Different types of scaffolding

In order to properly rent scaffolding from any rental agency, knowledge of different scaffolding is a must. For example, more than just googling “scaffolding rental orlando” a builder has to know what type of scaffolding rental is available to them. A builder or architect can have the best plans in the world to create a beautiful building, but the project is meaningless without the right equipment, especially the type of equipment needed to make sure the construction workers can physically move around the job site. Whether the scaffolding in question is suspended, commercial, industrial, or something else entirely,the right scaffolding makes or breaks the project at hand.

The most common type of scaffolding is suspended scaffolding, and mostly serves tall buildings being built. This type of support is the most cost effective, and allows the construction workers to quickly maneuver around the job site. These structures shang from ropes from an overhead structure. Types of suspended scaffolding include catenaries (perpendicular platforms), floats (braced single platform held aloft by a beam), multi-level platforms, and needle beams. Suspended scaffolding has the advantage of being ergonomic and highly customized, preferable for most building projects.

Unlike run of the mill suspended scaffolding, commercial scaffolding is a bit different. Commercial scaffolding is often reserved for more dangerous projects in a denser, more crowded city area. Whereas conventional scaffolding uses ropes and cables, commercial scaffolding uses solid pipes to keep construction workers safe on the job. Commercial grade scaffolding tends to be much sturdier, as the building itself will typically be larger, and the scaffolding will have to hold a lot more people. On a project where commercial scaffolding is required, mistakes and being behind schedule and budget is rarely tolerated, so all precautions must be taken, and every resource must be used, especially when it comes to the safety of the builder.

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Beyond even commercial scaffolding exists industrial scaffolding. Unlike commercial projects, where multitudes of citizens enter and exit, industrial scaffolding is required in projects where even more precautions must be taken, such as power plants or oil refineries. In these types of buildings, proper scaffolding is erected even before the work begins, when worksites such as these must be inspected. Meanwhile, industrial scaffolding has “tags” that tells the user how up to date the scaffolding is: if the tag is not current, the scaffolding is not to be used. In addition, another main difference is the lack of any gap in industrial scaffolding. In commercial scaffolding, some of the platforms have gaps between platforms, and these gaps are typically tolerated. In industrial scaffolding, no such gaps are to be found, and where commercial scaffolding would have several small platforms, industrial platforms are more likely to be one large platform. What industrial and commercial tend to have in common, however, is fall protection. While the means and methods of fall protection differs, such as the use of a canopy in industrial scaffolding, both industrial and commercial scaffolding uses barricades and screens.

Stair towers are an obvious necessity when obtaining scaffolding, and must be compliant with OSHA laws. Their use is simple and straightforward, however, different types of stair towers exist for different projects. Examples include conventional construction, bridge construction, ship building, and industrial stair towers. Like other types of scaffolding, stair towers can be custom made to the builder’s specifications, and are finalized and inspected by a quality control team.

While walls and columns are removed, scaffolding must be in place to support the ceiling and stop it from collapsing. This is where shoring and reshoring comes in. When regular shores are not enough, reshores provide more reinforcement with weight distribution. When reshores are being placed, the original supports cannot be removed. Predictably, reshoring is a much more meticulous and time consuming process than initial shoring. The aforementioned shores have to be just loose enough to allow the reshores, but tight enough to keep the concrete slab in place and stop it from collapsing, and must be put in the exact same place as the original shore. This is a delicate operation and must be performed by a qualified engineer. 

Picking scaffolding can seem intimidating, but this does not need to be the case. Whether the location is Orlando or somewhere else entirely, with the right knowledge, deciding what scaffolding to get and use largely depends merely on what project is being built, and then the builder can go about choosing what specific types of scaffolding to use, whether commercial, industrial, or otherwise.