1. Don’t stand on the top rung of a ladder for your safety and to avoid fines on the job
2. Maintain 3 points of contact while climbing: 1 hand and 2 feet or 2 hands and 1 foot
3. 4 to 1 Rule: For every 4 feet of climbing height, move the ladder base 1 foot away from the wall
A good ladder or two is a necessity for many projects around the house. Whether you are installing a smart home system or cleaning the gutter, a ladder is an essential tool have around the house. But not all ladders are the same. There’re different types of ladders for every task, job or project. From folding ladders to attic ladders, no matter how large or small the task, we’ve got the right ladder to help you get it done safely.
So many ladders, how do you choose?
For tasks closer to the ground, step ladders are a simple and light solution. For projects higher off the ground, extension ladders are easy to set up and typically lightweight, though you’ll need to consider storage. Keep a step stool around for those items just out of reach. Multi-position ladders are versatile. They be used as a twin step ladder, extension ladder, stairway step ladder, leaning wall ladder or as two scaffold bases.
Give yourself a stable surface to work with a work platform to finish the job with ease. Or try a platform ladder to get a platform at the highest safe standing level, the same height as the second rung from the top of a step ladder. It also has a larger standing area than the 3-inch rung on step ladders making this a safe and comfortable standing surface. Note, a platform ladder height is non-adjustable. You might need an attic ladder to make access to your attic space easier. We have a robust selection in wood, aluminum and even a steel scissor attic ladder that folds in an out with ease. You can make your home safer with fire escape ladders. Most attach quickly to windows and work with 2-story or 3-story homes depending on what you need. Make your ladders more useful with ladder accessories such as ladder levelers and racks.
Ladder materials matter
Aluminum ladders are lightweight, durable and easy to transport. They conduct electricity so avoid using near voltage sources or power lines. Fiberglass ladders are durable and safe around electricity. Keep in mind any ladder, even a wood ladder, can conduct electricity when it's wet. We want you to get the ladder that will be safe and serve your needs best.
We can’t stress enough the importance of ladder safety. It’s a priority to consider when choosing the right ladder for you and for your project. Explore our Guide to types of ladders for more tips.