You might assume that when you come to buy or hire a scaffold tower, the material used isn’t especially important. But it is actually the case that material used makes a big difference to the tower’s uses and functionality. The majority of scaffold towers are made from aluminium, but there is also a growing number of fibreglass towers being manufactured and these may be preferred depending on the specifications of the job. Let’s take a look at the different scaffold tower materials to establish the advantages and disadvantages of each, and to see which one might be right for your needs.

Aluminium

Aluminium is one of the most popular and commonly-used materials in scaffold towers. It is strong, durable and very reliable. It is also typically lighter than other types of scaffold towers, which makes it easier to transport. If you simply need a standard scaffold tower for professional or DIY use, an aluminium model way be the most practical and useful for you.

Steel

While steel is commonly used in scaffolding, it is rarer in scaffold towers as it is much heavier and less user-friendly than aluminium models. The material is strong and durable, but steel scaffold towers typically do not comply with industry standards and therefore cannot be used professionally – therefore they can only be used for DIY tasks.

Fibreglass

Fibreglass is a material that has only relatively recently been used for scaffold towers, but it has grown in popularity quickly. This is mostly due to the fact that it is safe to use fibreglass around electrical sources, whereas it can be dangerous to be on a tower made from aluminium or steel when around a live electrical current. Unlike those materials, fibreglass does not conduct electricity. It should be noted that fibreglass is more fragile than aluminium and can break down with exposed to sunlight for long periods

If you are interested in either buying or hiring a scaffold tower but you are not sure which material might be best suited to you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. Our team are highly experienced in working with scaffold towers and we understand how each material can benefit you. Call us on 020 8684 6999 or email info@precipitous.co.uk and we will be happy to