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Different Types of Scaffolding Planks

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Scaffolds play an essential function in the construction and construction industries. By giving support and stability to work platforms and access points scaffolds ensure that employees are able to work in a safe manner. One of the most important components of scaffolds is the scaffolding planks. These materials, often called walkboards or scaffold boards– provide the platform on which workers as well as equipment are able to stand. They come in a variety of designs, varying in materials and design to meet various applications for scaffolding.

We specialize in wooden scaffolding planks. Below, we discuss this kind of plank and explain how it is compared to different kinds that are scaffolding planks.

Different kinds of Scaffolding Planks

Materials for Scaffolding Planks

Wooden Planks

The wood used to make scaffolding planks is of a different quality that the lumber used in construction projects. The lumber must contain at least six rings in an inch. It must also have with a minimum of structural and surface defects and in the case for Southern pine it must have a grain slope of one inch each 14 inch of length. In addition, it has to be graded, examined and marked by an independent, third-party certified organisation.

Some of the more frequently used kinds of wood scaffolding planks:

Solid-sawn planks. Planks for scaffolding made of solid-sawn are typically constructed from Southern Pine, but they may also be made from Douglas Fir or other similar species of trees.

Laminate veneer lumber (LVL) planks. LVL decking plans are constructed out of thin layers of wood that are attached with an adhesive that is designed for exterior use.

Metal Planks

The two most commonly used kinds of planks made from metal are:

Steel planks. Steel scaffolding planks have exceptional strength and endurance.

Aluminum planks. Aluminum scaffolding planks are light and cost-effective.

Scaffolding Planks with Design

Single Scaffold Planks

The single scaffold plans are typically used in brick masonry. They are intended to be placed in a parallel position to the wall surface however, they are 1.2 millimeters away.

Double Scaffold Planks

Two scaffolds planks commonly employed for stone masonry. They are designed to be placed in two rows to increase solidity and stability.

Comparisons between Plank Types

Each of the plank types has its own advantages and disadvantages, making it ideal for various applications. For instance:

Solid-sawn scaffold planks are an economical option that provides a great blend of both strength and stability. In comparison to LVL planks, these are more suitable for moist conditions.

An LVL scaffold plank provides better durability and support, but with a cost that is slightly higher over solid-sawn plansks.

Steel scaffold planks offer the strongest strength, making them perfect for heavy loading applications. However, they add to the weight of the scaffolding structure.

Aluminum scaffold planks help reduce the weight of scaffolding structures however, they are less sturdy and long-lasting over steel planks. They can be used for use in less demanding environments than steel planks.