Scaffold Costs

Welcome to Roofer’s Rates – A website created by roofing contractors for homeowners. Find out how much you should expect to pay to have scaffold erected around your property.

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Don’t forget; this is just one several cost guides. See our full price list here.

What are the typical costs charged by scaffolders? How long can you keep the scaffold erected and are there any nasty surprises in the small print?

As roofing contractors we use access equipment on a daily basis, sometimes it’s our own access platforms but we also use the services of external scaffold companies.

The figures on this page are just a guide, based on our experiences.

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Guide Prices For Scaffolding Hire

Below are five examples of scaffold hire costs:

1) Scaffold Over Conservatory

We often use the services of a scaffold company to create a bridge over a conservatory so we can carry out roofing work on the structure above. Expect a scaffold company to charge around £450 . It will only take the scaffolders a couple of hours to erect and even less to dismantle afterwards.

2) One Side of House 10 Metres Long up to First Floor

For this we would normally use our own equipment, such as aluminium access towers but if we used a scaffold company we would expect to pay around £550. Again the work will take only take between 2-3 hours to erect. We assume that there is only one “lift” that means only one level that you can walk on. If you want multiple lifts/levels (perhaps because you are painting the walls etc) then it will cost more. As a roofer we usually only have one or two lifts on our scaffold – at the top!

3) Entire House Semi Detached

As roofers we often re-roof semi detached houses, the cost to erect scaffold around a 3-bed semi detached house is approximately £900. Expect the work to take just over half a day.

4) Entire House Detached With Tin Hat

If you want a “wrap around” scaffold to your entire detached house with a temporary roof (called a “tin hat”) then expect to pay around £2250. This will take a group of scaffolders an entire day to erect. This type of scaffolding is usually erected if you are having extensive work carried out on the property over a long period of time and want to keep rainwater away from the building.

5) Cost to Scaffold Around a Chimney

A chimney can be located anywhere through the roof of a building. Common places are at the eaves (near the gutter) at the gable end/apex or at the highest point in the centre of the roof (at the ridge).

The eaves and gable ends are easy to scaffold and you should expect to pay around £550 for these locations.

Erecting a scaffold up to and around a chimney located in the centre of a roof is more difficult, time consuming and therefore more costly. Expect to pay around £850.

How Long Can You Keep the Scaffold?

This is negotiable but you will usually have the scaffold for between 1 and 2 months on a pre-agreed hire contract. If you want to keep the scaffold for longer periods than this , it will be charged on a per day or per week basis.

Keeping Costs Down and Legal Requirements

Keeping the scaffold beyond the pre-arranged date can add additional cost the scaffolding hire, make sure you check the small print before agreeing any contract. If you think you will need the scaffold for more than a couple of months then negotiate before you agree a contract.

It is important that your scaffold meets health and safety requirements. So hand rails, foot boards and roof edge protection should all be in place. Don’t be tempted to save a few pounds by doing some of the work from ladders and some from scaffold, you could be breaching current health and safety legislation.

Do You Really Need an External Scaffold Company?

Easy scaffold system to chimney

Good Cheap and Cheerful

Men working dangerously on roof

Downright dangerous

Scaffold to chimney

Traditional but expensive way of erecting scaffold to chimney

External Websites we Like

The guys here at Roofer’s Rates are members of the Scaffolders Forum which is a great place to discuss scaffold and access topics.

There are also a few roofers and scaffolders who frequent the DIYNOT Forum, this another great place to discuss such topics.

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27 Responses to “Scaffold Costs”

  1. Mr R ChapmanJuly 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks for the information in this website. Informative and gaves some useful points for thought. However, I went for quotes from 2 local companies and the prices I got were completely different from the range that you quote.

    Basically, this is an old detached cottage. 2 storeys at front, single storey at rear so roof ridge is forward of the centre line. 13.5m long by 9.3m deep and 5.9m to ridge (+ 1m chimney). 4m to eaves at front, 2.6m to eaves at rear. We want full scaffolding with a roof over (side sheets not required. Location is North Yorkshire.

    I have had 2 quotes, £11,000 and £13,000 both + vat. I would be very grateful if you could provide likely reasons why these numbers are so much higher than the £2250 that you give as a guide price.

    • Steven waiteSeptember 22, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      If you haven’t had the job done yet I can do it for £8500

      • Erickson OduyaJune 14, 2017 at 5:59 am #

        Hello do you have an email where I can send you details for the services that I require?

      • JKJuly 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

        We need a temp roof in North Yorkshire. 15m long and 7m deep. Existing is 7.75m to ridge and 5m to eaves.
        Building up on existing masonry to new eaves height of 6.5m and new ridge height of 9.5m

  2. FrankieJuly 3, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Yes please could I have phone number also. I have a scaffold company and design fees are around 2k so i could draft them in and save a heap of money.

    Cheapest temp roof I’ve erected is 10k + VAT


  3. C GrimleySeptember 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Hello. Can I ask if a contractor who organises scaffolding for a job then fails to sort out its removal in a timely manner (left for more than 6 months when only worked on it for a few weeks with a gap for bad weather in January this year) can pass on additional costs to the client? I kept asking him to sort it out and the scaffolding simply stayed there! The cost on the invoice was £1800 for one side of a large detached house. Again I thought he had arranged the scaffolding for both sides of the house but the original contractor pulled out due to family illness and my original understanding was that the first lot of money I paid included all the scaffolding costs! I never had an invoice at the time but I recall asking what i was paying for. I’d appreciate any comments. Thanks. Charles.

