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Cost of scaffolding
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If you’re carrying out any major building work on your home, or need access to the higher parts of the building then it’s likely you’ll need scaffolding. We’ve put together this guide to show you the average cost of scaffolding in the UK.

Scaffolding provides much needed safety and access for tradespeople working on your house above head height. It’s important to consider scaffolding as an integral elements of many home improvement projects – just using a ladder won’t be enough!

That said, scaffolding is an expense so you need to make sure you’re aware of them in order to properly plan your budget. And remember, safety is the priority so don’t be tempted to cut corners on scaffolding to save a few bob.

Current UK law dictates that tradespeople must now use scaffolding (or other suitable platforms) for access when working at a height. Ladders are approved for small, quick jobs but their use is now actively discouraged.

Scaffolding item (hire per week)Range - LowRange - HighAverage cost
2-storey semi-detached house£650£1,100£875
Single scaffolding (up to 10m)£550£700£625
Single tower over conservatory--£420
High level chimney scaffolding£500£820£660
Bridge over conservatory£400£900£650
Single scaffolding for gutters--£250
Scaffold tower only--£250
Wall work for terraced house--£310

What is the cost of scaffolding?

For most jobs that require scaffolding, the cost of the scaffolding itself is usually included in the quote you’ll get from professional tradespeople. However, should you need to independently source scaffolding, the cost for a single scaffold up to 10m high is about £625 per week.

Scaffolding hire costs

The cost of hiring scaffolding will depend on the height and length of the scaffolding and how long you need to hire it for. For example, the hire of scaffolding for a 2-storey semi-detached house costs around £875 per week.

Cost of scaffolding for a terraced house

If you’re planning work on a terraced house the cost will be less, because less scaffolding is needed for the job. The average cost of scaffolding for wall work of a terraced house will cost about £310 per week.

Scaffolding costs per day

If you want to know the breakdown of scaffolding costs per day we recommend speaking to your local scaffolding experts for accurate prices. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between £40 to £150 per day depending on the size and complexity of the scaffolding project.

Scaffolding cost per metre

According to KS Scaffolding & Safety Systems, the cost of scaffolding per metre for a roofing and bricklaying jobs is about £19 per metre.

Conservatory scaffolding

If you have a conservatory, you’ll need to build a scaffolding bridge over it no matter what work you’re carrying out. The average cost of a scaffolding bridge over a conservatory is around £650 per week.

Chimney scaffolding

For work being carried out on your chimney, you won’t need your whole house to be covered in scaffolding but you will need high level chimney scaffolding. It will also require additional safety precautions to be taken into consideration due to the scaffolding being erected over the highest part of the roof.

The average cost of high level chimney scaffolding ranges from £400 to £800 per week.

Scaffolding for gutter repair

If you need to carry out repairs to your guttering system, you’ll need scaffolding to reach. You might only need a single scaffolding tower but the average cost will still be around £250 per week. In London that price could be up to £300-£400 per week.

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scaffolding hire costsFactors affecting scaffolding costs

Some tradespeople such as decorators and roofers will provide their own equipment, you might need the flexibility of hiring your own scaffolding. In which case, it’s useful to know the factors that will affect the cost of scaffolding.

Length of hire

One of the most obvious factors, how long you need the scaffolding for will directly impact the cost. You’ll usually agree to a fixed fee at the beginning for the whole period of hire, but if you need to extend it will normally be charged at a weekly rate.

Location

Costs for scaffolding will vary considerably depending on where you are in the country. Cities will generally be more expensive than in more rural areas – with London being particularly pricey. A good tip is to speak to smaller, independent scaffolding hire companies as they tend to be cheaper than big national companies.

We spoke to KS Scaffolding & Safety Systems and they mentioned that location is one of the biggest factors that affect the overall cost of scaffolding. A 4m tower in Colchester with 3 lifts would cost around £400. The same tower would cost £600 in London, and only £250 in the northeast of the country.

Height

The bigger the scaffold, the more you’ll pay. More metal poles, wooden boards, fixtures and joints will all add to the overall scaffolding cost. To see how high you need to go it’s worth speaking with your local scaffolding specialist for their professional advice.

Number of working levels

Similar to height, the number of working levels needed in the scaffolding structure will affect the overall cost. The more walkways and access, the higher the price.

Access

Access is one of the commonly underestimated factors when it comes to scaffolding. If it’s quick and easy to erect the scaffolding then that will generally cost less than more difficult sites. For scaffolding being put up on buildings that have restricted access you’ll pay more – especially if you’re paying a day rate.

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Do I need a permit for scaffolding?

In the UK all scaffolding projects require a permit before any scaffold can be erected. This is to ensure that all safety standards are met. Scaffolding companies should obtain the permit but it’s your responsibility to make sure they have done, so ask for proof of the permit before allowing them to start work.

Useful scaffolding checklist

  • Scaffolders generally prefer larger jobs so small jobs may not be much cheaper.
  • Independent local scaffolding companies generally cost less.
  • Make sure any scaffolding company you hire obtains the appropriate permit for the job.
  • Speak to local scaffolding specialists for professional advice and accurate costs.
  • Shop around for fair and competitive scaffolding prices.
  • Ideally hire a scaffolding company that is registered with the NASC.
  • Always make sure the scaffolding company you hire has valid Public Liability insurance.

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