About Loft Hatch Ladder
Loft hatch ladders give users a quick and convenient way to access their attic, while making the best use of the storage space available by having the ladder retract into the loft after use. When buying a loft hatch ladder, the downward hinged hatch generally comes included with the ladder, and must be installed by either the homeowner or a skilled tradesman.
There are a variety of different types of loft ladders available. There are ladders that retract by sliding or folding, and those that retract telescopically. The two most commonly used materials are wood and aluminium. Both materials are light weight, structurally very sound, and provide a safe and reliable support for the user. Therefore the choice of which material to use depends mostly on aesthetic preference. There are, however, some features which users can look for in their ladder of choice which can be of great benefit, such as an insulated trapdoor to retain heat in the home; slip resistant treads; and a lockable ladder mechanism for increased safety.
The length and width of the loft hatch ladder selected must be decided upon based on the distance of the ceiling from the floor and the width of the opening available within the home. Loft hatch ladders can range in length from around 120cm to 180cm, and range in width from around 30cm to 60cm. It is also important to be aware of the maximum load of the ladder you are purchasing. For homeowners who plan on carrying heavy objects up to their loft, it is advisable to opt for one of the many ladders available which can support a dynamic load of up to 23 stone.