The primary job of a scaffolding is to support workers and materials while the construction, repair and maintenance is carried out at the site.
With over ten different scaffolding types to choose from it is crucial to pick the right one for your project. In this blog we will discuss the two most widely used scaffolding material in the world.
Kwikstage Or Kwikform Scaffolding
Kwikstage is a modular system scaffold with fixing.
With an easy to install scaffolding design, Kwikstage is for the individuals who want to spend more time working on the project and less time erecting the scaffold.
Apart for saving time erecting the scaffold, Kwikstage can be easily and safely assembled by a semi-skilled worker.
This type of scaffolding is mostly used in Australia and the UK by construction workers, painters, roofers, bricklayers, carpenters and masons.
Bamboo And Wooden Scaffolding
Bamboo and Wooden Scaffolding is mostly used in the countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Hong Kong.
Bamboo/Wood was the most commonly used material until steel arrived. Some of the reasons why bamboo is still a popular scaffolding option is because it is cheap, flexible and has a high tensile strength and it’s eco-friendly.
To the surprise of everyone, Hong Kong is known to have built everything from skyscrapers and opera houses using the bamboo scaffolding.
The bamboo scaffolding requires highly-skilled technicians and designers to construct and manoeuvre through several stories of bamboo.
When it comes to the tensile strength, Bamboo materials have a tensile strength of 28,000 per square inch, much higher than steel which is 23,000 per square inch. The sustainability and strength of bamboo has earned itself a high level of appreciation for its versatility and usefulness in modern/complex building projects and designs.
Bamboo can be used repeatedly and is easy to use and quick to design. Also, the beams, poles and cross braces can be used for up to 7 years.
A disadvantage of bamboo and wooden scaffolding option is that it is not as secure as steel which has pins and locks to ensure good connections, whereas bamboo/wooden doesn’t. The connection points are subject to loosening and wear and tear. The walk boards on steel scaffold are more secure when compared to bamboo/wooden. With bamboo scaffolding, the ladders are tied on, and the walk board mats lie unfastened on the cross beams.
So we are not going to pick any winner here. But instead, we will acknowledge and accept that the choice of material for scaffolding is very much dependent on the country, it’s acceptable safety standards, the cost of the material, flexibility and re-usability, skills required to assemble and erect the scaffold, etc.