Is scaffolding expensive?

Scaffolding cost depends on numerous factors such as height, flexibility, access consideration in the quoted price and regional variations across the global market. Thus, some of the important points are mentioned below which can significantly alter the scaffolding cost:

Hiring period: The standard hiring period in the scaffolding industry is between six and ten weeks, and the company will be provided the quoted prices. If work is expected to take longer, you will have to pay an additional weekly rental rate thereafter.

Height: Higher the need for scaffolding to go up, the more money it will cost. Other factors that attribute to height costs, including having to scale a narrow alleyway or place footings on public land.

Location: Geographical location can have an impact on the total costs of scaffolding. The global market determines the prices across different countries. Therefore check the price listing for the country you are hiring your scaffolding for.

Number of Walking Levels: More the walking levels required, the more expensive scaffolding will be. If you are working on a construction project, you will need a multilevel lift and walking level. However, if you are working on a small scale project, fewer walkways will be needed which will significantly reduce the cost.

Restriction of Public Access
In some cases, scaffolding needs to be erected on a public road or footpath. In such cases, you will have to get a license from your local authority which could be expensive.

Scaffolding work includes erecting, altering and dismantling a temporary structure erected to support a platform and from which, a person or object could fall. Unsafe scaffolding could result in death and serious injuries to the workers. Therefore, Scaffolding work must be undertaken by a person holding the appropriate class of high-risk work license. Scaffolding is commonly used in construction work, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges etc. so that workers have a safe, stable working platform. Scaffolding work is also used for concert stages, viewing towers, exhibition stands, and art projects. The purpose of scaffolding is to provide a safe working platform and access suitable for work crews to carry out their work. The European Standard is the hallmark of performance requirements for working scaffolds. The standard is intended to be used as the basis for inquiry and design.

A parallel can be drawn between Scaffolding and Minecraft. So here we will try to understand Scaffolding in terms of the analogy of the Minecraft game.

  • Scaffolding is a block when building structures to help the player reach the higher places or safely go down in Minecraft similar to the scaffolding structure used at the construction site for workers.
  • When the bottom block of scaffolding is destroyed in Minecraft, all building blocks above it will break which is also the case of scaffolding at the construction site.
  • Scaffolding can only be placed 6 blocks or 4 blocks out from its base of support in Minecraft; any further scaffolding placed will fall down to the ground.  This can be enhanced for scaffolding at construction by making use of new technological advances in the field, the number of blocks placed above each other can be increased manifold.