What Is a Paint Roller Extension Pole?

If you are new to painting, you may have little experience with common painting tools, like sprayers, rollers, and extension poles. The most successful painters will employ any and all tools at their disposal, and one of the most popular is a paint roller extension pole. Today we will discuss what a paint roller extension pole is and how painters often use it.

What is an Extension Pole?

A paint roller extension pole is a common term for long, often telescoping poles designed to screw onto a paint roller handle. These extension poles are available in a large range of sizes and materials. Professional painters often use an aluminum version, as they are very durable, but not heavy. The weight of an extension pole is important because since it can be extended, it gains a mechanical advantage over the user. Even a pound difference in weight is important if it is twelve feet away.

Can Reduce the Need For Ladders

The ability to extend the painter’s reach is the obvious advantage extension poles provide. In older homes, many times the ceilings were eight feet from the floor, keeping them within reach. However, as more homes incorporate vaulted and cathedral ceilings, painting these areas can be difficult without the use of ladders and scaffolding. Extension poles essentially create a very long handle, allowing the painter to attach paint roller handles and paint guards. Because of this universal use, most paint accessories use the standard ACME painter’s ¾” pole thread so that all brands will work with each other.

Reduces Fatigue

As mentioned earlier, modern construction homes tend to have tall walls and ceilings. In some designs, painters are forced to climb up and down ladders to reach an entire wall. This is not only exhausting for the painter but time-consuming as well. Paint roller extension poles allow the painter to reach up to thirty feet in some cases. Most newer designs keep the majority of the weight of the pole closer to the user, negating much of the mechanical advantage described earlier.