If you’re a fan of DIY and you want to maintain, clean and repair your conservatory roof without the need to hire a professional, you’re going to need a high quality conservatory roof ladder. Although there are options to hire a conservatory roof ladder from a tool hire shop, it can be inconvenient – particularly if you need to look at something immediately.

Some DIY Conservatories can come with conservatory roof ladders included, but the majority you’ll need to purchase separately. Conservatory roof ladders are incredibly handy, especially if you want to save costs on cleaning the roof, gutters and making small repairs where necessary. Calling out a specialist can cost hundreds of pounds just for a consultation, so investing in a conservatory roof ladder is your best bet to watch your budget and embrace DIY.

We review six of the best conservatory roof ladders, taking into consideration their durability, usage and much more.

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Abbey Aluminium Multi-Purpose Ladder

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The Abbey Aluminium Multi-purpose Ladder is made from lightweight aluminium for easy handling. This multi-purpose ladder can be used in a number of different modes, giving you several ladders for the price of one. That makes the Abbey Ladder excellent value for money as a very versatile workhorse for any keen DIYer.

The platforms have under-rung latches and a safety stopper to prevent platform movement, and stabilizers give added stability. The ladder has an easy to use “click and lock” hinge system, and the side stiles are 9% thicker than most other models. All these features make this a super-safe system. Also, the ladder is collapsible for easy portability and storage.

Key Features:

Can be used as an extension ladder, reaching 4.7m

Comes with a safety platform

Safety features include stoppers, under-rung latches, and a “click and lock” system

Collapsible for portability and convenient storage

Very lightweight at just 20.5kg

Specification:

Extension Length

4.7 m

Platform

1.24 m

Ladder

2.3 m

Closed Height

1.18 m

Weight

20.5 kg

Max. Load

150 kg

Pros

Multi-use ladder combo

Packed with safety features

Easy to handle, transport, and store

Collapsible for hassle-free portability and convenient storage

Very lightweight at just 20.5kg

Cons

Aluminium platform is a little narrow

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Little Giant 5-Rung Revolution XE

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The Little Giant 5-Rung Revolution XE is made from a special aerospace-grade alloy that makes this ladder up to 20% lighter than comparable ladders that are rated for industrial use. The innovative Quad-Lock™ hinge and easy-to-use Rock Locks allow for speedy, hassle-free adjustment.

You can use the Revolution 5-rung in 33 configurations, as an extension, A-frame, 90-degree, and staircase ladder. Also, the Revolution XE works as a trestle-and-plank scaffolding system.

Key Features:

Lifetime warranty

Safety and stability features included

Can be used as an extension, 90-degree ladder, scaffold system, and multiple sizes of A-frame

Tip and Glide wheels fitted as standard for easy maneuverability

Collapsible for portability and convenient storage

Very lightweight at just 17kg

Trade and industrially-rated up to 150kg

Specification:

Storage height

1.60 m

Storage depth

22 cm

Storage width at base

66 cm

A-frame min height

1.5 m

A-frame max height

2.55 m

Ext. ladder min height

3.10 m

Ext. ladder max height

5.33 m

Max load

150 Kg

Weight

17 kg

Pros

Multi-use ladder

Packed with safety features

Easy to handle, transport, and store

Comes with a lifetime guarantee

Cons

Ladder can be a little heavy to handle

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Finether 5M Telescoping Extension Ladder

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The Finether 5m Telescoping Extension is a collapsible multi-purpose ladder is one of the best on the market, featuring aluminium alloy construction and 14 slip-proof rungs. The ladder is rust-resistant too and has a weight capacity of 150kg. The extension and retraction mechanisms are easy to use, enabling you to adjust the height quickly and without fuss.

Key Features:

Height of 5m when fully extended

Swift extension and retraction mechanism

Double couplings and anti-slip treads on every rung, saving you from slips and pinches

Overmoulded base and anti-slip treads

Can be used as an A-frame and full-length ladder

Conforms to EU safety standards EN131

Specification:

Max load

150 kg

Weight

11 kg

Dimensions

49 x 18 x 96 cm

Pros

Multi-use ladder

Portable and convenient storage

Very lightweight at only 11kg

Cons

No locking mechanism for step ladder setting

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14-in-1 Aluminium Multi-Purpose Folding Extension Ladder

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The 14-in-1 Aluminium Multi-Purpose Folding Extension Ladder is a super-versatile multi-positional ladder that can be used for many jobs around the home, workshop, and garden, making it excellent value for money. The unique, multi-positional hinge system enables you to transform the ladder into no fewer than 14 configurations. The robust construction of the ladder makes it suitable for heavy-duty use.

It makes it an ideal conservatory ladder due to the multi-purpose function, allowing you to get up on top and give it the clean it needs.

Key Features:

Free tool tray provided

Can be used as a straight ladder or step ladder

Safety locking hinges and rubber stabilisers for maximum stability and safety

14 different configurations

Conforms to EU safety standards EN131

Specification:

Extension length

15.5 ft

Load capacity

150 kg

Weight

13.5 kg

Maximum extension

4.7 m

Product dimensions

39 x 29 x 128 cm

Pros

14 configurations for ultimate versatility

Concertina fold for portable and convenient storage

Generous load capacity of 150kg

Cons

Locking mechanism sometimes jams

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Telescopic Folding & Extendable Aluminium Ladder

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The Telescopic Folding & Extendable Aluminium Ladder is an extendable aluminium ladder that folds up for convenient storage and portability. They are also perfect for use as a loft ladder and for high-level work. They are lightweight and have wider threads, allowing a safer and more secure climb.

