If you require scaffolding, whether it’s for a domestic, commercial or industrial job, you’re going to want to ensure that you’re prepared. And part of that preparation is knowing the timescales for how long it takes for to erect scaffolding. The reason it’s important to plan around this is so that you don’t hit unforeseen delays and minimise the time you need the scaffolding for which can end up saving you time & money.
How long does scaffolding take to put up?
The time it takes to erect the scaffolding can also have a huge impact on the cost of the scaffolding job overall. If you want to know more about how it influences the cost of the job overall why not check out our blog here. But for now, in this blog, we’re going to focus solely on the timescales involved in getting the scaffolding set up.
What influences scaffolding erection times?
In a nutshell, there is no set timescale for erecting scaffolding. The time to set up scaffolding on your project depends on a variety of factors, which include but are not limited to:-
- Size – this can involve the number of platforms you’ll need and also the size of the overall scaffold.
- Ease of access – if the area on the property is hard to access this can add time on overall.
- Is it a listed property? If your property isn’t listed the scaffolders can get to work straight away. However, if it is listed, they will need to wait until you have a permit granted. Read more about scaffolding on listed buildings.
Industry average scaffolding erection timescales
Overall, as an industry average, you can expect for scaffolding to be fully set up within 2 to 48 hours. However, for larger, industrial-sized projects this can be more towards a week or even more. At the same time, it’s also important to take into account the time it takes to disassemble the scaffolding following the completion of your project. Dissembling the scaffolding does tend to be a lot faster however you’re also going to want to factor in the time it takes to clean up afterwards.
It really ‘depends’
As mentioned at the start of this blog the exact timescales for erection and dissembling will all depend on your project. Usually, if you speak to a scaffolding company in the Norwich area they will be able to give you a quote not only for the price of the project but also for the timescales involved. They will be able to discuss the requirements for your project in particular and give you a tailored timescale to plan around.
One last thing to bear in mind is that some companies will have what is called a ‘minimum rental period’. Meaning that the smallest period of time that you can rent the scaffolding for must be no longer than 6 weeks for example. And so if your project is going to be completed in let’s say, a fortnight, it’s important to check whether this can be accommodated.