4 key factors about scaffolding rental

If you need scaffold equipment for your next project, you might not be sure whether you should go for scaffolding rental or buy. It can be tough call for project managers and the following key factors will help you determine that scaffolding rental is a better fit for you.

#1 Time

Renting scaffolding is the best fit for short-term projects. This would usually be three months or less. If you are just getting started as a contractor, renting may be a smart choice. The same goes for smaller, one-off residential projects. In the long run, paying to rent scaffolding equipment for three months or hopefully less is not an amount that will break the bank.

#2 Storage

This basically depends on how many projects you will be having. If you have many projects planned, you will need to store your bought equipment in between. This will require significant room and it can add a serious amount to your costs overall. Not mentioning the work you will have to put in. Renting scaffolding will save you of all these arrangements.

#3 Labour

It is needless to say that owing scaffolding equipment comes with the requirement to have experienced workers to handle it (erect it, perform safety checks and inspections, maintain and dismantle it). The professional manpower is an extra factor/cost you will need to consider if you buy scaffolding. Scaffolding rental sets you free of these considerations and costs.

#4 Cost

The amount heavily depends on the volume of the equipment and the length of the project, but an approximate cost to rent scaffold is £2000 per trailer for a 30 day period. The respective cost to buy the same amount of scaffold would be around £40000.

Scaffolding rental is a safe choice, as you might not have upfront funds to purchase such equipment. If you are unsure how much scaffolding you will need, for how long and how much it will cost speak with our experienced scaffolding advisor for more insight.

The challenges of Industrial Scaffolding

There are various challenges in industrial scaffolding and you need to have the experience, knowledge and skill to ensure that your project will be accomplished with the highest standards of safety and workmanship. In North London Scaffolding we provide industrial scaffolding as a full service, including risk assessment, structural engineer service and planning so that we make sure your deadlines are met.

Why choose North London Scaffolding

Your industrial project needs a professional eye which will be able to analyse, plan and execute. In North London Scaffolding:

We spend as much time as necessary to understand your site workings and operation.
We perform risk assessment prior to every project and plan a detailed scaffold design to suit your project.
Our industrial knowledge and teams experience is always of the highest standard to meet the many demands of your site
Our Scaffold system is flexible and allows us to build almost any structure. This way we can provide an access solution for highly complicated buildings.
We are extremely versatile and perfect for a wide range of uses, from offices and shopping centres to schools, hospitals, factories and airports. We can efficiently complete jobs of any scope.

Industrial means innovative

Over the past years, the industrial scaffolding industry has utilized numerous ways to solve access challenges such as straight or curved walls, inside and outside of industrial spheres, tanks, vessels and boilers. The Big Ben, Royal Albert Hall, Madame Tussauds Museum are all examples of access challenges that were solved by innovative scaffold companies. All of these solutions are highly engineered and erected by highly trained and experienced crews who overcome all the logistical and technical challenges that they have to face.

What about safety?

North London Scaffolding is committed to safety. To achieve this goal we work with our employees on a daily basis. We perform extensive and repetitive employee training and daily communication on safe practises. We analyze every job to identify all hazards and risks and we educate our workers to anticipate potential hazards and maintain a safe work environment. We run monthly safety meetings and we advocate a Zero Harm initiative. Our primary goal is always to provide a safe environment for our people and our customers.

We provide the right scaffolding solution at the right time. Contact us today to discuss your project.

Learn about scaffolding types in construction

Scaffolding is typically formed from simple, repeating systems of tubes, joints and boards that provide a temporary safe working platform for activities such as; construction, maintenance, repair, access, inspection and so on. There is a surprising range of scaffolding types that can be used in construction and for other purposes.

Most often seen in construction projects, scaffolding structures and other constructs can be used for a variety of purposes. It is common to see scaffolding being used for repair work, to access high objects, for window cleaning tall buildings, and more. Choosing the most appropriate form of scaffold structure is an important stage in the project that you are undertaking.

The basic scaffolding types are:

Independent Scaffolding

This consists of two rows of standards with each row being joined together with ledgers. The ledgers support the transverse transoms. The scaffold is erected independent from the building but is tied to it at suitable intervals. The inner row should be set as close as is practicable to the building. A base plate is provided for each row of standards.

Supported Scaffolding

Supported scaffolds consist of one or more platforms supported by outrigger beams, brackets, poles, legs, uprights, posts, frames, or similar rigid support. Because frame scaffolds are the most common type of supported scaffold, this eTool uses the frame module to describe requirements that are common to all supported scaffolds. Requirements specific to the other scaffold types are described only in their respective modules.

Suspended Scaffolding

Suspended scaffolding are mostly used for maintenance works as painting, pointing, distempering, white washing etc. It consist of a working platform suspended from the roof or parapet walls by means of ropes, wires or chains which can be raised or lowered at any desired level.

Rolling Scaffolding

Rolling scaffolding is a similar type of construct to supported scaffolding, but rather than offering a stable base, it uses castor style wheels that enable the base to be moved. This is a useful form of scaffolding when you need to complete work over a longer distance than a single scaffolding construction would permit.

Trestle scaffolding

Trestle scaffolding are widely used for minor repairs or painting works inside the rooms. Trestle scaffolding consist of working platforms supported on movable ladders with no standards, putlogs, etc. These type of scaffolding can be easily shifted from one place to another.

Mobile Scaffolding

Also known as a mobile tower scaffold, this type of scaffold is assembled from pre-formed framing components and fitted with wheels which allow it to be rolled from one place to another. It is typically used on sites where multiple areas require access for light maintenance work, or where a traditional scaffold would have to cover too great a distance to be practical.


There are more scaffolding types which can be used for your project. Call us today to discuss your construction project and help you start it.