What are the different types of scaffolding?
For our latest blog, we will talk you through seven different kinds of scaffold available on the market and explain their uses.
7 Different types of scaffolding explained
Single – This is commonly known as brick layer’s scaffolding and consists of standards, ledgers, putlogs, which is parallel to the wall at a distance of roughly 1.2m. The distance between the standards is between 2 and 2.5 metres, with ledgers connecting the standards at a vertical interval of 1.2-1.5m. Putlogs are taken out from the hole left in the wall to one end of the ledgers. Putlogs will then be placed at an interval of 1.2-1.5m.
Double – Generally used for stone masonry, it is sometimes referred to as mason’s scaffolding. In stone walls, it is difficult to make holes in the wall to support putlogs. Two rows of scaffold will make this strong.
Cantilever – This type of system has standards that are supported on a series of needles, that go through holes in the wall. This is known as single frame type scaffolding. For other types, needles are strutted inside the floors through the openings and are known as independent or double frame scaffold. Please note, care needs to be taken when constructing this system.
Typically cantilever systems should be used in the following conditions –
- When the ground doesn’t have the capacity to support standards
- When the ground near the wall needs to be free from traffic
- When the upper part of the wall is under construction
Suspended – A suspended working platform is based on roofs with the help of wire ropes or chains. This can be raised or lowered to the required level. The system is used for repair works, pointing and paintings.
Trestle – For a trestle scaffold platform, it is supported on movable tripods or ladders and is generally used for work inside the room, such as paintings or repairs up to 5 metres in height.
Steel – Steel platforms are constructed by steel tubes that are fixed together by steel couplers or fittings. Very easy to construct or dismantle with greater strength, superior durability plus higher fire resistance. This is the most extensively used system in the construction industry.
Patented – A patented system is made up of steel, and is equipped with special couplings and frames. These are ready-made scaffoldings that are arranged on brackets that can be adjustable to a required level.
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