5 Tips for Choosing a Scaffolding Company
Whether you are carrying out small-scale work to your home or are doing some work on a larger commercial building, scaffolding is an essential part of any building project. However, finding a scaffolding company to suit your needs can be a harder task than first thought. If you are looking online, you may find many companies offering the same service, but you shouldn’t just go for the first result you see. This is because there are a number of things you should consider to make sure that the company you choose can do exactly what you require.
You will want to find a company which can tick all your boxes, and this can range from budget to experience, depending on your requirements. To help you make your decision, we have five tips which you should consider when choosing a scaffolding company.
It goes without saying in this industry that when you’re looking for a reputable scaffolding company, safety should always be first on your agenda. A good way of checking this is to look for any safety credentials or certifications the company has. Reputable scaffolding companies will all have safety credentials and display them on their website, so look for accreditations from recognised bodies. However, if they are not listed on their website, just give them a quick call and they should be able to give you further information.
Legally, all trading scaffolding companies in the UK must have the appropriate insurance. Although it’s your responsibility to check this, there should be no issue with a company providing the appropriate details when asked.
If they fail to do so, this should set off alarm bells as the legal and financial results of hiring an uninsured provider are huge. Scaffolding businesses should have cover for all potential hazards including damage to a property and any injuries to people. Be sure to talk through the insurance details before hiring a company for the job; you can then make everything is covered in case something did happen.
Many people will shop around when looking for a scaffolding company to collate a few quotes to compare. Of course, you will want to get value for money; however, you should also ensure the company you choose is reputable and will do a good job. If you do get numerous quotes, make sure you get your brief right first; this may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how much a minor change can impact the price. So, only send your brief once it has been finalised to ensure that all of your quotes are consistent.
Another thing that will help with budgeting is to ask questions to each scaffolding company. If you have any special requirements or are concerned about timescales, ask if this will affect the price. Companies should be open and honest about any costs that could be incurred so you can be sure to plan accurately.
There are many different scaffolding companies out there, and some will be more complex than others. So, when choosing a company to help you, you should see what projects they have done in the past, what services they offer and even what their specialities are.
It wouldn’t be a good idea choosing to work with a company if they have no experience in constructing the scaffolding you need. Regardless of whether you’re working on a small domestic project or commercial building, talk through your requirements to ensure the company can cater for your projects. This will help ensure there aren’t any unforeseen issues once the works start.
When undertaking a project with a scaffolding provider, you should always feel a good level of trust with them. Meet with the company face-to-face beforehand to talk everything through so you can get to know the way they work and how they plan to approach your project. Doing this should put you at ease and enable you to build up a relationship before the works commence. A trustworthy company will be happy to answer your questions openly and ensure you’re fully satisfied with everything before going ahead.
At D & C Roofing, we are experienced scaffolders, Tiverton, and strive ourselves with the knowledge and expertise within this field. Whether you need interior scaffolding or exterior scaffolding services, we can provide them at a competitive price. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01884 7983 307 for any further information about the services we offer.