When you are looking to carry out home improvements or you are managing a large commercial project, you want to know the work will be carried out to the very highest standards and that your property is in the best possible hands. For this reason, there are several important things to consider when looking for scaffolding services and making a choice about which scaffolding company to use.
With most UK towns and cities having many different scaffolding companies to choose from, it can be a minefield when deciding which one to use. From small local companies to large national companies with many in-betweens, deciding on the best firm for your project is often dependent on the actual project itself and your budget.
To help you make an informed decision and not be swayed by fancy branding and marketing, we have compiled a list of what to look for when choosing a scaffolding company:
Are they an accredited scaffolding company?
There are several different scaffolding accreditations in the UK and choosing an accredited company can help to give you peace of mind that the work will be carried out to a high standard, by trained and qualified professionals. To find a local, accredited scaffolding company visit the accreditation’s website and use the search facility to find a list of your local companies.
Some of the main scaffolding accreditations include CISRS, NASC and the Scaffolding Association.
At Facelift Scaffolding, we are proud to be a member of the CISRS and all of our scaffolders are highly trained and professional, with up-to-date qualifications.
Most companies will often be proud to show off any accreditations and will often mention them on their website. If you are unsure if a company is an accredited scaffolding company, you can often find
Are they qualified and experienced?
It goes without saying, that one of the most important things to check for when you are hiring a scaffolding company is whether they are qualified and have experience in the necessary areas.
For example, your chosen company may be qualified and experienced in the industry of scaffolding, but if you are looking for commercial scaffolding and you choose a company who has most of their experience with residential scaffolding, you may be better off continuing your search. There are many different rules and regulations for commercial and residential scaffolding and choosing a company who isn’t experienced in the right area may even end up costing you!
Are they insured?
Safety is paramount and choosing a company who have an exemplary safety record and full public and employers’ liability insurance is something that shouldn’t even be questioned. Insurance is not only important for the health and safety of workers and the public but also in case damaged occurs on your property as a result of any work being carried out. Whatever tradesmen you are choosing to carry out work on your property, insurance is a vital necessity and scaffolding is no different.
Are they local or national?
When choosing a scaffolding company to carry out work on your property, after the vital checks such as are they insured, qualified, experienced and insured have been carried out, it’s time to filter the choices down to the companies who will tick your specific boxes.
Ultimately, the choice is down to you but there are many factors that may influence who the best company is for your project. For example, is it just one residential property in need of some small renovation work? Or even several residential properties in the same town or city? In these cases, you may find a smaller local company would be perfect for the job providing they have passed all the initial checks. Likewise, for a commercial project, if it is not a multi-city or multi-county project, you may be best off choosing a small company, providing they are experienced and qualified in all areas of commercial scaffolding.
Smaller, local companies tend to work out much more cost-effective as compared to nationwide companies, they will have fewer overheads such as big shiny offices, expensive nationwide marketing, and large call centres of staff. These savings often get passed on to you, the customer making it a much more budget-friendly option.
So, when are you better off choosing a large nationwide company? Well, it depends really. If budget isn’t an issue and/or if you have many properties, commercial or residential in different areas of the country, or multiple cities/towns, then a national company will be more equipped and conveniently located to fulfil all of your requirements and manage all of your projects.
Do they specialise in commercial or residential scaffolding?
Going back to experience, it is vital that your chosen company has experience not just in scaffolding but in your chosen area of scaffolding. If you employ a company who is not experienced in your specific type of project (i.e residential or commercial) you may end up holding your renovation work up or even worse, with a large fine due to a breach of rules or regulations. At Facelift Scaffolding, we have extensive experience in both areas of scaffolding and will always ensure our work is carried out to the very highest standards by our professional team of scaffolders. All erected scaffolding is inspected by a senior member of our Scaffolding team who holds an Advanced Scaffolding Inspection card.
Will they carry out a full site survey?
One of the final important things to consider when choosing a scaffolding company to carry out work on your property is whether they will carry out a full site survey before they begin work. A full site survey will ensure that it is safe to carry out the work on your property and will also ensure that any issues which may affect the outcome of the project are ironed out beforehand. This will avoid long delays and any breaches of rules and regulations that may apply if it is not safe or secure enough to erect scaffolding on to your property.
We hope you have found our guide on choosing a scaffolder helpful and that you find the perfect company for your job.
At Facelift Scaffolding, based in Crawley, West Sussex, we take great care in every job carried out and are always happy to discuss your individual needs and requirements to help you with your choice. We are not only an accredited UK scaffolding company, but we also are specialists with a wealth of experience in both residential scaffolding and commercial scaffolding and not only this, but we only employ qualified, experienced scaffolders and we always, always carry out a full site before we begin erecting scaffolding on your property. If you are based in Crawley or surrounding areas in West Sussex, including Horsham, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information to or to answer any questions you may have.