Scaffolding: The Three Primary Options Available For Your Residential Construction

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Scaffolding: The Three Primary Options Available For Your Residential Construction

31 October 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you plan to engage in some residential construction or renovations on a multi-storey home, one of the critical structures to have would be scaffolding. Scaffolding is typically associated with commercial buildings since they are used to access the higher levels of a building. Although the primary function of the scaffolding is to provide a platform to walk on as well as hold materials, there are various types to consider depending on your principal requirements. Below are the three primary options available to you when contemplating scaffolding for your construction project. 

Stationary scaffolding

This platform is also referred to as a supported scaffolding. It is one of the ubiquitous forms found in most construction sites since they are easy to construct and provide you with the highest degree of safety. The reason for this can be attributed to the fact that the platform is erected from the ground up. Therefore, it has a much steadier base when compared to both suspended and mobile counterparts. For additional stabilisation, the stationary scaffold can be affixed directly to the structure that you are constructing.

Mobile scaffolding

If you need to access different parts of the exterior of the building during the renovations or construction process, then mobile scaffolding would be an ideal option. With mobile scaffolding, the platform can move uni-directionally, thus eliminating the need for having to disassemble and reassemble the platform at different parts of the structure. However, since mobile scaffolding has numerous movable parts, it is prudent to have a professional carry out the reassembly to make sure that there are no parts of the scaffolding that have not been appropriately secured. Mobile scaffolds are particularly convenient when you are done with the construction process and are looking to paint the exterior or install your cladding.

Suspended scaffolding

This type of platform is distinctly different from other forms of scaffolding as it is designed to hang over one side of the structure. When the scaffolding is being put together, supportive cables are installed on the roof of the property, and they function to support the weight of the scaffold. Suspended scaffolding is an ideal option when you need to carry out construction at the highest level of the property, as assembling a stationary platform may not be feasible due to the immense height. However, suspended scaffolds would also be a good option in the event the ground is not stable enough to support a stationary platform due to either excavation or other reasons.