Every project, no matter how big or small, will require scaffolding at some point. In order to determine what kind of scaffolding is suitable, the type of project needs to be identified and split into domestic or commercial. Here is how you know which type of scaffolding you require;
What is domestic scaffolding:
A domestic property is a residential property which mainly includes houses, flats and bungalows. Most commonly, the domestic scaffolding is erected to help with maintenance on the home, for example, exterior painting, repairs to the roof, gutter work or chimney repairs. Technically, if safety was ignored, these tasks can be undertaken without scaffolding and merely with a ladder, however that can be incredibly dangerous.
Why do I need domestic scaffolding if I can use a ladder?
Safety is the main reason scaffolding is used. With safety being at the heart of any project and being the main priority, the use of a ladder in these situations would be rather dangerous. It is easier, quicker, and safer to hire temporary scaffolding than to put your life at risk.
Another reason why scaffolding is the best choice for domestic maintenance, is because it makes the task easier and faster to complete. Once the scaffolding is erected, the individual who the scaffolding is required for can simply use the platform and begin work, hassle free.
What is commercial scaffolding?
Commercial scaffolding is the scaffolding which is erected on commercial buildings and structures such as bridges, construction sites, hospitals and schools. Commercial scaffolding, also known as industrial scaffolding, is used for a multitude of reasons such as restoration, maintenance and for safety during installations. Due to the vast number of challenges which are accompanied with commercial scaffolding, the requirements are often greater and more demanding.
Domestic scaffolding projects are often of similar shape and require very similar scaffolding structures. Due to such parallels, the planning of the scaffolding is a lot easier compared to a hospital or a bridge over a railway. The main difference between the two types of scaffolding is the complexity which is involved in the commercial projects. Intricate and meticulous planning is often required for commercial scaffolding, this goes alongside detailed instructions which need to be followed to ensure that that the commercial project is successfully completed.
Health and safety;
Health and safety is a vital aspect of scaffolding and should never be ignored, especially when heights are involved. However, whilst health and safety is paramount with any project, additional precaution is required on commercial sites. This is due to the magnitude of the job; often extra lifts are required and the building is a lot higher than usual. In many commercial cases, the scaffolders will undergo additional training, especially for the larger and more complex jobs. Moreover, some commercial clients will hire scaffolders who have certain scaffolding qualifications and accreditations, e.g., the NASC qualification.
Which one is cheaper:
Whilst each project is relative to the company and the size of the job, domestic scaffolding projects are cheaper than commercial. Commercial is often far more expensive due to workforce, material and length of the time it will take for the project to be completed.
Scaffolding is vital to every job, no matter if it is a cathedral or a bungalow. There is no need to worry about if you will require a commercial scaffolding structure or a domestic one as the company you employ will inform you of your property type and what is required. All you need to worry about is choosing the right company which is the right fit for you and your needs.