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How much does scaffolding cost

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Scaffolding provides ease of access to hard-to-reach areas thanks to its versatility. It offers safe access for workers. When it comes to determining how much modern scaffolding services cost, you cannot give a standard quote because you have to consider the many factors that affect the cost. A scaffolding cost calculator would give you an average cost ranging between £40 and £150 per day. This varies with the nature of your scaffolding project. Let’s look at various scaffold costs broken down in detail.

Detailed scaffolding costs

You’re having a construction project in London, and whether it’s a commercial or domestic project, you need to ensure that you have safe ease of access to the inaccessible areas during construction. The scaffolding costs will vary in many companies depending on the size of the building, work at height, and ease of access among other things. Your recommended local builder should work with a reliable scaffolding firm depending on the nature of the project being undertaken.

Some homeowners might opt to buy their own scaffolding towers. However, you need scaffolding experts to help you with the installation. Here are some of the detailed scaffolding costs.

Chimney scaffolding cost

It is not uncommon to find your chimney needing repair from time to time. A scaffold will come in handy for your builder to have easy and safe access to the chimney. The builder is more likely to do the chimney work with fewer complications. The cost of hiring scaffolding will vary depending on where your chimney is located. Whether it’s at the eaves, ridge, or gable end.

The ease of access to the chimney that needs to be repaired will impact the price because the problems incurred vary. For instance, if the chimney is near the eaves, the average cost can be between £450 to £600 per week because there is easy access. 

If the chimney is in the middle of the house, you will be charged more ( between £900 to £1000 per week ) for the chimney scaffold. It costs more to erect scaffolding because of the difficulty in accessing the area for the chimney work.

Conservatory scaffolding cost

Whether you want to use it as a greenhouse or lightroom, conservatories are common with many London homeowners. Considering that most conservatories are built using materials that can barely hold much weight load like glass, access to the other parts of the roof where there’s a conservatory will be difficult.

For your builder to easily access such roof areas, there will need to be a scaffolding bridge over the conservatory. The cost of the conservatory scaffolds will vary with your location or the type of property you have. The scaffolding hire prices will range between £400 to £900 per meter on a weekly basis. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to construct a scaffolding bridge.

Loft conversion scaffolding

Different loft conversion types involve the need for alterations made to the existing roof structure. For this to be possible, you may require scaffolding to allow easy access to the roof work that may need to be done. Scaffolding for a loft may cost around £100 depending on the complexity and nature of the project. You may also require a scaffold structure for any roofing work like roof repairs for your loft.

Gutter repair scaffolding

When repairing the gutter, you can opt for an access tower as it will serve the purpose depending on the gutter height. This cost you between £70 and £150 every week. The gutter repair scaffolding prices can range between £250 to £400 on a weekly basis. You will also require scaffolding for gutter cleaning.

If required scaffolding is less complicated, it doesn’t mean that it will be cheap. The scaffolding prices for the access tower are still affordable compared to erecting a static one.


Scaffolding for semi-detached homes

Semi-detached house scaffolding happens to be one of the costly options that you can consider. Depending on whether the roofing has gable walls or equally leveled eaves will determine how the scaffold structure will be installed. 

You need to establish whether the scaffolding will get to your neighbour’s property. Is your roof close to the boundary? If that’s the case, you’ll need to acquire a permit for scaffolding.

The cost of hiring scaffolding in London for semi-detached homes can be £800 and £1200 a week. It is advisable to make sure that both your builder and the scaffolding company have liability insurance. In case the neighbour’s property faces any damages during the process.

It is essential to note that this price is for one level. If the building work will require other levels, then the cost to hire scaffolding will be more. Some of the other scaffolding prices you’d want to have in mind depending on the type of house you have include the following:

  • Between £1000 to £1250 per week for scaffolding around a  4-storey semi-detached house. Of course, this will depend on your location and time limit among other things.
  • Around £750 to £900 every week for a 2-bed semi-detached house, depending on your location among other things.
  • Expect to pay anything between £900 to £1150 for a 3-bed semi-detached house on a weekly basis.
  • Between £550 to £700 for 10-meter scaffolding for the first floor. The set-up for such a scaffold is easy since it can take around two to three hours.
  • Scaffolding wall work is usually more costly. When it comes to a terraced house, you should expect to pay approximately £310 every week for one side. On average, the scaffolding hire costs should range between £960 to £1100.

