Should you buy or rent scaffolding?

An example of TCS Scaffolding at Sick Kids Hospital

For anyone in the construction industry, scaffolding shouldn’t be anything new. Scaffolds are an essential piece of equipment that allow you to reach higher up workspaces without unnecessary risk to yourself, other employees, or members of the public. Given its importance, one might think that buying scaffolding is the obvious choice. However, there are some cases where this might not be true.

 When to buy scaffolding?

If you are a professional contractor, and you expect to perform regular work on similar projects (such as indoor renovations or new apartment block constructions), then your own scaffolding system can prove beneficial.

Having your own scaffolding will mean that you will always have access to it when you need it most. You will also be able to perform the scaffolding assembly at your earliest convenience. You won’t need to book the scaffolding and schedule the date and time for it all to be set up.

If you can afford to purchase your own system and you anticipate that it will pay for itself over the following months or years. Compare the cost of regularly renting scaffolding to the once off cost of buying your own and then decide the most financially feasible option.

An elaborate example of skilled scaffolding by the qualified and supportive TCS team, at University of Toronto, Scarborough. A skilled TCS worker inspects some scaffolding set up along wall. The versatile team at TCS provided structural hoarding and scaffolding for the external improvements at Massey Hall

When to rent scaffolding?

Renting scaffolding is great for many industry professionals. Whether you’re on a tight budget or just starting out, scaffold rentals will help you stick to your financial targets without sacrificing safety or efficiency.

If your high rise construction work is only occasional, then your own scaffolding won’t earn its keep in the near future. Rentals are far more realistic for the occasional vertical assignment, and it’s possible to work this added expense into your budget proposal.

For those who are not all that experienced in terms of scaffolding assembly, it can be more time-consuming than if a professional gets the job done. In this case, the rented scaffold system can be assembled and disassembled by the rental company so that you have one less thing to worry about!

Finally, if you don’t have a particularly large storage facility for all of your equipment and tools, then storing scaffolding could very well be out of the question altogether. Leave the storage, transport, and assembly to the pros by renting the system instead!

It’s important to note that, no matter whether you buy or rent, you always need to research the supplier. Make sure that the products they are supplying are reputable and made according to safety specifications. It’s not just about labor laws and safety regulations but also the well-being of your team. When choosing a scaffolding supplier, it’s good to choose one with construction experience. Not only are they aware of the importance of a quality scaffolding system, but they will also be more efficient in assembly and assisting you with any questions or concerns you may have.

At TCS Construction, we offer scaffold rentals as well as sales. Our expert team has worked on a multitude of impressive projects which will ensure that your construction project is handled by skilled professionals. Contact us today for further information (905) 761-9330.

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