Two Types Of Scaffolding To Consider

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Two Types Of Scaffolding To Consider

31 March 2016
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If you need to complete some maintenance on the outside of your building, then it is wise to rent a scaffolding system if you need to access large areas of the exterior that are also elevated. Scaffolding systems come in many varieties, and you should do your best to pick the best option for your needs. Keep reading to learn about two types of scaffolding you can consider.


Aluminum scaffolding is by far the most lightweight of all the scaffolding varieties and it is made to be as mobile as possible. This type of structure is best if you intend on moving the tower constantly to complete cleaning or painting tasks. While the aluminum is durable and practical in terms of mobility, you should understand that the tower will not weigh as much as other materials. To help reduce tipping concerns, opt for casters and wheels that are as stable and durable as possible. This will help to keep the scaffolding upright as you move it. Wheels that can roll over uneven ground or obstacles as well as ones that can absorb shock without allowing vibrations to cascade through the scaffolding are best. Cast iron wheels that are fitted with a mold-on polyurethane coating are a good choice. So are ones with a molded rubber coating. These wheels feature a solid metal core to provide strength. The coating on the outside will help to keep the wheels from slipping and it will also absorb shock when rolling over uneven ground.

If you choose the lightweight aluminum scaffolding, you should also make sure that casters come with a good locking system. This will keep the tower from moving while you work. Many casters will have a double lock, so ask for this option when renting the scaffolding system. These locks will keep both the swivel and the wheel from shifting once they are activated. A typical locking system can be activated with the foot and a small pedal. Ask about activating and releasing the locks when renting the scaffolding to make sure you know how to do it correctly.


Fiberglass scaffolding is another option that you can pick when renting towers. Keep in mind that it is likely the most expensive option available. The material is extremely durable since it is made out of woven glass fibers formed into a sheet of material. Many fiberglass products are built with resin, thermoplastic, or epoxy to increase durability and strength. Fiberglass is lightweight, much like aluminum. This means that scaffolds can be moved easily, but they are a bit heavier than the aluminum. This means that tipping concerns are reduced. Fiberglass has other safety advantages, because the material will not conduct electricity like metal. This can help to reduce electrocution risks if workers need to complete tasks on or near electrical lines. Fiberglass is a wise choice even if workers are simply installing new lights or adding outdoor electrical sockets. 

If you are renting a scaffolding system due to the need to complete electrical work, make sure that the scaffold ledges are fitted with the proper mats. Rubber mats are the best choice to stop electrical flow during an accident or incident. Rubber mats also allow for good grip so that workers are less likely to fall. Rubber-soled shoes are also essential when completing electrical work, so make sure individuals protect themselves instead of relying solely on the scaffolding for safety. 

If you need a scaffold so you can complete work on the exterior of the building, then you will need to choose the right scaffolding for your needs. Aluminum and fiberglass options may suit you. However, if you have other concerns or needs, contact a scaffolding rental company such as Savage Scaffold & Equipment Co. for other options.