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...


Aluminium Ladders

Aluminium step ladders are very popular because they're lightweight yet durable, and because they don't cost very much. The one big disadvantage is that aluminium conducts heat and electricity, so you can't use an aluminium ladder when working near electrical hazards or in a very hot environment.


  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Inexpensive
  • Suitable for most jobs
  • Aluminium doesn't rust or corrode


  • Aluminium conducts heat and electricity
  • Not safe for electrical work


Fibreglass Ladders

Fibreglass step ladders tend to cost more than their aluminium counterparts, but they're worth the extra cost. A heavy-duty fibreglass ladder can be used for all sorts of different jobs, and because fibreglass doesn't conduct electricity, these ladders are ideal for electrical jobs that would be too dangerous on aluminium steps.


  • Fibreglass doesn't conduct electricity
  • Safer for electrical work
  • Very sturdy and durable


  • Heavier than aluminium ladders
  • Generally more expensive

Here at Ladders UK Direct, you'll find a comprehensive selection of step ladders in both aluminium and fibreglass to suit your requirements. Browse and buy online today - we offer FREE delivery on all orders!

Aluminium Step Ladders   Fibreglass Step Ladders

We also sell a wide range of aluminium and fibreglass extension ladders for situations that require a leaning ladder.