Are treated scaffold boards right for your project?

Treated scaffold boards

To treat or not to treat? That is the question. Discover what treated scaffold boards are and whether you need them for your project.

Scaffold boards have been used for centuries, with their origins dating back to ancient times.

From the grandeur of Egypt’s pyramids to the architectural splendours of Greek temples and Roman amphitheatres, these early societies relied on scaffold boards to construct their most magnificent feats of engineering and craftsmanship.

Fast forward to the twentieth century and this type of strong and sturdy component still plays an integral role in construction, renovation and maintenance projects.

However, in today’s modern world, the focus has shifted not only on the functionality of scaffold boards but also on their longevity and durability. Cue the need for treated scaffold boards.

In this blog, we explore the importance and methods of treating scaffold boards to help you decide whether it’s the right solution for your upcoming project.

Treated scaffold boards

Discover what treated scaffold boards are and whether you need them for your project.

Are scaffold boards treated?

Not all scaffold boards are treated. While many undergo treatment with preservatives to enhance their durability and resistance to decay, fungal growth and insect infestation, there is no universal requirement for treatment.

Factors such as the type of wood used, environmental conditions and compliance with relevant regulations influence whether scaffold boards are treated or not.

At the end of the day, the decision to treat scaffold boards depends on various considerations, including project requirements and safety standards.

Do scaffold boards need treating?

Figuring out whether treating scaffold boards is the right way to go depends on what you’re using them for and the type of environment.

Despite there being no explicit legal requirement for scaffold boards to be treated, you may need to think about the Work at Heights Regulations 2005.

According to UK legislation, scaffold boards must be fit for purpose and capable of supporting the intended load without compromising the safety of workers.

This means that while treating scaffold boards can provide additional protection against decay and extend their lifespan, it is not a mandatory requirement under current regulations.

However, untreated scaffold boards may be more susceptible to deterioration over time, particularly when exposed to moisture and environmental factors.

It’s also worthing considering the type of wood used. Some forms like European oak, Western red cedar and Siberian larch naturally possess higher levels of durability and resistance to decay, while others may require treatment to improve their longevity.

The best way to treat scaffold boards

There are many ways to treat scaffold boards. The main to remember is to follow relevant legislation, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, which govern the use of chemical treatments in the UK.

Choose impregnated treatments

You can improve timber longevity, quality and appearance with low and high-pressure impregnation preservative treatments. Impregnation timber uses preservatives to reduce environmental factors and provide long-lasting protection against decay and insects. It’s approved for scaffold boards, including water-based or solvent-based formulations.

Follow manufacturer recommendations

Don’t cut corners. Adhere to manufacturer recommendations and application instructions meticulously to ensure effective treatment while minimising health and environmental risks.

Regular inspection and maintenance

Once you’ve finished the scaffold board treatment, you can’t just sail away into the sunset.

We highly recommend carrying out regular inspections to monitor the condition of the said treated scaffold boards. While it might seem like it’s extra work, addressing any signs of deterioration promptly to maintain their effectiveness and safety now will save you a lot of time, money and challenges further down the line.

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By choosing us as your scaffold board supplier, you’re opting for safety and quality in your construction projects.

Let us take care of your treated scaffold boards

If you think you need treated scaffold boards and don’t fancy treating them yourself, it might be time to speak to an expert. At Caspian Group, all our boards can be fire retardant treated with:

  • Euroclass B (equivalent to Class 0 BS476) – This fire-retardant treatment is tested and compliant with European Standard EN 13501-1:2018
  • HC3 Preservative Treated (PEFC) – This treatment adheres to user class 3 Preservative treatment to European Standard BS EN 335-1 and is available on all Timber Boards and Battens.

To find out more, get in touch with our team today.

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