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Benefits of Fibreglass

Werner is the world’s largest manufacturer of ladders and stepladders. Many of these ladders are manufactured in fibreglass - also called glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) - a material universally recognised for being lightweight, extremely strong, robust and, of course, non-conductive to electricity. Fibreglass ladders already account for more than 50 percent of the US market. All Werner fibreglass ladders have electrically non-conductive stiles. This is a great safety benefit for those working near electricity. Durable seven-layer fibreglass-constructed rails also maintain a smooth surface even after weathering.

Maximum Strength

Inherently strong and robust; ladders and stepladders made from fibreglass offer high resistance to denting and twisting. Consistent quality and low maintenance are characteristics of fibreglass. These automatically lead to cost savings over time. Competitive whole-of-life costs are a recognised benefit of fibreglass ladders.

Maximum Durability

Extremely resistant to weathering. Fibreglass does not absorb moisture or significantly weaken in the sun and it does not corrode or rust. Non-marking, fibreglass is warmer to the touch and retains its smooth surface. Fibreglass ladders are therefore ideal for specialist trades such as painting and decorating.

Maximum Safety

Fibreglass does not conduct electricity, so it is safer to use around power lines or other live sources of electricity. Of the non-conductive options, fibreglass ladders weigh less and are therefore easier to lift, move and transport. For example, a 6-tread fibreglass platform stepladder weighs just 11.4kg compared with the same product in wood weighing typically 14 kg.
Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Always select a ladder that is right for the job and meets the required standards; if in doubt, select a strong product. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Reach Height is the maximum reach calculated by adding the maximum standing height on a ladder plus the average height of a 1.75m (5'6") person.
The highest ladder standing point on an extension ladder is typically 4 rungs from the top and a stepladder without a platform is 3 steps from the top. On a platform stepladder, the highest standing point would be the platform itself.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The load capacity is defined as the maximum safe load on the ladder. A person's fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.
Werner ladders are made from fibreglass, aluminium, steel & plastic. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fibreglass products due to their non-conductive stiles.