The main difference between single and double scaffolding

Single scaffolding uses vertical supports known as standards to be able to stand parallel to the wall of a structure. The horizontal supports known as ledgers are connected to the standards at a vertical angle that is even. The scaffolding is connected to the building for support through holes called putlogs. Brick masonry is the most common use for single scaffolding.

The main difference between single and double scaffolding is that only one layer of standards is used for single scaffolding while double scaffolding uses two layers of standards.

The two also differ in their primary use as the single scaffolding method is commonly used for brick masonry while double scaffolding is common in stone masonry. This method is common in stone masonry as the stone is quite rigid and therefore makes it difficult to make holes for putlog anchoring.

double scaffold

Advantages of single scaffolding

When single scaffolding is used, the scaffold structure is much more rigid making it more resistant to adverse weather and also much safer for construction workers to use. Single scaffolding involves the use of fewer parts and is, therefore, cheaper compared to double scaffolding.

Single scaffolding also has its disadvantages such as not being able to be used in stone masonry, unlike double scaffolding. It is also not safe to use for heights above 2.0 metres and is time-consuming as the putlog holes have to be filled after the scaffold structure is moved.

Comparison board

Single scaffoldingDouble scaffolding
It uses one layer of standards to be able to stand parallel to the wall of a structureIt uses two layers of standards to be able to stand parallel to the wall of a structure
This method is commonly used for brick masonryIt is common in stone masonry

With a better understanding of the two scaffolding methods, you can choose which best suits your construction project.