Scaffold tower materials: your essential guide
21 February 2019 11:00:36 GMT
The material of a scaffold tower might never have been something that you have put much thought into before. But if you are coming to either buy or hire a new tower, you might be surprised to learn that the material can make a huge difference to the functionality of your tower.
The vast majority of scaffold towers used in the UK are made from aluminium. Steel is also common, and there is also a growing number of fibreglass models available. The type of tower that you need could depend on the job that you are carrying out. So, let’s take a look at the different materials available to help you understand which one might be right for you.
This is one of the most commonly-used materials for scaffold towers. It is extremely popular due to the fact that it is strong, reliable and durable. Given that aluminium is also a very light metal it is very easy to transport it. If you are interested in buying or hiring a standard scaffold tower for normal DIY or professional use, aluminium is likely the best material for you.
It is very common to find steel used as a material for scaffolding, however, it is much rarer in scaffold towers as it is heavier and less user-friendly than other commonly-used materials. Steel is, of course, extremely strong and durable, however steel scaffold towers do not comply with respected industry standards. As such, steel scaffold towers are only suitable for DIY use.
It is a relatively recent innovation that fibreglass is used in scaffold towers, but it is rapidly becoming very popular. The major benefit of fibreglass scaffold towers is that they are safe to use around electrical sources. It could be dangerous to be on a steel or aluminium tower around a live electrical current. Unlike these materials, fibreglass does not conduct electricity.
If you are interested in learning more about the range of scaffold towers available, talk to the experts at Precipitous. We have years of experience in providing high quality scaffold towers to tradespeople, businesses and homeowners across the UK.