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What is the difference between shuttering and scaffolding


Shuttering is a term used to refer to a mold in which fresh concrete is poured and contained until it hardens. The only difference present between shuttering and formwork essentially lies in the materials used for their preparation. Formwork is prepared with a variety of materials while shuttering involves the use of plywood. Scaffolding on the other hand is a temporary structure used to provide support for workers working at heights and is mainly used for activities such as maintenance, construction work, construction, or demolition.

The main difference between shuttering and scaffolding is the fact that scaffolding is provided as a workers’ platform around the building while they are working at heights while shuttering is arranged to provide support for the structural members. Only plywood is used in the preparation of shuttering while scaffolding normally consists of braces, putlogs, standards, bridle, guardrails, toeboards, ledgers, and rakers.

shuttering in construction

Advantages of shuttering

Compared to other materials, timber formwork is extremely lightweight and cost-effective. Shuttering is also quite easy to disassemble and put together. The use of shuttering is also widely preferred since the original properties of the concrete are not affected. Another advantage of shutters is the fact that any broken timber parts can easily be replaced with new ones since it is very flexible.

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