Scaffolders in Hampshire
Scaffolding comes in many different forms, shapes and sizes and these vary depending on the required job at hand and the access restrictions around the building. Here is a quick and handy guide to some of the different types of scaffolding that our Portsmouth scaffolders can provide.
Putlog Scaffolds – these types of scaffolds are used for new build work and the ‘putlog’ which supports horizontal platform boards is built into the brickwork as the work proceeds. These scaffolds have an outer row of standards, that are held together by ledgers.
Independent Scaffolds – have two rows of standards that are joined by horizontal ledgers. Diagonal cross braces provide this scaffold with additional stability and guard rails provide protection against falls. Boards are placed along transoms that are supported by the ledgers. These scaffolds can be tied to the building for added strength and stability.
Mobile Working Platforms – these are sawn, square edge timber boards that are placed at a height where work is required. They must offer the space available for tools and operatives and strength to overcome the imposed loads from workers and materials. Working platforms should have toe boards, brick guard netting and guard rails of a sufficient height.
Mobile tower scaffolds – these types of scaffold are ideal for carrying out domestic and commercial property maintenance. They can be quickly assembled from standard scaffold poles and fittings or from preformed, purpose made framing components. They can be supplied on wheels to allow for easy movement between work sections. Ladder access is typically provided within the tower frame build up itself.
Birdcage scaffolding – a type of independent scaffold consisting of two parallel rows of standards, separated by ledgers. This form of scaffold is mainly used internally in buildings with high ceilings, such as shopping mall atriums, churches and sports halls. The birdcage scaffold should be fitted with sheets to protect against dust and debris falling below. These scaffolds are ideal for internal maintenance works such as painting or internal repairs.
Slung or suspended Scaffolds – as with the birdcage scaffold, slung scaffolds are used for mainly internal work and are suspended from the building fabric itself. The advantage of this type of scaffold is that they still allow for the movement people and goods below, so are ideal for your commercial buildings and warehouses where work needs to be carried out at height without affecting operations below.
Gantry Scaffolds – This type of scaffold is ideal where the building adjoins a public footpath and clear walking space is required underneath. Discussion is required with the local authorities and highways for this type of scaffold so it may take longer to put in place. Temporary Structural supporting members may be required and these are used to create a platform which supports, materials and independent scaffolds above.
Cantilever scaffolds – built off of cantilever beams, this form of scaffold is used where it is uneconomical to build the scaffold off of the ground.
Trestle Scaffolds – these are ideal for simple internal works up to 5m high such as painting and cleaning. Similar to a mobile tower scaffold, the working platform is positioned on a framework of standards and ledgers mounted on moving wheels, allowing for efficient movement as the work proceeds.
If you would like help selecting the right scaffold rental for your job, or need more information on any of the above, get in touch with one of our qualified scaffolders today !
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