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How to choose an attic ladder

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING AN ATTIC LADDER

1) Know Your Dimensions

Because an attic ladder goes into your ceiling, it’s important to make sure that your ceiling and surrounding area are appropriate for the ladder you are considering. Make sure you accurately measure your opening size, floor-to-ceiling height, as well as swing clearance and landing space, so you select a ladder that will fit the space you have.

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2) Materials

Whether you prefer lightweight and long-lasting aluminum, or economical wood, we have attic ladders for your various needs. Traditional aluminum attic ladders support up to 375 pounds (user and materials carried), while our compact attic ladder and W series wood ladders are rated at 250 pounds. Our WH-series wood ladders are rated for 350 pounds.

3) Installation

Most attic ladders require 2 people to install properly. You must also have sawing, squaring, and aligning skills similar to those required to install a window or a door frame. If you do not have these skills, you should hire a professional carpenter to install this unit. Every ladder comes with a step-by-step instruction manual, and online videos are also available to assist you with installation.

4) Building Code

Verify that the product you are considering and its installation meet all applicable building codes in your area.