4 Different Types Of Scaffolding

If you need scaffolding for your construction project, you are going to need to know exactly what type of scaffolding you need for the project. Understanding the types of scaffolding will help you choose the right scaffolding for the job.

Type #1: Single Scaffolding

Single scaffolding is the simplest type of scaffolding. It is made out of standards, ledgers, and putlogs. This type of scaffolding runs parallel to the walls that are being worked on. This simple type of scaffolding is also often referred to as brick layer's scaffolding due to how often this type of scaffolding is used by brick workers. It allows close, easy access to the wall for detailed work like bricklaying. This type of scaffolding is also used for shorter jobs that just require a little height.

Type #2: Double Scaffolding

Double scaffolding goes by a few names, such as mason's scaffolding and independent scaffolding. With this type of scaffolding, the putlogs are not attached to the wall like they are with normal scaffolding. Instead, two rows of scaffolding are constructed to support the structure and give it the strength it needs without needing support from the wall itself. That is where it gets its nickname, independent scaffolding. This type of scaffolding was also traditionally used for stone masonry as well, hence its second nickname, mason scaffolding.

Type #3: Cantilever Scaffolding

With cantilever scaffolding, the scaffolding is not supported through the ground. It is often used when the ground is not able to support the structures necessary for supporting the scaffolding. It is also used when contractors want the ground level to be free of equipment and the work that requires scaffolding is being done on the upper levels of the structure.

With this type of scaffolding, standards are supported by the wall of the structures. Needles are drilled into the wall to support the scaffolding and are taken out when the scaffolding is no longer needed.

Type #4: Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding is most often used on buildings that are already constructed and that need exterior work done. The scaffolding support is placed on the roof and a series of ropes or chains are used to lower and raise the scaffolding on the side of the building.

When it comes to scaffolding, there are many ways to enable work on the outside of buildings that are being constructed or that are already under construction. These are just four common types of scaffolding, but there are more. Talk to a scaffolding company about what type you need for your job.