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26 Oct 2022

can I leave my aluminium ladder outside?

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a wide range of aluminum ladders including step ladders, extension ladders & combination ladders (like the one you see above). The reason why aluminium is such a popular material is that it's not only lightweight, but it's incredibly durable too. Both of these qualities are really desirable when you're manufacturing a piece of equipment that needs to be easy to manoeuvre and last for a long time.

How should I store my ladder?

Storing any kind of ladder correctly is the key to prolonging its life - that's why we always recommend that you keep your ladder in a secure, dry place like a garage or shed. While aluminium isn't a material that's prone to rusting if it's left out in the rain, there are some potential risks to leaving it outside, we'll get to those shortly. For now, let's take a look at the correct way to store your ladders.

First, you need to find a storage space that's big enough to fit the ladder in question. If you've got an aluminium extension ladder, you should be able to concertina it down so that it's fairly compact. On the flip side, if you have a step ladder or single-section ladder, you're going to have to work around a set length. 

In an ideal scenario, you'd keep your ladder stored up off the floor. This not only keeps it out of your way, but it also ensures that it isn't laying in any damp or dirt patches. A ladder storage rack or ladder storage hooks are a great solution if you don't already have something like this in place. 

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Why shouldn't you leave an aluminium ladder outside?

As we've mentioned, aluminium isn't a material that's prone to rust, in fact, it's one of the least corrosive materials on the market - but that doesn't mean that your aluminium ladder is completely impervious to the effects of rain. Chances are, your ladder will have plastic or rubber feet as well as other parts made of materials that might be damaged if they're left outside too long. 

Not only will keeping your aluminium ladder inside ensure it's in good working order the next time you come to use it, but it will also prevent your aluminium ladder from being stolen. Nowadays, with the cost of aluminium on the rise & people facing a cost-of-living crisis, you can never be too careful with your DIY and construction equipment. An aluminium ladder that's laying in plain view in your garden is an easy target - so why risk it? Keep your ladder somewhere nice and secure so that it's ready and waiting for you when you next need to use it.

So, if you're wondering whether or not you should store your aluminium ladder outside, our advice would be - no! Do yourself a favour and pick a more secure spot where your ladder will be safe from the elements & from thieves. 

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