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Any recommendations: Wood or Aluminum Folding Attic Stairs

Any recommendations: Wood or Aluminum Folding Attic Stairs


Old 08-23-16, 09:26 AM
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Any recommendations: Wood or Aluminum Folding Attic Stairs

I have reviewed some of the older posts about folding attic stairs but I'm hoping to get some feedback from people with more recent experience on how their stairs are holding up, flimsy or sturdy, and other points.

I am replacing an existing wooden stairway that's been in use since 1989. It has served us well for our needs, occasional use, sometimes once or twice a month. It's in a roughly 25 x 54 opening. I was considering going with an aluminum unit by Louisville that goes for around $170 at the big box stores. There's also a Werner unit that goes for a bit more. After reading some of the reviews (particularly on Amazon) I'm not sure about aluminum and am looking at the wooden units that sell for about $100 to $130. The wooden unit has worked just fine for my needs. Should I consider a more expensive unit that goes fo $200 and up?

I also see that there were a lot of issues with the gas cylinders not holding up but they were older reviews. Have the manufacturers resolved these problems?
Thanks for any input.
Old 08-23-16, 10:25 AM
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The aluminum ones are vastly superior.
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In addition to the new stairs be sure you have an air tight cover to prevent moisture and heat from flowing into the attic.

Old 08-23-16, 03:36 PM
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One more opinion. Definitely metal stairs. They are lighter in weight, but stronger and they don't (usually) rely on those pesky springs. The last one we installed utilized air shocks to help raise it. They dio have a better seal, as Bud mentioned.

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