Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder

By Robert Robillard on Tool and Product Reviews

Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder

Installing an Werner Energy Seal Attic Ladder  – Review

After the terrible winter, the folks in New England suffered, I have been looking closer at ice dam causes and prevention.  One of the biggest causes I’ve seen, on my inspections of homes, is excessive heart loss and air leaks, the culprit was attic ladder hatches.  We recently had an opportunity to install a Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder that we feel addresses this concern.

Gas strut and weather seal

Gas strut and weather seal

Air Locking Design

The  Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder initially got our attention with is integrated weather stripping on the ladder frame.  This weather stripping helps creates a tight seal that reduces drafts, air leakage and wasted energy, and we thought, when combined with an insulated draft cap, would be a step in the right direction in controlling our ice dam issues.
The folks at Werner claim that this unit is 60% more efficient then a standard wood attic ladder door, not a bad stat to promote.

Universal Fit for Ceiling Heights 8 ft to 10 ft.

The  Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder fits attic openings 22.5 in x 54 in. and is constructed of  light weight, aluminum construction with a 375 lbs load capacity.  This unit fits all ceiling heights from 8 ft to 10 ft. and allows you to cut down the legs to ensure a secure and solid footing.  We found the ladder and all of the components, durable and rugged.
Durable contruction

Durable construction

Smooth Performance

Two side-mounted, gas struts allow the door to open smoothly and control the door when closing.  The struts allow a controlled, smooth and slam-free method of closing the door.  They also eliminate those large, bulky springs not only get in the way but often break.   These struts are narrow, low profile and are easily replaced if needed.

Insulated Door

Werner worked with Owens Corning,  and built in Owens Corning R-5 PINK® insulation, within the 1-inch thick door structure.  This combined with an additional [optional] insulated attic hatch cover will significantly reduce wasted energy through heat loss and air leaks.
Rivet hinges

Rivet hinges

Key Features

Some of the key features on the Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder include a 6” frame, [which allowed us ample room to install foam spray insulation around the frame after insulation], insulated door and air-lock design, two gas struts and non-marring ladder feet and slip-resistant steps which help ensure operator safety.

Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder

Installing trim



The Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic ladder installation went according to plan, easy and smooth.   It fits into a rough opening of 22-1/2 in x 54 in.

The unit was slightly smaller than the unit it replaced so we added four pieces of half inch plywood, two rips on each side to reduce the width by two-inches.  It installs similar to the older inefficient wood ladder types and comes with special lag bolts to ensure strength and longevity.

Werner AE2210 Energy Seal Attic Ladder


We feel that the weather-stripping seal on this unit is minimal and offers complete, yet thin coverage on both sides of the door.  The slightest misalignment of the unit may result in air leaks.  I’d like to see Werner add a larger coverage weather strip coverage on their doors.

Werner Energy Seal Attic Ladder Video Review


The Werner AE221o is an outstanding unit and we highly recommend installing one if you need a pull down ladder.  The fit, finish, quality of the components and energy saving features make purchasing this unit a no-brainer.


The Werner AH2210 sells online here for $246.50 Werner-AH2210-Universal-Aluminum-375-Pound


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