Attic Ladder Installation

Yes, i provide attic ladder installation (your ladder) in central Indiana, so let me take care of your attic storage problems. You will be much safer not using that rickety step ladder. When i install your ladder, the legs are straight! That means NO crooked ladder.

Installing Attic Stairs makes taking down and putting up those holiday decorations much nicer too. Life is easier! I serve Indianapolis and surrounding towns and cities (areas served).

“How much does it cost for attic ladder installation?

It depends on the ladder you choose. The cost for an attic ladder with installation can vary between $ 210.00 and $ 600.00.

attic ladder installation in a garage

Labor cost for Attic Ladder installation—

“For ceiling height of 10 feet or less”

$ 199.00 labor cost for Standard opening width (No joists have to be cut). Includes trim around the opening (see photo). Add $80.00 for me to remove an existing ladder (I cannot dispose of old ladder).

$ 299.00 labor cost for Wider opening width (joists have to be cut). Also includes trim around opening. Have an existing ladder? Add $80.00 if you want me to remove it (i cannot dispose of old ladder)


“For ceiling height of more than 10 feet” – I will install it but i DO NOT recommend a folding ladder with tall ceilings. The ladder becomes difficult to operate, even for a 6 foot tall person. A retractable ladder works better.

$ 249.00 labor cost for Standard opening width (No joists have to be cut). A longer, more expensive folding attic stair is required for ceilings over 10 feet 3 inches (depends on the brand) and usually has to be special ordered.

$ 389.00 labor cost for Wider opening width (joists have to be cut).

——–Attic ladder checklist is at bottom of page——–

Note: Wider opening is not available if your attic framing has “trusses” for support. You will have to use a ladder for a standard opening (fits between the joists). Call 317-207-4668 for more information.

Old wooden Attic Stairs

If you still have an old wooden ladder, you’re no doubt familiar with those big, creaking springs. When you folded it up and let go of the rope, the door slams shut and blows dust everywhere!

Attic Ladders-Here and Now

Choices today are-

  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Telescoping
  • Scissors

Wooden stairs and their cost

They typically cost less than the aluminum and other styles.

  • Ladder cost runs $85.00 to 125.00 for the standard duty (up to 250 pounds capacity)
  • $200.00 to 250.00 for heavy duty (up to 350 pounds capacity)

You can buy them to fit “in between” your attic joists (22 1/2 inch opening) or go even wider (25 or 30 inches). The extra width makes it easier to get in and out of the attic. If you do go wider, the joists will have to be cut and “framed” or “boxed” in. This adds some time and cost to the attic ladder installation. Remember though, if your attic has truss supports you will have to use a ladder that fits in between the joists.

Aluminum stairs are lighter (easier to operate)

They do cost a bit more than the standard duty wooden units.

  • Aluminum ladder cost runs $150 to 200.00 (up to 375 pounds)

If you need access to the attic through a small opening, like those found in the ceiling of a closet, Werner has a nice telescoping one for tight spaces. Attic stairs for tight spaces. This one costs about $100.00. Installation cost is higher for this one (about $ 275.00)

Another bonus of the aluminum type is that most use a gas cylinder setup for closing. It’s quieter and smoother. Like the wooden type, you can get them to fit a wider opening (25 or 30 inches) but again, this will add to the installation cost.

Checklist for ladder selection

  1. Measure from floor to ceiling. This determines what size ladder to get. If your ceiling is over 10 feet 6 inches high, you will have to use a longer attic stair, which adds about 100.00 to the cost. A cheaper alternative is to use the standard length ladder and rest the ladder legs on some lumber (i can build a small platform for you for $ 30.00).
  2. Standard width? If yes, you want the one that fits in between most ceiling joists (22 1/2 inches)
  3. Wood or aluminum? Either one will do the job. Aluminum is a bit lighter and easier to operate.
  4. Standard duty or Heavy duty? Standard will support up to 250 pounds. Heavy duty will support up to 350 to 375 pounds.
  5. Purchase ladder from your favorite home improvement store and call me to install it. If it won’t fit in your vehicle, i can pick it up for you.

If you would like help in selecting the right ladder or want to schedule an attic ladder installation, just call 317-207-4668. You can also click on the contact link below….

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