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What is the average life expectancy of a pull-down attic ladder?
Sunday, June 7, 2020
How long does an attic ladder last?
You can expect a pull-down attic ladder to last 30 to 60 years, with an average of 40 years. Factors that will shorten the lifespan include heavy usage, excessive weight on steps, and homeowner modifications. Regular inspections and tightening of loose nuts, especially at hinged sections, is also important. To learn more, see our blog post What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder? Also, we suggest reading What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic?
Here’s a bar graph comparing attic ladder life expectancy to other types of home steps and stairs.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about ATTICS:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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