Frequently Asked Questions About Scaffolding (FAQs)

Posted on August 13, 2021 in Scaffolding

Looking for a scaffolding solution can sometimes be confusing. There are several types of scaffolding to choose from, and depending on the height, you may need the support of an engineer to ensure you get the right design for your job. Safety is also an essential consideration. So finding the right scaffolding provider can make or break your project timeline and success. 

To help you begin considering scaffolding for your project and finding the right provider, we gathered the most common questions we hear and answered them for you. If you still have questions after reading through them, we’ll have answers for those questions too.


Questions About Scaffolding 


In this section, we’ll answer your general questions, including those about cost, engineering, and time.


Q: Can I build the scaffold myself?

A: When planning scaffolding for a job, safety must always be a top priority. In our over 20 years in the business, we’ve learned that there are no shortcuts to safety. So it’s best to work with an experienced scaffolding provider and skip the DIY options.  

Scaffolding Solutions provides full-service scaffold rental, installation, and dismantling of the scaffold. We utilize a highly advanced scaffolding system with unique safety locking connections that get tighter with use and should be assembled by skilled technicians who have been certified and trained in proper scaffolding installation. 

As you get to know us, you’ll see that safety is at the heart of everything we do at Scaffolding Solutions. We always install equipment to OSHA and customer jobsite standards, then after installation, our staff provides a thorough safety briefing before the jobsite work begins.

You can read more about our commitment to safety here


Q: What is the difference between a swing stage and suspended scaffolding?

A swing stage is another word for a suspended scaffold. Swing stages are the most common types of suspended scaffolds you’ll see at construction sites. Other types include:

  • Float 
  • Cantilever
  • Multi-level
  • Interior hung
  • Single-point adjustable
  • Multi-point adjustable


Q: What is the difference between buck hoists and construction elevators?

A hoist or buck hoist is a type of construction elevator that is erected on either the outside or inside of a building that’s under construction. You can use it to move both men and materials. You can also have a buck hoist permanently installed.


Q: How much does scaffolding cost?

A: To answer this question, we’ll need to learn about the project and conduct a site visit to assess your needs and develop a proposal. Every design is unique, which is why the Scaffolding Solutions team takes the time to understand your particular needs. We will “right-size” the solution and give you a very competitive price.

If you’re interested in learning about the cost of swing stage suspended scaffolding equipment, we have an article you can access here


Q: What’s the best solution for my situation?

A: We’re the “Solutions” company for a reason! We can help you figure out precisely what you need. Our engineers and project managers will work closely with you to determine the best solution at the lowest possible cost. 

system scaffolding for a project on a historic courthouse

In the meantime, here’s a general overview of some common types of scaffolding:

System Scaffolding: When you need an easy-to-use, quick-to-set-up scaffolding product that’s safer than other options, you need system scaffolding. With system scaffolding, you:

  • Save money by using 50% fewer pieces.
  • Enjoy a faster and easier installation.
  • Spend less on transporting and storing materials.
  • Bear more weight safely at higher heights.
  • Create a scaffolding setup with complex custom dimensions.
  • Enjoy the security that comes with using the industry’s safest scaffolding.

Suspended Scaffolding: Setting up scaffolding at incredibly high elevations can be challenging. But it’s a challenge that suspended scaffolding is designed to handle. Suspended scaffolding solutions such as swing stage platforms are ideal for working on tall buildings where you need to quickly transport personnel and essential tools to an elevated work area.


Q: Do you guys provide engineered shop drawings?

A: Of course! We have in-house Professional Engineers and a variety of highly-trained consulting engineers capable of designing the most challenging scaffolding and shoring solutions. We specialize in overcoming project challenges—for example, fitting scaffolding to complex-shaped structures and protecting historical architecture.

You can see some of the projects we’ve worked on, like that of the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, by clicking here


Q: How fast can I get this scaffold?

A: Scaffolding Solutions utilizes highly advanced scheduling software that allows us to be very agile and responsive with project planning and execution. We can almost always figure out a schedule that meets your project needs. 

We’re also collaborative project experts with a track record of helping projects reach completion on time and under budget. That’s a unique distinction that sets us apart from other scaffolding suppliers.


Questions About Scaffolding Solutions

This section will answer questions about Scaffolding Solutions and explain why we’re the preferred scaffolding provider in the Mid-Atlantic region. 


 Q: What makes Scaffolding Solutions different from other companies?

A: Our service and solutions are on a world-class level. We do what we say we’re going to do.  We show up on time and work safely and professionally. From start to finish our company will be with you every step of the way. 

We prioritize safety above all else and have the best training program of any scaffolding company anywhere. Each of our employees undergoes rigorous job-safety training that involves basic scaffolding erection and safety techniques as well as first aid, CPR, and bloodborne pathogen training.

