Scaffolding is an integral part of almost all construction projects and has
been used ever since the first structures were built. Commonly needed to
get access to structures at height during construction, Scaffolding can
serve many different purposes. Sometimes Scaffolding is used to support
workers and their tools, other times they’re needed to support signifcant
loads from building materials, such as bricks, blocks, stucco, or cast-in-
place concrete, which is known as ‘shoring’ instead of ‘Scaffolding’.
Even though there are many different types of Scaffolding, new variants
come out fairly often. Some of the most popular types of Scaffolding
around the world include:
1. Wooden & Bamboo Scaffolding
2. Tube & Clip Scaffolding
3. Systems Scaffolding
4.Staircase Tower Scaffolding
4. Frame & Brace Scaffolding
5. Suspended/Swinging Scaffolding
6. Mast Climbing Scaffolding
Why are there so many different types
Sometimes a specifc type of Scaffolding is common because the
equipment is readily available and a lot of people know the system. You
may already be familiar with these regional differences, 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, different types of
Scaffolding systems will be more common. In Scandinavia and Northern
Europe where labor is very expensive, aluminum Scaffolding is becoming
more common. Since aluminum is lighter than steel, and most Scaffolding
has to be manually lifted to be put in place, lighter Scaffolding means that
the scaffold can be built faster, which reduces labor cost.
In some countries, aluminum is expensive and labor is much more
affordable, so wooden poles and bamboo is fairly common. As a designer,
make sure that you’re choosing the Scaffolding system that works best for
your project and follows local regulations.
Cert no HZL.W0223
Below, you’ll and more information about each type of Scaffolding
including common applications and where they’re commonly used around
Tube & Clamp Scaffolding
Tube and coupler scaffolding construction example from Ponteggi Edilponte S.p.A
This is one of the earliest types of steel scaffolding and consists of two
parts, including the tubes and clips, sometimes called ‘couples’. The idea
is really simple and one reason why it’s so popular is because of the ease
in assembly and disassembly. To erect the scaffold, you need to connect
tubes together to make long runs and then connect the verticals and
horizontals together with clamps built specifcally for these tubes.