What Is Scaffolding?

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The building and construction industry has come a long way. It has effectively incorporated technology to boost productivity levels and to construct immaculate structures. However, if there is one thing that is still crucial to construction, it is scaffolding or a scaffold. Although the term “scaffold” is an important term, not many people know what it actually means. Hence, they tend to have the wrong idea about it. But, there is no need to worry because this post will help you learn more about scaffolding.

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So What Is A Scaffold?

In the simplest of words, a scaffold or scaffolding is a temporary platform which is used for providing support to construction workers and elevating them to help with cleaning, repair, and construction. A scaffold consists of one or more planks. The planks are of a convenient length and size so as to provide support depending on your needs.

Construction projects require different types of scaffolding to be completed. Without the use of scaffolding, it is impossible for a building to be complete. The support offered by scaffolding is integral to building the structure of a building. The type of scaffolding used for the construction work depends on the type of building that needs to be constructed.

It is important to keep in mind that no matter which type of scaffolding you use, it has to be strong, firm, and well-built in order to provide support to other construction materials that are placed on it along with the laborers. Generally, scaffolding is made up of steel or timber.

Timber Scaffolding

When it comes to timber scaffolding, the support of the planks is offered by a timber frame which is erected and fabricated on site. The timber frame consists of ledgers (horizontal longitudinal members), vertical posts, and transverse members that are supported by ledgers as well as transverse and longitudinal cross-bracing. The transverse members provide support to the planks. A large area is covered by the trestle support. There is little room for adjustment of height. The trestles are either wooden sawhorses or of special design. They are made by carpenters. The working height of the trestle can be anywhere from 7-18 feet which makes them quite flexible.

Tubular Scaffolding

Tubular scaffolding is either made of aluminum or steel. It replaces the timber scaffolding and is used for huge projects. A great thing about tubular scaffolding is the fact that it can be erected easily into any height, length, or shape. The sections might be mounted onto the caster for providing a mobile staging. It is possible for the scaffolding to be enclosed with plastic sheeting or canvas to provide protection from the weather. It is easy to assemble tubular hoisting towers. The suspended scaffold consists of putlogs which support the flooring.


Scaffolding has helped with the construction of all types of buildings. Once you have gone over this post, you will have a better understanding about scaffolding and why it is widely used in the construction industry.

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