A Guide To Various Types of Scaffolding

A Guide To Various Types of Scaffolding

When working in the field of construction, scaffolding can be used for a number of various reasons and for various projects. Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to help support the structure being worked on, or to help construction workers carry out their job. From large scale high-rise buildings to a painting project on a residential property, there is no doubt that scaffolding can play a vital and important role in the safe management of various construction projects.


But, what type of scaffolding is required?


There are a number of various types of scaffolding available, which is why it is important to understand what ones are available and what project they are best suited to.


Single Scaffolding

Single scaffolding is also known as brick layer’s scaffolding and is usually used for brick masonry projects. This type of scaffolding consists of ledgers, standards and putlogs and is parallel to the wall being constructed, at a distance of approximately 1.2 metres. This is a basic type of scaffolding and is often one of the most commonly used.


Double Scaffolding

Generally used for stone masonry, double scaffolding (or mason’s scaffolding) it is used when creating holes in a wall to support putlogs is too difficult to do. Therefore, two rows of scaffolding are used to enable the scaffolding to be strong in construction. Rakers and cross braces can also be provided in order to make the scaffolding even stronger. This type of scaffolding is also known as independent scaffolding.


Cantilever Scaffolding

There are times when scaffolding cannot be placed on the ground. When the ground cannot support the standards, or if the ground near the wall has to be free from traffic, or if the upper part of a wall is under construction, this is when cantilever scaffolding is best to be utilised. This type of scaffolding is supported via a series of needles that are taken out through holes in the wall. This type of scaffolding requires a high level of care and consideration in order to ensure it is safe and able to be worked on efficiently.


Trestle Scaffolding

Used for minor repairs to walls, gutters and ceilings, as well as painting projects inside residential properties, trestle scaffolding is made up of working platforms that are supported on movable ladders. This type of scaffolding is easily moved from one place to another. Trestle scaffolding is only for projects up to 5 metres in height, so is a good choice for minor projects.


Suspended Scaffolding

Used to work on minor repairs, painting or even general maintenance, suspended scaffolding utilises a working platform that is suspended from the roof with the assistance of wire ropes and/or chains. The platform is then raised or lowered to the appropriate level in order for work to be carried out.


These are just a few of the types of scaffolding available on the market. But, there are other options available depending on your project and your needs. Sometimes, a project will require specialised scaffolding in order to be safe and appropriate for all people involved. This is when it is useful to get a qualified and experienced person to assess the needs of your project in order to select the right scaffolding.


If you’re looking for the right advice for your next construction project, contact the professionals at Uni-Span. With the right knowledge, the team at Uni-Span can assess, supply and ensure that your project runs smoothly. Contact Uni-Span on 1300 882 825 or email us.