Scafom-rux guide to scaffold types


Scafom-rux guide to types of scaffolding

Scaffolding is an essential tool for most renovation, repair, and construction projects. Different types of scaffolds are used depending on the specific needs of a construction project, each of which typically has its own unique qualities and benefits. In this article we take a closer look on a selection of the most popular scaffolding types and their specialties.

Modular scaffolding

Modular scaffolds – also known as system scaffolds – are popular for good reason: thanks to their prefabricated connection points they are especially easy and fast to assemble and disassemble. There are different variations of modular scaffold available, such as Ringlock, Cuplock, Haki or Kwikstage.


The ringlock modular scaffold is one of the most popular types of modular scaffolds


Modular scaffolds like Scafom-rux RINGSCAFF don’t require tedious measuring of connection points – which also makes them less prone to errors during assembly. This contributes to the fact that modular scaffolds provide a high level of safety.

Modular scaffolds can easily be customised to the required need. For example, the ringlock connection method allows for up to eight ledgers and transoms connected at each node point so that the scaffold can be fitted to a variety of shapes, e.g. rounded or angled. This way, modular scaffolds can be used for a variety of projects, such as

  • Construction
  • Bridge construction and maintenance
  • Shipbuilding
  • Mining
  • Refineries
  • Wind farms, oil rigs or natural oil platforms

If you want to learn more about modular scaffolds and their advantages, click here.


Tubular scaffolding

Whether you know it as tube and coupler scaffold, tube and clamp scaffold or tube and fitting scaffold – the many names of the tubular scaffold speak for themselves. Indeed, the set up of this type of scaffold is quite simple: scaffold tubes are connected with couplers to build a durable and easily adaptable scaffold. In fact, this type of scaffold has a long tradition in the history of scaffolding. And to this day, the tubular scaffold is used in a wide range of projects as scaffolders appreciate its high load-bearing capacity and versatility.


Tube and fitting scaffold - a very "traditional" way to build scaffolds


The tubular scaffold continues to be popular, especially in Asia, the Middle East and parts of the UK. However, system scaffolding is increasingly taking over the market because of its considerable advantages in terms of assembly and dismantling speed and safety. If you want to learn more about the tubular scaffold and its specialities compared to the system scaffold, click here.

Suspended scaffolding

If water or traffic flows under the object that needs to be scaffolded, a classic supported scaffold is often simply not practicable. For cases like this, suspended scaffolds like RINGSCAFF Sky come in handy. Suspended scaffolds are used for

  • Ceiling renovations
  • Bridge renovations and maintenance
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Maintenance projects in industries like oil and gas
  • Shipyards and offshore projects

Suspended scaffolding are used for projects where it can be difficult or too time-consuming to build a supported scaffold from the ground. For example, above uneven surfaces, water, traffic routes or areas obstructed by elements like tanks, pipes, or machinery. Of course

Even though a good suspended scaffold has a lot to offer in terms of load-bearing capacity, it does not quite come up to that of the supported scaffolds. This is why suspended scaffolds are often used for cleaning, inspection, maintenance, repair, or painting work.

For more information about suspended scaffolds, click here to read our blog on this type of scaffolding.


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