Different types of scaffolding and their uses

There are different types of scaffolding that scaffolders in London uses. In the following article we will show you their uses. There is a clear definition and understanding regarding what scaffolding is:

Scaffolding is a temporary structure used by workmen when renovating, maintaining, repairing or cleaning a building that aims to keep them safe, give them easy access and allow for improved efficiency.

But if you are in the market for some scaffolding then you will also need to understand the different types of scaffolding available and which is right for you. We are breaking down the eight main types of scaffolding and their uses:

1. Access Scaffolding

Access scaffolding does what it says on the tin. Its purpose is to help construction works gain access to hard to reach areas of a building such as the roof. We use it typically for general maintenance and repair work.

2. Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding is a working platform that is suspended from a roof with wire rope or chains; and can be lifted and lowered when needed. This is ideal for painting, repair works and window cleaning – all jobs that may take a day or less to complete and only require a platform and easy access.

3. Trestle Scaffolding

Trestle scaffolding is typically used inside buildings for repairs and maintenance works at a height of up to 5m. It is a working platform supported by movable ladders and is most commonly used by bricklayers and plasterers. These types of scaffolding are the most popular.

Different types of scaffolding in London

4. Cantilever Scaffolding

Scaffolders use cantilever scaffolding when there are obstacles that prevents a scaffolding tower being erected such as the ground doesn’t have the capacity to support standards; the ground near the wall needs to be free from traffic or the upper part of the wall is under construction.

Conventional scaffolding requires a frame, post or base post to rest on the ground or lower structure; whereas, cantilever places the standard some height above ground level with support from needles.

5. Double Scaffolding

On the other hand, there is double scaffolding which is more commonly used for stone masonry; because it is hard to make holes in stone walls to support putlogs. Instead, two rows of scaffolding is required – the first is fixed close to the wall; and the second is fixed some distance from the first. Then, putlogs are supported at both ends on ledgers making them completely independent of the wall surface.

6. Steel Scaffolding

Pretty self-explanatory, but steel scaffolding is constructed of steel tubes fixed together by steel fittings making it strong and more durable and fire resistant (though not as economical) as conventional scaffolding.
This is far becoming the more popular option on construction sites simply for the increased safety that it provides for workers.

No matter the types of scaffolding that you might require, rest assured we can help you! If you are looking for professional scaffolding services in London, give us a call at 0800 311 8004.

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