What Type of Scaffolding Do I Need?
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Scaffolding is essential for most construction and other different types of projects. But, if this is the first time that you will use scaffolding or you are looking for a new type of scaffolding not familiar to you, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused with all the different options available for you.
If you want to know what kind of scaffolding you need for your project, the first thing you have to do is to know a little bit more about the different types you can find in the UK.
Self-supported scaffolding is considered as the most common type of scaffolding that most people are familiar with. This scaffolding begins at the base and it is built on if the need arises. It is a type of scaffolding that is typically made up of platforms for workers with support from poles and a frame.
But despite being the most common, self-supported scaffolding is not one size fits all option. These are available in various configurations. Every job requires different kinds of self-supporting scaffolding. Safety measures and regulations also affect the scaffolding’s configuration. The industry that you work in also dictates the specific type of self-supported scaffold you should use.
Suspended scaffolding is ideal when working at heights. This type hangs from the structure instead of just using base-like supported scaffolding. It is a type of scaffolding perfect for projects where you work on buildings as well as for taller structures. Most contractors use suspended scaffolding when it is not possible for them to put up a stable foundation.
This type is useful for places that are hard or even impossible to access from the ground. Suspended scaffolding’s support system is made up of ropes and pulleys. There are electronic options as well that help lower and raise the scaffolding.
Rolling and Mobile Scaffolding
Mobile and rolling scaffolding are just the same with supported scaffolding. The primary difference is that these types feature wheels for easier maneuverability that lets you easily move around the scaffolding to work on various areas of the project. This kind of mobility also lets you work with no need for downtime for tearing down and rebuilding the scaffolding.
The addition of wheels to scaffolding only means that you should also take more safety measures. It is especially important for bigger movable scaffolding. It is typical for smaller mobile scaffold solutions to feature a guardrail. The wheel locking mechanism ensures that the scaffolding doesn’t move or role in all cases.
Custom Scaffolding and Other Scaffolding Types
There are still other scaffolding types that you can find out there. In general, most of them are variations of the suspended or supported variety. For instance, most scaffolding options have specific designs for particular applications.
Aside from the type of scaffolding, you also need to think about the materials that the scaffolding is made of. Aluminium is an excellent scaffolding material that works well for all types of scaffolding you might need. In the event that there is no existing scaffolding type for your project, it is also possible to commission unique custom scaffolding designs.