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What is the difference between Aluminum and Fiberglass Ladders?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: May 14, 2020

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L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny, Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered Apr 22, 2020

Aluminum ladders are inherently lighter in weight, while the fiberglass ladder is more cumbersome and more difficult to transport. Aluminum ladders weigh less, and they can be moved around easier, as it is much less of a hassle to use.

A fiberglass ladder is a stronger option, especially when you consider that they are fashioned from a more durable material. An aluminum ladder is produced from aluminum, which is a flexible metal. It can bend effortlessly if it is not made with top quality aluminum.

Heat also affects aluminum and can cause it to lose its durability. Aluminum ladders, on the other hand, do avoid corrosion and can handle tasks where water is a concern. In contrast, the fiberglass ladder is made of fiberglass or fiber fortified plastic, which uses glass fibers, allowing it to be quite durable.

 

J. Shatner

J. Shatner, Content writer, Boston

Answered Apr 08, 2020

One of the critical differences between aluminum and fiberglass ladders is their strength. Fiberglass ladders are more enduring than aluminum ladders. The strength od aluminum ladders depend on the grade of the material used. An aluminum ladder with a low-grade material could bend easily. Fiberglass ladders are also susceptible to cracking.

Another difference is the ability to withstand certain weather conditions. The aluminum ladders do not hold up as well as the fiberglass ones. Fiberglass ladders are also resistant to electricity. Fiberglass does not conduct electricity, like aluminum, as these ladders are used more when working near power lines.

 

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