What Are the Different Types of Scaffolding Used For?

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What Are the Different Types of Scaffolding Used For?
Choosing the right scaffolding for the right job can turn an intimidating houshold renovation into a cakewalk. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A variety of home improvement, renovation and construction projects necessitate the use of scaffolding. Space, location, height requirements and other details determine which type is best for any given task. Scaffolding consists of sturdy frame structures in various configurations and is sometimes fitted with casters for ease of repositioning.

Basic Scaffolding

A basic scaffold generally consists of two steel-tube frames, two removable aluminium cross braces, four steel footpads and an aluminium platform. The mix of steel and aluminium components gives it a light stability that makes it easy to handle and gives it a large load-bearing capacity, making it ideal for outdoor and indoor projects that require a large, sturdy and stationary working platform. These projects could include hanging drywall, brick and block work, texturing walls and ceilings or any other activity that requires handling heavy loads. Basic scaffolding combos can be stacked on top of each other to work on projects that span multiple levels.

Rolling Scaffolding

A rolling scaffold has the same structure as basic scaffolding with a few minor differences. These include a smaller frame, lighter weight, a lower load bearing capacity and the addition of guardrails and caster-style wheels. The easy-push convenience of this type of medium-sized scaffolding is well suited for indoor and outdoor projects that have stable surfaces and cover wide areas, such as with drywall taping and finishing and installations of crown moulding. Stacking is a feature of this type of scaffolding.

Multiuse Scaffolding

This type of scaffolding includes two narrow steel frames (with multiple slots for height adjustment), two steel braces with locking pins, an aluminium platform and swivel-locking caster-style wheels. The special design makes it the perfect option for general household projects like painting, hanging (or replacing) fans and light fixtures, putting up high picture frames, drywall taping and finishing, window installation and cleaning and overhead door installation. Due to its narrow frame style, this type of scaffolding requires additional safety accessories when extended beyond one level.

Roll and Fold Mini Scaffolding

Adjustable dual platforms, an easy fold-up frame and swivel-locking caster-style wheels make this the perfect scaffolding for small jobs around the house including painting, installing shelving and cabinets and organising items in hard-to-reach places. It can also be used as a cart for transporting items, as a storage shelf and folded down for easy storage when not in use. Stacking is not a feature of this type of scaffolding.

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