How Much Does Scaffolding Cost to Hire?

While some companies such as roofers and painters/decorators can erect their own access towers or ladders, there are times when a complete system is required. This page is all about scaffold costs.

How and When Did We Get These Figures?

scaffolding to house wallThe team here at Quotation Check sent out quote requests to scaffolders during November and December 2016. The prices you see further down this page are an average of those figures.

Don’t forget; this is just one of many researched price guides.

Discover our full price list here.

Are These Figures Reliable?

We sourced quotes from a large pool of contractors so we do have faith in our research, although we should point out that every job is different and we did see a big difference in the prices we were given. Our research is a great starting point for those looking at scaffold costs but we do recommend sourcing your own customised quotes as well.

Our site is one of the most trusted home improvement cost comparison sites in the UK. In fact, we get thousands of visitors each week, so explore all of our prices and hopefully, we can help you discover the true cost of scaffolding.

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Factors that Affect How Much You Are Charged

These are the primary factors that will be considered by the company when they send you a quote for erecting scaffold to a semi-detached house:

  1. How long you want it for
  2. How high it needs to go
  3. How many walking levels/lifts
  4. Unusual requirements such as bridging a pathway/driveway/conservatory
  5. Your location, London being the most expensive (surprise surprise!)
  6. Blocking roads/paths etc
  7. General access issues

1) The scaffold is generally hired out for 6-8 weeks for a fixed sum with any additional rent applied on a weekly basis after that.

2) How high you need the scaffold to go is a factor in the cost, especially if there are other unusual circumstances such as scaffolding a narrow alleyway or public walkway.

3) How many levels need walking boards is a key cost factor, as each level will require handrails and access ladders. If you are painting or rendering the external wall, then you will need more levels then a roofer who just needs the scaffold up to gutter height.

4) Bridging over a conservatory, pathway or another obstacle will affect the price.

5) Your location is a primary cost factor, London prices can be as high as double the cost of the same scaffold in rural Scotland.

6) You will need a licence to block a public road or footpath; this will cost more.

7) General access issues can affect the price. If you don’t have access to the rear garden and your scaffolder has to carry all the poles through the house then will slow down the entire project and ultimately cost more.



What About Scaffold to a Semi-detached House?

Our research shows that scaffolding costs from £800.00, but you’ll want to explore our researched price guides on this page.

Example 1 – Scaffolding to Three Sides of a Semi

metal Scaffold tubesTo keep things simple we want scaffold to three sides of a semi detached house. The scaffold is because the property is being re-roofed, so there is only one lift/level, at gutter height.

Below is our cost table, we gathered the data in 2014 by contacting over a dozen scaffold companies up and down the UK. Use this as a guide only:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£1000.00£1100.00
South, SW and Midlands£900.00£950.00
Outer Region and North£750.00N/A

Example 2 – Bridging Over a Conservatory

To erect a bridge over a conservatory, located at the rear of the property The scaffold will cover the entire length of the house at the rear. Assuming your property has good access to the garden, you can expect to pay around:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£750.00£900.00
South, SW and Midlands£500.00£775.00
Outer Region and North£500.00£500.00

Example 3 – A Simple Tower to Gutter Height

Scaffolders don’t always like small jobs, so these prices tend to get “bumped” up. To erect a single tower up to gutter height so you can repair a leaky gutter or change a couple of roof tiles:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£400.00£500.00
South, SW and Midlands£400.00£500.00
Outer Region and North£350.00£350.00

Example 4 – Scaffold a Chimney (wrap around)

For this quote we are assuming a high chimney at the side of the building, you want the scaffold to wrap around all four sides of the chimney:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£750.00£900.00
South, SW and Midlands£650.00£750.00
Outer Region and North£550.00£600.00

How Does Scaffolding Work?

Steel poles are erected vertically with more poles horizontally where wooden walking boards are then laid down. This is where the lifts/levels are located. If you require multiple lifts/levels, then more horizontal poles and walking boards are required, this bumps up the price as more equipment is necessary and it takes longer to erect. Handrails and access ladders will come with the scaffold as standard. Your scaffolder will have all the equipment to bridge over conservatories or other obstacles, the scaffold system is very versatile and can be used in narrow spaces or areas that seem almost impossible to reach such as around chimneys.

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6 Responses to “How Much Does Scaffolding Cost to Hire?”

  1. Robert ShovlarMay 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    I live in a 3 bed semi I need to spray the side of my house with a sealant and need scaffolding for just 2 dsys .What would it cost I live in postcode SA10 9LA

  2. AmirMarch 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi, i am planning to open a scaffold company. How much would a cooperate pay to hire a scaffold from a company.

  3. MarkusOctober 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    Four storey semi-detached house , scaffolding on three sides and over the roof, London area ,hired for three months.Cost 15k. Please put more realistic figures, as most readers have no clue it will be a substancial part of their budget.

  4. Ifekwem ModestusDecember 15, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    industrial scaffolding, how do we cost it. A vertical tank of 10m high and a circumfrence diameter of 4.5m.

  5. Chris DAugust 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    four storey terraced house, near Folkestone in Kent, April/May 2016, no rear access, went through house front door/back window, 14 meters tall, 4 landings, 4 weeks, £700. Same house early July 2017 for roof repairs with only one landing/level at the top, the roofer hired the scaffold as part of the total job, £650 for scaffold. Since there’s a massive rush to build in that area, scaffolding is scarce and takes at least a month pre-booking, but prices are stable.

  6. JaneAugust 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    How much approx for scaffolding for a 3storey terraced house? Roofers would need to gain access to the rear through the property/front door?

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