What type of ladder do you need?

What type of ladder do you need?

How are you going to use it?

What kind of ladder should you buy for your household?  The answer to that question depends on how the ladder will be used.  When thinking about what type of ladder you'll need you'll also need to consider what type of material it should be made of as discussed previously.  Let's look at some different types of ladders and how they are used so that you can decide which one is best for you.
 
Extension:  Extension ladders are used primarily outdoors.  If you have a higher pitched roof, a two story home or you just need to get up high, then this is probably the ladder for you.  Extension ladders extend out to sometimes 32 or more feet.  Be certain to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines on the ladder.Step Ladder:  Step ladders are handy both indoors and outdoors.  Extension ladders need to be leaned up against a structure where a step ladder stands independently.  Step ladders are great for installing or repairing ceiling fixtures or even for painting walls above the reach of the roller.  Here again, make certain to follow manufacturer safety guidelines particularly the recommendations about how high to climb on the ladder.
 
Scaffolding:  Sometimes you may need to rent scaffolding if you're going to be up in the air for an extended period of time.  Scaffolding offers a further range of reach as opposed to a ladder which may only allow you to reach a few feet from the ladder before you need to climb down and move it again. 
 
Rolling ladders:  You'll find rolling ladders primarily in warehouse or retail environments.  Due to their size and weight, they aren't really practical for the average homeowner.