Average Scaffolding Costs for Semi Detached House

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While some companies such as roofers and painters/decorators can erect their own scaffold systems (called access towers) there are times when a complete system is required. This is when a specialist scaffold company can be used.

How much does it cost to scaffold a semi-detached house?

Our research shows that scaffolding costs from £800.00 but the price you pay will depend on the following factors:

  • Are you scaffolding all three sides or just the front and rear?
  • How long do you intend to keep the scaffold up?
  • How many walking levels (lifts) do you require? (these are the boards that workmen walk on)*
  • Do you need to block any public roads or footpaths?
  • Are there any very difficult access issues?
  • Is any bridging required?

*If you require multiple walking levels then it will cost more! If you need the scaffold for a new roof then there will be just one walking level, up to gutter height. If you want the scaffold to paint all the walls on the outside of the house then it will need multiple levels.

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Example 1 – Scaffolding on a Semi-Detached House

To 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 create a walk-able bridge over a conservatory at the rear of a property, this scaffold will cover the entire length of the house at the rear. Assuming 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 generally don’t like small jobs, so these prices tend to get “bumped” up. To erect a simple 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

How did we get these figures?

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 4 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

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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 required 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.

Factors that Affect the Cost/Price of Scaffolding

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) Scaffold is normally hired out for 6-8 weeks for a fixed sum with any additional rent applied on a weekly basis thereafter. 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 other 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.





4 Responses to “Average Scaffolding Costs for Semi Detached House”

  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.

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