With the above scaffolding hire price list, you get an idea on how much scaffolding companies are likely to charge for the scaffolds. This will make it easy for you to review the quotes from local scaffolding companies.

How much does scaffolding cost per m2 

Whenever you need to hire scaffolds, the price of scaffolding per square meter will vary from one scaffolding company to the other. Erecting scaffolding, dismantling, and labour costs are included in the overall rental price. If you’re not planning on buying your own scaffold structures, here’s an overview of the cost you should expect to pay per square meter:

  • Around  £15 per square meter for independent scaffold.
  • Roughly £10 per square meter for edge protectors.
  • Around £10 per square meter for guardrails.

What are the other additional costs I might incur

Depending on the London scaffolding hire company you choose to work with, you might find yourself incurring different costs. Some of the additional costs you’re likely to incur include the following:

  • If there’ll be a need for a bridge like in conservatory, it will most likely cost you around £400 in addition to any other scaffolding that may be necessary. It is advisable to be sure of the quote and what it entails before committing to hire any scaffold companies.
  • You might also incur extra costs if the scaffolding tower will interrupt any public access to areas like footpaths or roads. You will need a permit and a license from your local council. This can cost you from £45 per month or £215 a week depending on your location. It is also important to note that the charges can be per scaffold, instead of being per project depending on where you’re located.
  • You will also need a clearance company for waste removal services to remove any rubbish from the site. This means you’ll have to incur an extra cost of around £250. It is good to opt for a clearance company that provides eco-friendly services.

Factors affecting the cost of scaffolding

From the scaffold company you choose to work with to the hire duration, there are many factors that have an impact on the scaffolding cost you’re likely to incur. Some of these factors are as discussed below:

  • Length of hire. You will be charged depending on the duration you’re going to need the scaffolding. Usually, most scaffold companies in London have a rental period of between six to eight weeks. 

The more you keep the scaffolds, the more you should expect to pay. It’s advisable to ensure that your builder is ready to start using the scaffolds before you decide to hire to avoid paying for them when they’re not being used. It is great to compare the quotes from scaffolding firms before settling for one. 

  • Your location. Scaffolding costs more in London and its surrounding areas compared to other rural parts of the UK.
  • Scaffold length and height. The length of scaffolding you’ll need for your project plays an important role in determining the cost. The longer the height of the scaffold, the more you’re going to be charged for the scaffold cost especially since it takes more time to assemble. The same goes for if you’ll require more than one level for the scaffold.
  • Accessibility. If the scaffolders are likely to encounter any obstacles when assembling the scaffolds then it will cost you more since there will be a lot of work involved. You shouldn’t forget also that you’ll still incur additional costs if the scaffolds happen to hinder public access to roads or footpaths.
  • Any extras. This can range from ladders, ladder rungs, edge protectors to handrails among other things. Other than the usual scaffolding cost, you will have to pay more for such.

Whether it’s simple home improvement projects, a new build, or repair work, you will need scaffolding for easy and safe access. It gets better when you understand the things that are likely to impact the hire costs. This way, you can understand when you get a price quote from the scaffolders.

Legal requirements for scaffolding

Whenever you have any scaffolding projects going on, it is essential to ensure that they’re adherent to the health and safety regulations. A thorough risk assessment needs to be done and necessary safety precautions are taken. It’s also a good idea to take note of the work at height regulations. Some of the scaffolding rules governing UK scaffolding in the construction industry include the following:

  • As the homeowner or project owner, you should ensure that you hire well-trained and competent scaffolders for your project. The scaffold company should be qualified for the job.
  • If the scaffolders will be putting any scaffolds along the highway, footpaths, or pavements, then the scaffolding company is responsible for ensuring that it acquires the license before commencing the project.
  • You are responsible to ensure that your scaffolders have the legal document(license) and that its validity doesn’t expire before the completion of the project. They need to have a permit for scaffolding.
  • Scaffolding should be compliant with the ENs(European Standards) and marked with the appropriate EN label. Whether it’s BS EN 12811-1(specifying general design standards and performance requirements for all UK scaffolds), BS EN 1004(for mobile scaffold towers), or BS EN 12810(for prefabricated scaffolds).