Our employees hold some of the industry’s leading safety awards, including:

On a job site, after we erect a scaffold, we work directly with the crew to train them on proper scaffolding protocol, providing your contractors and employees with a thorough rundown of scaffolding safety.

We have a dedicated Risk Manager that is always thinking one step ahead. The Risk Manager has the authorization to take prompt corrective measures should any hazards arise. This ensures that all workers are safe while working on the scaffolding.

Our Risk Management team will ensure that your site is up to OSHA scaffolding standards before we leave a job site. Keeping your workforce safe is critical, while quality construction and education of scaffolding usage is a top priority.

To learn more about our outstanding safety procedures and training, you can see our company safety policy statement and video of our scaffolding project at the Netherlands Carillon, a 127-foot tall bell tower.


Q: What products and services do you provide?

A: Scaffolding Solutions is a full-service scaffolding engineering firm that handles all aspects of design, equipment rental, erection, inspection, and maintenance of scaffolding systems. We also provide temporary hoists, trash chutes, overhead protection, and temporary stairs. 

You can read more about our services here


Q: What areas do you cover?

A: Scaffolding Solutions covers the greater Mid-Atlantic region from Maryland down to the Carolinas. With locations up and down the east coast, Scaffolding Solutions will be there for you, no matter where your job is located. 

To read about some specific areas we work in, click on one of the links below. 


North Carolina

South Carolina


Washington D.C.


Have a Question That We Didn’t Answer? 

Now that you know a little more about Scaffolding Solutions, some scaffolding options, and our commitment to safety and excellence, we invite you to give us a call. We can answer your remaining questions and discuss which solution is right for your project.


