Working out how tall your house is is no easy task. It's not like you can just grab a tape measure and set to work! Eyeballing it won't give you an accurate height either. The last thing you want to do is order a ladder and realise it's a few feet too short or wildly too long. Don't worry we're here to help.
If you live in a single storey house or bungalow then you might already have a ladder that's tall enough to reach the gutters. The average single storey house is only 3.3 metres or 10.8 foot tall, so you have a lot more choice. There's a wide selection of step ladders, combination ladders and extension ladders that will allow you to reach this height with ease.
Now, most people live in two-storey buildings which average a height between 4.7 and 5.8 metres (or 15.5 - 19 foot). As you can imagine, finding a ladder to satisfy this height might be a little more tricky. You'll be pleased to hear that you're in the perfect place to buy one! Here at Ladders UK Direct, we supply a huge range of ladders that can be used to reach the guttering on a two-storey house. For example...
One of our best selling ladders, the LFI Super Trade PLUS Triple Extension Ladder comes in a range of heights - most of which are suitable for the average two-storey house in the UK. The 3.0m-7.0m is a great 'safe' option, but this ladder also comes in shorter and longer lengths. Browse all sizes here:
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If you're worried about a low hanging electrical wire, we'd recommend choosing a ladder that's tall enough for your two-storey home but that's also non-conductive. This means you'll be perfectly safe if an accident occurs while you're working outside your house. This ladder is fitted with special rung joints and stay brackets to give it extra strength and prevent side sway - perfect if you happen to be doing work on a windy day!
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Note: If you're planning to do extensive work on the roof of your home, we'd highly recommend investing in a proper roof ladder! These come with a hooked edge that will provide excellent stability while you work on the roof of your two-storey house.
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If you're still not sure which ladder is the best choice for your two-storey home, drop us an email. We'll help you find the right ladder for your requirements - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you own an extension ladder but you need to complete a task at a low height, it can be tempting to think about taking your extension ladder apart to get the job done. However, using the fly section of your extension ladder on its own can create a serious health and safety risk!
For the most part, extension ladders on have safety steps at the very base of the ladder, this is because the fly section is not intended for use as an individual ladder on its own. Without safety feet, the fly section of the ladder is likely to slip out from underneath you leading to an accidental and potentially life-threatening fall.
Use your ladder as it was intended
We've discussed how to use an extension ladder in lots of detail already here on Ladder UK Direct, but we wanted to remind you of one of the key points. Before you use your ladder you should inspect it to make sure it's fit for use. If it's been dismantled into 2 or 3 separate sections - it's no longer safe for use! Always use your ladder as it was intended to be used to minimise the risk of injury.
What are my other options?
If you need a ladder to complete a job at a low height, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. So, before you start taking your extension ladder apart, take a look at some of these ladders:
- Single Section Ladders - If you want a single section ladder with suitable safety feet, this is the way to go. Choose either lightweight aluminium or non-conductive fibreglass.
- Step Ladders - For added stability, or to work in a space without a supporting wall, choose a step ladder. We offer everything from platform steps to tilt and push warehouse steps.
- Roof Ladders - If you were planning to put a single section of your extension ladder against your house to access the roof, we'd recommend a roof ladder as an alternative. With a hooked end, these ladders provide the ultimate grip while you work on the roof.
To reiterate - you should NEVER take your extension ladders apart. ALWAYS use your ladder in the way it was intended or seek an appropriate alternative! If you have any questions about using your extension ladder, drop us an email - email@example.com.
Working with ladders on uneven ground can be really challenging. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we'd always recommend using your ladder on flat ground where possible, but we understand that sometimes this simply isn't an option. If you find yourself having to use a ladder on uneven ground, you should do whatever you can to make the ground even before you start.
Estimates show that around 48,000 people attend A&E every year due to an avoidable accident on a ladder. People often cut corners and use their ladders improperly which is why so many accidents occur. Today we're going to talk you through the proper way to secure an extension ladder so that you can reduce your chances of a fall or injury.
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Get to know your extension ladder
Extension ladders come in lots of different lengths, brands and materials, so it's important you spend some time familiarising yourself with YOUR ladder. Take a close look at the safety shoes at the bottom of your extension ladder, these are the parts that will make contact with the ground and secure your extension ladder in place, so it's important that you can see how they work.
Under to the EN131 ladder regulations, both professional and non-professional ladders must have a weight capacity of at least 150kg. This requirement is why so many of the ladders we sell have a maximum load limit of 150kg.
However, we do sell a selection of heavy-duty ladders with a higher weight capacity. If you're looking for a ladder that can support loads heavier than 150kg, step this way...
Using an extension ladder is a great way to get a bit of extra height when you're working on hard-to-reach areas.
But as with any ladder, it's important to be careful when you're using an extension ladder. Safety measures are always important, but when you're working at the kind of heights that only an extending ladder can reach, they really can make the difference between life and death.
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Here's our step-by-step guide to help you stay safe while using an extension ladder.