For someone who makes his or her living doing handyman jobs around the home, there is a good chance that industrial ladder of various kinds would serve you well. Here are a few facts about industrial ladders and when they are a better choice.
Ladders in general, whether for use in construction or for the home, carry a rating. The rating is based on several basic criteria, among them the weight load capacity. Essentially, the more frequently the ladder will be in use and how often the ladder will be called upon to bear a greater weight load, the higher the rating. These ladders are manufactured to carry greater weights for extended periods of time and to be used on a regular basis.
As an example, the more economic and lighter weight bearing ladders that work just fine for changing a light bulb or painting the trim on a house every few years will work well. But if you are one who frequently engages in painting exteriors or working on air conditioning units that are off the ground, you may find the additional safety of one of these ladders to be a better choice.
Extension or articulating ladders are perfect for the professional house painter. Because the ladders will be used for a number of different contracted jobs, it is important to make sure you get an excellent return on your investment. You want industrial ladders because they wear well over an extended period of time. Industrial ladders are relatively easy to move around the work site, and will not only support the constant weight of the person doing the job, but also any equipment or supplies that you need to have within easy reach.
In the case of construction work, industrial ladders are a necessity. Prolonged exposure to the elements can weaken other types of household ladders, such as ones made of fiberglass. Good quality industrial ladders will retain their strength and easily last from job to job and will hold up well to the daily use that is required to get the job done in a timely manner.
These industrial ladders do cost more than ladders designed for general and periodic household use. But it is important to remember that the safety that is inherent in a more sturdy and element resistant ladder is important. You do not need your project slowed down by unfortunate accidents that are the result of using equipment that was not really manufactured for the stress that these ladders are made to withstand. Consider the additional cost as a way of ensuring the jobs are done on time and without any of the crew being injured on the job.