Stair Scaffold versus Ladder Scaffold Differences in Features and Uses

April 26, 2018

Scaffolds are essential tools that are used on most commercial and residential construction projects, as a means to safely access hard-to-reach areas, and that allow the ability to carry and transport building materials for the construction and/or improvement of multi-story buildings.

Industrially, scaffolds are indispensable and essential to the overall safety and efficiency of a project. But not all scaffolds are made the same. Just as there are a myriad of different materials that can be employed to make a scaffold, so too there are a large number of variations on the standard design.

For residential, commercial, and industrial uses, the most popular scaffold varieties are typically divided between the stair and ladder versions. While both perform their job well enough, they have their distinct advantages and disadvantages, each of which warrants some consideration.

Here are some of the differences between the ladder scaffold and stair scaffold that you need to know about:

Ladder Types:

  1. Stability – Ladder scaffolding can be deployed as a free-standing platform, and can be anchored to avoid the risk of toppling over. However, it is not as stable as stair scaffolding and is not designed to handle heavy loads. This type of scaffolding is ideal for reaching ceilings, or to provide access to elevated areas.
  2. Portability – ladder type scaffolds win when it comes to portability, since they can easily be folded and stowed away, or deployed with relative ease.
  3. Durability – most ladder-type scaffolds aren’t typically designed to take a beating. They are made of top-grade steel, but its overall construction and design doesn’t make it ideal for high usage or to accommodate heavy loads.

Stair Types:

  1. Stability – stair scaffolding is remarkably stable and ideal for high usage applications. Specifically designed for industrial use, but perfectly applicable for all types of residential construction projects too, these scaffolds are made with an external framework that holds several stairs in each tier, granting it balance and near-fool-proof stability.
  2. Portability – stair scaffolds are not as portable as ladder scaffolding because of the amount of parts needed for assembly. Because they come with additional framework, they need to be assembled and disassembled after each use, making them not the preferred choice for smaller projects.
  3. Durability – in spite of its lack of portability, stair scaffolding make up for it in durability. Designed to guarantee safety, its overall construction is made to last and is ideal for heavy-duty use, and is able to handle heavy loads.

Whatever your residential building projects are, C & N Scaffolding Hire has Kwikstage scaffolds available for owner builders, builders, and trades contractors.

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