I researched this units and similar ones and decided to go with the Century model as its advertised as "Made in USA". I received the unit with the packaging in very good condition. However, I was very disappointed when I inspected the unit. The unit is basically comprised of two separate assemblies; the wooden mount and the metal folding stair mechanism. The metal stair mechanism appears to be of good quality and functions well. The quality issues I've observed have all been with the wooden mount assemble. It is poorly designed and constructed. The assembled side pieces did not align properly and had to be modified so that the finish trim would mount properly. The plywood bottom panel was a thin cheap piece of luan plywood that was damaged in several places and is not easily replaced. This damage appeared to occur in the factory as no respective damage to the pack materials was observed. After this experience I went to my local big box stores to check out how the Century unit compared to the foreign made units readily and less-expensively available there. I was saddened to see that the Taiwanese made units appeared to be much better made in most respects.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Overall poor quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Mostly accurate
Not excited about the quality of the steps. The aluminum is very flimsy. The door was not installed square on the steps so when you pull it closed its crooked in the opening. I will have to try and hide that as much as possible when installing the molding around the opening.
I was shopping for a replacement folding attic stairs and I wanted a heavy duty one to install. Century is great in the product design. The instructions were easy to follow. This was a breeze to install. Good Job!!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exact image
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. This is a great quality stairs. Much stronger than the wooded one I took out
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Right on