Tim Wakeley of Premier Loft Ladders promotes the use of loft ladders to gain access in domestic and commercial buildings
More and more homeowners and commercial businesses are increasing storage space through the use of mezzanine floors and the utilisation of roof space.
For homeowners, the loft is an ideal storage solution for both unwanted and wanted items, keeping them out of sight and freeing up space in the rest of the house.
Many businesses use mezzanine floors for storage and utilise the space afforded by flat roofs to locate such things as plant, motor and boiler rooms.
Whatever the application, access is paramount and loft ladders have proved to be the most practical and convenient access solution because, unlike fixed stairways, they take up no floor area.
At Premier, our ladders are specified by architects and designers throughout the construction industry for use in new buildings and refurbishments and they lead the field in the domestic market. Our products, which are available with a host of energy efficient and fire resistant options, include three concertina style aluminium loft ladders - the Supreme, the Elite and the Piccolo together with a selection of 3 part folding and 2 part wooden ladders. For CAD drawings for most products please visit www.premierloftladders.co.uk.
Three of our most popular models are highlighted below.
The Supreme can be offered with several options including a weatherproof roof hatch, 30 or 90 minute fire resistant casings, electrical operation and vertical access.
The Classic Type 50 is a 3-part folding wooden stairway which, when folded, sits on top of a spring loaded trapdoor. A 2 part sliding model is also available. The Classic Twinsafe offers a 30 minute fire resistant trapdoor.
At Premier, we offer a free service to help architects, specifiers and contractors choose the right ladder for their specific needs.
All we need to know is:
• The floor to underside of ceiling height (or in the case of a suspended ceiling, the floor to underside of the suspended ceiling together with the suspended ceiling to underside of the ‘fixed ceiling’ height)
• The hatch opening length and width
• The distance from the underside of the ceiling through to the floor level in the loft or wherever
• All other relevant dimensions
When deciding on a position for the ladder, be aware of the likely touchdown point to ensure safe and easy access. For example, avoid blocking a doorway or climbing on/off next to a stairway.