Everyone has seen the scaffolding that goes up around a construction site, or if you’ve ever had any sort of major home improvements done, you probably had to deal with having scaffolding set up around your house. But that is certainly not the only reasons you would need scaffolding. There are many types of scaffolding. There are three major classifications that most forms of scaffolding fit into: suspended, supported and aerial. This article will give you the information you need to know which type of scaffolding is best for different situations.

So, let’s take a look at how each of these categories can be identified. Suspended scaffolding is when the scaffold is securely suspended by rope from the roof or top of a house or building. A suspended scaffolding system requires pulleys, levers and switches. This system allows you to move the full height of the building, allowing you to access most of the vertical surface.

The next sort of scaffolding is known as supported scaffolding. This system is based firmly on the ground, and then built upon. A frame of lumber and poles is placed around the site. You climb up a ladder to mount this type and work from the middle length of the scaffold called a platform. Attaching wheels to supported scaffolding allows you the option of making this system completely mobile, which can be very handy for moving it along the building’s vertical surfaces.

Finally, aerial lifts can be chosen for your scaffolding needs. Aerial lifts are actually mounted devices that have the capability to be lifted to other elevations and locations. This is so helpful to workers when they have a need for the scaffolding to be lifted to a completely different location. When moving the aerial lifts, shackles are needed to keep the scaffolding from accidentally separating from the hook that is carrying the lift.

Now that you have read through this guide you have a better understanding of what you need when sorting through different types of scaffolding. Window washers on high rise buildings choose suspended scaffolding as it’s much easier to work with at higher elevations.

If you’re just starting to put up a new home, then you’ll want to install a supported scaffold around the foundation. Whenever you have the need of having the scaffold moved in the air, it’s best that you choose aerial scaffolding for safety and convenience.