When it comes to construction projects, you will often find that just a ladder is not sufficient. The higher you’re working, the more you will be able to make use of a suitable scaffolding system which will increase your ease of access as well as the overall level of safety on your site.
To assist you in making sure that you’ve got everything covered when it comes to scaffold hire, we’ve put together this handy guide, outlining the basics.
What Is Scaffolding?
Scaffolding incorporates a system of steel poles which can be linked together via the use of locking collars. These poles essentially create a framework, which when fitted with scaffolding boards and steps, can be used to access the external structure of a building.
This is course is useful when you find yourself needing to access a roof both safely and efficiently.
The term scaffolding platform specifically relates to mobile scaffold towers which are typically used indoors, again to access difficult to reach places with greater levels of safety.
How Much Scaffolding Will I Need?
This depends entirely on the project. The larger the structure you need to span, the more scaffolding you will require. If this is your first time hiring scaffolding, we suggest seeking the advice of a scaffold specialist who will be able to advise further.
How Much Will I Pay?
This is one of those variables that will vary by both your location and the level of service you require. To assist, we have put together a list which will help you understand what will influence the final price you pay.
- Scaffolding is usually hired for a period of time between 6 – 8 weeks. Any longer than this will see your costs rise. On the other hand, you could end up paying considerably less if you’re able to complete your project quicker.
- Height is another factor in the equation. The higher the distance you need to cover and the more scaffolds lifts (levels) you need, the more you will pay. A lot of the cost will be the labour required to erect your scaffolding and then dismantle it again.
- Location: as mentioned, certain areas will be more expensive to hire scaffolding in. Central London is one of the most expensive locations in the country, with remote areas being much cheaper.
- Restricting public access will dramatically increase your costs. This will be required if your scaffolding has to be erected over a public footpath or pavement. In these instances, you will need to apply for a permit which is usually very expensive.
Hiring Your Scaffolding
Wherever you are in the country, your scaffolding requirements can be taken care of. Scaffolding platforms in Barnet are widely available for all projects in this location. If you’re slightly further afield but still within the M25, you will also be very well catered for. We would suggest approaching three scaffold companies for a quotation as well as any further advice if you need it.
Hiring scaffolding is slightly more involved than a skip for instance, but still more than accessible for any individual wishing to work on their home.