why you need a loft ladder for the christmas period

We're officially in November, which can only mean one thing - we're all starting to think about Christmas! Here at Ladders UK Direct, we know that loft ladders see the most use during the festive period. If you don't already have a loft ladder installed in your home, now is the perfect time to think about adding one. There are lots of reasons why a loft ladder is a handy addition to your home at this time of year, let us walk you through it...


If you've found yourself reading this blog, you're probably looking for the best extending ladder for an upcoming job! Don't worry, you're in good hands. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a huge range of extending ladders that are suitable for jobs around the home, on-site or on the move.

In order to find the best extending ladder for you, we need to first ask you the following question - what will you be using your extending ladder for? Trade or DIY jobs? Work your way through this blog and we're sure we'll be able to find the best extending ladder for you.


Best extending ladder for jobs around the house

Looking for an extending ladder for DIY and jobs around the home? We have a range of extending ladders that are perfect for you! All of our DIY extending ladders are designed with homeowners and DIY-ers in mind. This means they're lightweight, easy to operate & durable - so you won't have to worry if they get a bit damp in your garden shed. What kind of jobs might you use an extending ladder for, you ask? Our DIY extension ladders can be used for cleaning windows, gardening, painting & most other DIY jobs you can think of!

So which extending ladder is the best for you? Take a look at some of our best DIY extending ladders below and choose the best one for you!

DIY extending ladders

On the left, we have the Domestic Double Extension Ladder which is made of lightweight, sturdy aluminium and comes with a 1-year guarantee. This ladder is perfect if you want a ladder that's free from bells and whistles and will get the job done!

On the right, we have the Domestic Triple Extension Ladder that's certified to EN131 non-professional standard. It also comes with a 1-year warranty and is made of durable aluminium. Take a closer look at our top DIY extending ladders to decide which one is the best for you...

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Best extending ladder for tradespeople

Choosing the best extending ladder for tradespeople is a little trickier, there are so many excellent options on the market!! Here at Ladders UK Direct, we think the best extending ladders for tradespeople are from LFI. Not only are these extending ladders made to the highest standards, but they're also available at incredibly reasonable prices. Take a look at some of our top picks below.

LFI extending ladders

On the left, we have the LFI Super-Trade Plus Double Extension Ladder that boasts lots of great features including a stabiliser bar, comfortable D-shaped rungs and PVC moulded feet. This double section extending ladder comes in a range of lengths, so we're sure you'll be able to find one that suits your needs.

On the right, we have the LFI Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder, another excellent choice if you're looking for the best extending ladder. It conforms to EN131 professional standards and boasts all of the same great features of the double extension ladder. Look at these two trade extending ladders in more detail below.

LFI Super-Trade Plus Double Extension Ladder >         LFI Super-Trade Plus Triple Extension Ladder >

So there you have it - an insight into the best extending ladders we have to offer. We hope that you can find the right ladder for your needs here, if not head to our Extension Ladders page to explore our full range. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch.

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staging board

While there are a lot of jobs that can be completed with a ladder, there are some scenarios when a ladder simply won't do. How do you know if you should use staging boards and handrails? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can a ladder provide me with the right amount of space to work?
  • Can I complete the job in a few hours or less?

If you answer no to both of these questions, then it might be worth looking into our staging boards and handrails. These products are designed to provide you with space and stability while you work at height. They're non-slip and allow you to work continuously without going up and down a ladder multiple times throughout the day! Ideal if you're painting a house, renovating or working on site.


How to use staging boards

First of all, you need to choose staging boards that are the right length and width for the task at hand. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we supply staging boards in a range of widths and lengths, so you should have absolutely no problem finding one that suits you.

Using staging boards to work at height couldn't be simpler. All you need is a set of trestles that are the appropriate height for the job at hand. Once they're in place, lay your staging boards across the gap and ensure they're secure before starting to work. Staging boards can also be used to bridge an existing gap as long as they're supported properly. If you'd like extra security, we'd recommend using a staging board with built-in handrail(s). These can make it easier to tackle precarious tasks and should help to prevent accidental slips and falls.


Take a look at our staging boards

Here's a selection of staging boards and handrails for you to choose from. As always, if you have any questions about these products, please feel free to contact the Ladders UK Direct team.


600mm staging board

600mm Staging Boards

Our 600mm staging boards boast a range of features that make them perfect for working at height. They boast non-slip, rot proof decking, rubber inserts to prevent aluminium on aluminium slip and heavy-duty rubber end caps. These boards come in lengths from 2.4m to 6.0m, so whether you need to bridge a large or small gap, there's a 600mm staging board that'll work for you.

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Staging board with single handrail

Staging Board Kit with Single Handrail

When you need a bit of extra stability at height, our staging boards with single handrails are an excellent choice. This staging board is made of aluminium but features a rubber insert to prevent aluminium on aluminium slip. Much like our other staging board, this staging board with a single handrail comes in lengths from 2.4m-6.0m, so we're sure you'll find one that suits the task at hand.

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staging board kit with double handrail

Staging Board Kit with Double Handrail

If you're looking for the ultimate staging board solution for working at height, this staging board kit with double handrail could be the solution. These staging board kits are ideal for working at extreme heights and are sure to provide maximum stability while you work. Putting the kit together is simple, so you'll be able to start working at height in no time! These staging boards feature non-slip rot proof decking and high-grade posts and handrails so you know you're purchasing equipment that'll last for years to come.

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Not sure if any of these staging boards are right for you? Take a look at our entire range of platforms and staging. This equipment will help you work at height in any environment. If you have any questions about the staging boards mentioned in this blog, please get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

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It's been a busy time here at Ladders UK Direct and we've been adding lots of new and exciting products to the site for you! Today, we're going to talk you through some of our brand new scaffold towers. These are all ideal for working at height when you need a bit of extra space for your tools and equipment. Let's dive right in...


metal steps for garden

Building a garden across different levels is a great way to utilise space! Homeowners with small gardens will often look at expanding upwards rather than outwards because there are so many creative ways to build a multi-level garden design.

One problem people face when they're building a multi-level garden is creating suitable access points. Some people choose to create a staircase with paving slabs or bricks, but these often take a long time to install and can be incredibly costly, especially if you need to create a large staircase!