Interior design isn’t only about finding solutions for the home that is visible to the eye. It is also about coming up with ideas that are innovative and useful too. Finding storage solutions that aren’t immediately apparent is something of an art and is applauded when done right.
In order to increase the storage capacity in your home the greatest source of unused space is under the roof in the attic. There are many ways to access the attic from a permanent set of stairs to a ladder that you might bring in from outside. But the easiest and most convenient is the attic ladder that can be stored by retracting into the ceiling behind a trapdoor. A well known and reliable company that produces a wide range of attic ladders is Werner. We’ll take a brief look at some of the different types of Werner attic ladders available and the situations in which you might want to choose them.
Folding Aluminum Access Ladder – this is a Werner attic ladder that has a 300lb load capacity. Made from aluminum it is lightweight and can be pulled down easily yet it’s sturdy and durable. There are 5 different models of this particular attic ladder, each of them use an opening size of 22-1/2” x 54”. The difference comes in the lengths of the ladder or the width which is either 14-5/8” or 17-5/8”. These ladders are available in minimum heights ranging from 7’ to 10.5’. The aluminum ladder can be found for around $200.00.
Folding Wood Access Ladder – the wood folding access ladder is very similar to the aluminum version except that it has a lower load capacity of 250lbs. The stairs on the wooden attic ladder are rodded to give them extra strength and the installation is a simple process because the entire unit comes fully assembled. This attic ladder can be bought for around $180.00.
Telescoping Attic Ladder – known as the Televator, this telescoping attic ladder allows access to the attic while using an access hole that is smaller in dimensions to the other attic ladders. The ladder itself is more like a traditional ladder and can be pulled straight down from the ceiling. Once you open the hatch you can easily pull down the ladder until it locks into place with a minimum of fuss. This aluminum ladder is available in two sizes, either a maximum of 8’4” or 10’3”. You can pick up a Werner Telescoping attic ladder for around $220.00.
Folding Heavy Duty Attic Ladder – the heavy duty Werner attic ladder comes in three widths rather than just two and has a maximum load capacity of up to 350lbs. This is a wood ladder and it is heavier than the other units but the ladder and the treads are sturdier than the others. The opening in the ceiling may have to larger to cater for the wider ladder. This is the ladder you want to get if you feel you will be visiting the attic on a regular basis, particularly if you think you’re going to be carrying some large items up and down the steps. You can buy a heavy duty attic ladder starting from around $160.00 but price will depend on the size of the ladder you buy.
There are a number of factors you’re going to have to consider before you buy a new attic ladder. The frequency with which you plan to use it, the things you will be likely to be carrying and whether you prefer a wood ladder to an aluminum one. With Werner you will be dealing with one of the premier ladder companies in the business so you can rely on the fact that you will be buying a quality product.