If you’re interested in fitting your own loft ladder, there are many different things to consider before you start.
A loft ladder is an amazing investment that will transform your loft space into anything you want it to be; a storage space, a guest room, or even a games room.
Loft installation can seem like a simple enough task, but when should you leave the installation to the professionals?
Loft Installation Takes Time, Skill and Patience
Installing a loft ladder can be easy enough when you have relevant experience and safety knowledge. However, it isn’t a beginner’s DIY task in the slightest, so it’s not recommended to undertake this task alone.
Bear in mind that there’s more to risk than your safety – if you install the loft ladder incorrectly, you may risk invalidating any warranty. Be sure to check the policy of your products/kits before you go through with the installation.
Can I Install a Ladder into My Existing Loft Hatch?
Whilst it is possible to install a ladder onto an existing loft hatch, not every ladder/hatch are compatible with each other. For the purposes of this article, from this point on, we’ll assume that you will be creating a new loft hatch for your loft ladder.
Questions to Ask Before Installing Your Loft Ladder
1. Do you have the time?
This definitely isn’t a job that you want to rush. Due to the nature of the work and the heavy-lifting involved, you need to ensure that you have enough time to install your loft ladder (and allow some extra time for any adjustments or mishaps).
It can be difficult to put a timeframe on installations since every product has a unique installation process, and everybody works at different paces.
You can expect a tradesman to finish the installation in 2-3 hours, assuming that no hatch adjustments are necessary. If adjustments are necessary, this can take anywhere from 4-8 hours.
If you’re feeling brave and fancy a solo installation journey, we’d suggest giving yourself a whole day to work on it, which is about 8+ hours. This will give you enough time to install without rushing, with the added benefit of allowing you to absorb new DIY skills in the meantime!
2. Do you have the strength?
Ladders are pretty heavy! They support your weight in addition to heavy goods, so they need to be robust.
Consider that you’ll essentially be lifting, holding, and working with a ladder that can weigh around 1/3 of your body weight! It’s strongly advised to not do this until you’re confident you can do it safely – but really, installation should always be a two-person job to reduce safety risks.
3. Do you have the correct tools?
These are the following tools you’ll need for installing a loft ladder. Make sure you have all of these items before you carry out any work.
Bear in mind that installation methods may vary for different products. To avoid any delays in getting started with installation, make sure to read the installation instructions carefully.
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Craft knife
- Carpenter’s square
If you’re confident in your skills and abilities, there’s no reason as to why you shouldn’t install your own loft ladder. If you have the knowledge, it can be an easy but time-consuming task. The most important thing with loft ladder installation is to ensure that your safety is always the number one priority.