The Difference Between Scaffolding & Shoring

Scaffolding and shoring are both temporary structures built around buildings during construction, renovation, restoration, and repair projects. However, they are used in different applications and serve unique purposes. Learn more about the difference between scaffolding and shoring to help you understand which solution is appropriate for your upcoming project.

What is Scaffolding?

Scaffolds serve as temporary work platforms for construction crews. They support people
walking on them and keep materials close at hand, even when work is being completed dozens or hundreds of feet off the ground. Each layer of scaffolding may be added or removed as the project progresses. Ladders, stairs, or hoists may also be incorporated to help the workers move up and down.
Scaffolding is typically made of a steel and aluminum tube frame, with wood planks for workers to stand on. The frame may consist of vertical posts, longitudinal ledgers, transverse members to rest the planks on, and cross-bracing to stabilize it all. Tubular scaffolding is stronger, more durable, and more fire-resistant than timber frames that were once commonplace.

Different Types of Scaffolding 

The main types of scaffolding include supported, mobile, suspended, mast climbing, cantilever, and modularized scaffolding. The style you should use depends on the application at hand.
About 35 to 40 percent of all construction site accidents are due to faulty scaffolding. To ensure safety, a trained expert should carry out the design and erection of this temporary support system. While scaffolds are not meant to shore up structures, they should be affixed to the building for added stability.

What is Shoring?

Shoring is a temporary system designed to support a building while undergoing maintenance, repair, or construction work. Heavy-duty modular steel or timber components must be capable of sustaining great weight and pressure.
Shoring comes in three primary forms—raking, horizontal, and vertical. These may be used in the following scenarios:
• Raking shoring can prevent a bulging, leaning, or cracking wall from collapsing until a repair can be made.
• Horizontal shoring can support two parallel party walls when an intermediate structure is
being demolished.
• Vertical shoring can shore up the walls, floors, and roof above while an opening is being
created or expanded, or a defective weight-bearing wall is being repaired.

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Structural shoring is a load-bearing apparatus, a structural engineer must be brought on to calculate the size, number, and type of shores required for the job. Once erected, work cannot begin until a supervisor signs off on the installation’s sturdiness and safety.

Scaffolding & Shoring Services

At Scaffold Resource, we provide both scaffolding and shoring solutions to our customers in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond. Your construction crew’s safety is our top priority, so we’ll work closely with you to design and install a system that meets your needs. We carefully consider your structural requirements and load capacity specifications, allowing us to provide solutions for even the most challenging projects.

Give us a call today at 301-924-7223 or contact
us online to request scaffolding and shoring services in the DMV and Greater Baltimore area.

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