Aluminum scaffolding is a type of scaffolding that can be advatageous to the traditional wood scaffolding or steel scaffolding in many ways. To begin, aluminum is a lightweight material. Aluminum scaffolding can also be easier to set up than other types of scaffolding. The versatility of aluminum scaffold allows this type of scaffolding to contain joints that easily fold and unfold when setting up and taking down the structure. Aluminum scaffolds also frequently comes with wheels, unlike wood scaffolding, that makes it easier to transport from site to site or within the same site. The combination of the ease of folding and unfolding the scaffolding, the lighter weight, and the wheels make aluminum much more versatile than traditional types of scaffolding. This versatility makes aluminum scaffolding ideal for people who need to utilize the scaffolding at multiple sites. The lighter weight can also make suspended scaffolding (used for cleaning or maintenance on tall buildings) much safer by reducing the weight strain on the scaffold supports. Finally, this type of scaffolding is less likely to crack or warp with water damage compared to wood or fiberglass scaffolding. Although aluminum scaffold planks may not seem as strong or safe as wood scaffolding or steel scaffolding, reinforced support aluminum scaffolding can be just as sturdy and safe as its wood or steel scaffolding counterparts.
A final advantage to aluminum scaffolding is the cheaper cost of the materials. Aluminum is a cheaper substance than other scaffolding materials such as wood, steel, or fiberglass. Of course, as with any product, the higher the quality and durability the higher the cost, and the same goes for aluminum scaffolding resulting in a wide price range for products depending on how durable one wishes their scaffolding system to be. If the construction project requires only minimal suspension off the ground and will not need to carry many materials, one can get away with a cheaper aluminum scaffolding system with no problem. If the project requires high suspension or needs to support several materials, however, one should invest in a more expensive and sturdy scaffolding structure.
The cost of framing scaffolds made from aluminum can range from $100 to well over $800 depending on the accessories needed, the durability that one looks for, the height of the tower, and the existence of a guardrail. Aluminum rolling scaffolds generally run around $500, although this price range can vary as well. Aluminum scaffold walking boards generally cost around $100 if you need to connect two or more scaffolding towers. If you are on a budget and only need the scaffolding to complete a temporary project, there are rental options available for this type of scaffolding as well. Rentals generally require a large deposit as you are renting an expensive piece of equipment, but in the end are much cheaper than purchasing the scaffolding equipment out of pocket. Rentals generally are calculated by the week or the month. To rent a scaffold tower for a month you can pay anywhere from $100 for a 10 foot tall tower to over $300 for a 40 foot tall tower. Stages and guardrails, depending on their length, generally go for somewhere between $50 and $150 per month. When pricing scaffolding products, it is important to check for reputable companies who manufacture strong and durable scaffolds. There are several companies and individuals that exist who will sell discounted and cheap aluminum scaffolds for sale. Although this may seem like a great cost saving idea at the time, safety is critical when it comes to scaffolds, and the cost of personal injury or death due to a faulty scaffold greatly outweighs the cost of purchasing a pricier scaffold.