How much are your ladders?
We have quality ladders to suit just about any budget and application, ranging from $390 in our budget range up to $2000+ for our commercial range. See our online store for details.
Can you install my new attic ladder? How long does it take?
Yes, one of our fully qualified and trained carpenters can install your new attic ladder in just a few hours.
What’s the best place to put my new attic ladder?
We recommend a ceiling position in your home that is fairly central, so that your entry point from the ladder into your roof space gives you the maximum amount of head space possible. Usually this is a hallway or central room in your home. However we recommend a free in-home appraisal by one of our experienced sales consultants to determine the best location for your new attic ladder. Book an appointment online now!
Are any of your attic ladders made in Australia?
They certainly are! Two of our best-selling models, the Stair Ladder Deluxe and the Upgrade are made in our Sydney Factory. The Stair Ladder Deluxe has a reputation as being one of the hardest wearing and easiest to use attic ladder in Australia. Customers, whose homes we’ve installed a Stair Ladder Deluxe into over 25 years ago, are now only just starting to call us up to ask if we can come and tighten some of the bolts!
If I purchase an attic ladder only, can I install it myself?
Of course. All of our attic ladders are DIY friendly and come fully assembled. We recommend that you have had a little bit of experience with working with timber and have considered the right ladder for your home, including they type of roof you have (i.e. truss or conventional) and your floor to ceiling height.
I’m interested in getting an attic ladder installed, but I’m concerned about security. Can your attic ladders be opened from above?
Some of our attic ladders are lockable with a key or spring loaded locking mechanics, which means they can’t be opened from above. See the Performance and Stairladder models
Do you have any ladders for commercial projects?
Yes, we have a full range of heavy-duty ladders suitable for commercial applications. See here for details.
I have an ornate ceiling. I’m concerned that installing an attic ladder will damage it.
If you have an ornate or decorated ceiling we will aim to install the attic ladder somewhere in your home where it won’t cause damage to the ceiling. If this is unavoidable, we work with specialized ceiling plasterers who can repair and restore any ornate ceiling after an attic ladder has been installed.
How easy are your attic ladders to use?
All of our attic ladders are relatively easy to use, however some are easier to use than others. Ladders in our mid to premium range come with double spring loading allowing for easy finger-touch control when lifting the ladder.
Which attic ladder is right for me?
When choosing your attic ladder you’ll need to consider the following:
- How often will you use the ladder?
- What will you be using the ladder for? (i.e. simple roof access or as part of a storage area)
- How much do you think you will be carrying up the ladder (including your own weight) ?
- What is your climbing ability? (i.e. will you need an easy incline ladder with extra hand rails?)
- How high is your ceiling from your floor?
- Is your roof a truss or conventional construction?
- What is your budget?
I’ve got a truss roof. I heard that I might not be able to get an attic ladder installed in it.
We have a range of attic ladders specifically designed for truss roofs, so it’s not a problem at all. Again, we recommend you book a free, in-home appraisal with us to determine your attic ladder options.
I really like the idea of having some roof space storage. What are my options?
After choosing the ladder that is right for you there are three roof space storage options available:
- Essential storage: this includes battening and flooring which gives you a platform that you can easily walk around on in your roof space and store your items
- Dust Proof Storage: This builds on Essential Storage, but provides a dust proof environment for your stored belongings. We install additional kickboards, wall framing and lining, wireless sensor lights and an access hatch to your non-storage roof area.
- Premium Room: This option turns your roof space into a semi-habitable area. We install structural flooring to give your room maximum support. The room is finished with plasterboard, roof windows, powered lighting and ventilation, providing you with an additional room in your home accessible via a quality attic ladder.
Will I need council approval for my new Attic Space?
For most areas you won’t need council approval for installing an attic ladder or storage area. However, if you decide to add a skylight or roof window to your new storage area you may be required to seek council approval. Our experienced sales team will be able to advise you on this matter.
What materials do you use for your storage areas?
For our Essential and Dust Proof storage areas we use structural pine (35mm x 70mm) specified for all roof trusses in Australia for battening and framing, with structural grade particle board for flooring and kickboards. For the wall lining we use a bright-white, fibre-free, waterproof PVC lining, which looks a little like commercial grade bubble wrap, but provides an R1.5 insulation rating when applied over existing sarking.
