There will come a time where something high up on the outside of your house has to be fixed. And when that happens, you will also quickly find that a ladder simply won’t do. Luckily, you can find various scaffolding rental Washington DC companies out there ready to help you out.
These companies have lots of different solutions in place, enabling you to repair your home without the huge expense of getting a builder in.
The type of scaffolding you will have to rent various depending on the job that you have to do. Either way, however, renting will be far more cost effective than purchasing a tower, particularly if you are domestic user. That said, rates will vary greatly depending on the company that you choose, and on the structure of the tower. Although we have been almost preconditioned to look only at price, what you should really look out for is the quality of materials. If something seems too cheap, or too good to be true, it is likely that it is.
There are three main components to a scaffolding tower, being the transoms, the ledgers, and the standards. More specifically:
Standards are the pipes that go up and down and from side to side. Their length varies depending on the size of your working area.
Ledgers are pipes that crisscross in between the previously installed standards. They give the structure some more stability.
The transoms are smaller pipes, keeping everything together. They are perpendicularly placed to the ledgers once the platforms are installed.
Make sure that each of these three types of pipes are included in your rental product.
There are also different types of scaffolding structures, with the most common ones being:
The fixed scaffold, which cannot be moved from the position in which it was installed. This is commonly used for roof replacements,
The mobile scaffold, which can be moved between locations. They are smaller in size and more useful if there are multiple work areas around a property.
The suspended scaffold, which hangs from the roof, enabling you to go down.
The hanging bracket, which should only be used by professionals and are generally found on very tall buildings.
Before you start looking for a scaffolding tower for rent, you need to have a complete understanding of what it is that you want to use it for, and how you will be using it. This will help the rental company to determine what type you need, and what length each of the pipes needs to be. You also need to consider load capacity, as this is not unlimited on scaffolding towers. Mobile towers, in particular, have comparatively low load capacities. Hence, if you aim to first place a wealth of construction materials on your scaffolding boards before you do the job, you will need to know their weight to make sure your tower is able to cope with that. Again, your rental company will be able to provide you with advice.
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