Whether you run a construction company and you’re in need of reliable scaffolders for your next project or you’re carrying out your own home renovation project and require scaffolding, it’s important that you find the right company. Choosing the right scaffolder will prevent any delays to your project and ensure that everyone working on the job is safe.
Most construction projects require scaffolding, and having a professional and reliable team on board can make all the difference. While a quick online search will highlight several local scaffolding companies in your area, finding the right one can seem like a minefield - especially when they all claim to offer the same services.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a quick guide to finding the right scaffolders for your next project. If you’ve never hired scaffolders before, we’re here to help ensure that you choose the right company for your project and requirements.
Work out your budget before you approach scaffolders
Before starting any project, it’s important to work out your budget. There’s no point approaching a scaffolding company for their services if you’re not sure how much you have to spend or the budget you’re looking to stick to. To make the process easier and to rule out any companies that are simply out of your budget, make sure you clearly work out your finances beforehand.
Ask around for recommendations
Word of mouth is one of the best recommendations, so it’s worth asking around before you start tracking down companies yourself. Perhaps you have a friend who has recently completed their own home renovation project or maybe you know someone who also runs a construction site. Ask what scaffolding companies they use and whether they have any recommendations. If someone is happy to recommend a service to you, it’s a good idea to look into the company as they’ve already been tried and tested by someone else.
Read online reviews and customer testimonials
If you’re short of recommendations, reading online reviews is the next step to take. Googling the company in question should pull up customer reviews and testimonials; reading these will give you an idea of the company, how they work and how satisfied previous customers have been. If you come across several negative reviews, it’s best to take your business elsewhere - the last thing you want is to work with a company with a bad reputation.
Most reputable scaffolding companies will be more than happy to display customer reviews and testimonials on their website; if you can’t see any, it’s worth asking for customer references or examples of previous work.
Ask about their scaffolding services
There are lots of different types of scaffolding and it’s important that you choose a company that specialises in the type of scaffolding you need. Without looking into their services properly, you could be selecting the wrong company for your needs. Give the company a call to discuss what you need and to ensure that they can provide what you require. Find out about the range of scaffolding they can provide and whether they’re suitable for your particular job.
Choose an experienced scaffolding company
When it comes to choosing the right scaffolding company for your project, you simply can’t compromise on quality. The more experience a scaffolding company has, the more time they’ll have had to perfect their services - and that’s why we always recommend choosing a company that has plenty of experience under their belt and a team of qualified scaffolders.
An experienced company will have worked on all types of different jobs, so it’s best to choose a scaffolding contractor with a proven track record. It doesn’t matter whether you require a small scaffold construction or a large complex structure; it’s crucial that the company you choose has plenty of experience.
Make sure they have insurance
Unfortunately, there are some companies out there that operate without insurance. While it’s a legal requirement for all scaffolding companies in the UK to have the relevant insurance cover before they begin trading, there are still some out there that don’t - and it’s crucial that you avoid these companies. A scaffolding company isn’t obliged to tell you whether they’re insured or not, but you should always ask them to double check. The last thing you want is to work with a company that doesn’t have the correct insurance in place.
Check their credentials
Next, you need to look out for a company that puts health and safety at the forefront of everything they do. The best way to do this is to check whether they have any health and safety regulations, policies, credentials or certifications. You want to choose a company that has gone to extra lengths when it comes to health and safety. While many companies will display their credentials on their website, don’t be afraid to ask if you can’t see any. Recognised safety bodies include The Construction Industry Training Board, CITB and SMAS Workspace.
Gather quotes from different scaffolding companies
To ensure that you’re getting a good deal, it’s best to shop around and gather quotes from a few different companies before you settle for one. We recommend requesting a quote from at least three different companies to compare against each other. When requesting a quote, make sure you ask for a detailed breakdown of the costs involved and make sure that any hidden costs are included too. The last thing you want is to be hit with unexpected costs further down the line.
When comparing quotes, it’s important to note that the cheapest one isn’t necessarily always the company you should choose. A suspiciously cheap quote could be a sign that the company in question is cutting corners, such as using cheap materials. If you receive a quote that is suspiciously cheap compared to the other quotes you’ve received, it may be best to take your business elsewhere. Remember, you want the job carried out properly and safely - and sometimes it’s worth paying the extra pennies for this.
Choose a company you can rely on
Finally, it’s crucial that you choose a company you are comfortable with and can trust. After all, they’re going to be a small part of your project and therefore it’s important that you feel at ease with them and can trust them. Choose a company that has communicated clearly with you from the start and one that has answered all of your questions and addressed your concerns. We always recommend going with your gut instinct - if you have a bad feeling about a company, it’s probably best to avoid them!
Rodells: Scaffolding Services Across the Country
If you’re looking for a reliable scaffolding company for your next project, look no further than Rodells. Our scaffolding team are a talented, professional workforce who can deliver industrial, commercial or domestic scaffolding. We can supply all types of scaffolding and can provide many different solutions to granting access to areas that would usually be difficult to get to.
We’re proud to have an excellent history of providing quality, reliable scaffolding and a fantastic reputation. Whatever your needs are, our teamed of trained scaffolders can help.
Visit our website to learn more about our scaffolding services.