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Understanding the various different ladder types


There are so many different types of ladders, each used for very specific tasks – telescopic ladders for easy transportation, fibreglass ladders for ladder safety with electrics or roof ladders to get safely onto a roof.

With so many different types of ladders the terminology can be confusing. Here are a few examples of transportable ladders to help you.

Extension ladder – Constructed in several lengths, extension ladders can be extended, part by part to their full size. They sometimes have a rope and pulley system for easy extension with someone standing on the ground, locking securely in position.

Step ladder – Invented in 1862 in the US, John Basely put a hinge in between two sides of a ladder for easy storage. Today, step ladders remain at a locked angle using a mechanism.

Multi purpose ladder – With one to three hinges multi purpose ladders enable can be folded into different shapes and configurations. They are ideal for uneven ground.

Loft ladder – Used to gain entry into the loft or attic area, loft ladders are pulled downward from a ceiling and usually extendable or concertina design.

Telescopic ladder – These ladders fits into themselves, much like telescopes. However, this doesn’t not necessarily detract from telescopic ladders strength or height and can be extended up to 380cm. They are ideal portable ladders.

Hook ladder – These have hooks at the end to grip window sills and are usually used by firemen.

Roof ladders – Specifically for climbing inclined roofs, roof ladders are lightweight, with a shaped hook and rolling wheels in order to attached it.

Combination ladder – Combining the functions of extension ladders and large step ladders, combination ladders are regularly used in theatres to rig up lighting equipment.

Fibreglass ladders – These are for safe working electricians to avoid conducting electricity.

Visit the ladders section for more information.

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