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There’s more to scaffolding than meets the eye, and if this is your first major building project then you’ll want to make an informed decision. From aircraft maintenance to roof replacements, there are all kinds of reasons you may want to use the services of a scaffolding hire company and there are a wide variety of types of scaffolding to choose from. In this article we’ll cover the main types of scaffolding hire available and how to select an appropriate scaffolding hire company.
Single scaffolding, also known as brick layer’s scaffolding, is probably the most commonly used type of scaffolding today. Consisting of single-row standards (upright posts), spaced at a distance of around 1.2 to 1.5 meters, with ledgers (horizontal pipes) running parallel to the wall of the building. It is relatively simple to assemble and commonly used for jobs like brickwork, plastering, and painting.
Double scaffolding (or Mason’s scaffolding) is less common though still has its place. As the name suggests, double scaffolding is very similar to single scaffolding but with an additional row of standards, making it more stable and ideal for heavy masonry.
If you’re looking for lightweight, easy-to-move scaffolding then trestle scaffolding is probably the way to go. Essentially consisting of a series of movable ladders, it is often used for smaller jobs as it can quickly be assembled and disassembled, helping to speed up the overall process.
Of course, scaffolding hire can become a bit more complicated when you’re working on uneven/unstable ground and this is where you’d want to use Cantilever Scaffolding. Cantilever scaffolding is actually attached to the building by needles and can support heavy loads.
These four are the most common types available, but they’re not the only ones. If you’re working on an inconvenient job then we do recommend researching scaffolding hire options specific to your circumstances to make sure you minimise hazards wherever possible.
In order to find the best scaffolding hire company, you’ll have to look at the requirements of the job and match that to the people you’re looking to work with. You don’t just want to hire someone who’s reputable, but someone who has done a similar scale of jobs to yours in the past.
Naturally, this can vary a lot as some companies are quite small-scale and local while others work on a wide variety of projects. If you’re ever in doubt, contact the company and ask if they’ve done similar projects in the past or get the opinion of an experienced builder.