Scaolding is an integral part of almost all construction projects and has
been used ever since the rst structures were built. Commonly needed to
get access to structures at height during construction, scaolding can
serve many dierent purposes. Sometimes scaolding is used to support
workers and their tools, other times they’re needed to support signicant
loads from building materials, such as bricks, blocks, stucco, or cast-in-
place concrete, which is known as ‘shoring’ instead of ‘scaolding’.
Even though there are many dierent types of scaolding, new variants
come out fairly often. Some of the most popular types of scaolding
around the world include:
1. Wooden & Bamboo Scaolding
2. Tube & Clip Scaolding
3. Systems Scaolding
4.Staircase Tower Scaolding
4. Frame & Brace Scaolding
5. Suspended/Swinging Scaolding
6. Mast Climbing Scaolding
Why are there so many dierent types
Sometimes a specic type of scaolding is common because the
equipment is readily available and a lot of people know the system. You
may already be familiar with these regional dierences, like Kwikstage in
Australia and Scotland, as well as tube and clip in England and Wales.
There is a lot of local expertise on the intricacies of each system, as well
as local codes written with these systems in mind.
Depending on where you’re working in the world, dierent types of
scaolding systems will be more common. In Scandinavia and Northern
Europe where labor is very expensive, aluminum scaolding is becoming
more common. Since aluminum is lighter than steel, and most scaolding
has to be manually lifted to be put in place, lighter scaolding means that
the scaold can be built faster, which reduces labor cost.
In some countries, aluminum is expensive and labor is much more
aordable, so wooden poles and bamboo is fairly common. As a designer,
make sure that you’re choosing the scaolding system that works best for
your project and follows local regulations.