Safe and Secure Building Projects with Scaffolding for Sale

With cities and towns booming, the need for scaffolding is rising as construction companies need projects to be finished quickly and efficiently. As scaffolding forms the basis of any construction project, it is important to choose the right type for your specific building requirements. After all, without it, builders and workers would not be provided with a safe platform to carry out their duties. To be able to manoeuvre around buildings of any shape and size, both quickly and easily, improves the efficiency of any construction job. As a contractor, you need to make the right choice when it comes to scaffolding for sale.

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Formwork Contractors and Construction – Then and Now

In ancient Egypt, the pyramids and tombs were built using a type of formwork which created the shapes of the stones. Unlike modern builds, the blocks that were made for these wonders were not done on-site and had to be shipped over canals and delivered to a plateau where they were potentially lifted up on sleighs by means of an inclined embankment. Imagine if the building process was still like that? With the advent of technology, our “blocks” are made on site through the professional assistance of formwork contractors.

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Why is Scaffolding Needed?

The days of using ladders for builds, especially taller constructions, are a thing of the past. Scaffolding forms an integral part of the construction industry and is needed as they provide stable working platforms when working on structures (walls, columns, etc) where the height is greater than 1,5 metres. Whether needed for new builds or repairs on existing structures, ensuring that quality materials are used in scaffolding is of the utmost importance.

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Which Brand of Scaffolding for Sale Will Best Meet Your Needs?

The concept of creating a stable platform for use when working at height is not new. On the contrary, evidence suggests that humans first adopted this practice during the stone age, albeit to create cave paintings rather than working on tall buildings. The idea persisted and was eventually adopted by primitive builders, who built their platforms from bamboo poles bound together with dried animal hide. Today, there are numerous brands of scaffolding for sale to construction companies, small builders, painters, and decorators worldwide. However, just two of these have grown to dominate the market in South Africa.

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Understanding the Different Types of Formwork

The invention of concrete was destined to transform the building industry forever. For the first time, builders had a material that could be moulded to form new shapes and create bold and exciting structures that have endured for centuries. The fluted columns, domes, and arches of ancient Rome are ample testimony to the versatility and durability of this composite of cement and aggregate. However, the elaborate concrete structures of yesteryear and today owe their shapes not only to imaginative architects but also to various types of formwork, sometimes known as falsework or shuttering.

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Shuttering and Formwork – What is the Difference?

Although the invention of concrete is commonly attributed to the Romans, it was, in fact, builders in ancient Syria and Jordan who first used this composite building material in around 6500 BC. However, it was Rome that pioneered the means to create elaborate domes, columns, arches, and bridges, many of which still survive today. While earlier civilisations confined their usage to flooring and water cisterns, Rome’s builders learned to shape concrete using shuttering, which others often call formwork. So, is there a difference, or are these two terms synonymous?

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Popular Scaffolding Solutions in South Africa

Scaffolding Solutions

Since humans first recognised the need to create taller buildings, they have sought ways to simplify the process of working at height. Although ladders are an obvious option, they need to be constantly repositioned as the construction progresses, adding to the time and effort required for each project. The answer is to erect a stable working platform that provides easy access to the entire structure.

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