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Are attic pull-down ladders required to be code-approved?
Sunday, October 11, 2020
There are no building code requirements for attic pull-down stairs construction. But most folding attic stairs are not allowed to be installed in a garage by code because they do not meet the fire separation requirement for the ceiling, which must be 1/2” drywall or equivalent in fire-resistance. A few models are available that meet this requirement, but they are not available off-the-shelf at big-box home improvement stores. To learn more about it, see our blog post Why are most pull-down attic ladders not approved by building code for installation in a garage?
Also, because attic ladders are often installed after the construction of the home by the homeowner or a handyman, the manufacturer’s installation instructions may not have been followed—leading to an unsafe ladder. For specific examples, see our blog post What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?
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