Choosing the right ladder

 Choosing the right ladder

Nowadays, there are many different styles, materials and uses of ladders being designed by manufacturers in the market for users like us to choose from. With all the options available, it is quite difficult for you to choose the right ladder for your home usage. Some of the ladders are made of wood, aluminum or even fiberglass. It is recommended to choose a fiberglass ladder because it is lighter than wood and it also does not conduct electricity like the aluminum ladder. In order to choose the right ladder, below are some of the tips in choosing the right one:

 Choosing the right ladder

What you need:

  1. Articulated ladders
  2. Extension ladders
  3. Stepladders

Method:

  1. First of all, you need to know the ladder\’s load capacity to ensure it is safe enough to accommodate your weight. Always choose the right capacity of ladder when doing different type of task and the ladders normally comes with several categories such as light-duty ladders (with capacity of up to 200 pounds), medium-duty ladders (with capacity of up to 225 pounds), heavy-duty ladders (with capacity of up to 250 pounds) and extra-heavy-duty ladders (with capacity of up to 300 pounds).
  2. Usually for every household purpose, it is recommended that you use the stepladder and it comes with the available heights of 4 to 16 feet and it is designed with a hand foldout shelf on the side opposite the rungs.
  3. For outdoor task, it is advisable to use an extension ladder especially for reaching high branches or your house roof. This type of ladder comes with the available heights of 20 to 40 feet.
  4. There is also an articulated ladder which is use for multipurpose task and variety of uses. This type of ladder designed with aluminum alloy can be stacked either as a stepladder or a straight ladder or even becomes a scaffold. This type of ladder comes with the available lengths of between 12 to 16 feet.

 Choosing the right ladder

Additional Reading:
http://www.ehow.com/how_12142_choose-ladder.html
http://www.diyjunction.com/articles/Choosing-the-Right-Ladder-for-Your-Home/1320.htm
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/sherwin_williams_products/paint_supplies/ladders/choosing/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Importance-of-Choosing-the-Right-Ladder&id=3220982

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