Which Scaffolding Holds More Weight – Understanding The Best Types Of Scaffolding
There are many types of scaffolding available for construction companies, and it can be difficult to understand which type of scaffolding is right for your job size, and is the safest and most convenient.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the 3 most common types of scaffolding, to help you understand which scaffold system is the best option for your needs.
Tube-and-clamp scaffolding is built upon base plates and jacks, and is often the most versatile type of scaffold and scaffold component system. This is because it’s completely modular, and built of steel tubing and clams, which can be used to create vertical support, horizontal platforms, transoms, and more.
Each steel tube is connected to a clamp, which then attaches to multiple other tubes. Horizontal, vertical, and diagonal tubes are used to reinforce the scaffolding even further.
Tube-and-clamp scaffolding is appropriate for heavy-duty and light duty scaffolding applications alike. It is incredibly stable and strong, and it’s usually quite inexpensive, because the individual components are very simple.
However, it takes a long time to assemble tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and care must be taken in every step of the process, to ensure that each structural area is completely safe and secure, and installed correctly.
Prefabricated Modular System Scaffolding
Like tube-and-clamp scaffolding, this type of scaffolding is extremely strong and durable, and it has the advantage of using prefabricated components, which make it easier to set scaffolding up and take it down.
For example, pre-built transoms, walkways, and other such components can be purchased, and the entire system can be built without the complex assembly of tube-and-clamp scaffolding.
Examples of prefabricated modular system scaffolding include Layher Scaffolding and Kwikstage. These systems also integrate fall protection features, which are required of light duty scaffolding after a height of 3 metres.
Naturally, this type of scaffolding is typically a bit more expensive, but the convenience often makes it well-worth the investment.
Frame scaffolding is extremely versatile, and often the best choice for small projects, where scaffolding will not need to be installed for weeks or months. These types of scaffolds can be built with an A-frame or an H-frame design.
Pre-built structural frame components can quickly be lashed and attached together using piping and support structures. Because every component is standardized, it’s easy to quickly build a safe scaffold, and include fall protection such as guardrails and personal arrest systems.
Typically, this type of scaffolding is not appropriate for extremely high structures. Most commonly, painters and other professionals use frame scaffolding due to its low cost and portability, and they only go about two to four stories above ground level.
This type of scaffolding tends to become unstable when the height exceeds four times its minimum base dimension, and usually must be tied or braced to the building when this occurs.
Which Scaffolding Holds More Weight?
The answer to this really depends on the architecture of your scaffolding, the brand of scaffolding you’re using, and a number of other factors – it’s impossible to give you an answer that’s applicable to all situations.
However, all major scaffolding brands adhere to workplace safety standards – namely, that all scaffolding must support, without failure, its own weight, as well as 4 times the maximum intended load applied or transmitted.
In plain English, this means that a scaffolding rig that weighs 1,000 kilos and is meant to support a maximum load of 1,000 kilos of weight must be able to support a total of 5,000 kilos.
As long as you purchase frame scaffolding, modular scaffolding, or tube-and-clamp scaffolding from a company like Australian Scaffold, you’re sure to get the solution and scaffold weight that works for you, and ensures the safety of your workers.
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