What Type of Ladder Do I Need for My Roofing Project?

When working on a roofing project, the last thing you want to worry about is falling off the ladder. While there are several tools that you need when you start a roofing project, a ladder is one piece of equipment that needs extra consideration. The roofing ladder you use can make a significant difference in your performance, the outcome of the project, and your personal safety.

With different ladder types on the market, you may feel unsure about which one is right for your roofing project. In addition to ladder types, you also need to consider accompanying safety equipment. In this post, we help you choose a ladder that is perfect for your project.


Understanding Ladder Styles

Ladders are made in different sizes, shapes, lengths, and designs. For this reason, it may not always be clear which ladder you should buy when you are working on your roof. Start by considering your needs. What tasks do you need to perform on top of the ladder? How long is your roof? Does your roof have a sharp angle?

Below, we take a look at a few ladder styles that you can choose from.

  • Fixed Ladders: Fixed ladders are not common. They are ideal if you will be going up to your roof frequently. A fixed ladder is installed at a permanent location. The benefit here is the sturdiness offered by the ladder.

  • Self-Supporting Ladder: When it comes to safety and mobility, self-supporting ladders are excellent. These ladders are often referred to as A-frame ladders because they form an A figure when they are assembled. These ladders come in wooden and metal forms and a few different sizes. There are multiple steps included in these ladders, which gives you multiple heights to work with.

  • Non-Self-Supporting Ladders: When it comes to taller buildings, you may find that standard self-supporting ladders will not suffice. For a longer reach, you might want to consider non self-supporting ladders. These ladders are generally heavy due to their large size, but they can often be expanded to give you a customizable length. The ladders do not come with any type of support system. This means it will need to lean against a supportive structure while in use.

  • Roofing Ladder: There are some ladders that are made specifically for roofing. These are standard expanding ladders that come with a pair of hooks. The hooks are used to secure the ladder in place, which means these ladders can be used on top of the roof too. Wheels are sometimes attached to the ladders for easier movement. 


There are a few different types of roofing ladders available today. When it comes to a roofing project, not all of these ladders may be appropriate. Choosing between ladder types should be based on the slopes, the structure of the roof, and the specific tasks that you need to complete.

At Preferred Roofing, we offer all the supplies and tools you’ll need for your next roofing project, including ladders. We can also give you advice on the best tools for your specific project! If you need roofing supplies, reach out to us at our External link opens in new tab or windowwebsite or call us at 678-395-6880.