Accessing your attic can be a strenuous and annoying activity when you have pull down attic stairs. You first must use a ladder to reach the hatch door, and then pull down the manual loft ladder in order to access the attic.
Even if you’re strong and fit, the work can be cumbersome. But, it can be downright impossible for older or weaker individuals.
Electric loft ladders take all the hassle out of accessing your attic space. These ladders operate with the touch of a button on either a wall switch or a remote control. Simply lower your electric loft ladder to access your attic space, and close it back up when you’re finished.
It’s so simple and makes accessing your attic so much easier that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Make the Most of Your Attic Space
In many homes, storage is at a premium. But, as much as they might need the storage space in their attics, many people avoid storing items there because accessing them is so inconvenient. The attic becomes the space that stores only Christmas decorations and other items that are rarely needed.
When you install an electric loft ladder, you’ll turn your attic space into a more usable area of your home. No longer will you avoid putting items in the attic, because accessing them regularly will be no inconvenience. Suddenly, you’ll find all kinds of reasons to clean out closets and relocate out of season clothes and other items to the attic.
Electric Loft Ladders Come in Lots of Options
There are several companies that sell electric loft ladders, so you have many options in choosing the perfect ladder for your home. Electric ladders can be made from wood or aluminum. Wooden varieties cost more than aluminum.
Other options include remote controls and extra handrails.
The standard models will include one handrail and will come with the wiring for a wall switch for opening and closing the hatch. You’ll definitely up the cost factor by adding a second hand rail or a remote control.
Keep in mind that you may need the services of an electrician to add an additional wall switch if you choose the wall switch option. Once you factor in the cost of an electrician, the remote control option may be just as inexpensive.
One feature that is critical on any electric loft ladder is the emergency stop feature. It allows you to stop the movement of the ladder immediately. This feature is critical to prevent injury, particularly if you have pets or children.
Shopping for Electric Loft Ladders
There are a wide variety of retailers that carry electric loft ladders. Shopping on the Internet is a great way to narrow down your choices by features and price. You can even order the loft ladder online and complete the installation yourself, if you have basic home repair skills, particularly if you choose a remote control ladder.
If you choose to order the electric loft ladder online, you’ll definitely save money over having it professionally installed, but it is critical to measure appropriately, to ensure that your ladder is the right length, and that it fits the hatch opening on your attic space.
Installing an electric loft ladder is a great way to increase the usable space in your home. When your attic is easier to access, you can be sure that you’ll use it more frequently, taking full advantage of all that extra square footage. Though an electric ladder will set you back a few thousand dollars, you’ll find that it’s well worth it to have easy access to that attic.