About Roof Ladders
A roof ladder has two hooks fixed to the end, which allow it to be attached safely to the top of a roof, and making it possible to move up and down the roof safely from a stable base.
Most roof ladders need to be attached to standard extension ladders using link clamps. They also come with wheels so they can be pushed up a sloping roof without knocking slates or tiles. Once the wheels are at the highest point of the roof ridge, turn the ladder over so that the hooks attach firmly to the ridge.
Roof ladders need to be at least three rungs longer than the gutter where you are working. These products generally come with one or two sections to them, and it?s now also possible to buy articulated versions which can be folded in half to be more easily stored and carried. This will save bolting different sections together to get the right length of ladder.
Choose a ladder that complies with the Class 1 or EN 131 standards. If you are purchasing a roof hook kit, the ladder to which you attach the roof hook should meet at least the BS EN 131 standard, ideally with a BS standard kitemark. For those using roof ladders for work, regular inspections of this equipment should be considered. Also consider using harnesses and other safety equipment when working at height.