If you want to keep your new ladder in good condition for as long as possible, then storing it properly is key. If you're a domestic ladder user, you might choose to store your ladder in your garage or shed, while industrial workers will no doubt have a storeroom or warehouse that can be used for safe ladder storage.
If you store your ladders improperly, you may find that your ladders start to deteriorate, or even worse - they might be picked up and used by unauthorised personnel which could lead to a potential accident or injury.
Of course, all of our ladders are designed to be incredibly durable, but taking an extra couple of minutes to make sure your ladder is stored correctly at the end of the day can really prolong their life expectancy. To give you an idea of how to store your ladders, we've put together this helpful guide.
First, find a suitable spot for your ladder
The first (and in some ways most important job) is finding somewhere to store your ladder that will keep it out of harm's way. An ideal spot is somewhere that's big enough to comfortably hold the ladder in terms of length and height, and somewhere where people or machinery won't pass by and knock the ladder.
Some people choose the roof of their storage unit using a storage rack but other people opt for a wall-mounted storage rack. Either choice is perfectly fine -- just make sure that the ladder is flush to the wall and not in danger of falling on passers-by.
We offer a selection of ladder locks and ladder storage hooks to make your ladder storage simple and to keep your ladder secure! View all of our ladder storage options in our ladder accessories section:
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What if I can't install a storage rack?
If you cant add a storage rack to your garage, shed or warehouse, then your second best options are to either:
- Lay the ladder flat on the ground (again, somewhere out of the way)
- Lean it against the wall somewhere where it won't topple over
Bear in mind that both of these methods pose a potential trip hazard and leave your ladders vulnerable to physical damage, so we would always advise using a ladder rack or storage hook to keep your ladder completely off the ground if possible.
Can I store my ladder outside?
While some materials like fibreglass are perfectly resilient to the elements, we wouldn't recommend leaving any of our ladders outside for long periods of time. Why? Because outside is guaranteed to be a harsher environment that can lead to problems such as:
- Rust and material degradation
- Damage plastic fittings
- Rot (wooden ladders)
- Corrosion of ropes
- Theft or unauthorised use of your ladder
The best way to avoid all of this is to choose an indoor space for your ladder storage, preferably somewhere with suitable ventilation that won't expose your ladder to dampness.
Still unsure if your ladder is stored safely?
If you're in a rush and you don't have time to set up an entirely new ladder storage system, ask yourself these simple questions before packing your ladder away for the day:
- Is your ladder somewhere dry and protected from the weather?
- Is your ladder clean and free of debris before you store it?
- Is your ladder likely to fall on, trip up or otherwise cause someone an injury? If so, move it!
If you're on the hunt for a new ladder for your home or workplace, we have a wide range of ladders for you to choose from. Whether you need an extension ladder, a roof ladder or something more specialist, we can help. If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.