What is the difference between hoarding and scaffolding

Hoardings are panels made of wood or metal that usually surround a construction site. Hoarding is used to provide safety, security, and protection around construction sites for both the construction workers and members of the public and can also serve as a great advertising tool. Most hoarding stands at about two meters in height to be able to act as a barrier between the construction site and the outside world.

The main difference between hoarding and scaffolding is in their use. While scaffolding is used as a means of support for construction materials and construction workers working at heights, hoarding is used to create clear boundaries between construction sites and the outside world.

Construction site erected a hoarding. In background multiple large scaffoldings

Scaffolding is usually set up around specific areas of the building where active construction is going on while hoarding is set up around the entire premises.

Advantages of hoarding

Hoarding provides an effective barrier that prevents anyone from the public from accidentally getting into an active construction site with dangerous materials and tools all over.

Hoarding also provides an effective visual break between the environment and the constructions. This is because most people consider construction sites a “blight” on the environment. With hoarding, the local ambiance is maintained without having to do too much.

Hoarding also offers a business numerous branding and advertorial impacts. This applies to the contractor, a local business, or an involved party. By having a print supplier create a series of graphics, one can transform simple hoarding into a work of art.

Hoarding vs. scaffolding

HoardingScaffolding
It refers to panels made of wood or metal that usually surround a construction site to provide safety, security, and protection. It’s a sturdy structure that provides a secure working platform when working at height.
Most hoarding stands at about two meters in height to create protection around the constructionThe height of scaffolding depends on the height of the building
Provides an effective visual break between the environment and the constructions.With scaffolding, you have to use scaffold netting

The type of project you’re working on will determine whether you need hoarding or scaffolding. In some instances, you can require both for the project.