Doing DIY jobs around the home is a great way to spruce things up and save some money!
There are so many different ladders on the market, from step ladders to roof ladders, and it can be hard to know which ladders to use for which jobs. Well, we’ve got just the thing to help you. We’ve put together this helpful guide to show you which ladders can be used for which jobs around the home. Hopefully this will inspire you to get climbing, cleaning and transforming your home.
Cleaning Windows & Gutters
Cleaning the exterior of the house is a job that most homeowners avoid. It’s messy, it’s time consuming and without the right equipment it can also be fairly dangerous. But if you’re tired of paying someone to clean the outside of your home, then it might be time to invest in a suitable ladder for the job. The type of ladder you need depends on the height of your home. If you live in a bungalow with only one storey, then it’s likely that you’ll only need a step ladder. For taller, two or three storey homes, you may need to consider an extension ladder for extra reach. Most extension ladders come in two or three sections, meaning they can reach heights of over 10 metres! When using an extension ladder, it’s important that you keep the ladder at a safe angle to avoid any accidental slips or falls. As a rule of thumb, for every 4ft of vertical height, you should move your extension ladder 1ft away from your home.
Replacing or Cleaning Roof Tiles
Getting up on the roof is scary thought for most people, especially if you’ve only got a creaky old set of ladders and not much else to support you. Well, for those of you who want to get up onto the roof to clean or replace your roof tiles, it might be worth investing in a dedicated roof ladder. These ladders are designed with a hooked edge that will provide added grip over the hump of your roof. You can find out how to use a roof ladder safely here.
Painting and Decorating
One of the easiest ways to freshen up your home is to give it a new lick of paint. Switching from a dark colour to a light colour, for example, can really change the way the whole room feels in an instant. It’s also a great way to make your home look bright and clean before putting it on the market. If you’ve ever tried to paint or decorate a house before, you’ll know that reaching the areas near the ceiling is tricky unless you’re armed with a trusty ladder. For painting and decorating jobs, we’d recommend investing in a lightweight aluminium step ladder (which can be moved around the house easily), or a work platform for added workspace. Having a little extra room to put your paint can, paint brushes and cup of tea down can relieve your arms and help you get the job done quicky.
Hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of the types of jobs you can do around your home with different ladders. Once you’ve got the right equipment, you’ll be surprised at how much you can do around the home yourself!