how to fully extend a triple extension ladder

Unlike single or double section ladders, triple extension ladders pose an extra level of complexity. First of all, they're heavier than most other ladders and secondly, they're a lot more awkward to move around and handle.


Most of the step ladders we sell here at Ladders UK Direct are made of either aluminium or fibreglass. Both of these materials have their respective benefits and drawbacks - the right choice for you will depend on how you intend to use your ladder.

Aluminium vs fibreglass ladders

LEFT: Professional Swingback Aluminium Step Ladder
RIGHT: Super-Trade Swingback Fibreglass Step Ladder

To help you make an informed buying decision, let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of aluminium ladders and glass fibre ladders...


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!

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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.

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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.

Click below to browse our collection. For more information on our step ladders, be sure to get in touch with us today – we’d love to hear from you.

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People up and down the country have been robbed of their holiday abroad this year, but COVID-19 shouldn't stop you having a nice time here in the UK. There's plenty of opportunities to go out in your caravan or camper and enjoy what's left of our British summer! Whether you've got a van that you've converted yourself or a static caravan at one of our many beautiful seasides, you can't beat taking a trip to a home away from home.

One thing that people never think about prior to their holiday is whether or not they need a ladder for their caravan. We know what you're thinking... when on earth would I need a ladder in my caravan? Well, let us explain.

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One of the great joys of having a caravan is taking the kids (or grandkids) away for a few days. With little legs, the youngsters might struggle to reach the sink, the light switches or the cupboards. This can be a real pain, especially if you don't want to be getting up and down every five minutes to assist them. Having a handy set of steps around can give the kids some freedom while taking some of the responsibility out of your hands.

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Some vans have a mezzanine level beds that can be pretty tricky to reach if you're 5 years old! If you don't have a permanent ladder because it will get in the way of the living space, then a moveable set of steps or a telescopic ladder that can be easily folded away might be the best option. 

Adding an Awning

Extending your living space in a caravan is fairly easy - just add an awning! Of course, if you're not quite tall enough to reach, or if you're losing mobility due to old age, then fixing your awning to the side of the caravan might be an impossible challenge. Don't worry, a folding step ladder with nice large treads will provide the stability needed to reach the awning attachments with ease. 

Something like this LFI Pro Wide Step Ladders is a great choice for caravans. It has a safety chain to keep the user secure, it has deep 80mm non-slip treads, an extra-large work platform and handy wheels so it can be moved around the caravan easily! Available in a range of heights to suit your exact needs.

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Getting on the roof

Most modern caravans come with a ladder that allows you to access the roof, but some (including self-built vans) generally don't. While getting on the roof might not be essential for you, it can be useful if you decide to add a roof rack for extra storage, or if you want to get on top of the van and stargaze while you're on a weekend away! Having a ladder that you can stow away and use when needed is very handy, particularly in caravans. We have a whole host of lightweight, compact ladders that you can choose from.

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Hopefully, this guide to caravan ladders will enable you to make the most of your holiday this summer/autumn. As always, drop us an email if you'd like any more advice about our caravan ladders

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Do you feel like you could be making better use of your loft space? Perhaps getting a new loft ladder is a good place to start! It can be quite difficult to choose a loft ladder, after all, there are so many different types on the market. Whether you want to organise your storage space, or you want to do a full-on loft conversion - we have a loft ladder that's perfect for you here at Ladders UK Direct! 

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Aluminium is one of the most abundant metals we have on the earth and it's also pretty great for making ladders! It's lightweight, durable and resistant to corrosion so it's perfect for making ladders that need to be transported from one place to another. Over time, you might notice patches on your aluminium ladder that are starting to appear a dull grey colour. This is aluminium oxide, and it's totally normal!

While aluminium oxide won't cause any harm to your ladder, you might want to remove it so your aluminium ladder looks shiny and new again. Many of our customers are tradespeople who need to bring their ladders in and out of people's homes every day. A clean, well looked after aluminium ladder will look more professional and last you a lifetime.

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how are extension ladders measured

Are you thinking about buying an extension ladder for an upcoming job? Not really sure what length you need? Well, here in this blog, we'll explain how extension ladders are measured to help you find the perfect length for the task at hand.

Unlike single section ladders, extension ladders are be made up of two or more moveable sections, adding an additional layer of complexity to the calculation. Just because an extension ladder is listed as being 10 metres long, you shouldn't assume that you can reach 10 metres comfortably.

When measuring an extension ladder, it's important that you take the overlap in the middle of the ladder into consideration as well as the safe working height. These aren't the only things to consider, there are all kinds of variables that can make measuring an extension ladder a bit of a difficult task. But don't worry, we're here to help!


Ladders can be valuable, and as such, they're a somewhat popular target for thieves. It's important to store your ladder securely if you don't want to lose it.

Ladder theft

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Many people store their ladders outdoors, but that's a bad idea for several reasons - not least because it makes your ladder fairly easy to steal.


Parts of a Ladder Infographic