Ladder with high weight capacity

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...

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Telescopic ladder in car boot

It can be tricky to transport a ladder - if you're carrying it on the roof of your vehicle, you have to make sure it's secure, make sure it's not overhanging by too much, and make sure it doesn't damage your paint job!

Wouldn't it be nice if you could skip all that and just pop your ladder in the boot of your car? Well, as luck would have it, our telescopic ladders (when folded away) are compact enough to fit in a car with no difficulty at all.

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Platform step ladder with 7 treads

Self-supporting step ladders are generally safe and easy to use, but there are certain precautions you should take to minimise your risk of falling and injuring yourself.

For example, it may not be safe to stand on your step ladder's topmost treads. The exact rules depend on what sort of ladder you're using - read on for details.

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Here's something you may notice when shopping for extension ladders on our website: different ladders have different-shaped rungs. Some rungs are round, some are square, and some are shaped like a letter 'D', with a flat top and a curved underside.

But does any of this matter? Can certain rung types only be used in specific situations? What difference does it make whether a ladder has round or square rungs?

Those are the questions we're going to answer today. Let's take a closer look at those three different rung shapes...

 

Ladder with square rungs

Square rungs

Square rungs have four corners and four flat sides. This is a fairly common rung type; however, many users find square rungs uncomfortable, especially when they're positioned so that one must stand on one of the corner edges while working.

PRODUCT PICTURED: Hailo Double Section Combination Ladder

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Best all-purpose ladder

Ladders come in all sorts of sizes and configurations - just take a look at the many different kinds we sell here at Ladders UK Direct. We've got step ladders, extension ladders, combination ladders, roof ladders...the list goes on, and if you're not quite sure what type of ladder you need, all those different options may be a little overwhelming.

But perhaps you don't really have any specific requirements. Perhaps you just want a sturdy, all-purpose ladder that you can keep in the shed and use for any odd jobs that happen to come up.

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Ladders under £100

If you need a ladder and you're on a tight budget, you've come to the right place! We've got loads of great-value ladders available here at Ladders UK Direct, and we offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders.

Here are some of the products you can get for less than £100...

NOTE: All prices include VAT and are correct at time of writing. These ladders come in a variety of different sizes - the stated price refers to the smallest available size.

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We sell a wide variety of ladders here at Ladders UK Direct. As you browse our website, you may notice that a lot of our extension ladders come with a stabiliser bar included as standard.

A stabiliser bar is a horizontal bar that widens the base of the ladder to keep it from slipping. Very often, this 'foot' is integrated into the ladder's design, but stabiliser bars are also sold separately (in which case they can be attached or removed as needed).

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Non-conductive ladder

Aluminium ladders are great for all sorts of tasks, but if you're carrying out electrical installations or working near power lines, an aluminium ladder is not a safe choice.

This is because aluminium conducts electricity. When you're working with electricity, you want a non-conductive ladder that will reduce your risk of electrocution.

And that's where our fibreglass step ladders come in. Unlike aluminium, fibreglass is non-conductive, so these ladders are ideal for electricians and anyone else who frequently works near electrical hazards.

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Swingback step ladder

If you're shopping around for a step ladder, one word you're likely to come across over and over again is 'swingback'. But what exactly does that word mean? What makes swingback ladders different from other step ladders? And what does that mean for your purchasing decision?

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Using a ladder on stairs

As a general rule, ladders should be placed on level ground to maximise stability while in use. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines say:

"You should only use ladders in situations where they can be used safely, e.g. where the ladder will be level and stable"

This rule would appear to preclude the use of ladders on stairs. However, if you do need to get a bit of extra height while working on a staircase, we may still be able to help you.

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