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How Much Does Scaffolding Cost?

Last Updated Apr 7, 2015 · Written by Rob Schneider

Scaffolding has come a long way since the days of heavy metal scaffolding that took a crew of experienced workers days or weeks to erect. Today, light weight, structurally sound scaffolding can be easily erected and dismantled. Whether it's for a big home renovation or as a safer alternative to ladders for smaller home improvement projects, today's scaffolding is an affordable option.

How Much Does Scaffolding Cost to Hire?*

When you need a lot of scaffolding, you have 2 problems to confront:
  1. Do you have a vehicle that can carry the scaffolding?
  2. Are you able to safely erect the scaffolding yourself?
If, for example, you want to paint your 2 storey house, you will need scaffolding you can safely work from at a height of 3 metres or more. To avoid repeatedly erecting and dismantling the scaffolding, you also want it to be wide enough for you to cover a large area or portable enough to move after it is set up. Both of these options are available, but wheeled scaffolding is only safe on a flat, rigid surface. If you are working on a sloping surface, you will need to hire height-adjustable scaffolding and have it professionally installed for you.

The least expensive option is to hire portable scaffolding. If you can pick it up and return it yourself, 1m high by 2.5m long aluminium scaffolding can cost as little as $50 per week plus GST. If you need to have it delivered and picked up, expect to pay at least $150 more. Because of the high delivery/pick up costs, it makes sense to hire more scaffolding and not have to move it as often.

If you're working on a sloping or irregular surface or need an extensive network of scaffolding, you need to have the experts install it for you. They will deliver it to your door and have it fully erected within 1 or 2 working days, depending on the size of the building. While the cost of renting the scaffolding and having it erected will be relatively high, some of the cost will be made up for by faster and more efficient project completion.

How Much Does Scaffolding Cost to Buy?*

Scaffolding systems are available today that are within the range of the average homeowner looking for an alternative to ladders. Versatile, highly portable and easy to erect, mobile folding scaffolding units up to 2 metres long by 1m high are available for around $600 plus GST. Prices go up substantially for taller scaffolding. 2.5m long by 3m high aluminium scaffolding with support braces and a ladder might cost around $2500.

Whether you're hiring or buying scaffolding, you'll get the best price if you get quotes from scaffolding suppliers near you and compare their prices. Just tell them how much scaffolding you need and the details of your project and they can recommend the best scaffolding for your needs. If you're hiring the scaffolding, make sure to get supply and delivery charges separately. If you're able to pick up the scaffolding yourself, it can save you a lot of money.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 03 April 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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