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Folding Extension Ladder Guide

Updated on July 30, 2013

Extension ladders are topping the bestseller lists.

If you are wondering why a folding extension ladder, that can be somewhat expensive, is so popular.. ask yourself this: Can a articulating ladder that is lightweight, sturdy, folds, telescopes and flips into about 30 positions be better than a traditional straight version? The answer is yes.

New material design and mechanical ingenuity has revolutionized how ladders look and what they can do. A single extension ladder can easily replace a whole tool shed full of conventional ones. When you think of it that way, they suddenly become very affordable.

The into image shows the highly popular LG Alta-One Folding Extension Ladder which is a lightweight model perfect for indoor home projects and is available in 17 or 22 foot versions.

Werner MT-22 Foot Bestselling Extension Ladder

Werner MT-22 telescoping-ladders, 22-Foot
Werner MT-22 telescoping-ladders, 22-Foot

Hugely versatile, the Werner MT 22 is a king of tricks offering 28 different working positions. It is a telescoping ladder built of high-grade aluminum that also extends or folds and has wide-base feet for extra stability. Even though it has a 22 foot reach, the whole ladder weighs just 42 pounds.


Little Giant Ladder Systems are the leaders when it comes to multi-function extension ladders that fold, telescope, and articulate. The aluminum used is aircraft-grade and the hinges, locks and accessories are all oversized, safe and durable.

Their fiberglass ladder lineup is extremely durable and also adequate for construction site use.

Demonstration of Little Giant Extension Ladder

This is arguably the best folding extension ladder and that is backed by a lifetime warranty. Made in aerospace aluminum, this is a quality product that does multiple jobs at home and on jobs..Available in several heights.

Click for more info on the Little Giant RevolutionXE Multi-Use Ladder

Little Giant accessories

Little Giant Ladder Systems 10104 375-Pound Rated Work Platform Ladder Accessory
Little Giant Ladder Systems 10104 375-Pound Rated Work Platform Ladder Accessory

Many ladders come with a ledge at the top but if you have a tall ladder, for example when painting a outside wall, you want to have a detachable ladder ledge to hold your gear on different levels.


Werner Extension Ladders

Werner also have a popular folding extension ladder that is available in four sizes: 13, 17, 22, 26 feet. The sizes are the extended lenths. These Werner extension ladders have multiple joints and can be configured in various positions that include sides of different heights. The system is similar to Little Giant and Louisville ladders.

Werner also make several models of their fiberglass extension ladder in heights up to 40 feet.

Ultimate Heavy-Duty Professional Extension Ladder

Little Giant 10126BP PRO Series 300-Pound Duty Rating Multi-Use Aluminum Ladder, 26-Foot
Little Giant 10126BP PRO Series 300-Pound Duty Rating Multi-Use Aluminum Ladder, 26-Foot

There are several heights and model variations of the Little Giant extension ladder system but the PRO version has the edge when it comes to worksite ladders that can handle construction site abuse. This one is overkill for home use, but if you need a lightweight and durable job ladder, this is the one.

The 26 foot version replaces a total of 43 different ladders, is made of black-anodized aircraft grade aluminum and comes with tip and roll wheels for easy transportation between job locations. It may not be a cheap extension ladder, but professional durability that is backed by a lifetime warranty is worth it.

300 pound load capacity and comes in 17, 22 and 26 foot versions. Price shown is for the 26 foot ladder.


Best Drop Down Attic Ladder

Werner AA10 250-Pound Duty Rating Televator Aluminum Universal Telescoping Attic Ladder, 10-Foot
Werner AA10 250-Pound Duty Rating Televator Aluminum Universal Telescoping Attic Ladder, 10-Foot

This is one of the best attic ladders if you are looking for a compact ladder that requires little space when in use.

Many attic stairs and ladders extend down at an angle. While this makes climbing easier, it also takes up a lot of floor space. If you for example have a narrow corridor, a telescoping attic ladder that drops down vertically is what you need.

Available in 8 or 10 foot heights. Pulls together with no effort when not in use. Easy installation that can be done by a single person.

Rubbermaid RM-LWS3 3-Step Lightweight Steel Step Stool
Rubbermaid RM-LWS3 3-Step Lightweight Steel Step Stool

A cheap ladder with enough height to be useful in the kitchen as well as for changing lightbulbs etc.

Cosco 11120RED1E Retro Counter Chair/Step Stool, Red
Cosco 11120RED1E Retro Counter Chair/Step Stool, Red

One of the most versatile in-house step up ladders. Looks pretty good in retro style too!


Extending and articulating ladders are gaining popularity.

Is this something for you? Do you own a extension ladder?

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      6 years ago from Slovenija

      Yes i do. It is better and safer than chair.


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