For you to make sure that the scaffolding is in line with the health and safety requirements and the stipulated industry standards, some of the things you ought to do include the following:


The different types of scaffolding

Depending on the type of project and the accessibility needed, there are many modern scaffolding options to choose from.

  • Single scaffold. This type of scaffold consists of a single frame with putlogs as the supporting beams and planks to provide easy access to the builders. 
  • Double scaffold. This type has a H frame which offers support to the putlogs. It tends to be the best option in situations where the aligning wall can’t be drilled into.
  • Trestle. This type is suitable for indoors. With a height of up to 5m, the scaffold makes the perfect fit for usage by interior decorators or even for minor indoor repairs.
  • Suspended scaffold. Suitable for painting or repair work for external walls, this scaffold is connected to the building’s roof where the working platform is suspended/hung with chains or ropes.
  • Steel scaffold. Not only is this type the safest option, but it is also easy to assemble and dismantle. Connecting the standards with steel couplers gives the structure extra stability and support.
  • Cantilever scaffold. This type of scaffold is most suitable for use especially when the ground or walls need to be free of obstacles. A good example is if the scaffolds need to be built near a public footpath or pavement.
  • Readymade scaffolds. Also known as patented, this type of scaffold is bought as a pre-assembled frame where the boards are fitted with brackets at the desired height of work.
  • Bamboo scaffold. Aside from being an eco-friendly option, bamboo is a great substitute for steel. The material is also strong and lightweight.
  • Kwikstage scaffold. This type is common with self-builders since it is less complicated to erect. It is also available in different sizes.

What are the advantages of scaffolding

Scaffolding is essential for construction work. Builders need scaffolding for ease of access to inaccessible heights.

  • With scaffolding both the people using them and those nearby are protected because of the secure and stable working platform. To minimise the risk of falling, the workers can always use harnesses, guardrails and even handrails.
  • It is also safe for bystanders since they won’t face the risk of getting struck by falling debris or items from the work site compared to when ladders are in use.
  • The flexibility offered by using scaffolds ensures the workers work efficiently and effectively without facing the risk of falling. They are able to maneuver through the inaccessible areas.
  • Scaffolding provides easy access over a large surface area unlike using a ladder where you have to reposition it every time. This way the builder will save time since the scaffold won’t need repositioning every time. 

What are the other alternatives for scaffolding

Depending on the project you’re undertaking, you’ll realise that not all the work needs scaffolding. Some of the viable alternatives that you can opt for in such cases include the following:

  • Scaffold tower. Also known as an access tower, the scaffold tower makes for a great alternative to be used in areas that don’t need a lot of movement. They’re also an affordable option since their weekly hire rate is around £30. You can also have them custom made and in different sizes to fit the staircase.
  • Trestles/ access platform. Costing around £40 to hire per week, this alternative is ideal for indoor use. Whether it’s a simple paint job or decorating your interiors, this option is suitable because aside from offering safe access, whoever’s using it also gets a wide working surface with minimal strain.
  • A ladder. Although ladders are the cheapest alternative to scaffolding, it doesn’t mean that they’re suitable for the job at hand. It is advisable to use  a ladder if it’s  safe to do so when working at height. You certainly do not want to risk getting hurt.
  • Scissor lift. This alternative is especially suitable for projects with limited surface area. The scaffolding rental cost ranges from £300 a day. Another thing that makes it convenient is that it doesn’t require much time to set it up or dismantle it as it can be moved from one place to the other and you only need to adjust the height/length.

There is a lot that you can learn about scaffolding from this scaffolding cost guide. From the various scaffolding types, the advisable alternatives, to the different price factors likely to impact the cost for scaffolding in London. Depending on the project you’re undertaking, your builder can help you determine the type of scaffold that will be suitable. Feel free to reach out to us today if you need any guidance on your scaffolding requirements or if you have any queries on our scaffolding services.

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