Scaffolding is a long-term investment, and with this in mind we focus our manufacturing around engineered safety and convenience. The discussions surrounding aluminium and steel have been around since the days of the first drink cans, and we all know how that worked out!
The greatest advantage of an Aluminium system over Steel is weight. This material difference impacts largely on the efficiency of a scaffolding crew’s capability to erect and dismantle a system on-site, as well as the transportation of the components. Initially, an Aluminium system may be more expensive, but over time the handling advantages will work in your favour.
The Aluminium advantage is in its inherent low weight while maintaining a high capacity to bear load. Less weight means:
- Lower transport costs - size of vehicle and fuel required.
- Less labour required for manoeuvring on site - manpower, crane costs, safety/lifting incidents are minimised.
- Less labour required for erection and dismantling - this means less skilled personnel (ticketed) & man hours.
- Easier to handle components - lighter parts are easier to assemble.
- Faster assembly - Aluminium scaffolding goes up very quickly.
- Where the weight of scaffolding directly impacts on the substrate, or needs to be transported over areas with weight restrictions aluminium is the preferred material.
- Less potential for damage to surrounding works / environment.
Comparing Aluminium and Steel Scaffolding Solutions for a Standard House
Most people find that portability alone gives Aluminium scaffolding the advantage. The extra benefits with safety, handling and flexibility make it the material of choice.
When you consider longevity of your scaffolding, remember this – if you inadvertently scratch aluminium, it forms a protective oxidised layer that preserves the inner core. If you scratch steel it will rust, progressively weakening the metal. Rust is more apparent in wet conditions, and rust can bleed - discolouring building surfaces the scaffold contacts with.