As if choosing a scaffolding company and knowing whether you need permission wasn’t difficult enough, knowing which type of scaffolding you need for your project can be even more confusing. Ensuring you hire a suitable scaffolding company as well as establishing the type of scaffolding services you require can save you time and often, save you from costly decisions.

Although at Facelift Scaffolding, we’re always happy to advise you and recommend the best scaffolding solutions for you, we have put together a little guide to help you along the way.

House with supported scaffolding on in Horsham

Why is Scaffolding Needed?

Erecting scaffolding is often a vital part of many building, construction and renovating projects whether they are on residential property or commercial property. It is also required for maintenance work such as cleaning windows on a large or tall building where a ladder isn’t sufficient.

It plays an important role in many factors of building, such as gaining access to different parts of the property whilst ensuring the health and safety of those working on or around it. It is also often necessary to ensure the stability of the building and can even be used as a temporary way of supporting the structure while work is being carried out.

There are many different types of scaffolding, all suitable for different types of properties and construction work. There are also different scaffolding solutions for exterior and interior work, such as birdcage scaffolding for interior renovations and supported scaffolding for access to difficult to reach parts of the exterior.

Essentially and in many cases, scaffolding provides a platform to enable workers to reach higher parts of a structure.

Some of the Most Common Types of Scaffolding

Although there are many different examples of scaffolding, some of the most common types include:

Supported Scaffolding

Supported scaffolding is the most common type of scaffolding we often see day-to-day on houses, flats and other small to medium-sized buildings.

Its primary use is to gain access to parts of a property that are difficult to reach safely and effectively. It is constructed of different levels with a platform for each and generally covers the whole front or front and side of a property. It can also be placed all the way around a property depending on the type of building and working being carried out.

Independent/Birdcage Scaffolding

Like its name suggests, independent scaffolding, otherwise known as birdcage scaffolding, is an independent structure of scaffolding made usually for interior works on larger commercial structures or anywhere with high ceilings that is undergoing interior renovation work. Birdcage scaffolding is also often used inside large historical buildings undergoing interior restoration work too.

One of the benefits is that this type of scaffolding can be moved around in a building and used whilst working on different areas, hence less scaffolding is needed.

Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding refers to the type of scaffolding that is often used for carrying out work on the exterior of taller buildings. It can be used for many different types of light building and maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the windows.

Suspended scaffolding involves a work platform which is suspended from the building, allowing workers access to the whole structure without having to put scaffolding all around and all the way up it. For this reason, this type of scaffolding is often necessary when working on taller buildings such as skyscrapers and apartment towers.

Slung Scaffolding

If you are looking to restore or carry out work on a public building where access for the general public is still required, such as a bank, a theatre of a shop, then slung scaffolding may be recommended.

Slung scaffolding refers to scaffolding that is suspended from the building and leaves an open space below which is what makes it so convenient for buildings which need to remain functioning.

Single Pole / Support Scaffolding

Often just a single pole, this type of scaffolding is used when carrying out work on a structure where support is needed throughout the job to ensure the safety of workers and the building. It may be used in construction when working on projects that involve tasks such as adding a new support beam when working on or removing a supporting wall.

Basically, an effective way of preventing part of a building from falling down while risky work is being carried out!

Want to Know How We Can Help With Your Scaffolding Needs?

If you are looking for a reliable, experienced and fully qualified team of scaffolders, whether for a residential scaffolding project or a commercial one, then talk to us! We’re an established UK scaffolding company, based in Crawley and covering surrounding towns in West Sussex such as Horsham as well as across the country.

Our team of reliable scaffolders have completed many commercial, new build and residential scaffolding projects over the years. We’re always happy to help and advise you on the best options for your building and renovation projects, just get in touch today!

Explained: The Different Types of Scaffolding