The ladder is an essential home owner tool. In my home we have two step ladders and an extension ladder. We’re shopping for a multi-use ladder like the Little Giant to make our own scaffolding when we paint the house. The most popular kinds of ladders are the extension ladder, the articulated (multi-use combination) ladder and the step ladder.
What is an Extension Ladder?
An extension ladder is made of two or three sections. You slide the extra sections to lengthen the ladder, then slide them back to shorten it. Extension ladders run from 32 ft. to 72 ft. long, depending on the model. To use an extension ladder, you lean it against a tall structure. The ladder cannot stand on its own.
Safety is important on all ladders, and especially so when climbing tall heights. Here’s a good tutorial on how to use an extension ladder.
Extension ladders are usually made from aluminum or fiberglass. Because you might find a gutter in your way, you can add “stand off arms” (also called “stabilizers”) to the extension ladder which will move the ladder load from the edge of the roof to the roof itself. You can also use a stabilizer when the ladder leans against a vertical surface to move where the ladder weight meets the structure it’s leaning on.
Both Louisville Ladder and Werner are make reliable extension ladders. If I were going to buy a new extension ladder, I’d buy the Louisville FE3228, which has a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. The Louisville extends to 28 ft. tall, accepts a 300 lbs. load, and itself weighs 40 lb. Check out the Louisville Extension Ladder on Amazon.
What is a Multi-Use Articulated Ladder?