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mwb1051mwb1051 ★★★★★ Belt Built LLC is very pleased to have worked with Scaffold Solutions and PM Frank G on our US Naval Academy Project in Annapolis, Md.We had a 70' foot run of scaffolding 11' feet wide and 24' tall installed in an auditorium built in 1942, with barrel vault ceiling. No seating had to be removed, crew did a great job avoiding any potential damage. The project scope is to install new HVAC into "barrel vaulted ceiling" attic.A Great Experience, pricing, professional service, and the installation crew was excellent. I Would Highly Recommend for your scaffolding needs.Response from the ownerWe appreciate the opportunity to have partnered with you on this project! The communication, planning and collaboration between our respective teams was incredible! We take great care to provide amazing service, quality and pricing for our partners. Thanks again! Jose GodoyJose Godoy ★★★★★ Material fácil de maniobrar. No es pesado. Excelente compañíaResponse from the ownerThank you Jose! We appreciate your support Eliseo EscobarEliseo Escobar ★★★★★ Great communication, great team experienceResponse from the ownerThank you Eliseo! We appreciate your business David “Rip” HerbertDavid “Rip” Herbert ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you Ruff! We appreciate your business and look forward to many more successful projects together! thomas hallwigthomas hallwig ★★★★★ Working with Frank Giuliano, Yoni Tobar, and Jefferson Borro on our hospital project was an exceptional experience. Despite facing extremely tight logistics and poor access, their dedication to 100% safety never wavered. Their expertise in scaffolding and trash chute installation was evident, ensuring the project ran smoothly from start to finish.What truly impressed us was their outstanding communication throughout. They kept us informed every step of the way, addressing any concerns promptly and effectively. Their ability to navigate the challenges of the project and maintain clear communication truly blew our hats off.I highly recommend Frank, Yoni, and Jefferson for any project requiring precision, safety, and excellent communication. Five stars without hesitation!Response from the ownerThank you, Thomas! We strive to provide outstanding customer service, safety and communication on all of our projects. It was a pleasure to partner with you on this project! Ben FeeneyBen Feeney ★★★★★ Frank Giuliano (Scaffolding Solutions) is amazing! He is truly passionate about customer service and seeks to cultivate long standing relationships with his customers. I recently worked with Frank on a construction project that required a lot of his time logistics wise. He was patient, responsive and asked good questions. He went above and beyond to ensure the project was completed to our satisfaction.Response from the ownerThank you, Ben! We were thrilled to partner with you on this project! We believe that great planning and outstanding communication make for successful projects and happy customers. We always strive to exceed your expectations. Looking forward to many more successful partnerships with your team in the future! a aa a ★★★★★ I would like to personally write a Google review, though I wrote corporate and expressed the same sentiments, this needs to be made public.Frank is the most AMAZING person; he is knowledgeable, kind, honest, trustworthy, and has the most integrity and follow up. I have worked with multiple scaffolding companies for our multifamily developments within Maryland and Virginia and Scaffolding Solutions is a TEN STAR experience and business.Each commitment has exceeded our expectations. Frank has set the bar so incredibly high that I wish every experience could be with him for every service we outsource; hence, we continue to exclusively work with him.I cannot sing the praises enough when it comes to Frank and he deserves attention, recognition, accolades and compensation for the tangible and intangible value he adds to Scaffolding Solutions.We love you here at Exterior Medics Frank! <3 We are excited to continue our journey as partners.Best,AdeleResponse from the ownerThank you Adele! We appreciate all your support and partnership. We strive to provide great service, technical support and friendship to all our partners. We appreciate you! Matt PusheckMatt Pusheck ★★★★★ Highly recommend Scaffolding Solutions for anyone's access needs. We have established an incredible working relationship with this group in the last 18 months on some very high profile projects. Frank Giuliano is the definition of customer service and is always at the ready to help! They provide both fair and prompt pricing when needed. Frank and his Field Supervisor, David Herbert, are very knowledgeable and professional. We have had tremendous success with Scaffolding Solutions and I look forward to continuing our working relationship for years to come.Response from the ownerThank you Matt! We appreciate your trust and confidence in partnering with us. It is truly a pleasure to work with your company. We look forward to many more successful projects working together with your team in the future! Rmb BoswellRmb Boswell ★★★★★ Working with this as Frank representing has been great experience. They paid attention to the needs I requested for support needed for an MRI. They with detailed drawings for me to approve and plan of attack the was perfect .Response from the ownerThanks Robert! We were very excited to partner with you on this important project! Planning and meticulous project coordination in advance of the start of work ensures a smooth and 100% safe work execution. Have a great day! heydy Landaverdeheydy Landaverde ★★★★★ Jeremy WishonJeremy Wishon ★★★★★ Frank was awesome to work with. The service was top notch, got the ball rolling immediately, and got us set up faster than expected. Looking forward to working with them on future projects.Response from the ownerThank you Jeremy! We appreciate your continued partnership and trust. Lynn PierceLynn Pierce ★★★★★ Great service! Exceptional communication! I’m greatly to worked with Scaffolding Solutions.Response from the ownerThank you Lynn! It was a pleasure to partner with you. John WoodJohn Wood ★★★★★ Our heavy mechanical construction company have worked with Scaffolding Solutions for years now. Scaffolding Solutions are amazingly fast, responsive, & professional. They always exceed our expectations! Mr. Frank Giuliano is absolutely the best. Frank is always accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and always “safety first” in his approach to our scaffolding needs. We manage heavy mechanic projects within the transportation industry for Government agencies and Scaffolding Solutions & Mr Giuliano always exceed our clients needs. We highly recommend Scaffolding Solutions & Mr. Frank Giuliano for any, commercial or residential projects, you or your company has. 5 STARS! OUTSTANDING QUALITY WORK! GREAT COMPETITIVE RATES!Response from the ownerThank you, John! We are proud to be your "access partner of choice". Looking forward to many more successful projects to come. Thank you for your business! Hal CoganHal Cogan ★★★★★ Frank and his team with Scaffolding Solutions were great! Even with last minute changes and numerous headaches the day of they still got the job done. I look forward to working with them again!Response from the ownerThank you, Hal! Our goal is to provide the best service, safety and pricing of any other access company in the DMV. Exceeding your expectations is our mission! Hann HannHann Hann ★★★★★ Frank & his team didn't meet our expectations, they exceeded them. Everyone was extremely professionally throughout the project. Communication was over the top. Couldn't have asked for more complete turnkey service. Scaffolding Solutions is top of the list for any scaffold or shoring needs.Response from the ownerThank you! The amazing partnership, friendship and teamwork we have with Hann and Hann is what we're all about. We appreciate your business! rolando Tobarrolando Tobar ★★★★★ Great work & access to all kind of work ...The best in the DMVResponse from the ownerThank you Rolando! Our goal is to provide the best service of any other access company in the DMV. Kevin TaylorKevin Taylor ★★★★★ The team at Scaffold Solutions really got me out of a bind this past week. Set-up scaffold on Saturday morning and came back Sunday morning to take it back down. Communication was great, speed and safety were excellent and price was fair. I appreciate the solid communication and follow-up from their team and they did a great job helping me get the steel installed in the elevator shaft. Thank you!Response from the ownerThank you Kevin! We were very happy to partner with you on this work and "get it done". Safety, communication, speed - and great pricing. You hit the nail on the head my friend! Diana MiraldiDiana Miraldi ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for your 5-star review Diana! Giselle AllenGiselle Allen ★★★★★ I recently had my fourth floor loft terrace enclosed. Scaffolding Solutions, LLC is the only choice you need to ensure your project is successful! Frank Giuliano visited my home and assessed the area, then coordinated with the Patio Enclosure installation manager to build a custom design that was efficient for the project. Frank’s customer service was remarkable. He constantly communicated updates and I felt very comfortable contacting him with any questions. The scaffolding crew only took one day to assemble and disassemble the scaffold without incident. They were pleasant, professional and respectful of my property. Hands down this was the best experience and I definitely recommend Scaffolding Solutions, LLC.Response from the ownerThank you Giselle! We were happy to be able to help you with your project...and are very glad the experience was so positive for you. Have an amazing day! 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