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Scaffolding is a critical factor when domestic and commercial construction work is taking place within the Solihull area. It can not only provide ease of access to the construction site, but also ensure the health and safety of the premises and anyone working on it. Understanding the different types of scaffolding available could save time and money in the early stages of your construction and renovation project, so here’s a short guide to four options and their primary uses.

Access Scaffolding

This form of scaffolding is simply a temporary structure erected on the exterior of a building to provide construction workers with access to hard to reach and high areas. They are particularly useful during general maintenance and repair work, and can incorporate systems to help support and carry materials. As with all scaffolding systems, these must be built with strict health and safety regulations in mind, in order to ensure the security and wellbeing of those who work on the structure, and the general public. In the correct health and safety regulations are not in places, we will not be able to set up the scaffolding – it is a strict and fair industry.

Within this category there are multiple further scaffolding types. A H-frame scaffolding system is, as you could expect, shaped like the letter ‘H’ and is possibly the most commonly used in general construction work. Tube and coupler scaffolding are a common solution, utilising a combination of steel tubes and clamps to secure the structure. A prefabricated scaffolding system can also be used, to name just a few.


Shoring is a temporary structure used to provide support to a building that may be deemed unstable. This can be used internally and externally depending on the structure’s requirements. Shoring is generally used to support any walls that appear to be leaning or bulging, and when cracks begin to appear suggesting unstable foundations, and can be particularly useful when removing walls, as a means to support the floor and ceiling during construction.

Shoring scaffolding comes in three distinct types, Raking, Flying, and Dead, each with their own individual benefits. Raking shores are typically used to prevent any lateral movement (sideways or rotated movement). Flying shores provide temporary wall support to two adjacent buildings whist renovation work is completed. Dead shores provide reinforcement to walls, ceilings and floors when an opening is being created.

Tower Scaffolding

Tower scaffold systems are primarily used to access taller structure during construction projects, and can provide additional safety and stability when working at great heights. Due to the increased risk of working in such an environment, strict precautions should be maintained at all times, with any work completed by trained professionals to avoid the risk of injury.

Birdcage Scaffolding

A birdcage scaffold is an independently constructed structure, often at a single storey level. This scaffolding solution is perfect when plastering and painting ceilings, without restricting access to the remainder of the construction site as work is completed.

These are just some of the scaffolding types available. With so many options and uses out there, it’s handy to know which scaffolding system will best suit your construction project, from painting and plastering, to bricklaying and re-roofing. Whilst different scaffolding types offer support in different ways, health and safety must be a consistent consideration at all times, in all cases. Regular site and scaffolding assessments, along with suitable training whilst working at height, and additional safety precautions, are put in place to ensure the wellbeing of personnel. It is vital, therefore to consult with the professionals before hiring any scaffolding systems.

TH Scaffolding offers a wide range of scaffolding services to suit your construction or renovation project. With 40 years’ experiences based in Bristol and the South West, you can rely on us to provide high quality scaffolding services that are fully health and safety compliant. For further information on the services with provide, or to get a quote for your scaffolding needs, contact our team today.

The two of the most common types of scaffolding that are used on residential and commercial properties in Solihull are frame and brace and systems scaffolding. Here are a few of the pros and cons that frame and brace scaffolding has compared to systems scaffolding.

The Cons of Frame and Brace Scaffolding Compared to Systems Scaffolding

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Can’t Support as Much Weight as Systems Scaffolding

One of the downsides to frame and brace scaffolding is that it cannot support as much weight as a system scaffolding system can. If you are trying to have multiple workers on the platform at any given time, or they are working with heavy tools or materials, systems scaffolding may be better. Always take the time to determine how much weight your scaffolding system needs to support to be sure you select the right one. 

Cannot Go as High as Systems Scaffolding

The other disadvantage to frame and brace scaffolding is that it cannot be built up as high as systems scaffolding. If you are building a multi-story building, frame and brace scaffolding may work. But if you are building a high rise, it simply cannot be built up high enough for those types of projects. 

The Pros of Frame and Brace Scaffolding Compared to Systems Scaffolding

The Scaffolding is Lightweight

One of the benefits to frame and brace scaffolding is that it is lighter in weight than systems scaffolding. Most frame and brace scaffolding is aluminium, while systems scaffolding is typically made of steel and iron. Being lighter makes it easier to transport and easier to build or break down at the end of a project. 

Thinking of an Erection? The Scaffolding Can Be Erected Quickly

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The other advantage to frame and brace scaffolding is that it can be erected and built faster than systems scaffolding. This is in part due to its lightweight, but also due to the design. The design makes it faster to build. If you want to start your project quickly, this may be the right type of scaffolding for you. 

We at scaffolding direct london-Solihull. will be more than happy to help you decide on your scaffolding needs. We have been providing scaffolding services in Solihull and the London for 30 years so we know what we’re talking about when it comes to scaffolding. Whether it’s a scaffolding solution for a domestic customer or one for a larger corporate client in commercial or industrial areas, we are here to advise and assist with your scaffolding requirements. We undertake projects of all descriptions ranging from temporary roof systems to complete new build projects. Here in TH Scaffolding, we can take on contracts of any size and pride ourselves on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. For your enquiries, please call us on 01564 75 75 75 or email us at

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