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How to Buy a Cosco Ladder

Cosco ladders come in an assortment of sizes, heights, and materials, often leaving buyers overwhelmed with the available choices. To make the process less daunting, remember to keep ladder style and duty rating in mind, as these factors help you to narrow down your options and help you to find the right home-improvement ladder for your task at hand.

What Types of Ladders Are Available?

Cosco produces a wide array of ladders, including step ladders and extension ladders. You should also consider how you intend to use the ladder as well as your desired placement for it to help you find the right one for your needs.

  • Step Ladders: Step ladders, also commonly referred to as step stools, feature an A-frame design and are self-supporting as a result. Known for their sturdiness, these step stools prove a suitable choice for a variety of household tasks. They work well for jobs that can be accomplished low to the ground, and they fold for convenient stowing when they're not in use.
  • Extension Ladders: Extension ladders are not self-supporting; instead, you must lean them against a supporting beam or wall. These multi-use ladders feature multiple lengths, which can be extended together to increase their overall height, which makes them well suited for high-off-the-ground tasks. Look for extension ladders that are lightweight and can be collapsed when not in use for transport or storage purposes. It is also important to note that the height of an extension ladder should reach at least three feet above your work area.

How Do I Determine Duty Rating?

You will need to make sure that the home-improvement ladder you choose is able to support your body weight, as well as the weight of any tools or equipment you have on you. The weight limit (or load capacity) of the ladder should be clearly stated on a warning sticker on the ladder's side. It's imperative to check this duty rating prior to using the ladder since using the wrong ladder is unsafe and can result in injury or even death.

  • Type 1AA: This type supports a maximum weight of 375 lbs. And is well suited for heavy-duty industrial constructions.
  • Type 1A: This type supports a maximum weight of 300 lbs. And works well for industrial construction projects, such as roofing and building.
  • Type I: This type supports a maximum weight of 250 lbs. And is a fit for general contracting work, such as maintenance and drywalling.
  • Type II: This type supports a maximum weight of 225 lbs. And can be used for light commercial use, including painting and repair.
  • Type III: This type supports a maximum weight of 200 lbs. And is often used for light-duty yard work and chores, such as gutter cleaning.

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