Which Type of Scaffolding do I Need?

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The General Requirements in Scaffolding

In our line of work, scaffolding is used regularly on a construction project in Birmingham. It’s a temporary structure that supports buildings as well as scaffolders who use the platform gantry while carrying out construction work.

But what type of scaffolding is required is completely dependent on the work that is being carried out.  Read on to find out more…

Which type is best?

The specific type and most used of scaffolding is the common type because of the equipment that is readily available, and a lot of the workmen and women know the system. Depending on where you’re working in Birmingham, choosing which type of scaffolding systems will be more up to the scaffold company.

checklist for scaffold tower and what weight it can hold - which type is best?

In most European countries, aluminium scaffolding is becoming more common since the material is lighter and much stronger than steel, however, it must be manually lifted in place but since it’s much lighter – it means the scaffold can erected faster and can reduce labour cost.

In other poorer countries, this material is rather expensive, so wooden and bamboo poles is considered to be more affordable. As a designer, make sure you choose the scaffolding system that works best for your project and follows local West Midlands regulations.

checklist for scaffolding

Take a look at which type of scaffolding you could come across:

  • Single Scaffolding
  • Double Scaffolding
  • Cantilever Scaffolding

Single Scaffolding

This is mainly used for brick masonry and is also referred as the “Brick layer’s” scaffolding, as it consists of ledgers and putlogs, etc. The scaffold is parallel to the wall at a distance of about 1.2 meters. The distance between the standards is about 2 to 2.5 meters.

Double Scaffolding

Double scaffolding is used for stone masonry jobs; however, it could also be known as mason’s scaffolding. It is tough and much safer to hold workers on construction projects, its robust basically.


The first row is about 20 to 30 cm away from the wall, and another one is 1m away from the first row. Then after putlogs are positioned that are supported by both the frames. In order to make it sturdier, cross braces and rakers are supplied.

double scaffolding

Cantilever Scaffolding

After explaining and giving you more information, on which type of scaffolding to use, we also have a third that could be used as well for your Birmingham construction project. Cantilever scaffolding is a type of scaffold that is supported on a series of needles.

These needles are taken out through holes in the wall. This is called single frame, a type of scaffold that are strutted inside the floors through the openings. This is called independent or double frame type of scaffolding, which should be taken care while on a construction project.

Cantilever scaffolding is usually used with the following conditions, so take these instructions with a pinch of salt:

  • When the ground does not have the capacity to support standards.
  • When the ground near the wall is to be free from traffic.
  • When the upper part of the wall is under construction.

Which Types of Scaffolding is also used in Construction?

  • Suspended Scaffolding: This is a working platform that is suspended from roofs with extra help of wore, ropes or chains. It can also be raised or lowered to a required level. This type of scaffolding is used for repair work.
  • Trestle scaffolding: This is working platform that is supported on a movable tripod or ladders. Generally used for work in interior projects.
  • Steel scaffolding: These are constructed by steel tubes that are fixed together, and its very easy to erect and dismantle. It has great strength, durability and higher fire resistance.
  • Patented scaffolding: This is constructed by steel tubes which are fixed together by steel couplers or fittings. It is very easy to construct or dismantle. It has greater strength, greater durability and higher fire resistance. It is not economical but will give more safety for workers. So, it is used extensively nowadays.

So, there are so many different types of scaffolding on the market, but which type is for you? Need assistance? Call us Today on 01564 757575

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