Every homeowner knows that in order to keep your house in order, periodic maintenance is required. A number of those tasks require the use of a ladder. How easily the tasks may be accomplished is often determined by the type of ladder the homeowner uses. Here are a few examples of how an articulating ladder can make life a lot easier.
Because an articulating ladder allows you to fold sections of the ladder in the direction you need, it is much more versatile in its use. An articulating ladder is also a safer choice than a conventional one-piece model since you can fold the pieces into a number of different configurations that allow you to get within easy reach of the job at hand.
As an example, suppose it is the time of year to clean out your gutters. With a conventional ladder, you pretty much have the option of leaning the ladder up the side of the house and against the gutter itself. You then can either climb onto the roof and clean out the gutters from that angle or have to remain on the ladder and lean to the left or the right as you clean, taking care to hang onto the ladder with one hand.
With an articulating ladder, it is possible to have one section bent and locked into place so that the ladder forms an “L” shape that can rest on the roof rather than the gutter. You put no weight or pressure on the gutter itself and can move up and down the ladder at will. This process helps to decrease the chances of falling, makes it possible for you to clean a larger section of the gutter without moving the ladder itself, and also provides a greater level of stability, since there is a section that is resting on the roof, rather than the gutter.
Cleaning leaves or washing windows is also much easier with an articulating ladder. Most models are equipped with at least three interlocking sections and will support in the range of two hundred to three hundred pounds. This makes an articulating ladder the perfect tool to configure in the form of an inverted u-shaped form. By creating a level surface that can be topped off with a board to create a platform, you do not have to dangle your cleaning supplies off a rung of the ladder. Having to move the ladder less frequently, plus having both your hands-free while you clean, will certainly speed up the job.
If a task requires you to work on a stairway, the sections of a ladder can be bent at different angles to allow you to get close to the job. Again, you are able to use both hands freely, since the locking of the different sections of the ladder gives you the stability you need, and you may not have to stop as often to move the ladder into a new position.
An articulating ladder can easily pay for itself over the period of a year. If you are someone who prefers to do your own tasks around the house, you will find an investment in an articulating ladder to be money well spent.