A-Frame Ladders straddle the wall of the pool, making entering and exiting the pool easy and safe. A-Frame Ladders are made from heavy-duty plastic (such as vinyl, polymer, or polyethylene) or stainless steel; both durable and appealing options. There are many safety features available for A-Frame ladders, including roll guards, gates, sliding steps and folding features. Ladders are adjustable within a certain range to ensure that you’ll find what you need to accommodate your pool’s depth.
In-Ground Pool Ladders:
In-Ground Ladders anchor to your above-ground deck, making entering and exiting your pool easy and safe. In-Ground Ladders are made from heavy-duty plastic (such as vinyl, polymer, or polyethylene) or stainless steel; both durable and appealing options. Because of the design of in-ground ladders, there are not many safety features that can be added to prevent unplanned entry; we always recommend using many safety features at once, such as pool alarms, deck gates, and safety covers during the winter months.
Step ladders resemble traditional concrete pool steps but are more economical and can be installed and removed at any time. Step ladders have broader bases and wider steps than normal ladders, making them more stable and accessible, especially to those with limited mobility. Many step ladders have perforated steps that allow water and chemical circulation while blocking children from becoming trapped underneath. For added visibility and convenience, some step ladders are manufactured with lights built into the steps. Additional safety features available with step ladders include locking gates.
Roll Guard Ladders:
Roll Guard Ladders offer an easy and unique mechanism for preventing unwanted entry to the pool. When opened, a rolling barrier prevents access to the pool by covering the ladder’s exterior steps; when closed, the rolling barrier prevents children from swimming between the ladder’s interior steps.
- Though these ladders have excellent safety features, we always recommend putting other safeguards in place, such as pool alarms, gates, and safety covers during the winter months
- If you have a sloped-bottom pool, look for a ladder with a pivoting base to ensure conformity.
- Perforated steps allow water and chemical circulation, eliminating the "dead water" area where algae can grow
- Make sure that your plastic ladder or steps are constructed from 100% UV stabilized polyethylene. This will protect them from becoming brittle and cracking when exposed to sunlight
- Never paint your ladder or steps; the paint will contaminate your pool water and may compromise the non-slip tread