A smart, efficient and space saving access ladder is becoming an increasingly popular feature of modern Australian households. Access to the above-the-ceiling space unlocks a lot of potential for many homeowners - whether it’s creating more storage space to keep items that aren’t used on a regular basis tucked away out of sight or converting it into an extra room to expand the living space of the home.
However, the popular access-ladder has many versatile faces - and opens up possibilities for designers and specifiers that go way beyond simple residential projects.
AM-BOSS Access Ladders has been a market leader in fixed access ladders for over 40 years now - and in that time, its versatile range of products has been used in a wide variety of projects from simple residential installations to major commercial developments and government buildings. AM-BOSS has manufactured and installed ladders for widely respected brands like Ford and Toyota, and instantly recognisable locations, like Crown Casino and the Melbourne Aquarium. Their roof access stairs and attic ladders can also be found in hospitals, factories and educational facilities all throughout Australia.
What’s more, the versatility of their product offering has been recognised on an international scale and specified in a variety of projects across the globe.
For instance, AM-BOSS has been specified in some of Antarctica’s research stations. Access-Boss™ proved an excellent choice for small, cramped spaces used to store fragile science equipment as it helped use the available space in a more organised way. Similarly, the efficient use of space and ability to maximise on the smallest footprint has made AM-BOSS ladders popular in smaller floor plan residential spaces in the Middle East.
The base of the AM-BOSS offering is a high quality of build and product, full compliance and some key features that are incorporated across all ranges. All ladders are both CodeMark certified and compliant with the Building Code of Australia. 100% Australian made, they are constructed primarily with welded aluminium which makes them lightweight but durable and sturdy, providing confidence when operating at height. For extra safety, the ladders are mounted in a way that allows clearance between the steps and the ceiling hatch to create more consistent foot holds.
The domestic range is built to withstand heavy use in a range of spaces, with a load capacity of 150kg (at any point, not spread weight) and a variable size requirement based on preference. The Access-Boss™only requires a cutout width of 570mm for a ladder width of 400mm - making it perfect for truss roofs - whilst the Big-Boss™ series is ideal for those who need a wider opening and a wider ladder, with a standard cutout width of 770mm and a ladder width of 500mm. The domestic range also offers a wide selection of extras including security locks, custom frame sizes, in-ceiling grabrail or full-length handrails.
The commercial range is built to withstand the tough usage of industrial applications. The AM-BOSS Heavy Duty commercial series is rated at 400kg load capacity, making it ideal for uses where weight is a major concern. Where fire-resistance is paramount, the Inferno-Boss™ is fire rated to AS1530.4-2014 with a -/90/90 rating. In addition to this, AM-BOSS offers caged ladders for uses involving large heights and suspended ceiling ladders to facilitate rooftop access internally where suspended ceilings may cause a problem. Commercial ladders can be fabricated to standard ceiling heights or tailored to the specific requirements of the job.
With quality, safety and compliance consistently at the heart of each one of their products, AM-BOSS offer a variety of models and choices that will suit any project. Having demonstrated their excellent credentials not only in residential and commercial projects nationally but with great success around the world, AM-BOSS’ versatile product offering will ensure a safe, reliable and easy access ladder solution - whether it’s a suburban renovation in the heart of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, Melbourne’s next high rise apartment block - or a research facility in Antarctica.