A roofing ladder is a special form of extension ladder. Regular extension ladders have ends that may be squared off a bit because they lean against a wall or a tree. Roofing ladders, on the other hand, extend a few feet past the edges of your roof. However, roofing ladders can also be used a regular extension ladder but, regular extension ladders could not be extended past the edges of your house’s roof. The latter lacks the added security that is needed for a safer roof work.
A roofing ladder is one of the many types of multi position ladders that are available in the market. This one is designed to reach higher areas of a building or a house. Unlike most multi position ladders, extension ladders do not have a self-supporting A-frame design. Instead, they are propped against the wall of your house or other flat and sturdy surfaces for support.
These types of ladders have adjustable foot pads. The foot pads provide a solid level contact with the ground. Thus, guaranteeing you stability and comfort. Unlike your step ladders, the rungs of extension ladders are round and narrow. Due to this fact, it is advisable that you wear proper protective footwear while working with extension ladders as the rungs can become too oily or wet over time. Your footwear will prevent accidents.
Like most of the trade ladders, the materials used for this type of extension ladders are: aluminum and fiberglass. Originally, the materials used for ladders were wood. However, with the current trends and development, people have shifted to aluminum and fiber glass.
Wooden ladders have the durability that you may be looking for in a ladder. However, they can be relatively heavy and are prone to damage as a result of weather exposure and insect infestation.
Aluminum ladders, on the other hand, are valued because of their portability, strength and resistance to wear and tear. The thing about aluminum ladders is that it can pose a threat to one’s safety as it is a good conductor of electricity. Aluminum is a malleable iron hence, it easily bends under pressure. It can become twisted and unstable over time. If you have an indoor or outdoor work, you may use this type of ladder for as long as you stay away from power lines and corrosive salt water.
If you have a lot of money to spend, go for a ladder that is made of fiberglass. It is durable, safe and it is a poor conductor of electricity, just like your wooden ladders. Therefore, you can use it while doing outdoor work and roofing. It is also resistant to damage caused by insects and weather. However, fiberglass is not lightweight unlike aluminum.
Roofing ladders are used by carpenters, painters, builders and serious DYI-ers especially when they have to work in areas that are beyond the reach of a typical trade ladder. This type of ladder can provide you with everything from scaffolding, painting and roofing support.