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Scaffolding FAQs

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Scaffolding guarantees your safety as you work in elevated areas. Hiring a scaffold is more flexible and cheaper than buying the equipment. Below is an excerpt discussing some scaffolding hire FAQs. 

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Scaffold Hire? 

Most people require scaffolds for short-term use. For instance, you could need the equipment to repaint your house or conduct bricklaying work. Scaffold hire is a flexible option since you only pay for the scaffold when you need it. Besides, scaffolding companies offer numerous support services to their clients. For example, the company could transport and install the equipment at your construction site. Moreover, it deploys professionals to inspect and maintain the scaffold to prevent accidents. Renting also protects you from losses in case the scaffolding suffers severe defects. Typically, most scaffolding companies have insurance coverage to compensate them for theft or severe damage. 

How Do You Choose A Scaffold? 

There are tons of different scaffolds to choose from. The general principle is informing the rental company about your scaffolding needs and asking them to recommend suitable scaffolding. The company will most likely want to establish site conditions. For instance, when working on unstable surfaces or in constricted areas, the company could recommend a cantilever scaffold that is pinned on the walls. Conversely, if the scaffold is to be used by many people at once, the company could suggest steel scaffolds. Trestle and mobile scaffolds suit contractors and homeowners conducting interior works or those who need to move the scaffolding regularly. 

What Considerations Should You Make When Hiring A Scaffold? 

Once you find a suitable scaffold, interview the rental company to establish their conditions. For instance; 

  • How long is the equipment available? After all, you would not want the company to recall its equipment before the completion of your project.
  • Are there restrictions on how clients can use the scaffolding? For instance, the company could prohibit assembly and dismantling, using the scaffold at night or moving the equipment from your site.
  • Does the company provide scaffolders or riggers? If it does, are they included in the standard charge? These professionals help install, inspect and maintain the scaffold.
  • What type of coverage does the scaffolding have? Reputable companies can recommend renters insurance that compensates you if you are liable for scaffolding damage and for loss of business when the scaffold is under repairs. 

Finally, prioritise safety when using the scaffold. For example, do not exceed its weight limits or use it in rainy weather. Moreover, do not use faulty scaffolds.