Are you thinking of getting scaffolding for an exciting, upcoming project but have a million questions? Worry no more, here are the top 5 questions we get asked as a scaffolding company;
1) How long can I have my scaffolding up for?
There is no specific length of time you can have scaffolding up for, as it is dependent upon the size of the project and how long it will take to complete. If you want to quickly paint the outside of your house, 2 days of scaffolding would be perfect. Conversely, if you are having an extension, this could take a few months. All our scaffolding projects are designed to fit the unique needs of the customer.
2) How much does the scaffolding cost? Is it a universal price?
Scaffolding prices will vary from company to company, project to project. Each company will have their own price terms and conditions, which will be highlighted during the tendering process.
The pricing of a project will factor in different things; the duration of hire, the access to the property i.e., will there be a carrying labour charge, the size of the property, number of scaffolders required, travel cost. There are many different components to the overall price of scaffolding hire.
3) Do I need to prepare my property for scaffolding?
Preparation for all projects is key, and this is especially important for scaffolding. However, it is not only the scaffolder who needs to prepare for the job, but the customers too. Whilst the scaffolders prepare by ensuring they have the correct and right amount of kit, and enough man power, the customers can prepare their own property by doing the following things;
Clearing the area where the scaffolding will be erected.
Be available at the property in case access is required to certain elevations.
Accessible parking for the scaffolding vehicle close to the property.
Inform neighbours if access is required through their property.
Remove or cover any weeds or shrubs which will be in the way of erection.
Have a secure base for the scaffolding i.e., no loose patio tiles or decking.
Check if scaffolding will disturb any wildlife and inform the relevant companies for this, i.e. call pest control to remove any bees or hornets’ nests, call the council if there is a bird’s nest present as it is illegal to remove one.
By completing these and ensuring that the space is clear, it will make for a quick, efficient and safe erection or dismantle.
4) Do I need a scaffolding permit for my project?
A permit is only required if any part of the property which requires scaffolding is on a public highway. If this is the case, a pavement license is required from your local council. Typically, a council will require a minimum of five working days for an application to be approved, therefore if required the scaffolding company will apply for one after receiving the pictures and information about the project. The typical length of time for a pavement license is one month, but if you require it for longer you will have to reapply.
The overall cost for a license is dependent upon the local council involved. For example, if scaffolding was erected in West Sussex where a pavement license was required, it would cost £226.90 for the first month, but if it had to be extended an additional charge of £151.70 would be added. Upon application, the scaffolding company will pay for the license, but the cost of application will be added to the invoice at the end of the project. However, once again this is dependent on the scaffolding company chosen, the location of the project, and the length of time.
5) How long does it take to erect/dismantle scaffolding?
This is similar to asking how long a piece of string is. The overall period of time for the erection and dismantling of the scaffolding is dependent on the size of the property, any obstacles which scaffolders may encounter, weather, and how easily accessible the project is. However, it should be said that even the rain doesn’t stop or hinder our scaffolders.
Hopefully, these answered questions will help you put your mind to rest. Please remember that answers, prices, and conditions vary depending on the scaffolding company you choose to work with and the duration of the project. If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us as we are more than happy to help in any way we possibly can.
No project is too small, too big, or too complicated