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10 Apr 2024

man on a step ladder - what height step ladder do i need?

Choosing the right step ladder for a task is crucial for safety and efficiency. Whether you’re changing a light bulb, reaching for a high shelf, or conducting home repairs, having the appropriate height ladder can make all the difference.

How do you determine what size ladder is best suited for your needs? Let’s explore some key factors to consider when selecting the height of a step ladder.


24 Jan 2024

what size ladder do I need for a 3-storey house?

3-storey houses aren’t as common as 2-storey or even single-storey houses in the UK, but they do exist.

On average, a 3-storey house is typically between 9 and 10 metres tall. The exact height will of course vary from one property to the next.

As you’d imagine, the additional height can make it difficult to access the roof, gutters and upper windows of a 3-storey home. Fortunately, there are ladders out there that enable you to reach them. To make sure you do so safely, here’s some handy guidance.


10 Aug 2023

small step ladder

Both ladders and step ladders are great pieces of equipment to have on hand, but how do you know which one will work best for you? In this blog, we’ll break down the key differences between ladders and step ladders to help you choose the right one.


03 Jan 2023

dolle hobby loft ladder

While it's true that loft ladders are a very useful asset in a home, not every home has one! In fact, there are hundreds of homes up and down the country with huge attic space and no way of accessing it. If you've been considering adding a loft ladder to your home, there are a few factors you should take into consideration. Today we're going to walk you through the things you should look for in a loft ladder in the hope that we can help you choose the perfect loft ladder for your home. So, what should you look for in a loft ladder?


When you make improvements to your home, you want to make sure you're investing in items that will stand the test of time. No one wants to purchase a loft ladder now and find that it needs replacing in as little as 2 - 5 years! All of the loft ladders we offer here at Ladders UK Direct are built to last, but some are designed to be used more frequently and to last longer than others.

The type of material that your loft ladder is made of will play a big part in its durability. There are a few different loft ladder materials to choose from, but the most common are aluminium and wood. But which is most durable?

Wooden loft ladders are great if you're planning to use your loft frequently. They're incredibly durable and can hold heavy loads. They also boast a natural aesthetic that's really appealing in modern homes. 

Aluminium loft ladders are also a durable option, but they're not as heavy-duty as their wooden counterparts. They're better for less-frequent use and they're incredibly lightweight.

See all the differences between wood and aluminium loft ladders here!


Choosing a loft ladder that works for you is easy if you have a good idea of what (and how often) you'll be using it. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of sliding, concertina and fixed loft ladders - all of which are very easy to use!

Our fixed loft ladders and loft staircases are ideal if you're planning a loft conversion. They provide a permenant access solution that will make it easy for you to get up and down into your new-found space as often as you'd like to. They're also incredibly stylish, meaning they'll be a talking point when you have guests over - or when you put your house on the market. 

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Our sliding loft ladders are ideal if you only want to access your loft a few times a year. Many of our extending loft ladders are spring assisted, meaning they can be extended and put away with ease whenever you need them! You will find a wide range of wooden and aluminium loft ladders in our sliding range/

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Finally, one of the key things you should look for in a loft ladder is the max-load. People tend to overlook this very important detail when choosing a loft ladder, but the max load will determine how much weight you can carry when you're going up into the attic - so it's important you pick one that suits your requirements. 

If you're planning on carrying large pieces of furniture, christmas decorations or other personal items into the loft, then it's important you factor this extra weight in when you're browsing loft ladders. Some of our lightweight aluminium loft ladders can carry up to 100kg, while our sturdier, wooden loft ladders can carry up to 150kg and more! 

Other things to look for in a loft ladder include:

  • The size, shape and length of the loft ladder
  • Whether or not it comes complete with a hatch kit or not
  • The comfort of the rungs
  • The accessories (including handrails) 
  • The style and colour

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a huge range of loft ladders to suit your home! You can browse our full range of loft ladders below.

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 Read More:

- How to Choose a Loft Ladder

- What is the Best Loft Ladder?

16 Dec 2022

best extension ladders

Adding an extension ladder to your DIY or professional kit is an excellent idea, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky. There are so many different options on the market, and it can be overwhelming, but lucky for you - we've got some ladder experts on hand who can help you out! We're going to talk you through some of the best extension ladders out there so that you can choose the perfect one for you.


How to choose the best extension ladder for you

Here are a few questions we would recommend answering if you're trying to decide which extension ladder is best for you. An extension ladder that might be perfect for you and your requirements might not be the best extension ladder for someone else, so it really is important that you fully explore the size, use, material, etc. that's right for you. 

1. Are you a professional tradesperson or a DIY-er? 

We have a great selection of professional and home extension ladders for you to choose from. Extension ladders have to be certified to different standards depending on where they'll be used, so this is one of the most important questions when it comes to finding the best extension ladder for you.

2. Will you be working around electrical hazards such as power lines? 

Working around electrical hazards can be really dangerous - even life-threatening in some instances. To reduce the risk of electric shock, you should look at purchasing one of our fibre glass extension ladders. These non-conductive ladders are perfect for protecting you against electric shocks!

3. How high will you need to climb? 

If you're a homeowner who's only ever going to need to reach up to the guttering (at most), then a double extension ladder should suffice. However, if you're going to need to reach higher than this on occasion, we'd recommend one of our triple extension ladders for extra height. 


What are the best extension ladders on the market?

Let's take a closer look at some of the best extension ladders on the market, we're sure that one of these will suit your requirements. As always, if you can't find what you're looking for here and would like the help of the Ladders UK Direct team, we'd be more than happy to help you find the best extension ladder for you. Get in touch now.


Best professional extension ladder

LFI Super Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder

Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder

This Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder is perfect for all professional users. It comes in a variety of lengths from 4 - 10 metres, providing you with plenty of reach for all kinds of jobs. It's made of lightweight, rust-proof aluminium meaning it'll be easy to transport & will last a lifetime!

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Best DIY extension ladder

domestic double extension ladder

Domestic Double Extension Ladder

This domestic extension ladder is ideal for most DIY users. It's the perfect length for reaching second storey buildings and gutters & boasts a lightweight aluminium design that means it's very easy to manoeuvre. Better yet, it can be stored in most standard sheds and garages, meaning you can keep it safe & ready to use at a moment's notice. 

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Best fibre glass extension ladder

fibre glass combination ladder

Glass Fibre V3 Combination Ladder

For the ultimate flexibility & protection against electric shocks, this fibre glass combination is an excellent option. As well as being one of the best fibre glass extension ladders on the market, this fibre glass ladder can also be used as a step ladder and a fibre glass platform ladder. This really is a versatile tool to add to your arsenal.

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So there you have it, a little round-up of the best extension ladders on the market. We hope that this guide will help you find the right extension ladder to suit your needs. You can browse our full range of extension ladders below.

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