Different Types of Commercial Aluminum Scaffolding

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Commercial Aluminum Scaffolding

Different Types of Commercial Aluminum Scaffolding

Scaffolding can be used for a wide variety of purposes, whether you’re building a new home or if you’re changing the gutters on an existing property. When it comes to commercial projects you’re going to need resilient pieces that are designed for many workers, give you the ability to easily move around, and provide the safety and security that you need. At Upright Aluminum Scaffolds, we help to make sure that our clients are sufficiently prepared for the job. All of our available pieces are specially designed to adapt to any commercial project so you can get the job done safely and on time. Below are the different types of commercial aluminum scaffolding that you can build.

Independent Scaffolds

A common type of scaffolding that you’ll notice inside of commercial properties is the independent design. Also commonly referred to as birdcage scaffolding, it’s easy to put together and easy to dismantle. There are generally 2 rows of standards that are vertical poles and ledgers and transoms connect them. If your project involves working on a single level, you’ll want to consider this design, such as working on ceilings. They’re generally recommended for smaller commercial projects in contained areas.

Single Pole Scaffolds

As another design that is recommended for small commercial projects, single pole scaffolds are great for one or two workers at a time. They require the use of a single row of standards and will be supported by a single wall. This helps to build the most amount of stability for the project to ensure the workers are safe. These structures are better to use for outdoor projects.

Suspended Scaffolds

If you’ve ever seen window washers or people replacing windows on the outside of a business, they’re most likely in a suspended scaffold. This design requires the use of a mechanical crank or lever to help raise or lower the basket, which is where people will be standing. A suspended scaffold may also be placed in an industrial site where tools need to be transported from one level to another.

Cantilever Scaffolds

If you’re working on a project that has a lot of hard to reach areas, you should become accustomed to cantilever scaffolds. These are typically used outdoors and give you the ability to build a safe structure that is anchored to the building that you’re working on. One end of the structure will be attached to the building using clamps or an anchor and the other half won’t.

It is imperative that workers were harnesses to tie off to the scaffold in the event that they lose their balance.

Supported Scaffolding

As the single most popular type of scaffolding in the world, supported scaffolding is inexpensive, easy to erect and dismantle, and gives workers a safe environment to get the job done. This design is recommended for projects that involve drastic heights and there may be the need for additional support in the event that you’ll have a lot of weight on the unit or if the scaffolding is expected to be quite high. You will have to build supported scaffolding from the base upwards and they are highly customizable for different projects.

Mobile Scaffolding

Mobile scaffolding is essentially a design that is meant to move over time. You can either make a semi-permanent structure or a permanent structure that is designed to be anchored to the building for an extended period of time. When constructed properly and using high quality materials such as the ones from Upright Aluminum Scaffolds, mobile scaffolding can be incredibly safe and easy to use. They’re quite adaptable as you have the option of moving it from one half of the building to the other or leaving it where it is until the project is completed.

Rolling Scaffolding

You’ll find that rolling scaffolding is quite similar to supported scaffolding, though instead of having a stable base there will be wheels at the bottom of the structure that make it easy to move. In the event that you’re working on a project that requires you to go from one end of the building to the other, you can easily push the structure instead of dismantling the entire scaffold. They are also convenient in terms of permits, as a rolling scaffold is acceptable for wide distances, whereas a single scaffold might not be safe to use. It is important that the wheels remain locked for the duration of the project to maintain a high level of workplace safety.

Scaffolding is quite common for commercial projects, as workers need to have access to high areas of building. Although it may be simpler to use aerial lifts, building a scaffold is convenient, inexpensive, and doesn’t require an operator. It is important that you consider aluminum for your scaffolding as it is weather-resistant, incredibly strong, and easy to use.