Key Features:

Safe, lightweight construction

Wide treads for easy climbing

Easy to transport and store when folded

Anti-slip rubber feet and rubber sleeve on each step for safety

Grip handle for easy carrying

Specification:

Weight

7 kg

Load capacity

150 kg

Dimensions when opened

260cm x 47cm x 9cm

Dimensions when packed

72cm x 47cm x 9cm

Maximum Extension

3.2 m

Pros

Folds into small package for easy storage and portability

Anti-slip rubber feet

Rubber sleeve on every step

Generous load capacity of 150kg

Cons

Lightweight nature may give the feeling of being unsteady - though it takes a generous load of 150 kg

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Hailo 9306-501 ProfiStep Combination Ladder

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The Hailo 9306-501 ProfiStep Combination Ladder is a non-slip aluminium ladder which can be turned into a three part ladder due to the extensions provided. It is sturdy, easy to erect and collapses down to fit in smaller spaces for storage. It comes with a ten year guarantee and overall is robust and reliable.

Key Features:

Strong grip design on rungs

Three way extension

Robust infrastructure and sturdy

PVC paw feet

Specification:

Weight

15.4 kg

Load capacity

150 kg

Dimensions

H 272 cm x W 48 cm x L 272 cm

Maximum extension

2.72 m

Pros

Three way extension is great if you're looking for a multi use ladder

Cons

It may be too heavy just for one person to erect, may need two people

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Hailo 8160-801 L60 8-Tread Aluminum Step Ladder

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The Hailo 8160-801 L60 8-Tread Aluminum Step Ladder is a practical and robust ladder which has 8 tread steps and a sturdy, high top bar for extra security. It is a light piece of infrastructure which is perfect for those who are working on their own or don’t have the body strength to carry a heavier ladder. It’s easy to erect and feels sturdy and reliable.

Key Features:

High top for extra stability

Lightweight design suitable for one person

Easy to erect and take down

Specification:

Weight

17 kg

Load capacity

150 kg

Dimensions

H 263 cm x W 55.5 cm x L 263 cm

Maximum extension

2.63 m

Pros

Design is simple and incredibly sturdy

Doesn't require two people to set up or carry

Cons

8 tread may not be high enough for some

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5 Step Ladder Aluminium Heavy

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The 5 Step Ladder Aluminium Heavy is a durable and lightweight folding ladder with 5 steps with extra grip so you can feel safe when using it. Water resistant, slip-proof and sturdy, this is an excellent ladder for smaller jobs in and outside the home, and is a compact design which can be stored easily. It comes with a 100% satisfaction warranty and overall is a durable product perfect for a DIY fanatic.

Key Features:

Lightweight, compact design

Easy to erect and move around

Non-slip steps

Specification:

Weight

3.4 kg

Load capacity

100 kg

Dimensions

H 160 cm x W 45 cm x L 160 cm

Maximum extension

1.6 m

Pros

Strong aluminium design guarantees sturdiness and durability

Lightweight and easy to erect, great if you want to do DIY on your own

Cons

May be too small for some tasks

Summary

Who knew that there would be so much choice when it comes to picking a conservatory roof ladder? Owning your own ladder has many benefits, the main being that you won’t have the hassle of sourcing and collecting a suitable ladder to hire every time you want to carry work out, for example, fixing your conservatory gutter bracket.

We recommend buying your conservatory roof ladder the moment you have your conservatory. It should take priority over other furnishings such as conservatory blinds, conservatory rugs as well as lighting and flooring. The soft furnishings should come later – it’s the (dare we say) boring stuff that you have to focus on first. We have recently published some guides on other types of furnishings which you can read here:

There are a number of factors to consider before making a purchase, so we’ve summarised a few points for you to look at as well as an FAQ to answer any burning questions that you probably have about conservatory roof ladders.

Extension size

Choosing the right extension size is crucial, and our advice is, where possible – choose an extension that is larger than you’ll probably need. The reason why we suggest this is you want to ensure that your ladder is as safe as possible, and it also allows you to keep the conservatory ladder for a long period of time (particularly if you move house with a bigger conservatory). Make sure the extension size is suitable and sturdy.

Weight

Conservatory roof ladders naturally are quite heavy, in fact, most ladders are pretty hard to move around. If you are someone who struggles with poor upper body strength, or you’ve become weaker with age – weight should play a huge factor in your decision. If you can’t walk anywhere with the ladder, it’s going to be pretty useless.

Functionality features

If you are looking for a ladder which has multiple features, uses and functionalities then you need to take this into account when making your purchase. There are some excellent options on the market which are sturdy as well as being an impressive piece of kit.

FAQ

How high do I need my conservatory roof ladder?

You want to have your conservatory roof ladder at least a few inches higher than your roof, so you can comfortably access any issues/breakages without straining or potentially compromising your balance.

Should I hire a roof ladder?

In our opinion, no. It is costly and if you are someone who prefers to do DIY, then you are much better off buying one.

How much weight can most conservatory roof ladders take?

On average, around 150kg.

Do I need another person to help keep the ladder stable?

Yes, you should always have someone guard the ladder and keep it in place.