The Benefits of Fibreglass Ladders
Ladders are products that can be tricky to buy, especially if you are not entirely sure what you need. If you are replacing your ladders, or buying ladders for the first time, you can benefit from chatting to the professionals in the industry to gather advice and to ensure that you are spending your money wisely. If you work in an industry where ladders are often required, you will know that they are manufactured from various material types including wood and, more recently, aluminium. Fibreglass ladders have a reputation for being an excellent option for various reasons.
Fibreglass as a material consists of very fine glass fibres and tends to be highly durable and resistant to wear. In fact, these types of ladders are often preferred in the construction industry. Just like everything else in life, quality is of the utmost importance. You cannot buy a questionable product and expect it to last as long as some of the proven and established brands and products on the market. Our most important tip for when you go ladder shopping is to ensure that you are buying best quality that you can afford, given your budget.
Fibreglass ladders are non-corrosive and it can withstand exposure to most harsh environments, even in seaside areas, giving a very long service life. Severe temperature and UV rays also make little impression on a fibreglass ladder and exposure to many of the potentially damaging chemicals and acids often does not phase them either. In a chemical spill, wood and aluminium ladders will often suffer more damage. In terms of their strength-to-weight ratios, fibreglass ladders fare particularly well. It can be quite surprising that such a lightweight product can be so durable and long-lasting at the same time, but it is a happy consequence of choosing fibreglass. Fibreglass is often considered the wonder material when it comes to superior quality ladders.
Choosing the right ladder is of vital importance if you want to avoid putting yourself or your workforce at risk. Make sure that you know how the ladder functions and what capabilities it has. Ladder mishaps and accidents are a real concern in many industries. It goes without saying that injuries and even deaths are experienced as a result of incorrect ladder use or poor-quality ladders not being able to handle the required load. Ladder failure is considered less of a concern when fibreglass products are used.
Wind and water corrosion are major concerns for other ladders types such as wood and, to a lesser extent, aluminium. Exposure the elements can lead to faster wear and tear, weakening the ladder. Even when exposed to these elements, a fibreglass ladder will offer exceptional resilience. It is not easy to impose wear, tear and damage on a fibreglass product by dint of the material’s toughness. To top it all, fibreglass does not conduct electricity, which means that these ladders are perfect for electricians or those working in environments where electrical lines are present.
It is important to select a ladder that can cater to the loads that you will impose on it. Each ladder has different specifications and so it is strongly advised that you shop around before making a final decision when looking for a new ladder. At Caslad, we advise clients looking who invest in a fibreglass ladder to familiarise themselves with the storage and care requirements of the ladder, so that it can last them a long time. Fibreglass ladders should not be dropped, twisted, or crushed. When storing the ladder, store it in a dry environment. It is best to hang the ladder or mount it onto the wall for storage purposes. While fibreglass ladders do not easily fall victim to the negative effects of being exposed to the elements, it is still best to store them out of the sun, wind, and rain.
If you want to learn more about fibreglass ladders or want to invest in a range of the best quality ladders for your business, you have come to just the right place. All you need to do is get in touch with us via email or telephone at Caslad and we will assist you further.