Scaffolding Components

From galvanized steel tubing, to wrap-overs, to drop-forged steel couplings, we have all the scaffolding supplies you need for your site or home-DIY scaffolding enterprises.

Take a look through the categories on the right for more detail descriptions, or contact us directly to speak to one of our knowledgeable advisors.


Scaffolding Components Explained

Scaffolding is simply described as a temporary assembly normally attached to a construction that allows us to gain better access to the exterior or interior form of that construction in order to repair, improve or develop it in some way. Without scaffolding, workers would be unable to obtain a safe working platform for carrying out engineering or development work on a structure.

Scaffolding is made up of many different scaffolding components, each used to enable a strong, safe and reliable connection between scaffold tubes to help provide this improved access. The main basic components are scaffold tubes, couplers and scaffold boards.

Scaffold Tubes

Scaffold tubes or pipes, are manufactured out of either steel or aluminium. Aluminium pipes, while lighter, are not as strong as steel scaffold tubes, and are therefore not recommended for any long-term or heavy-duty usage. Steel scaffold tubes are highly recommended for anything more than very light, low-level, and non-weight bearing usage.

Scaffold Couplers

Other scaffolding components, such as couplers, are often made from either drop-forged steel, or pressed steel, both of which materials produce highly durable components which, when installed by competent individuals, are easily capable of withstanding very high workload.

Ledgers, Standards and Transoms

In terms of the basic structure of scaffolding, the three main components are the standards (the vertical scaffold poles that bear the weight of the scaffolding), the ledgers (the horizontal poles that attach to each standard), and transoms (main transoms are attached at 90 degrees to ledgers adjacent to the standards, intermediate transoms are attached at set distances apart 90 degrees to the angle of the ledgers and are used to provide support for scaffold boards).

Scaffolding Uses

Scaffolding can be used for a variety of applications, but most commonly is found in the construction industry where the repair or development of man-made structures requires either a temporary support system or improved access to hard-to-reach areas of the construction.

While scaffolding can be freestanding, requiring no external support from a building, it is most often given additional support by the structure by incorporating scaffold ties; vertical anchor points that prevent the scaffolding system from instability.

Scaffold structures are used for such activities as:

  • Exterior or interior building renovation
  • Roofing Repairs and Inspection
  • Temporary access
  • Advertising
  • Safety rail and edge protection
  • Temporary roofing
  • Stabilising or shoring a structure or object
  • Staging or temporary platforms
  • Suspended platforms for maintenance work