Scaffolding is one of the most common parts of any job site, and there are several types from which to choose. While most scaffolding is built from the ground up like a tower, you can also take advantage of cantilever scaffolding. This specialist scaffolding is only supported at one end. Instead of resting on the standard base, a support called a needle is placed along a wall to support the entire weight of the scaffolding on one side.
While cantilevered scaffolding clearly isn't necessary for every type of job, it can be extremely useful in certain situations. Here are just four reasons you might want to use it.
1. Places Less Stress on the Surface Below
In most cases, the ground around your worksite will be strong and level enough to support a scaffolding tower, but this isn't always the case. If the ground below isn't level or simply isn't strong enough to hold the weight of a scaffolding tower, cantilevered scaffolding can be used instead. Of course, it isn't just the ground you need to think about. Sometimes the surface directly below your work area will be part of the structure you're working on, such as a sloping roof. In such cases, cantilever scaffolding will be your best option.
2. Offers Easier Access Below
Even if the ground below can take the weight of a scaffolding tower, you might still want to opt for cantilever scaffolding since it doesn't block off the area directly under where people need to work. This is why cantilever scaffolding is often used along busy streets – since people can walk underneath, the way isn't blocked. This can also be beneficial on job sites since access to buildings can be maintained and the lower structure can still be worked on.
3. Provides Plenty of Space
Another benefit of cantilever scaffolding is that it tends to provide a significant amount of space for people to work. That's because the projecting surface area can be longer and wider without needing a base of similar dimensions beneath it. This makes cantilever scaffolding ideal when you need several people to work at once or when a lot of other tools and materials need to be accommodated on the same platform.
4. Uses Less Material
Finally, keep in mind that the structure of cantilever scaffolding means fewer supports are needed. This is great when you need to move scaffolding around, when you need to transport it across different sites or when you need to work to a tight deadline.
For more information about scaffolding, contact a local company.