Any major project done to your house may require scaffolding and choosing the right product for the job is important. Scaffolding must be safe and sturdy, providing any and all workers with the conditions necessary to ensure their safety on the job. Different types of scaffolding work for different sections of your home and height may also be a concern. Budget, terrain and weather may also play into your final decision, so allow this simple guide to help with choosing the best domestic scaffolding for any home project.
Safety Choices with Domestic Scaffolding
Safety for your workers should be a primary priority when choosing the right scaffolding. Many different countries have different safety standards, but most western nations have standardized safety standards. Any scaffold you choose to use must have platforms intended for use in scaffolding (as opposed to any plywood board), slip-resistant surfaces and adequate hand/guardrails. Access to the scaffold under safe conditions is also a major concern, and of course training will be necessary. Prior to any project, instruct your workers on how to properly operate on your chosen scaffolding.
Choosing the Right Structure – Domestic Scaffolding
Domestic scaffolds have many different structures and setups that are suited for different projects. In order to be the most efficient in your work, you will want to ensure you are using the right kind of scaffold for the job.
Stairway Scaffold Towers
These scaffold structures provide access to multiple levels in one unit. For projects on three-story houses, stairway scaffolds will provide access to the roof as well as all regions of the outer walls. These scaffolds are suitable for painting, stucco application, window frame treatments, and general repair. In particular, this type of scaffold can be very useful in initial home construction or any kind of repainting work.
Single Scaffolding & Double Scaffolding
Single scaffolding is most often used by bricklayers and is constructed in a method that allows it to be attached to the surface that you are building on. It is constructed parallel and secured into the service for a sturdy work area.
Double scaffolding is used in a similar manner to single scaffolding but is primarily used for stonework. If working with stone walls, it is more difficult to place “putlogs” to secure the scaffolding to the surface. Two rows of scaffolding are constructed to increase structural stability.
This type of scaffolding is pre-constructed and easy to transfer from work area to work area. This is ideal for painters who are working on all sides of the house and do not want to set up a network of semi-permanent scaffolding. Downside of trestle scaffolding is the ease of transportation between job sites is slightly decreased, but once on the site it is the easiest to reposition.
The Importance of Choosing Appropriate Scaffolding
When working on a domestic residence, your workers may be using scaffolding for months until the completion of the project. You want your workspace to be as safe, efficient and well-constructed as possible. It must be able to deal with weather as well as the wear and tear of workers boots. Choosing the wrong kind of scaffolding could set you back thousands of pounds and delay your project. By evaluating the different types of scaffolding out there, including those on this list, you can ensure your project goes smoothly.
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