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2 Kinds of Scaffolding

by Celina Simpson

When you are trying to do any kind of construction on a multi-story building, you need to have some way to get up to the higher levels. One way to do it is to use scaffolding. There are various kinds of scaffolding that can be used on construction sites. 


Scaffolding is a framework that is built up around the building or structure being built. The framework has spaces where platforms can be placed on which people can stand and do their work. Scaffolds can be made out of wood, metal, and even bamboo, which is still used in areas like China. 

Cantilever Scaffolding

Most scaffolding has its base on the ground, but that isn't true when it comes to cantilever scaffolding. This kind of scaffolding is actually a suspended kind of framework. The bottom platform is placed where the work is starting on the wall, and instead of the lower supports coming up off the ground, they come from the building. The supports are angled from the outside edge of the framework for the scaffold and then down to the building. The cantilevering gives the scaffolding the strength and support that it needs. Then the scaffolding is built up as necessary and secured to the building to keep it in place. This kind of scaffolding is generally used in areas where ground space is at a premium. 

Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding's support doesn't come from the bottom in any way; it is basically hung from the roof, generally using things like ropes and chains. This kind of scaffolding usually consists of just one platform and can be lifted or lowered as necessary. Suspended scaffoldings tend to be used when doing things like washing windows, painting, or doing work on upper levels of a building, especially a very tall building. Suspended scaffolding can be temporary or part of a permanent structure, which could involve having lifts and pulley systems that will allow for the scaffolding to be raised up to the level of the roof and stored there. 

Without scaffolding, it would be much, much more difficult to do any kind of multi-level construction, which is why it has actually been used in one form or another for millennia. There are different kinds of scaffolding that can be used, depending on what kind of work is being done and where it's being done. If you are in need of scaffolding, call a scaffolding professional today.