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Shoring Vs. Scaffolding

The following will examine shoring vs. scaffolding: the differences between them, and their similarities.

Both shoring and scaffolding are built around buildings as temporary structures during restoration, renovation, construction, and repair projects. But, they each serve unique purposes and are used in different applications. For your upcoming project, which would be more appropriate? The following will provide the information you need to give you a better understanding of their differences.

Scaffolding In General

For construction crews and other individuals, temporary work platforms may be referred to as scaffolds. They keep materials close at hand and support the people working on them, when work is being done at significant heights. Scaffolding layers may be removed or added as the project progresses. Hoists, stairs, or ladders may be incorporated with scaffolding to assist workers in moving down and/or up.

Frequently, wood planks and steel/aluminum tube frame make up scaffolding. The tube frame supports the structure while workers stand on the wood planks. This frame can consist of the following:

  • Longitudinal ledgers
  • Vertical posts
  • Cross bracing for stabilization
  • Transverse members for planks and more

Tubular scaffolding is more fire resistant, more durable, and stronger than once commonplace timber frames.

Scaffolding Types

All told, there are numerous kinds of scaffolding available. The main types, speaking in a very general sense, consist of the following:

  • Modularized
  • Cantilever
  • Mast climbing
  • Suspended
  • Mobile
  • Supported

Depending on the application at hand, you would choose a particular style to meet your needs.


While a building is undergoing construction work, repair, or maintenance, a temporary system designed to support the building is referred to as shoring. Timber components or heavy duty modular steel components must be capable of sustaining great pressure and weight.

Very generally speaking, there are three basic types of shoring including the following:

  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Raking

To give you an idea of what shoring is used for, it could be put to good use in these scenarios:

  • To shore up a roof, floors, or walls when an area is being expanded or created – or repair is being done on a defective weight-bearing wall.
  • When the demolition of an intermediate structure is taking place, shoring can support two parallel walls.
  • Raking shoring can be used until a repair can be made to prevent a cracking, leaning, or bulging wall from collapsing.

For a loadbearing apparatus referred to as structural shoring, to calculate types of required shores, number, and size, an engineer must be used. Work cannot begin, even once it’s erected, until it is signed off by a supervisor assuring the installation’s safety and sturdiness.

Starr Industries, LLC – A Company That Believes in Safety and Customer Satisfaction

At Starr Industries, we specialize in all types of shoring, scaffolding, enclosures, barricades, roof protection, hoists, working platforms, and much more.

Are you unsure of what type of shoring or scaffolding you need? Would you like a quote or more information about the industry in general? We encourage you to contact us at Starr Industries. You can reach us by calling 646-756-4648, or use our convenient online form to get in touch with representatives. (Our email is office@starrindustriesllc.com.)

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