Published on 2019-01-16

7 Most-Used Scaffolding Types and Their Uses

construction scaffolding uses

January 15 2019

Different types of scaffolding are usually used for construction projects.

Let’s understand scaffolding first and further talk about the different types of it.

What is “Scaffolding”?

Well, scaffolding is a provisional framework which is usually used to give support to the building’s structure, and at the same time frame, it also works as a platform for the laborers to do the construction works. Based on the type of construction work, the type of scaffolding may differ. Scaffolding needs to be well-built, firm and strong to support laborers and various other construction material placed on it. Scaffolding is usually made up of timber or steel.

The different most-used types of scaffolding in construction are briefly discussed below:

1. Kwikstage Scaffolding

The Kwikstage system is made of durable galvanized steel.

Kwikstage scaffolding is trouble-free to erect and assemble and easy to take down. Builders who workin small or big projects, this type of scaffolding is very useful. Wherever regular scaffolding is used, Kwikstage scaffold can also be used as a substitute.

Using a safe and strong ringlock system (read a further explanation about ringlock system), the branded Kwikstage modular unit can easily be built to just about any height.

2. Cantilever Scaffolding

In this type of scaffolding, the standards are reinforced by a string of needles, and these needles are usually drawn out via holes in the walls. This is why it is known as single frame scaffolding.

Needles are usually reinforced inside the ground via the holes, and this is known as double or independent frame scaffold type. When building cantilever scaffold, care and attention must be taken. Usually, cantilever scaffolding is used under below-mentioned conditions.

  • When the upper area of the wall surface is being built
  • When the ground is free from traffic and is close to the wall
  • When the ground is able to support poles

3. Patented Scaffolding

Patented scaffolding is also manufactured from steel; having said that; they’re equipped with specific frames and couplings, etc. Most of these are ready-made scaffoldings that are available on the market. A platform for working is built on the mounting brackets which are custom-fit for the required levels.

4. Single Scaffolding

Single scaffolding is generally used for brickwork, and therefore it is known as a brick layer’s scaffold.

This type of scaffolding includes ledgers, standards, putlogs, etc. which fit the wall surface at a particular distance of about 2.1 m. The difference between the standards is about 2 to 2.6 m. Ledgers connect all standards at a vertical gap of 1.3 to 1.6 m. Putlogs are usually taken out from the visible difference left in the wall to one end of the ledgers. Putlogs tend to be placed at a space of 1.3 to 1.6 m.

5. Steel Scaffolding

Steel scaffolding is made of steel pipes that are connected jointly by steel couplers.

This type is easy to dismantle and to build. This scaffolding has better sturdiness and greater toughness with exceptional fire resistance qualities. Although it isn’t economical price wise, it gives better safety for laborers.

6. Trestle Scaffolding

A platform of working for laborers is reinforced on portable scaffold boards or tripods. This type of scaffolding consumes a height of 5m, and it is generally used for work in small spaces such as rooms or halls for paintings or repairing.

7. Suspended Scaffold

A suspended scaffold is mostly used for repair works, paintings, and so on. With this type, with the help of wire ropes or chains, the platform can easily be suspended from roofs. It can easily be lowered or lifted to the required level.

Mian Azhar
I began writing as a professional on my personal blog and then discovered my true calling, which is writing about technology, news and gadgets in general. I am a technical writer, author and blogger since 2010.