Which Ladder – Aluminium or Fibreglass?

Which Ladder – Aluminium or Fibreglass?

04th July 2016

When it comes to doing jobs and DIY around the home a ladder can be an essential piece of access equipment that allows you to work at height and gain access to places that would otherwise be impossible to reach.  When it comes to choosing a ladder, most households would prefer to buy something versatile that will be suitable for a wide range of DIY tasks, rather than have a selection of different types of ladder to store, especially in homes where space is at a premium.  The most common types of ladder for domestic use are usually made from aluminium – however anybody who regularly undertakes any electrical work would do well to consider buying a fibreglass ladder.  Let’s take a look at the main advantages and disadvantages of both aluminium and fibreglass so that you can make an informed choice when you buy your ladder.

 

FIBREGLASS

The biggest advantage when it comes to using a fibreglass ladder is its resistance to electricity and flames, reducing the risk of electric shock quite significantly.  Although wooden ladders have traditionally been the choice when it comes to non-conductivity, they don’t’ have the strength and durability that a fibreglass ladder has.

Unlike wood, a fibreglass ladder will stand up to the rigours of harsh weather or damp conditions.

However, the main drawback when it comes to choosing a fibreglass ladder, especially for domestic use, is the weight.  The material is much heavier and denser than aluminium which can make it more difficult to carry around or move from place to place.  Another drawback is that fibreglass ladders tend to be more expensive than both wood or aluminium ones.

 

ALUMINIUM

The main reason that aluminium ladders are so popular when it comes to choosing a domestic use ladder is that they are lightweight, durable and affordable.  Their weight makes them easy to transport, set up, take down and move around, meaning that they are useful for a wide range of jobs.

Another major benefit of choosing an aluminium ladder is that aluminium will not easily corrode or rust when exposed to water or moisture.

The major disadvantage when it comes to aluminium is that it is highly conductive so an aluminium ladder should never be used when carrying out electrical work – this does limit its usability to a certain extent.  Aluminium also conducts heat well so if an aluminium ladder has been exposed to fire it should be discarded immediately as both its strength and its structure will have been affected.  Even if you see no visible effects of heat damage, it should still be discarded as it will not be safe to use.

 

If you’re on the lookout for a new ladder for domestic use, then as long as you’re not planning to undertake any electrical work, opting for aluminium would be the right choice for you.  They are versatile, light enough to carry easily and strong enough to stand up to domestic use and last.