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How much does Scaffolding Hire cost?

Average Price
£350 - £1,000 per week

What is the price of Scaffolding Hire?

Looking to hire scaffolding? Read our handy guide to find out how much you’ll be charged for scaffolding hire.

What is Scaffolding Hire?

When you’re carrying out work on your home and need to reach the higher parts of the building, it’s likely you’ll need to hire scaffolding.

Scaffolding is a temporary structure which is constructed outside your property to be used by work people when building or repairing the property. It is typically made from metal poles and wooden planks and is available in a range of heights and sizes, depending on what it’s being used for.

Scaffolding makes working at heights much safer than simply using a ladder. If work is being done above head height, you’ll usually need to hire scaffolding. It provides much more stability than a ladder, as well as providing a platform for tools and building materials.

How much does Scaffolding Hire cost?

Scaffolding can be expensive so it’s important to factor it into your budget when you’re planning work on your home.

The price of scaffolding hire is influenced by a number of factors, including the size of scaffolding required and how long you want to hire it for. Although there is no fixed rate for scaffolding hire, a breakdown of average daily costs based on local UK professionals is given below.

Average cost of Scaffolding Hire
Average cost (weekly)£700
Minimum cost (weekly)£350
Maximum cost (weekly)£1,000

What changes the price of Scaffolding Hire?

The price of hiring scaffolding will depend on several factors including:

  • Location

  • Size

  • Length of hire

  • Ease of access


The price of scaffolding hire will vary depending on where you are in the country. Prices in cities are typically higher than rural areas, with London particularly costly for scaffolding hire. For example, a scaffolding tower that might cost £400 in Birmingham might cost £600 in London but only £300 in the North East.


The size of the scaffolding you require will have an impact on the price. Smaller jobs such as a single tower for gutter repair or a bridge over a conservatory will be cheaper than larger projects which require scaffolding to cover the whole house.

The size of the scaffolding includes the height that it is required to reach, as well as the number of working levels required. The more working levels, the more walkways are required, increasing the cost of the scaffolding hire.

Although there is no fixed rate for different sizes of scaffolding, a breakdown of average costs of scaffolding hire based on local UK professionals is given below.

Average cost of Scaffolding based on the scaffolding item
Scaffolding itemAverage cost of scaffolding hire (weekly)
Bridge over conservatory£650
Single tower£250
Chimney scaffolding£650
Two-storey semi-detached house£850
Two-storey terraced house£300

Length of hire

It goes without saying that the longer you hire scaffolding for, the more expensive it will cost. However, many companies will offer a lower daily or weekly rate for longer hires as the construction and dismantling is the costliest part of the process.

A fixed fee will usually be agreed at the beginning of the hire period, but you can usually extend this where needed for a daily or weekly rate.

Ease of access

The easier your site is to access, the lower the cost will be. The cheapest prices will apply where the scaffolding hire company can quickly put together the frame. However, if there’s limited access to the site, for example if parts need to be carried through a house, the cost will increase due to the additional time required.

Do I need to hire scaffolding?  

Some tradespeople may provide their own scaffolding and this will be factored into the cost of their quote. However, others may require that you source your own scaffolding for your project.

There’s no comparison between using a ladder and scaffolding for working at height when it comes to safety. Scaffolding is much more secure, offering a much higher standard of safety. Although ladders are sometimes used for small, quick jobs, their use is actively discouraged with scaffolding the preferred option.

Scaffolding hire may seem costly but it’s an essential part of your building project, providing access to hard-to-reach areas and ensuring safety. You can search for scaffolding hire companies and request quotes on Bark. 

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