Scaffolding is in high demand for a range of residential projects, including house extensions.
With people less likely to move house at the moment, some homeowners have decided to add to their existing living space through a house extension or a conservatory.
Because working at height can be such dangerous work, many house and home builders use scaffolding hire and rental companies like ours to build and dismantle the scaffolds and towers that they need. A good team of scaffolders will provide working platforms that allow easy and safe access to different parts of the building as required. They will also be able to tell the builders which type of scaffolding is best on each particular project.
We’re happy to deal with the builder or the homeowner directly. All scaffolding jobs are assessed on an individual basis by qualified erectors so no expertise or experience is required by the project manager on how to build scaffolding. By using a professional scaffold company, you remove any health and safety concerns that you would otherwise have.
One piece of advice that we would offer all homeowners is this: make sure that the building company you use employs or contracts qualified scaffolders with a good safety record and that they have adequate insurance cover. You want to ensure that everything will be done to minimise accidents and that the company has adequate insurance if someone is injured or unintended damage is caused to your home.
An essential scaffold feature on this type of project is the ability to move materials, such as bricks, timber and cement, around safely and easily. We achieve this by incorporating lifts in the scaffold structure as the build progresses, usually at 1.5 metre intervals. It’s essential that we devise a scaffolding framework that gives builders full access as they build the walls of the extension and also allows for the installation of windows.
Another important aspect is the calculation of how much weight the scaffold structure will need to bear. Obviously, a house extension involves the use of bricks and cement and these can place a great strain on a scaffold platform board. Home extension scaffolds are generally designed to take a working load of 1.5 – 2 kn per square metre but anything greater than this will require a solution such as a loading bay. A normal loading bay of 4 metres x 2 metres can carry an imposed load of 3 kn per square metre.
It’s common for internal scaffolds to be required to build and finish the internal walls of the house extension. It’s also sometimes necessary for edge protection to be supplied when joists and floor areas are being built. People often assume that the saccess requirements on a house extension are very basic, simply because it is a smaller project than an office or supermarket construction, but there are a variety of factors to consider. Although these take a little longer to devise at the start, they actually save time throughout the project as everyone know exactly what kind of structure is needed at which times.
Maintaining safety for the household
On commercial projects, the buildings are often empty, meaning that there’s no need to consider the safety of any people inside. On domestic projects, this obviously isn’t the case. The family who live there want to be able to use as much of their home as possible and be disrupted as little as possible. They also need to enter and exit their properties without fear of materials falling on them or tripping over anything.
When we’re asked to supply scaffolds for a home extension, we have to consider all of these factors. We need to consider which are the safest places for the builders to store and lift materials, ensure that there is an additional risk assessment for the garden area and avoid causing damage to the existing building’s structure.
In addition, scaffolds can raise security concerns in the minds of homeowners. Understandably, they want the scaffold to be removed as soon as possible so it’s important that we work closely with the builders to create an efficient workflow. A good scaffold solution will actually help contractors to work more quickly and get the project completed on time.
Questions for house extension scaffolders
If you are hiring a scaffolding company directly, here are a few questions that you should use to ensure that you select the right firm for your project.
Will I need scaffolds for the entire project? (It may be the case that it is only needed when the roof level is reached on a single story home extension.)
What length and height of scaffolds will I need?
What will you do to keep damage and mess in my garden to a minimum?
Do you use sheeting or other protective measures to minimise rain or wind damage?
If any changes are needed, how quickly can your scaffolders respond?
Have you worked with local builders in my area before?
When it comes to erecting and dismantling, what qualifications do your scaffolders have? All erectors should have the relevant tickets!
Are you able to provide a fixed quote for the scaffolds for the entire duration of the project?
How much notice do I need to give for the work to start?
Do you have insurance that covers any incidents affecting my family, my builder or any visitors to my home?
Can I speak to other homeowners in the area who have used your services in the past?
Scaffolds are an essential part of many home and house extension projects and we are dedicated to getting our service right for every homeowner. We know how important your home is to you and we want to do what we can to ensure that your building work goes as smoothly as possible.