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The Different Types of Scaffolding

Scaffolding | November 16, 2017

At United Scaffold Supply, we know that the first step to ensuring that your crew is able to complete their job safely and efficiently is choosing the right type of scaffolding for the job. While there is a wide variety of scaffolding to choose from, getting to know the different types of scaffolding can help ensure that you choose the right kind for your specific job and needs.

1. Frame Scaffolding

Frame scaffolding is the most common type of scaffolding used because it is extremely versatile, economical, and easy to use. This type of scaffolding is most often used in one or two tiers, but their modular frames can be stacked several storeys higher for use on large-scale construction jobs. Frame scaffolding is ideal for:

2. System or Ring-Loc Scaffolding

System or ring-loc scaffolding consists of different sized vertical posts, as well as horizontal and diagonal tubes. The vertical posts have fixed connection points spaced at regular intervals, which can be quickly connected to the horizontal and diagonal tubes. The interlocking components on system scaffolding form standardized bays that can be adapted to form various structures, such as cantilevers, protection fans, saddles, and bridged sections to suit site needs. Ring-loc scaffolding is also more equipped to handle heavier load ratings than frame scaffolding or tube and clamp scaffolding can. This type of scaffolding is ideal for:

3. Tube and Clamp Scaffolding

Tube and clamp scaffolding is a fast, versatile scaffold system that replaces or supplements tubular steel scaffolding and many system scaffolds. It is a compact, easy-to-erect system that is designed for uses in difficult or inaccessible places. The tubing members are joined together with both right angle and swivel clamps to build up a scaffold to go over the most uneven ground and unusual or complex shapes. Tube and clamp scaffolding is ideal for:

  • Industrial maintenance and construction
  • All general construction
  • Ship building
  • Suspended and cantilevered applications

If you would like to learn more about the different types of scaffolding, or if you are interested in one of our products and services, please contact United Scaffold Supply at 1-866-820-6341 or by filling out a contact form on our website.