Your work environment, including the physical size restrictions, is probably the most important factor in determining the variation of ladder to use for a given job. The versatility of the ladder, however, is a major consideration, especially for domestic use.
Otherwise, the number of ladders that one would need to have available for the wide variety of tasks around the home that require elevation from the ground would be prohibitive. In an effort to assist in familiarizing yourself with the standard ladder variations that are available, consider the following:
A description of the Proper Care & Use, Proper Set-Up, Safety Labeling, and the identification of the governing ANSI safety standard for each variation of ladder can be found by clicking on the desired ladder function above.