by Frederike Berg
Advantages of the steel scaffolds
Whenever you want to buy or rent a new scaffolding system, you are spoilt for choice these days: construction scaffolds, modular scaffolds with Cuplock or Ringlock connection, rolling scaffolds - the list goes on. This also applies to the material your future scaffolding system is made of. Modern system scaffolds are made of steel or aluminium. Of course, this immediately raises the question of which material is better. Every scaffolder would probably give you a different answer to this, because both aluminium and steel scaffolds have their decisive advantages. It is entirely up to you and your project which material you choose.
In this article, we would first like to introduce you to the advantages of steel scaffolding and what you should consider when buying it.
When is steel scaffolding the right choice for you?
Impossible to imagine scaffolding without steel as it is one of the most frequently used materials in the worldwide production of scaffolds. Ever since its introduction to the market, it has quickly climbed up the popularity list and outpaced the long-popular wooden scaffold. No real surprise, because it brings with it great advantages, such as
- The long service life of the steel scaffolding, which is guaranteed by high-quality corrosion protection such as hot-dip galvanisation. Damage caused to weather influences and the following maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.
- The high load-bearing capacity and stability, which it brings with it due to the weight of the steel alone.
- The fast and less error-prone assembly thanks to prefabricated system elements.
- The lower purchase price compared to, for example, the equally popular aluminium scaffolding.
These characteristics make steel scaffolding particularly suitable for construction work and long-term projects. Especially when large amounts of weight have to be moved up and down and a high load capacity is required, such as in bricklaying, steel scaffolding is the way to go.
What do you have to consider when buying or renting steel scaffolding?
If you need a particularly durable scaffold, the steel scaffold could be the right choice for you. When you make your choice, you should pay attention to the following:
- Make sure the scaffold complies with your local standards. Most reputable scaffolding suppliers will already follow recognised standards.
- If a scaffolding manufacturer can provide you with certificates and approvals for its products and production, this is a very good proof of the quality and safety of the scaffolding. Read more about the advantages of scaffolding certificates and approvals here.
- The traceability of individual scaffolding components should be guaranteed by means of an engraving. This shows when and where the respective scaffolding part was manufactured. If, for example, a coupler or ledger breaks after a short time, you and your supplier can use the engraved batch number to identify any problems with a particular batch and make it easier to locate and replace the affected parts in your yard.
- The better the corrosion protection of your steel scaffolding, the longer you will benefit from it. You can choose e.g. between painted and galvanised steel scaffolding. Read more about the advantages of both finishing methods here.
- You should not forget about the customer service of a scaffolding supplier when buying your steel scaffold. A customer-oriented supplier is always at your side during your project. Short-term material deliveries, trainings for your team and comprehensive technical advice pay off not only for complex projects.
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