Scaffolding is an essential component to any construction project, whether it’s residential, commercial, or sometimes even DIY home improvements. For the inexperienced builder, there’s no question that renting scaffolding is the most feasible option, but for experienced builders, there comes a point where they need to decide whether renting or buying scaffolding is the best option. Scaffolding is very different from renting or buying homes for example. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, and this guide will assist those who are in the decision-making process of whether it’s best to rent or buy scaffolding for their construction needs.
There are many advantages of hiring scaffolding as opposed to buying. When you hire scaffolding, the scaffolding company will transport the scaffolding to the required location and will erect and dismantle the scaffolding for you. If you purchase scaffolding, you need to be qualified in erecting and dismantling scaffolding along with having various safety programs in place. Hiring scaffolding is also considerably cheaper than buying scaffolding, especially if it’s a short-term project of three months or less. These costs not only encompass the scaffolding itself, but also transporting and storing the scaffolding which can substantially inflate the prices of buying scaffolding. In addition to this, hiring scaffolding is a better option if the structure is oddly shaped or custom scaffolding is needed due to the complexity of the project. It’s also advised that it’s better to hire scaffolding if the height of the project is above six metres.
On the other hand, there are some downsides to hiring scaffolding. The scaffolding leases are usually between one week and one month, so typically there will be some wasted money because the project will finish somewhere in between your lease. If you require additional scaffolding during the course of the project, then you’ll need to wait for the extra scaffolding to arrive which also results in wasted money and time.
There’s no doubt that buying scaffolding is the most feasible option for larger construction companies that work on many projects each year. There are some considerations that need to be taken into account though. Transporting and storing scaffolding in a secure facility increases the costs of buying scaffolding, and regular maintenance needs to be performed to ensure the scaffolding is safe and compliant to Australian standards. Buying scaffolding means that the scaffolding is available to you whenever you need it, and no time needs to be wasted on researching the best prices and reviewing the terms and conditions of the lease, particularly if time is of the essence. Furthermore, if the construction project is expected to take more than three months to complete, then it’s advised that buying scaffolding is the best option.
For projects that are less than six metres in height, buying scaffolding is also the best option because typically, this type of scaffolding is versatile and can be used on a variety of projects. Keep in mind though, you will need to have qualified personnel to erect and dismantle the scaffolding and you have an effective safety program in place. Additionally, buying scaffolding is much more expensive than renting, so you’ll need to ensure your cashflow is sound and the costs of buying the scaffolding is within your budget.
So, Should I Rent Or Buy Scaffolding?
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether you should rent or buy scaffolding. As a general rule of thumb, if the project will take more than three months and the height of the project is less than six metres, then buying scaffolding is the best option. Once the project is completed, you have the choice of whether to retain the scaffolding equipment or sell it, which ends up being a cheaper alternative than renting the scaffolding. The reverse is also true, so if the project will take less than three months, is greater than six metres in height, or the structure is oddly shaped, then renting scaffolding is the best option.
As you can see though, there are a lot of grey areas that need to be considered, and it’s best to speak with a reputable, experienced scaffolding company to help you determine which option is best for your individual requirements. Uni-Span is one of Australia’s most credible and trusted scaffolding and formwork companies that both rents and sells scaffolding equipment. If you have any questions about your scaffolding requirements, or whether you should rent or buy scaffolding for your next project, then get in touch with the experts on 1300 882 825, or visit their website for further information: http://uni-span.com.au/