Scaffolding is a very important tool in the construction industry and it’s also regularly used for a variety of other residential and commercial projects. If you have a project coming up that requires scaffolding them you might be questioning whether you should hire it or purchase it outright. The option you choose will depend on a couple of factors; basically, the expected time frame for your projected and how extensively you plan to use the scaffolding.
Weighing up these factors will help you to make a decision. There are a number of benefits and drawbacks to either you hire or buy scaffolding, so you should think about what the most appropriate option is for you. Read on below for the top things you should consider.
Safety and cost of investment
Scaffolding in Australia is subject to strict safety requirements and must be compliant to be used. One of the best things about hiring equipment is that its compliance will be assured and another company will be responsible for ensuring that the equipment is safe and reliable. When hiring equipment from a third party they will be responsible for erecting, maintaining, and dismantling it which can remove a lot of the risk and stress from your company and employees. Having a third party involved means you’ll be working with trained and knowledgeable experts who know how to handle scaffolding safely. They will properly understand all the functions of the equipment and how to maintain safe working conditions. Having an expert involved can greatly reduce the risk of falls or equipment failure.
Timings and flexibility
You should also have a think about the timings required for your project. Often hiring instead of buying means you’ll save time, this is because you’ll have a team of experts at your disposal. With a third party involved you will be able to get them to work to your schedule for delivery, assembly and dismantling and with likely experience a lot less delay as they will have a team of people who know how to get things done quickly available. Hiring professionals is the best way to ensure that things are done in a timely fashion and that project deadlines don’t blow out.
Experience and support
Hiring instead of buying also means you’ll get the benefit of working with a group of professionals who will be able to provide you with the help and advice you need for the best results. An experienced team of workers will make your scaffolding project much smoother and most importantly will mean that any potential issues are identified much earlier.
Why buy it?
So, when is it a good idea to buy scaffolding? Usually, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing this equipment when you will need it for an extended period of time and for a range of projects. If you are working on a lot of projects on a regular basis then you may find it much more cost-effective to simply purchase the equipment outright and train your employees on how to use it. Keep in mind that there are more costs involved than simply the cost of purchasing equipment and training your staff, you’ll also need to pay to maintain it and to store it. It’s also worth remembering that you may need to increase your insurances and pay for other incidentals. Another point to bear in mind is that if anything goes wrong the costs can be considerable, so you need to be confident that your staff are properly trained and that your site and equipment meet the required safety standards.