    • Steven waiteSeptember 22, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      If you need it removing email me and I will remove it for you free of charge

  4. EmmaSeptember 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    May I ask a professional what would ‘encourage’ you to remove your scaffolding quickly and not continue to use a home (my home!) as a free storage facility?! I am at the point I am about to send a TORT notice to the ‘company’, before offering the scaffolding (possibly free) to anyone that can remove it. I’m done messing. Any other ideas from the trade?!

  5. Mark ReynoldsOctober 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    How much would it be to scaffold a detached garage 6meters long 4 sidees one lift at wall plate hieght to put lintols and build a
    gables. Also detatched dormer bungalow 14 meters x 10 meters 2 lifts to wallplate height then lifts to both gables ?

  6. John FordFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    On the Isle of wight I charge £20.00 plus vat per metre up to 3 lifts. Thats with fair access. If its to go round bay windows it would be slightly more. Temporary roofs are a night mare, need a design with calculations to with stand strong winds and possible snow load. I would say a temp roof to a semi det 2 storey about £9000.00, detached £13000.00 plus VAT.

    This would be more expensive in London.

    I hope this helps.

    John Ford

    THF Scaffolding Ryde Isle of Wight

  7. Fred dibenFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Need a quote , scaffold 30m high 97 m around , fully boarded , 8 weeks hire , Dorset area ,

  8. AdamMarch 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    Just been quoted £1250 plus vat for scaffold on terrace front and back. House is 4.3 m wide and would have one lift at front and back at the top which is a height of 4.5m. Seems bit rich if 10m guide is £550? And it will only there for a month tops…

    Any thoughts?

  9. John FordMarch 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Aprrox £47000.00 , extra hire £3900 per week plus vat. This would be good access, good ground ,


    John Ford

  10. Gaz CarrJune 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi how much do scaffold companies charge for new build scaffold? Detached house 3 lifts

    • KrisJuly 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

      Hi we charge £23 per linium metre up to 3 lifts, that is right across the board whether it’s a new build or a existing building, hope this helps Ace Scaffolding (Southern) LTD

  11. MannySeptember 4, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Need a scaffolding tin hat on an existing scafolding on a semi detached about 7m wide in North West London

    How much should that cost me?

  12. RajSeptember 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi looking to have 2 chimneys lined and one replaced . It’s a detached house and we’ve been quoted lots of $$$ quite a lot above the examples here

    Could you help recommend a company that comes in around your figures above


    • MatthewOctober 10, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      Hi do you have an email/number I can contact you on thankyou

  13. AMCDecember 20, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Prices are so out of date. And as for the “Tin Hat” (temporary roof) for a semi deatched house would cost upwards of 10k.

  14. MHJanuary 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    Prices may not be out of date for long with Brexit slowdown on the way. Already construction activity down. A lot of frothiness in prices probably due to help to buy etc. Many of the modern prices quoted above seem downright crazy compared with non construction prices in 2017.

  15. JulieApril 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi I need an estimate for scaffolding around semi detached house so I can get rendering done. Side wall would b above a garage. Any idea please.

    • paul gJune 20, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      Julie, be careful with this crown , they are scammers, they tell this , and then its that much more, go somewhere else, or do your research on them, just read the comments above yours, good luck,

  16. JulieApril 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    I also live in Bebington on the Wirral.

  17. Derek SlavenJune 21, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    A good way to ensure scaffold is removed promptly is to agree a 2 third payment after erect and retain 1 third of cost to be paid on scaffold dismantle, then if scaffold is not removed in a timely manner or agreed date you have the funds to engage another party to take the scaffold down, however that person is not legally allowed to take the scaffold material away, its up to you what % you retain but at least 1 third will be enough to cover cost if you engage another company, you could try 50% retainer held and that would be a very good motive to encourage quick dismantle/removal,
    also make sure the cost quoted is for all in, man and materials for erect and dismantle , and delivery/removal of materials, what ever you agree, get it in writing ,

  18. DerekAugust 28, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Just had a scaffold erected in York. Prices inline with above. Red scaffolding york the company we used.

  19. K WilliamsSeptember 11, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    I live in Cardiff and require the wall ties replacing on a 1950’s ex council semi. The 1st quote has been 1200.00+ VAT for materials, 1200.00 +VAT for scaffolding and 500.00 per day for labour costs. It’s been said that it should take between 3 and 5 days, depending upon what problems they encounter on the way. Is this about average I should be expecting? It seems expensive to pay out a months wage for a weeks hire of scaffolding, especially when the materials are the same price.

  20. NinaSeptember 24, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Would appreciate advice please?

    My elderly neighbour has had scaffolding up at the front of her house. She paid £650 to a scaffolding company. Nothing was written down – there was no contract. She now realises that the work done isn’t right and to rectify needs the scaffolding up for another 2.5 weeks. The scaffolder wants £150 per week for this. Are there any guidelines about how much can be charged when no contract is in place. Many thanks.

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