Roof ladder

The defining feature of a roof ladder is its hooked top. These ridge hooks are designed to attach to the edge of the roof, giving you added safety and stability while you're working.

So if you need to access the roof of your building, we'd definitely recommend a roof ladder as the best tool for the job. But we sell an assortment of roof ladders here at Ladders UK Direct - which one is right for you?

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Ladder or scaffold tower

Ladders are brilliant - quick to set up, easy to climb, and very safe if used properly (see How to Climb a Ladder Safely).

But a ladder isn't the right tool for every job. In some cases, you'll be able to work safer and more efficiently if you use scaffolding to reach the required height instead of an extension ladder.

If you've got some high-up work to carry out and you're unsure whether a ladder or a scaffold tower would be better suited to your needs, read on...

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A selection of step ladders

Step ladders can be used for all sorts of different jobs, both at home and in the workplace. A sturdy step ladder is undoubtedly a very handy thing to have, so it's no surprise that they're among our best-selling items.

Still, if you're looking to purchase a step ladder, you may be slightly stunned by the wide range of products available. We've got more than 40 different step ladder varieties for you to choose from - including an assortment of warehouse steps, mobile working platforms and step stools - and while it's always nice to have plenty of options, we understand that it can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know exactly what you're after!

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Ladder transported on car roof

Transporting a ladder can be tricky, especially if it's a long extension ladder. Ladders generally won't fit in a car boot, so unless you have a van or a pickup truck, your best option is probably to place the ladder on the roof of your car (as pictured above).

Whatever method you use, it's very important to ensure that the ladder is properly secured before you set off. Imagine how much damage your ladder might cause if it fell off your vehicle and into the path of other road users - it doesn't bear thinking about!

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Best loft ladder

When you're trying to decide which loft ladder to purchase, there are several factors you need to consider.

To help you make the right choice, here's a helpful guide from the team here at Ladders UK Direct!

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Garden ladder

There are plenty of jobs to be done outside that might require the help of a ladder. But if you're using a ladder in your garden, you want to be sure that it's suitable for outdoor use.

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we sell a variety of ladders that are ideal for gardening and other outdoor tasks. Let's take a quick look at a few examples...

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The foot of a ladder

When you're standing on a ladder, it's reassuring to know that it's made from sturdy, high-quality materials that are strong enough to support your weight.

Of course, ladders can be manufactured using a wide variety of materials - traditional wooden ladders remain a somewhat common sight. But most of the ladders we sell here at Ladders UK Direct are made of either aluminium or fibreglass.

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Combination ladder in different configurations

If you've got a lot of different jobs to do - but you don't want to buy a lot of different ladders - then a combination ladder may be the ideal solution.

A combination ladder is a multi-use product that can be configured into a number of different shapes. For example, a 3-in-1 combination ladder might serve as a step ladder, an extension ladder, or a stairwell ladder depending on how you set it up.

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Want to make better use of your loft? Wish your attic were easier to access? Learn how to install a loft ladder with this easy-to-follow guide from Ladders UK Direct!

Man using a loft ladder

Pictured: Youngman Deluxe 2 Section Aluminium Loft Ladder

Please note that the correct installation method may vary from one product to the next. When you purchase your loft ladder, read the accompanying instructions carefully to ensure you don't install your ladder wrong.

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ladder being used

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.

rotten wooden ladder

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.