UK Scaffold Price Guide – Updated For 2018

Some tradespeople and home improvement firms have their own scaffold systems, usually access towers and platforms that can be used for repairs and smaller projects. There are, however, times when a complete scaffold system is required.

This page is all about scaffold costs and how much scaffold firms are charging customers in the UK.

Our Price Guide

scaffolding to house wallTo get an accurate picture of how many scaffold hire cost in the UK, the team here at Quotation Check sent out price requests to firms in 2016 and again in January 2018.

The figures you’ll see on this page are an average of the prices we were given.

You can use this data to get a handle on what the going rate is.

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What Affects the Price?

Through our research, we’ve learnt that the price you’re given by scaffold firms is usually based on the following:

  1. How long the hire period is
  2. How high up the scaffold needs to be erected
  3. How many walking levels, known as “lifts” are needed
  4. Any bridges that are needed over a pathway/driveway/conservatory
  5. The location in the UK
  6. Whether any roads or footpaths need to be blocked and how long for
  7. Any general access issues

1) Scaffold is generally hired out for between 6 and 8 weeks at a fixed rate with an additional fee per week hired.

2) How high the scaffold needs to be erected is also a cost factor.

3) How many levels your tradespeople require affects the price. For example, roofers usually need one or two “lifts” at gutter height, while painters and renderers would need several lifts.

4) Erecting scaffold over a conservatory, known as spanning, can also increase the complexity and cost of the hire.

5) Your location is also a cost factor. London is one of the most expensive places to hire scaffold in the UK.

6) You will need to arrange a licence/permit if your scaffold blocks roads or public footpaths.

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 equipment through the house or via neighbouring gardens, this will cost.

The Results of Our Research Into Scaffold Prices

Below you’ll find the results of our research into the prices scaffolders are charging in the UK.

The figures below are an average of all the quotes we were given in 2016 and again in 2018.

Example 1 – Scaffold to a Semi-Detached House

metal Scaffold tubesTo keep things simple we wanted scaffold to three sides of a semi-detached house. The scaffold needs erecting so a new roof can be fitted, it will require walking platforms at gutter height.

The figures below were averaged from a total of 26 quotes from different firms around the UK:

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 – Spanning Over a Conservatory

Conservatories are often so wide that a scaffold bridge needs to erected to span over them. This type of setup is often used by roofers, gutters, window installers and decorators.

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 – An Access Tower to Gutter Height

Most tradespeople have their own tower systems for gaining access to common areas of a house, such as the guttering or a window. If you need a small tower erected, this is how much we think it will cost:

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)

Chimneys come in all sizes and heights and it’s difficult to estimate a price without seeing the home, as they’re all different. The figures below are for a tall chimney located at the side of the building, scaffold needs to be erected 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?

Metal poles are erected vertically with more poles horizontally, wooden walking planks are then laid down. This is where the lifts/levels are located.

If your project requires 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.

Safety 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. Modern scaffold systems are very versatile and can be used in narrow spaces or areas that seem almost impossible to reach, such as around chimneys.

Alternative Options

Access scaffold towers can be hired from most tool hire shops, they come with handrails, stabilisers and other safety equipment. They are perfect for accessing windows, gutters and other specific areas but aren’t suitable for larger projects such re-roofing.

Contrary to some myths floating around, ladders haven’t been banned by the HSE, although their use should be minimised and appropriate for the task.

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8 Responses to “UK Scaffold Price Guide – Updated For 2018”

  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.

    • sam rOctober 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Chris are you sure? how long did it take the scaffolders to erect and how many scaffolders were there?

  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?

  7. Andrew HagerApril 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    What is the standard weekly charge on scaffolding after the agreed time given

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