Scaffolding Vs Formwork – How They Differ?

Scaffold vs framework

You may have often heard the words – ‘scaffolding’ and ‘framework’ in the construction industry. How they are used and applied within the industry vary significantly. Both are temporary structures set up on the site for accomplishing particular purposes. It is vital to know their differences and how to use them to complete a construction project. So let’s explore the differences between scaffolding and formwork.

Their Application

Formwork System

Formwork is also a temporary structure used as a mould to pour the concrete into an area until it attains strength and shape. It is a kind of sheeting system provided for building structures, including walls, concrete slabs and columns.

Scaffolding System

Scaffolding is a temporary structure that provides a level platform for workers and materials. Scaffolding is used all around the building to move and carry weight. Besides, it helps provide access in excavated deep trench or high rise structures. A scaffolding system renders seamless access to make sure complete safety of people working in those inaccessible places.

Their Types

Formwork System

Formwork comes in two types, and they are wood and steel material. The material composition of each one is as below:

  • Formwork fabricated with wood, made up of sheeting, planks battens, props and ledgers.
  • Steel formwork is made up of steel sheets, tee iron and angle iron.

Scaffolding System

Scaffolding systems are available in six types, and they are single, double, cantilever, steel, ladder and suspended. The material composition of each one is as below:

  • Tubular or Steel Scaffolds – It comprises steel tubes (1-1/2” – 2-1/2” diameter), clamps or coupler to hold pipes in various positions, prop nuts to hold single pipes, nuts, bolts, washers, clip and wedge.
  • Cantilever Scaffolds – It comprises cantilever, standards, putlogs, struts and plate forms. A cantilever scaffold is used above the ground level.
  • Single Scaffolds – It comprises standards, wooden boards, braces, ledgers and putlogs. Often they are used for ordinary buildings.
  • Double Scaffolds – It comprises two rows of standards viz. 15 cm and 1.5 m. Shores are supplied and used for higher-up works.
  • Ladder Scaffolds – It comprises brackets for the platform.
  • Suspended Scaffolds – It comprises working platforms and ropes. It is possible to raise ropes mechanically or manually. They are often used for finishing works and light construction works of multi-storey buildings.

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