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What Type Of Scaffolding Do You Need?

Scaffolding is a necessity for many construction and other projects. If you are new to using scaffolding or you need a new type of scaffolding you're unfamiliar with, you can find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of options available. Knowing a little about the most common types can help you figure out which type of scaffolding may work best for your project.

Self-Supported Scaffolding is the Most Common

Supported scaffolding is the type of scaffolding many people have the most familiarity with. The scaffolding starts at the base and you can build on it as the need arises. This type of scaffolding typically consists of platforms for workers supported by a frame and poles.

While these represent the most common types of scaffolding, they're not one-size-fits-all. They come in a variety of configurations. Different jobs require different types of self-supporting scaffolding. Regulations and safety measures can also affect the configuration of the scaffolding. The industry you work in may also dictate the type of supported scaffolding you can use.

If you have any doubt about what type of self-supported scaffolding you need, speak to us and we'll guide you through the process. Even within the same industry, the type of self-supported scaffolding can vary depending on the particular job you're tackling.

Before using supported scaffolding, make sure you level the ground. You must also test the soil to make sure it won't settle after you establish the base of your scaffolding.

Suspended Scaffolding Is Ideal for Working at Height

Suspended scaffolding hangs from a structure rather than using a base like supported scaffolding. This suspended type of scaffolding is ideal for taller structures and projects where you are working on buildings. Many contractors will use suspended scaffolding if they cannot create a stable foundation.

Suspended scaffolding is useful for areas that are just too difficult to reach from the ground. For example, if you're making outside repairs for a single section of a building, it's probably better to suspend than to build up to that level. That's why you often see window cleaners utilizing suspended scaffolding.

The support system of suspended scaffolding consists of pulleys and ropes. There are also electronic options to help raise and lower the scaffolding. As you can imagine, suspended scaffolding must adhere to strict standards for safety's sake.

Mobile and Rolling Scaffolding Can Save Time

Rolling and mobile scaffolding are similar to supported scaffolding. The main difference is that these constructs have wheels for maneuverability, which can allow you to move your scaffolding around to work on different parts of a project easily. This mobility also allows you to work without needing downtime to tear down and rebuild your scaffolding.

Adding wheels to scaffolding means you have to take extra safety measures. This is especially important for larger, movable scaffolding. Smaller mobile scaffolding solutions typically have a guardrail in place. In all cases, the wheel locking mechanism will ensure the scaffolding doesn't roll or move.

Custom and Other Types of Scaffolding

There's a number of additional types of scaffolding out there. Generally, they're almost all variations of the supported or suspended variety. For example, many of the scaffolding options at Advanced Scaffold Solutions have designs for specific applications.

Other than the type of scaffolding, there's also the materials the scaffolding consist of to think about. Aluminum is a superior scaffolding material and can work well for any type of scaffolding you need. If a scaffolding type doesn't exist for your particular project, you can commission a unique custom design.

If you're not sure where to start, or you just want to ensure you use a professional, quality scaffolding manufacturer and service, contact us today.