Loft Ladder Installation Cost
Prices for loft ladder fitting
If you have just moved into a new house with a loft space but no easy way of accessing it or are planning to use your attic space and need a convenient way of getting up there. Then installing a loft ladder is an affordable solution that will allow you to maximise space safely. However, unless you have excellent carpenter skills and experience, this is a job best left to the professionals as it's not that straightforward. The cost of installing loft ladders varies a lot depending on the type chosen, some will be able to make use of the existing loft opening, whereas others will need a completely new access hatch.
Average loft hatch installation quotes
Things to consider about loft ladders
A loft is a great place to store things you don’t need often, but to make the best use of the space you need to be able to access the loft easily and safely. The best way to do so is by fitting a ladder, but a fixed ladder would take up too much space, especially if you do not access the loft daily, so an extendable/folding ladder which can be stored out of the way is the ideal solution. Loft ladders are usually made from wood or aluminium, wood is warmer and quieter, whereas Aluminium is stronger and more compact, but noisy!
Ladders are available in either folding/sliding or concertina type designs, with the folding type being cheaper but the concertina type taking up less space. Whatever type of loft ladder you choose, it’ll be fitted to your loft hatch ready to be extended for use when you open the hatch. Some loft ladders now even come with a handrail which makes them even easier to use. When choosing ladders, find one that is specified to fit the size of your existing loft hatch if possible as this will save you money. But you’ll also have to take into account the height above the hatch you’ll need inside your loft, which is usually at least 1.1m above the hatch to make sure you have enough space for the ladders when not in use.
The easiest ladders to manufacture and fit, are the sliding type. They come in two or three sections and are usually attached to the joists. Most (but not all) modern homes in the UK will have an existing loft opening big enough to fit a folding/sliding type ladder. Most loft ladders do not come with a loft hatch but can buy a kit which includes the hatch that will allow you to convert your existing hatch. Cheaper ladders are made from lightweight aluminium and are designed for light, occasional usage. They are noisy but do the job for a decent price. Most ladder kits available from DIY stores will reach up to 3m (the distance from the floor of your landing to the top of your roof joints), this should be more than adequate for most homes in the UK, but if you have an older period home or a modern home of an unusual design, you will need to have ladders manufactured to fit.
Doing it Yourself
You can purchase simple loft ladder systems from DIY superstores and direct from manufacturers online, both with and without loft hatches. So if you are just looking for a replacement loft ladder and intend to fit it yourself, all you really need to know is your ceiling height, hatch size and how much clearance you have above the hatch. You don’t really need a professional to install your loft ladder as long as you have some DIY skills and are confident you can do a decent installation.
Of course, you want a loft ladder that is safe and functional, not compromising the structure of the ceiling. But if you are confident you would do a great job, then you could certainly do it yourself. But on the other hand, using a professional means you will get a professional finish, as they do jobs like this day in day out. Professionals can also install your loft ladder quicker and without damaging your home.
If you do decide to install loft ladders as a DIY project, then make sure follow the manufacturer’s instructions, not just for fitting, but also when taking the initial measurements to order the ladders. You also need to think about how often you will use the ladders when deciding on the quality, then choose sliding, folding or concertina style ladders made with Timber or Aluminium.
Loft ladders checklist
- Loft ladders provide safe and secure access to your loft
- There are essentially two main types of loft ladder, sliding and folding
- Loft ladders kits are ideal for new loft access and usually include an access hatch
- If you have very limited space, the concertina type ladder is probably better
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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