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By ProMatcher Staff



Question:
How Much Does it Cost to Install an Attic Ladder?

Answer:
The average cost of installing an attic ladder is between $550-850 (including a standard-grade ladder, a basic door panel, and professional installation). However, there are several factors that may increase (or decrease) the cost of your project, including:


1.) Where you live. Your geographic location may have a significant impact on the cost of installation. If you live in an urban area where the cost of living is rather high, you should expect to pay a little more for labor and materials. If you live in small town, you may pay a little below the national average.

2.) Ceiling height. Most standard ceilings are about 8 or 9 feet high. If your ceilings are 10 or 12 feet high, you will need to install a longer ladder to access the attic safely. This may add to the overall cost of your project.

3.) Ladder options. There are several types of ladders to choose from, but wood, steel, and aluminum are the most popular options. A basic hinged door will conceal the ladder when it’s not in use. If you’re worried about heat loss from the attic, you may choose to upgrade to an insulated door. This may add a few dollars to the cost of your project.

4.) Weight capacity. Most attic stairs have a standard weight capacity of 250 pounds. However, if you plan on storing heavy items in the attic or you would like a little extra security, you may consider installing a ladder with a slightly higher load capacity. These heavy duty ladders typically have a higher price point.

5.) Obstacles and obstructions. In order to accommodate the ladder, you may need to make some minor modifications to your attic. For instance, you may need to relocate air ducts, re-route water pipes, or remove insulation. The cost of these changes will vary on a case-by-case basis. Bringing in a subcontractor, such as an electrician or a plumber, has the potential to add several hundred dollars to your project.

6.) Attic remodeling. Once you have access to your attic, you realize that it’s not in great shape. Any attic remodeling projects will come at an additional cost. For example, you may want to put up shelves, install an attic fan, add insulation, or hang drywall. The quantity (and quality) of materials required will depend on your goals for the project.




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