Ladders have probably existed since the first person tried to reach for something high up the wall of a cave. Today, they are employed by scores of homes and businesses across the world. They are the most practical way to gain access to places that might be high or deep and their usage varies from siding jobs to changing a lightbulb to traversing crevasses on the apron of Mount Everest. To say that they are durable is an understatement. Over time, ladders have earned a sense of trust from consumers because that trust manifests itself when consumers find themselves in sketchy or dangerous situations. Multi-position ladders, for instance, can get a person high off the ground with a sense of security that allows for peace of mind.
What Is a Multi-Position Ladder?
A multi position ladder is a versatile tool that is used to access various heights or act as a catwalk for standing. It does not have a set number of rungs and doesn’t stand at a set height. Rather, it is designed to have multiple settings, which extend or reduce its length. Some of these ladders only go up and down and some are able to fold into horizontal positions. Most multi-position ladders today are made with metals, reinforced plastics and fiberglass.
What Types of Multi-Position Ladders Are There?
Different kinds of these ladders exist, in different variations of design and complexity. All are designed to be intuitive and easy for users to set up and close. Extension ladders are a type of ladder that is vertically adjustable. They generally have two sections that fit together with brackets and can be reset at one-foot intervals. An extension ladder that is in its original position might be 12 feet tall. When it is fully extended it could extend to 24 feet tall. Users can set positions down at one-foot intervals to meet their needs. This is why extension ladders are the choice for roofers and painters all over the world. They’re what Fred Dibner used to climb his romanticized chimneys.
Another type of multi-position ladder is the foldable ladder. These are ladders that can adopt positions both vertically and horizontally. They work on the same principle as the extendable model, except that they have hinges that enable the ladder to lock into different positions. When folded, this kind of ladder looks as though there is another, slightly shorter ladder folded up inside of it. When fully extended, it can extend to four times its original length. It can also be adjusted at the hinges to create any type of angle and height.
Why Invest in a Multi-Position Ladder?
There are many reasons why these ladders make for a good choice; they can address many needs. For any work that necessitates gaining heights of 20 or more feet, extendable ladders are the most obvious choice and that is why they are ubiquitous. For a painter that needs to work at various heights over the course of the day, this ladder is perfect because he simply climbs down and makes the quick vertical readjustment, then climbs back up. These ladders are generally long, even when in the original position and for that reason, they are sometimes also used as catwalks on siding or window treatment jobs. This speaks to their toughness and durability, as well as the trust that they are given by users.
Foldable ladders are the homeowners’ choice. They simply aren’t as unwieldy as the taller, extendable ladders. They can be folded into a short painter’s ladder, with two bases, good for working inside walls or ceilings. They can also be fully extended to reach vertically with one base to reach maximum height.
People are only six feet tall and there will always be a need for getting to something that is out of reach. Multi-position ladders serve the function of accessing inaccessible spaces and are easy to store. They are invaluable and sought after by homeowners and commercial businesses alike.