Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CP Great Quality
Easy Installation (With the help of Instructional Video - See below), Sturdy and Solid; which, at 6'3" 255 lbs., is a must.
June 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Afternoon Great product
Great product, very well made and installation is very straight forward. Workmanship and design are first class. Highly recommend!
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ukcleatus High quality product.
Many attic stairs are shaky/scary to climb. This product is not. The stairs are very sturdy and easy to climb with items in hand. The seal seems to be tight to provide more insulation than many other products I've seen. The installation instructions consisted of pictures only. This made it slightly difficult to follow. Written instructions in conjunction with pictures would have been the best.
October 8, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by OJ18 It arrived broken
And I didn't have time to sent it back for the replacement...
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rolo INSULATED WOOD ATTIC LADDER
This pull down stairs went in super easy. The cover comes uninstalled that made it real easy to install from under the ceiling by my self. Just install a couple pieces of scrap at each end to hold it in place. Screw it in and pop the cover on. I have installed many pull down stairs and by far this was the easiest.
Made a future buyer out of me for the next time. Roland We Care Home Repair
April 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by M3Pete Nice ladder, good seal and insulation
This is the second attic ladder I have from HD. The first is a Century SAT-89 aluminum ladder, about $10 cheaper, but with the optional Energy Efficiency Bundle (FTSWB) with fire-retardant door I bought, the Century is about $70 more. Both have their plus and minus features, and you can read my review of the Century ladder here on HD.
For the Fakro, the pros are (1) great seal on the door, when it's closed, you can feel and hear it seal. The closet where it is installed is far warmer than with the leaky attic hatch it replaced, so the insulation seems to be working. (2) the ladder rungs are positioned away from the surface of the door panel, so you get a really good footing with the ball of your feet on the rungs (3) this ladder has a shorter opening (47 vs. 54 inches) so it fits in my closet better. (4) it has over an inch of adjustability, so you don't have to cut the length exactly right, you can get close and then adjust it. (5) they sell the plastic feet for the ladder, which is nice if you open the ladder onto carpet or other surface you want to protect, plus it allows you to cut the legs off at a 90-degree angle, instead of trying to match the angle of the floor.
The cons are (1) requires a pole to open and close the door. The spring only gets the door up partway, then you have to use the pole to push the door up and turn the locking latch. That makes a good seal and makes the door inconspicuous (no rope or handle), but it's not as convenient as a standard pull-down rope, and you have to store the pole somewhere. (2) the wood stairs don't seem quite as sturdy as the aluminum ones on the Century. It's still a sturdy ladder, I'm kind of nit-picking here. (3) the shortness of the opening (47-inch) means the ladder is a bit steeper and the stairs are slightly more difficult to unfold, since you have to unfold one part then the other, instead of unfolding both at once. I'm sure the longer-opening ladders (54-inch) are better on these issues, but if you have a tight space, it's nice to have the shorter option.
As I noted in my other review, if you have room for (or can modify your joists to fit) a 25 or 30-inch wide ladder, buy one. These 22.5-inch ladders fit easily between 24-inch joists, but their narrow-ness makes them more difficult to get things up the stairs.
This is a good ladder, buy with confidence.
March 30, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gabor Hi quality but be aware of the design...
This is a very high quality product and it is a breeze to install. However, be aware that the spring mounting is designed so that it will never close the door fully by itself, no matter how much tension you put in the spring. It is because the spring's mounting points at the two ends are at level when the door is closed. You will have to use the included rod and push the door closed and turn the lock to stay that way.
I ended up moving the spring mounting higher up (outside the frame) and the door now fully closes but be aware that this is no small task.
So if you are looking for a low profile high quality door with manual closing/locking this is the door for you. But if you want single handed quick open/close operation look somewhere else.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Storage4me Super product...better than expected.
We had a professional install the attic ladder. We were all impressed with the quality.
February 10, 2015