Types of Scaffolding You Can Consider For Your Construction Site

Posted on: 23 March 2016

Scaffolding refers to a temporary platform that facilitates construction workers to reach higher levels on your construction site. However, when it comes to choosing scaffolding, it is not simply about selecting the first one that you come across. Some contractors may opt to create their own scaffolding systems, but this may not be viable to you as the property owner as it could use up valuable construction materials. Instead, it would be better if you opt to hire scaffolding as needed. Here are some of the different options that you could consider depending on the needs of your construction site.

Ground supported scaffolding

As the name suggests, this type of scaffolding gets its support from the ground. It is erected from the ground up. One of the most common types of ground up scaffolding is the birdcage structure that is a staple during the construction of high-rise buildings. However, it can also be a flat platform and construction workers would be required to use a ladder to make their way up the scaffolding.

Cantilevered scaffolding

If your construction workers need to get work done on the exterior of a single level structure, then cantilevered scaffolding would be an appropriate choice. This type of scaffolding is installed inside the building and extends outward by means of a rigid support system. As such, the construction workers do not have to leave the building and scale the walls from the outside. Instead, they can work on the interior and exterior simultaneously.  

Bracket scaffolding

This type of scaffolding is also referred to as hanging scaffolding. It is supported both from the ground as well as from above. This makes it a good opting for construction sites that do not have much floor space to provide a rigid support system for the scaffolding as the support from above makes up for the limited ground support. Bracket scaffolding can also be used in instances where cantilever scaffolding would be ideal but the construction site is cannot support cantilever scaffolding. When bracket scaffolding is used in place of cantilever scaffolding, the bracket is hooked onto a sturdy horizontal structure from which it can hang from.

When hiring scaffolding for your construction site, it is prudent to ensure that it is constructed from high quality materials, as the construction workers' safety is critical. Scaffolding hire providers will typically charge for your delivery of the scaffolding it, erecting it as well as dismantling the scaffolding once construction is complete.