Guide to scaffolding prices
Scaffolding is essential for many property refurbishments and building projects – find out how much it costs to hire scaffolding here.
Scaffolding is an essential part of building projects, renovations and refurbishments. The final price of scaffold hire will be determined by how long you need the scaffolding for and the amount of jacks and walk boards that are needed. If you are hiring a tradesman to do a job that requires scaffolding the hire price will be in his quote if he doesn’t own any. Find out how much it costs to hire scaffolding here.
Why you need to use scaffolding
Whether you already have a home or are about to build one at some point you will need to access the roof and higher parts of the house. You may need to replace roof tiles, or work on the chimney or paint the eaves. Many of these jobs can be undertaken safely using an extension ladder but other jobs will you need you to hire and erect scaffolding to do the job safely.
Scaffolding will give you access to the higher parts of your house and a platform to work from. More than one professional can work from the same scaffolding platform which will save time and therefore money. Scaffolding is useful when you are handling heavy materials such as bricks and mortar. The materials can be stockpiled on the scaffolding before you start work that will save you many trips up and down. (see scaffolding rules and regulations here)
How does scaffolding work?
Scaffolding is a very flexible system that allows you to access areas inaccessible by any other means safely and securely. Scaffolding relies on jacks or metal supports. The jacks are made from heavy steel tubing with adjustable feet that are locked into position with steel pins. Every jack has horizontal tubes where you can place boards to walk on and store materials on. The built-in ladder rungs make climbing a scaffold easy. The jacks are placed apart so a walk board is spanning between them. The walk boards are heavy planks of wood that the tradesmen stand on. In order to reach very high places the scaffolding jacks are placed on top of each other until the desired height is reached. The feet are removed from the bottom jack and it is placed over the top of the other.
How much does scaffolding cost?
You do not need to buy scaffolding to do work around your home. Many hire places have scaffolding for hire and the scaffolding hire prices include the jacks and the walk boards. The cost of scaffolding can vary but for a rough guide:
The cost to erect scaffolding at the front of a semi-detached home for roofing work starts at around £420
Scaffolding costs for roofing work that requires scaffolding around a home starts at around £900
It is better to get a few quotes for the cost of scaffolding hire before you go ahead and hire it. Compare local suppliers and choose the supplier and price that fits your budget and requirements.