How To Make A Wooden Roof Ladder?

How To Make A Wooden Roof Ladder?
  • Author: Amanda Arnold
  • Posted On: December 11, 2021
  • Updated On: August 21, 2023

Given the slanting nature of most roofs, if you have roof work to undertake, you may find it difficult to complete it. While tasks near the gutter are simple, those towards the pinnacle of the roof are more difficult.

Your ladder will not stay on the apex, necessitating the purchase of a roof ladder with a hook or installing a roof ladder hook on an existing ladder.

Purchasing a roof ladder is expensive and time-consuming because you must first purchase it and then wait for it to be delivered to your home. This may be too late when your roof leaks during the rainy season. Making your own roof ladder hook is the solution we have on hand.

This will allow you to climb to the apex of the roof without falling off. There are a few different techniques to make a roof ladder hook, and we’ll go over two of them below. Depending on your materials, you can choose which one to utilize.

Needed Supplies To Make A Wooden Ladder

  • Pressure-treated lumber
  • Clamps
  • Power drill
  • Wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Wooden boards
  • Wood saw
  • Plywood two large boards

1) Determine The Wooden Board’s Size

The initial step is to measure the wood pieces to guarantee that they will satisfy your requirements. Compare the length and width of the two pieces of wood. With both eyes open, this is easy to see.

If not, you can always measure them using a tape measure. Cut off the surplus part using the saw if one is longer than the other. Measure the length of the pieces using the tape measure, then mark this length with a pencil or marker while still keeping them side by side.

A roof ladder must be long enough to stand at a safe angle and reach beyond the edge of the roof for safety reasons. This enables you to keep your balance while climbing the ladder and gain safe access to the roof. Roof ladders manufactured from utility lumber and assembled with wood screws can be made home.

2) Position The Wooden Boards On The Ladder Evenly

Place one piece of wood on the outside of the ladder such that the longer part is on, the lower side and the shorter part is on the top side. The ladder should be positioned on an elevated platform to simulate the roof’s slope. To make it easier to work on the ladder, fasten the wood to it with a clamp.

Use a builder’s square to make a mark across the rails at each point. Measure the width of the ladder rungs. For ordinary utility lumber, the width should be around a half-inch.

3) Drilling The Holes In The Ladder’s Boards

Drill a hole through the ladder and the piece of wood while holding the piece of wood to the outside of the ladder at the top end. You only need to drill one hole for this operation because you won’t need the second hole until you’ve got the angles just perfect.

Remember that the roof at the peak is generally 45 degrees rather than 90 degrees. On the other hand, that will be dealt with later in the process.

Rep with the other wood piece, ensuring that the longer side is on, the lower side and the shorter side is on, the higher side. Drill a hole through the piece and the ladder and place it on the exterior. Place the screws, bolts, and nuts into the holes and tighten them slightly.

4) Determine The Angles Appropriately

On the shorter side of the pieces of wood, use the protractor to measure 45 degrees between the ladder and the wood. Measure 135 degrees on the bottom of the angle between the ladder and the piece of wood.

On the other hand, these angles are not universal for all roofs. So, you’ll have to figure out what works best for you. You can do so by walking to the roof’s end and measuring the angle formed by the two slopes of the roof at the apex. The same might be done inside the roof or at the pinnacle.

5) Install Screws And Bolts

Get a small piece of wood and drill it with the ladder inside a rung or two from the top of the ladder once you’ve achieved the desired angle. Fix it to the ladder with a screw or bolt and nut. It will still need to move about, so don’t over-tighten it. Make the desired angle with the long wooden piece at the top.

Bring the shorter piece of wood to the longer piece of wood. To attach the two pieces of wood, drill a hole and insert a bolt through it. To keep the parts in place, you can tighten the boosts. Carry on the opposite side of the ladder in the same manner.

6) Place The Wood Under The Joints

The next step is to reinforce the two pieces of wood so that the ladder can support your weight. The reinforcements should be placed at the intersection of the two pieces of wood as well as at the opposite end of the lengthier pieces of wood.

Take a piece of wood and lay it under the joint between the two pieces of wood that are already attached to the ladder for the initial reinforcement. Cut it to form after measuring the length needed.

The second piece of wood reinforcing goes at the bottom of the longer parts. From the lower side, cut a piece of wood that connects the two lengthier sections. Cut the surplus lengths off the linking piece of wood before nailing or screwing it to the two parts together.

The ladder will be on one side of the roof, and the hook will be on the ridge, with a tiny section of it on the opposite side. You now have a roof ladder, which will make your roof job safer. Enjoy your ladder by following the safety precautions when using it.

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Author: Amanda Arnold

Amanda has been working with ConstructionHow since 2021. Her experience spans over 5 years in the creative niche such as home decor and trends, landscaping, renovations, and custom architectural values. As a home designer expert, she has a keen eye for the latest home improvement trends with accurate facts that readers find impossible to ignore. Being invested in home-building trends is how she has gained her lucrative expertise exploring more to bring a positive ambiance for all homeowners (and even tenants!). Currently, she lives in a beautiful beach home, a source of fascination for her.