When you call a scaffolding company, you may be able to get a rough quote over the telephone, and if needed a site visit can determine more accurate costs in detail.
The scaffolding company will need to know how much equipment is needed. What size team is needed for erection and more.
The more information the company knows early on, the better.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions a scaffolding company may ask and the typical answers you should give in response.
What you need the scaffolding for
The first thing you’ll probably want to tell the scaffolder is what you need the scaffolding for. It may seem obvious but the more specific the better. The type of project will help determine the design of the scaffold, how many it will take to erect etc.. Importantly this will also help to determine how long the installation time might take, and when the company may be able to fit you into their schedule.
Here are some of the typical projects that may require scaffolding:
- Chimney repair, roof repair etc..
- House painting
- Renovations such as loft conversion, home extension etc..
- Temporary roof erection
- Window cleaning
- Restoration work
- Property maintenance
If there is going to be particularly destructive work a rubbish chute may be advised, (especially when above a public highway), to minimise the risk of rubble falling to the ground.
How long the project will take
It’s not always possible to know exactly how long a project will take. A rough estimate will often suffice, and a good scaffolding company will likely have some flexibility in how long you can keep the scaffolding up for. If they know what you need the scaffolding for, past experience may will give some indication to the scaffolding company as to how long you might need it for.
The precise location
The location determines the environment, and the environment can make things more or less complicated for the scaffolding company to work in. Some locations for instance have ground that is less stable, or not so flat.
There may be limited access to get equipment in, and/or limited space to erect a tower.
The scaffolding may need to suspend over a conservatory, garage or walkway.
If the scaffolding needs to be fixed on a public walkway a permit may be required, and/or additional safety measures will be needed such as foam coverings for the poles, and perhaps protective netting.
You get the picture.
Access to the site
The scaffolding company will also want to know what type of access there is to the area you need the scaffolding. In some cases, space may need to be cleared to erect the scaffolding. The scaffolding company would likely want to know in advance if this will be done beforehand or if this is a task that they’d need to be involved in.
How high the scaffolding should be
The height will determine how much equipment is needed and what sort of safety measures are required.
Once the scaffolding company has the project information, exact location, length of time it’s needed for and the height the tower needs to be then they should be able to give you a rough estimate over the telephone.