There are two basic types of attic stairs – pull-down and folding stairs.
The Pull-down attic stairs descend from the attic hatchway in one singular piece which is attached to the rectangular hatch door. This type of attic ladder system is traditionally sturdier and more stable than the folding ladder system, however, a pull-down ladder is substantially more difficult to install.
Pull down attic stairs can be purchased in either wood or aluminum. Wooden ladders are less expensive, but aluminum ladders are lighter and resistant to rot and splinters. This is basically a preference of choice issue.
Before you purchase a pull down attic stairs
Be sure you check the dimensions very carefully. Some pull down attic stairs may list the dimensions from the floor to ceiling while others may list them as the floor to the attic floor. It’s a good idea to choose an attic stairs with at least a 250- to 300-pound weight limit.
The Most Recommended Attic Stairs
The “AA Series” attic ladders from Werner have received the best reviews from users. The AA8 has 8 foot and the AA10 has 10 foot. Depending on the height of your ceiling, I highly recommend the ”AA Series”.
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