Choosing a Scaffolding Pattern:
Scaffolding comes in a variety of patterns and sizes for a variety of applications. Below is a breakdown of our nomenclature, how we call our frames and what the terms mean. This is intended to give a person unfamiliar with scaffolding an idea of what frame they may need to suit their purpose.
LADDER FRAME SCAFFOLDING:
A ladder frame is just that, a scaffolding frame built to be used like a ladder. We have them available in sections 5' wide and either 5' or 6'4" tall. One vertical half of these frames consists of a ladder-rung pattern, while the other half is mostly open space, none except the lowest rungs which extend all the way across the frame, as opposed to just half way. This area can be stepped through at height when navigating between sections. Although these scaffold frames have great climbability and are the best all-purpose frames, the impediment of having to step over their bottom rungs can be a reason somone might use the following frame on a larger job.
As the name implies walkthrough scaffolding is built to be able to walk through. These scaffold frames are constructed in the form of a rectangular archway. When a platform is built underneath these frames along several sections of scaffolding, an unimpeded walkway is formed because of the archway construction. This scaffolding is a favorite of brick masons, and it's benefits include the unimpeded work area they enjoy so much. Because there are no ladder rungs, however, these frames must be used in accompaniment with some sort of alternate climbing device; this could be our bolt-on external ladders, internal stair cases, or some other legal method.
WALKTHROUGH BUILT-IN LADDER
This is the do-it-all scaffolding frame, it is a hybrid of the walkthrough frame and the ladder frame. Built like the walkthrough frame, a ladder is added in one of the frames top corners extending below halfway down the frame. This allows for the unimpeded walkway of a walkthrough frame with good climbability with no external attachments.
BAKERS FRAME SCAFFOLDING
Bakers frame scaffolding is the only scaffolding we offer in our ScaffoldMart yellow pattern that is not 5' wide. These are what we call our narrow frames and they are what our narrow scaffolding towers are built out of. These frames are for the craftsman who needs to get in the tight spaces, maybe an alley in a large city. We have special 5' jumbo scaffolding outriggers to drastically widen the base of these more narrow scaffolding frames.