What size ladder do you need and what type of ladder do you need?
We answer those questions for you!

Your questions answered on ladder use around the home
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The problem

How do you work out what size extension ladder you’ll need?

Here at ladders and Access we get asked this question all the time!

How do you figure out what size ladder you’ll need to do your work, and what is the correct angle to have your ladder at?

The formula

Setting your ladder at the correct angle

So first things first, let’s get you setting your ladder at the correct angle. This angle a ladder should be used at is approximately 75 degrees, but there’s a simple way for you to work this out.

The simple rule is for every 4 feet you go up, you bring the ladder out 1 foot.

So for example, the general height of a two story house (up to the eves) will be 4.7m, which equates to 15”5. For this height you would bring you ladder out 3 feet 10¼ inches to be exact!

Once you get the correct angle of the ladders sorted you can begin to use your ladder safely; and work out what size ladder will get you to what working height you need.

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Cleaning the Gutters

The most often question we get asked is “what size ladder do I need to clean my gutters, or reach the roof of my house!”

We have decided to give you some help in figuring this out:

For an average two story house in the UK, the normal height to the eves will be 4.7m, so you would need an extension ladder that is between 6.5m-8m long.

This could be either a double or triple extension ladder, or even a combination ladder, which can be used as a step ladder as well!

The benefits of a triple extension ladder is it will be a lot smaller when closed down, meaning storing it in your shed or garage will be a lot easier!

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Recommended

Triple extension ladders

The benefits of a triple extension ladder is it will be a lot smaller when closed down, meaning storing it in your shed or garage will be a lot easier! Our recommendations are…

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Professional EN131 Triple Extension Ladders

From £134.69 Excl. VAT
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Zarges Trade Triple Extension Ladders

From £145.99 Excl. VAT
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Double extension ladders

The benefits of a double extension ladder means the ladder will be lighter, and will be wider at the top section. Our recommendations are..

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LFI Domestic Double Extension Ladder

From £78.50 Excl. VAT
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Zarges Trade Double Extension Ladders

From £98.49 Excl. VAT

All these ladders recommended are excellent well made items, and all have a stabiliser bar fitted to the bottom of them. This is a new safety standard, which has been proven to make the ladder a lot sturdier when being used.

Combination Ladders

A lot of people are now opting to use combination ladders.

The brilliant thing about these is you can use them for a variety of jobs all around the house, meaning you may only need one ladder to do everything!

They can operate as both a step ladder and extension ladder, and many of them can be used on stairs as well.

Zarges combination ladders provide the perfect addition to the home, offering a 10 year warranty for your peace of mind! See our recommended Zarges combination ladders opposite..

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Hailo ProfiLOT Professional Combination Ladder

From £205.99 Excl. VAT
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Zarges Skymaster DX

From £192.40 Excl. VAT

Of course, there are a lot more ladders we could recommend, but these are just a select few. Please drop us a line for some advise or a chat when you come to choosing a ladder, our expert staff are always happy to pass on some knowledge and advise.

Call our team today on 01746 781587