Wooden or aluminium loft ladder – Stratford and Chipping Campden jobs show that the right choice depends on the customer

We are often asked by customers which ladder they should go for.  Without wishing to sound non-committal, we can honestly say that it depends on the job! Two recent installations in the same week show that, whilst timber is right for one customer, aluminium is perfect for another.

Wooden ladder for comfort and aesthetics in Stratford-upon-Avon

Customers choose wooden loft ladders for strength, durability and the way they look. Aesthetics aside,  if you are going to be carrying heavy boxes up to the loft then a timber ladder is able to bear the extra weight you will be handling. For these reasons, our customer last week in Stratford-upon-Avon chose a wooden ladder.

You will see on the photo that this ladder stows in three sections within the loft hatch so that no extra clearance or loft space is required. We only use trade quality ladders, so unfolding and refolding is a cinch. Our timber ladders also feature wide comfortable treads – this can be an important consideration, particularly for older customers or those who may be negotiating awkward bulky items into the loft.

Light and easy to manoeuvre – aluminium ladder is right choice in Chipping Campden

If space is tight or the ladder is for light use, then aluminium is the way to go. The owner of this four-bedroom new build detached home did not need to carry heavy items up to the loft and chose aluminium as the best value option.

Aluminium loft ladders also offer the advantage of being light, making them easy to manoeuvre in and out of position. For some customers, this is an important consideration.

Lightweight and economical – why these homeowners in Stratford and Redditch chose an aluminium loft ladder

Whether for cost reasons or space considerations, aluminium is the often the best option for a loft ladder. Not only are aluminium ladders more economical than timber or telescopic, they are also incredibly lightweight.

We’ve written before about the reasons many people choose a wooden loft ladder, but as in everything in our homes, the choice depends on the setting and the usage it will receive.

This week we have fitted aluminium ladders in two different settings that perfectly illustrate this point.

Aluminium loft ladders ideal for smaller space in Stratford-upon-Avon

In Stratford-upon-Avon, we fitted an aluminium ladder in a three-storey modern property. Space on the landing was tight and this fact, coupled with the need to keep costs down, led the homeowners to choose aluminium.

Keeping costs down with an aluminium loft ladder in Redditch

In Astwood Bank near Redditch, the owners of a four-bed detached did not have the same space considerations, but also chose aluminium. Their choice was once again budget led. As they only needed to access the loft infrequently to fetch Christmas decorations etc., aluminium provided the quality that they needed at a price that would also match their budget.

For homeowners who only want to go up to the loft a half a dozen times a year and who will not be carrying particularly heavy items, an aluminium loft ladder is a great choice.

Plastic loft hatch adds space

In Astwood Bank the customer decided to spend extra money on improving the overall loft access by replacing their old hatch with a new plastic one. This change increased the loft opening by four inches making the whole process of accessing storage more comfortable.

A plastic loft hatch appeals to many of our customers as it provides a totally finished appearance with no future painting or repainting required.

You can find out more about the full range of loft ladders we fit here.