Scaffolding for Swansea

What scaffolding do I need?

If you work on a building or house project that requires you to use scaffolding frequently, learning about the various types of scaffolding may be beneficial. From single to double and steel to the trestle, the construction of scaffolding is dependent on the project being undertaken. In this article, we will discuss the various types of scaffolding that are commonly used in construction sites. 


Working with scaffolding in Swansea is much easier and safer than working from a ladder. We offer various scaffolding options to meet the unique requirements of a construction project, each of which typically has its distinct characteristics and benefits. 


Single scaffolding is supported vertically against a structure’s wall by vertical supports, referred to as standards. The ledgers, which are the horizontal supports, are connected to the bars at a consistent vertical inclination. Putlogs are the openings through a building or structure that the scaffolding connects to provide structural support. It is taken out from the hole left in the wall to one end of the ledgers with a distance of about 1.2 m to 2.5 m. Single scaffolding is most commonly used in brick masonry, the most common application. 


The primary use for double scaffolding is stone masonry because stone walls present challenges when creating holes for putlog anchoring— it is also referred to as mason’s scaffolding. Two rows of scaffolding are erected to strengthen the structure. The first row sits parallel to the wall, which is between 20 and 30 centimetres, while the second row sits away from the first row, about 1 meter away. The putlogs that are supported by both frames are then placed. Cross braces keep a part of the scaffolding in place when attached to another part of the scaffolding or another structure. Rakers are a tie that keeps the scaffolding attached to a building. A double row of scaffolding makes the entire support structure stronger in this type of scaffolding. 


When the ground is sufficiently stable to support standards, and when the upper level of a wall is being constructed, construction workers use cantilever scaffolding. The standards are held up by needles, which are protrusions protruding from the structure upon which a platform is mounted. The hands are extracted from holes in the frame by workers. Because this type of scaffolding is frequently more unstable than other types, taking extra precautions while constructing it may be beneficial. Generally, cantilever scaffoldings are used in situations where the ground is incapable of supporting standards, when the area adjacent to the wall must be kept clear of traffic, and when the upper portion of the wall is under construction. 


Suspended scaffolding utilises wire ropes, chains, and other similar devices to suspend the work platform from the roof, allowing us to adjust its height as needed. Repair, painting, and pointing are some of the uses for this type of scaffolding. 


Trestle scaffolding is a type of scaffolding that includes a platform on top of a ladder with wheels for mobility. It comes in various sizes and can be used both indoors and out. Trestle scaffolding is commonly used by those in repair and maintenance positions and warehouse and painting crews.


By understanding the definition, application, purpose, and outcome of each type of scaffolding, you can easily choose from various scaffolding options for your construction project. It also contributes to creating a safer work environment for construction workers. Get in touch with our team at Scaffolding for Swansea to learn more about the other types of scaffolding.