best attic ladders

Best Attic Ladders

Our pull down attic stairs reviews will help you find the perfect replacement for your old, worn-out attic ladder or choose a unit for a brand new installation. There are a few things you need to know before you start shopping for new attic stairs. You will need two measurements – the size of the ceiling opening and the height of your ceiling in the room where the attic stairs are located. You also need to consider whether you want an insulated attic access door. Using an insulated door helps to keep your air conditioning from cooling your attic during the summer and your heat from warming it up in the winter. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures then you definitely want to spend the extra money to help keep the utility bills down. However, insulated folding attic stairs do tend to cost more and are usually heavier, so it may make installation more difficult.

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*Our rating is based on features and value

How to Install Attic Stairs

Unless you are pretty handy attic ladder installation should be left to a professional. However,  most of these can be installed by one person. If you are replacing an old set of stairs, just be sure to buy a replacement set that fits the opening you already have. If you are installing a brand new set of attic stairs, then you need to make sure that you buy a unit that can fit in the space you have between the studs in your attic space.

Replacing Your Attic Ladder

Installing New Attic Stairs

Our Top Picks for Attic Ladders

Louisville Wooden Attic Ladder

The Louisville Ladder is available both lower ceilings (7′ to 8’9″) and higher ceilings (8′ 9″ to 10′) and in two different common opening sizes (22.5 inches x 54 inches and 25.5 inches by 54 inches). This set of attic stairs does have a weight limit of 250 pounds. The door is not insulated.

Louisville Aluminum Attic Ladder

This aluminum ladder will fit in spaces with a ceiling height of 7′ to 10′. Because it is constructed of aluminum it can safely hold 375 pounds. The door is not insulated. 

FAKRO Thermo Wooden Attic Ladder

This insulated attic ladder adjusts to fit ceiling heights between 7′ 11″ and 10’1″ and also comes in a variety of opening sizes. With an R-value of 12.5 it is perfect for installation in climates prone to more extreme temperatures.

FAKRO Insulated Attic Ladder - Our 5 Star Pick

Similar to our other FAKRO insulated ladder, this set of attic steps also comes with insulation but the R-value is 5.9. This is suitable for most temperate climates. The lower R-value means a lower price tag. The ease of installation makes this ladder our top pick.

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