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How To Set Up a Scaffold for Shrink Wrap?

One of the key advantages of using shrink wrap is its ability to become drum-tight through heat application, meaning it fits perfectly around any structure tightly, not flapping around in the wind like cheaper alternatives. The shrink wrap is folded around scaffold tubes back onto itself and then welded together, forming a strong bond that will not come apart unless cut off.

How to set up a scaffold for shrink-wrap installation?

We must make sure that every scaffold we work on has been designed to the appropriate standard. There are wind loads to consider, all of which a qualified engineer will be able to take into account before a structure is built. Generally though, so long as a scaffold is weighed down and has sufficient ties and buttresses, adding shrink wrap will not increase wind loading any more than conventional sheeting.

As a separate trade to scaffolding, we would expect a structure to be safe to work on with adequate ladder access to all areas, boarded working lifts and handrails as standard.

An ideal scenario is to have a flush scaffolding that can make the daily installation much swifter and optimised for the desired finish. Not only will this look better, but it will increase the lifespan of the encapsulation due to very few weaknesses in the sheet.

Sheeting rails are not absolutely necessary for us to install our shrink wrap, they really can make the difference between a smart-looking job and an amazing looking centrepiece on site. We always recommend at least two sheeting rails, one at the bottom and one at the top of the desired area; these would be fixed to the external scaffold on single fittings.

When installing a shrink wrap temporary roof, a double handrail is mandatory to ensure the safety of our operatives and to maximise efficiency during the installation.

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