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How to estimate the costs of scaffolding

Updated February 21, 2017

Scaffolding is a vital piece of equipment for working safely above ground on buildings. It serves as a temporary support structure for builders, decorators and anyone who needs to work at heights. Most scaffolding comes as semi-assembled units that builders or scaffolders can fix together easily. Scaffolding hire costs vary depending on the amount of scaffolding you need and the duration of the job.

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  1. Measure the total length of the area where you plan to erect the scaffolding in metres. The distance should include all building corners.

  2. Measure the maximum height the scaffolding.

  3. Contact your local scaffold hire company, give them the measurements and ask for a quote. Request the price per scaffold unit, including the sizes of each unit and the daily, weekly or monthly hire cost. Most scaffold units are 2.4 metres (8 feet) long and 1.8 metres (6 feet) high, but this can vary by manufacturer and type.

  4. Divide the entire length of the working area you measured by the actual length of the scaffolding units. This calculation will give you the total number of units needed to cover the span of the project. Now divide the height of the working area by the height of the scaffolding units. This calculation will give you the total number of units needed to cover the height span. Combine the two calculations and this will give you the total number of scaffolding units required to complete the job.

  5. Take the total number of scaffolding units needed and multiply it by the daily hire costs quoted to find out the total spend for each day.

  6. Determine how many days you will need to use the scaffolding units and multiply this number by the daily rate. This will give you the total cost of the job.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
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About the Author

Ray Damon

Ray Damon has been writing for newspapers and sportscasting since 1990. He has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA. His recent work can be found in "The Sun Herald" and he also writes for the Regional Indoor Football League and the Sarasota Scorpions. Ray is the owner of the Regional Indoor Football League. He holds two degrees in the broadcast field.

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