentleman who was adding panelling to the outside of his home. Working from the bottom up, he realised that he would need a platform ladder if he was going to be able to do the panelling on the third floor. Rather than investing in a safe, secure and suitable platform ladder, he decided to make his own... oh dear. 

When we say he made his own, what he actually did was strap an old wooden ladder between two extension ladders leant up against the house. And no, he wasn't a few feet off the ground, he was three storeys high! The most worrying thing of all is that he no doubt made the unstable structure even taller to finish the entire house. We're not sure whether or not this project was completed without injury, but we don't imagine it ended well. 

For jobs like this that require time and equipment, professional work platforms and staging boards are the way to go. They offer excellent stability and space so you can get the job done safely. 

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Close to the Cable

Lastly, we have a gentleman who needed to access the roof of a building in order to carry out some repair work. His decision to use his van as a 'stable surface' for his ladder is one thing (what a silly idea that was), but the really concerning aspect of this story is the ominous overhead cable that he paid very little attention to. Was it a live cable? Who knows. We're not even sure if he knew! If it was, this man could have received a potentially in for a life-threatening shock. Of course, a shock like this would definitely NOT be funny, but you have to laugh at this poor guy's attempt, or you'll cry!

For scenarios like this where you are potentially going to be exposed to an electrical hazard, we would recommend choosing a fibreglass ladder or a set of fibreglass steps (as well as taking his ladder down from the top of his van). These highly non-conductive ladders are fitted with rubber feet for stability and grounding. Taking precautions around electrical hazards like this could seriously save your life.

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Please remember, we would never, ever, recommend trying any of these things yourself. You should always use your ladder in a safe and proper way! If you're looking for high-quality ladders for a DIY job or for your business, we can help. 

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