3 Main Type of Scaffolding Cover

Scaffolding cover has many functions with the most common being offering temporary weather protection from elements such as strong winds, snow, and rain. The type of covering you choose will vary depending on what you intend to achieve. You should also note the type of cover you intend to have when erecting your scaffolding structure to avoid any complications. We’ll have a look at the different scaffold covers and some of the factors you need to consider when determining the best option for your project.

1. Scaffold sheeting

building covered with white scaffold sheeting
House wrapped with white scaffold sheeting

Standard scaffold sheeting is a common option for most construction sites because it can be easily installed without any specialised training. It’s also suitable for short-term small domestic projects where scaffolding is meant to last for a short duration.

Apart from offering temporary weather protection, the scaffold sheeting is ideal if you intend to keep any dust within the scaffolding or to keep it dry. To protect against any fires, you can get the flame retardant option.

If the intent was to screen the construction work from the public view then the scaffold sheeting would be the best option since they can be painted or printed on thus not being an eyesore to the public. The good thing with standard sheeting is that it can be re-used for another job.

2. Debris netting

Scaffolding on high street with blue netting
Scaffold covered with blue netting

If you intend to protect the people below from any falling debris, then debris netting is the most ideal option. It’s also the most basic form of protection used as it’s quite affordable with the price starting from as low as 20 pence/sq. m.

3. Shrink wrap sheeting

If you’re having a long-term industrial project, then shrink wrap sheeting would be the ideal option. It can be used to protect the workers and equipment against any adverse weather conditions. Its unique capabilities of forming a drum-tight covering significantly reduce damage by strong winds.

To allow easy access to the construction site by the workers, shrink wrap sheeting can be modified by having additional zip doors and self-adhesive zips which can easily be resealed. You also don’t need to worry about aesthetics because it gives a professional-looking covering.

Factors to consider when choosing scaffold covering

From the various coverings available, there are several things you need to bear in mind when selecting the best option for your scaffolding structure. These factors are:

  • The purpose of the scaffold cover
  • The duration the cover will be needed
  • The location of the scaffolding
  • The nature of the scaffolding structure
  • Your budget
  • The importance of the scaffolding cover appearance
  • Whether you intend to put it up as a DIY or hire a professional

With this information, you can make an informed decision on the most suitable scaffold cover for your project. You also get to know some of the factors that you ought to bear in mind when selecting the right option. A professional scaffolder should know how to go about it since the scaffold design impacts how the cover will be put in place.