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The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Roof Ladder for Your Project.


When it comes to roofing work, the ladder you choose is not just a tool; it’s a vital safety partner. With a multitude of options available, selecting the right roof ladder is paramount for ensuring your project’s success while maintaining the utmost safety. This guide will navigate through the essential considerations from types and materials to safety features, specifically focusing on aluminium ladders designed and manufactured in the UK, which meet and exceed BSEN-131 Professional standards.

Section 1: Understanding Roof Ladder Types

Different Types of Roof Ladders and Their Uses

Roof ladders come in various shapes and sizes, each tailored for specific tasks and roof types. Extending roof ladders are ideal for projects that demand variable lengths and versatility. Sectional single-section roof ladders, on the other hand, offer robust performance for tasks that require a stable, fixed length. Choosing between an extending 2-part ladder or a single-section ladder often boils down to the nature of your projects and the ease of transport you require.

Extending Roof Ladders - Chase Manufacturing Ltd

Section 2: Material Matters: Why Aluminium?

The Benefits of Aluminium in Roof Ladder Construction

Aluminium’s superiority as a ladder material is unmatched. Its resilience against the elements, coupled with its lightweight yet robust nature, makes it a practical choice for roof ladders. These characteristics not only ensure that the ladder can bear loads up to 175kg but also guarantee ease of manoeuvrability without compromising on strength or safety.


Section 3: Weight Capacity and Length

How to Match Ladder Specifications to Your Project’s Requirements

A critical aspect of ladder selection is ensuring the ladder can safely support both the user and their tools. Chase Ladders’ models are rated at a substantial 175kg to accommodate this need. Length is equally crucial, as it should correspond to the height and pitch of the roofs you intend to work on. Our range offers flexibility, whether you require a compact size for a small domestic roof or an extending ladder for larger commercial premises.

Section 4: Safety Features of Roof Ladders

Essential Safety Features for Reliable Roof Ladders

Our ladders are fitted with heavy-duty ridge hooks that securely locate over the roof apex, with wheels that facilitate easy positioning. The bearer bars, sheathed in protective plastic tube, prevent roof damage. Additionally, the round serrated rungs are designed to offer stability at various roof angles – a testament to our commitment to safety and durability.


Section 5: Compliance and Standards

Adherence to Safety Standards: Ensuring Compliance with BSEN-131 Professional

Compliance with safety standards is not negotiable. The BSEN-131 Professional standard, which our ladders comply with, assures users of quality and reliability. For professional applications, we advocate for the use of suitable restraint systems, akin to those employed by leading telecommunications companies like SKY.

Section 6: Ladder Accessories for Enhanced Safety

The Role of Accessories in Roof Ladder Safety

While the ladders themselves are built to the highest standards, the incorporation of additional safety accessories, such as restraint systems, can enhance overall safety. This ensures adherence to the best practice, especially in professional settings where the margin for error is nil.


Section 7: Making the Right Choice

A Buyer’s Checklist for Selecting the Best Roof Ladder

As you consider which ladder to invest in, reflect on these key points:

  • Type: Does the project require an extendable or fixed ladder?
  • Material: Is the ladder constructed with high-grade aluminium for longevity and performance?
  • Weight Capacity: Can the ladder comfortably support the user plus equipment?
  • Safety Features: Are the necessary safety features, such as ridge hooks and protective bearer bars, in place?
  • Compliance: Does the ladder meet BSEN-131 Professional standards for industrial use?


In selecting your roof ladder, these considerations are fundamental to not only perform your job effectively but also to ensure safety at heights. Chase Ladders takes pride in crafting ladders that exceed industry standards, providing you with confidence and peace of mind on any roofing project.

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