A constant problem that many people have in their homes is a lack of storage space but there are options available that you can use to give yourself a lot of new space. One of these options is to make use of the attic by converting the unused area into a space that can provide usable storage that is clean, enclosed and easy to reach.
The last qualifier, the easy to reach part, can be achieved with the installation of an attic ladder. Although at first glance attic ladders may appear to be a very large operation, they are actually quite simple to install and reasonably priced. By getting the help of a qualified attic ladder installation professional, all of the more problematic parts such as cutting through attic beams and dust and dirt can be handled properly.
There are a number of different options when looking at attic ladders and the one you go for will depend on factors such as the size of the ceiling hole you wish to create, the steepness of the ladder ascent and how elaborate the system you want to put in will be. You will also be facing the choice of material with which your attic ladder will be made from. The options are wood, aluminum and steel and, again, the choice may well come down to a matter of personal taste, although the price changes depending on the material used.
A simple type of attic ladder is an aluminum telescopic attic ladder that pulls down and looks exactly like a ladder with the climb at the same angle as how you would set up a stand alone ladder. Something a little more elaborate is a pull down attic ladder with the ladder assembly hidden inside the ceiling and when it is pulled down it comes down and resembles a staircase with a rudimentary handrail and perhaps wooden steps. This type of attic ladder will be set at an angle that is not as steep as the aluminum ladder so it will be easier to get into the ladder.
The pull down ladder should be easy to lower with the use of either a cord or a stick with a hook attached to it. Either way, when shopping around for your preferred option you should consider the size of the treads. How well they are reinforced, the operation of the lowering mechanism and the hardware used such as the hinges and springs are all important considerations to take into hand.
Cost may also be an important consideration and you should be able to buy a reasonable aluminum attic ladder for around $200. The more elaborate you get the more it is going to cost, but your options may be limited by the space you have to work with. Not only are we talking about space in the ceiling but also the space available in the room below that will be capable of taking a large or small set of folding stairs.
Once you have decided to install an attic ladder and you have done the necessary preparation, you should talk to an attic professional. They will have to look at your attic to confirm that it is appropriate for a ladder to be installed. Be warned that it may not be possible to install the ladder in the exact spot you believe is perfect.