What can I store and how much can I store up in my new attic storage area?
You can store whatever you like; clothes, furniture, sporting gear, office filing, luggage, etc. Generally, anything that can be easily fitted through your attic ladder hatch.
Typically the weight restriction for any Essential or Dust Proof storage areas is approximately 75kg per square metre, in addition to your own weight.
Can I use my attic storage space as a living space?
Unfortunately no, as the Australian Building code requires any habitable area to meet strict guidelines. Your new attic storage area can, however be used as a temporary office space, hobby space or general man-cave.
If you are seeking to add a habitable living area to your home, consider a Premium Room or speak to one of our Attic Living consultants about a 1st floor addition or extension.
How do I know your work is going to be good?
We use fully trained and licensed carpenters for all of our installations. Many of our installers have been working with us for 5-10 years, which means they’ve got a lot of experience and they’re the best at what they do. Additionally Attic Ladders is a fully licensed builder in its own right and have over 35 years of operational experience. We’re one of the only attic storage companies who also regularly uses structural engineers when we quote to ensure that we provide you with an attic storage solution that is not only great to use, but is structurally sound and guaranteed to last.
What are the warranties on your attic ladders and storage areas?
We offer a 1 year warranty on all of our attic ladders* and 12 months on any workmanship, including our storage areas.
* (excluding the Optistep which is 12 months only)
I’ve got a truss roof, while I can get an attic ladder installed in it, will I be able to get an attic storage area installed?
Every roof space is different and while we can certainly install an Essential Storage area in a truss roof, it may be difficult to install a Dust Proof Room in one. We’re always improving on our building processes and technologies for truss roofs, the best thing we can recommend is to book a free, in-home appraisal
I’ve never been in my roof space. How will I know what is possible for me to do with an attic storage area?
Just give us a call on 1300 655 525 and arrange a free in-home appraisal. One of our friendly sales consultants will come to you, have a chat about what you’d like to do and then climb up into your roof space to assess what’s possible.
How long will the building process take?
The typical Roof Space Conversion can take from as little as 4 weeks up to 18 weeks depending on the size and the complexity of the job.
Will we have to move out during the building process?
Absolutely not! Unlike other builders we pride ourselves on perfecting a building procedure that allows the client to stay in the home during the build by erecting a scaffold on site so the trades people can access the site via the roof cavity.
Who arranges the building and engineering permits etc?
Attic Group do. We know how hard it can be to deal with councils and government bodies, so we arrange all the necessary permits and pay all fees associated with the building process.
Will we require a planning permit?
A planning permit may be required depending on your land size and if there are any overlays on the property, our architect will advise whether this is the case.
Why do we have to lift the roof?
Although you may have the required head height in your ceiling space, by lifting the roof you are able to achieve a lot more volume, effectively you have the same floor area as downstairs but because your roof is on different angles you don’t have a lot of usable floor area.
Where do you think the stairs will go?
Although your building consultant is a qualified tradesperson, he is more likely to leave the stair design and location to the architect. He is of course able to recommend stair location, but the architect has to take the position of the stairs very seriously, so as to be cost effective, not to disrupt the flow of the room downstairs and also consider the location where they finish above, as this will ultimately affect the design.
What is a Prime Cost Item or PCI?
A Prime Cost Item or PCI, is generally used in construction when a nominated figure is used as an indicative guide allocated to specific items. Typically bathroom fixtures and fittings are PCI’s as every client has a different perception of quality items including tiles.
What’s not included in the price and why?
What’s not included in the price is the electrical, painting and the floor coverings. We do have trade-qualified electricians that are employed by us full time but we find it much more cost effective for the client if they are billed direct. We find that most clients are more than willing to paint their new extension and floor coverings is just a phone call away from carpet retailers.
What is the initial cost if we are to proceed to concept plans with the architect?
The initial cost if you are to proceed is $2400, this covers the cost of the architect and any administration fees associated with this service, but this fee is only applicable if you decide not to continue for any reason, and the concept plans are yours to keep. If you’re pleased with the concept plans then the Attic Group will price the project and present you with a fixed price quotation, and advise you of an estimated start date. If you’re happy to proceed to contract you’ll be introduced to our dedicated team of professionals and the $1800 architect fee will be absorbed into the total contract price.