Step Ladder 101
There are different types of ladders. There’s the basic, single-pole ladder that you can find in many homes. Then there are extension and platform ladders which you can find in both homes and construction sites.
Then there are these versatile step ladders. Unlike the basic single pole and extension ladders, a step ladder has a hinged middle. This self-supporting ladder form an inverted letter V or an A-frame and has anti-slip safety feet. It is portable and easy to store, but the disadvantage is that its height is non-adjustable (its height only ranges anywhere between 4 and 20 feet).
Step ladders can be used for a wide array of tasks at home or in construction sites. You can use step ladders for indoor tasks, which can include mounting pictures or mirrors, changing a lightbulb, fixing a ceiling, installing curtains, and more. You can also use step ladders for outdoor tasks.
Step Ladder Material
When choosing the best step ladder, one of the first things you need to consider is the material. Step ladders are usually made of aluminum, steel or fiberglass. Some are made of wood, but these step ladders are relatively rare these days.
Fiberglass step ladders are the top choice for homeowners and construction sites alike because they are sturdier than their aluminum and steel counterparts. The downside of fiberglass ladders, however, is that they are heavier and pricier compared to your regular step ladders.
Aluminum step ladders are also durable, but their main advantage is that they are lightweight. You can easily carry them from one room to another, or even from the garage to your yard, without breaking a sweat.
But just like any equipment, you need to take care of your aluminum step ladder. Respect its weight limit and don’t bang it around your garage or basement or it will bend and fold.
But you don’t want to risk your life if you’re going to handle live wires at home or at work. Make sure to get a ladder that is made of fiberglass instead of aluminum as it is non-conductive.