Multi-Family Home


       In multi-family residential construction, there are usually duplexes, triplexes, and quadruple apartments, townhouses, and many types of residence types that can be designed and built.  The construction process can be complex and multi-faceted, from a high-rise apartment building to a low-rise residential community.  Scaffolding is a critical construction tool in the construction process, scaffolding aims to enhance the safety of the construction process, promote efficiency, and guarantee construction product quality.

      Scaffold in multi-family residential construction is applied in different ways, and this blog emphasizes the common scaffolding types used in multi-family residential construction, key considerations for selecting the correct scaffolding, example project use-cases, and scaffolding cost considerations, aiming to provide useful references for multi-family construction projects.



Common Types of Scaffolding Used in Multi-Family Housing Construction


Modular Scaffolding

  • Modular scaffolding, which is particularly utilized for large multi-family residential developments and long-haul ventures, is a standout amongst the most favored among different sorts of scaffolding. With its sound establishment and extensive load-bearing capacity, it serves as an ideal support framework for tall structures.


Mobile scaffolding

  • Mobile scaffolding is very movable, as it is easy to move due to its high flexibility and is appropriate to tasks of construction that require being relocated frequently such as interior decoration, and correcting the outer wall of the low-level building.


Suspended scaffolding

  • The suspended scaffold is suitable for high elevation work, especially building tall buildings exterior wall work and maintenance, it uses a system of ropes to form a working surface to suspend it is such a system that it reduces the occupancy of ground space.



Factors to Consider When Building Multi-Family Housing

      The correct choice of scaffolding in multi-story residential construction is essential not only in relation to efficiency and quality but also directly in relation to the safety of workers and the costs of the project. So, when choosing and using scaffolding, the main factors that need to be considered are as follows:


Security and stability

  • High carrying capacity: The scaffolding should have enough strength to bear the weight of multiple workers and construction materials in order to avoid collapse due to overload.


  • The scaffolding should undergo regular inspection and maintenance: During construction, the scaffolding should be inspected and maintained regularly so that potential safety hazards can be identified and removed in time to ensure the stability and safety of the scaffolding.


Efficiency and cost-effectiveness in scaffolding

  • Quick development and removal tasks: one alternative that can save on labor and time is to opt for a scaffolding system to assemble and dismantle quickly. For example, one idea that will improve work efficiency is to quickly assemble a prefabricated scaffolding system.


  • Reused materials: Sustainable scaffolding with long-term use and durability; an alternative would be easy to care for scaffolding that could be reused in many projects can save on costs in the long run.


Environmental adaptability

  • Weather resistance: For kinds of harsh weather conditions, such as typhoons, heavy rains, high temperatures, etc., it is a significant factor to consider the selection of the manufacturer’s scaffolding materials and design for its weather resistance to ensure the mechanical scaffold may be safely used in harsh environments.


  • Terrain adaptability: For selecting scaffold systems, consider the terrain features of the construction location, if the location is level or on a slope, and so on and choose the appropriate scaffold system to ensure the stability of the scaffold system under complex working location terrain.


Convenience for construction workers

  • Width and height of the platform: The platform should have an adequate width and height, so that construction workers can freely move around, use construction tools etc.


  • Safety measures: It shall be provided with corresponding safety measures, such as guardrails, anti-slip plates, and safety nets, to enhance the safety protection and avoid the potential risk of construction workers dropping the construction site by accident.


Use restrictions and regulatory requirements

  • Local regulations: Consider whether the scaffolding is legal and meets the norms and regulations that the building location requires.


  • Standards in the industry: Follow the recognised industry and worldwide standards in order to standardise the scaffolding in design, manufacture and use.



Multi-Family Housing Project Case Display

      Through the display of specific project cases, we can more intuitively understand the application of different types of scaffolding in multi-family residential construction. These cases not only show the use of scaffolding in complex environments, but also reflect how our products and services can help customers achieve efficient, safe and economical construction goals.


Case 1: High-rise apartment building construction project



Project Name: High-Rise Apartment Building Construction Project in Lusaka, Zambia

Project Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Project time: May 2022 - January 2023

Project size: 20-story apartment building with 100 residential units

Project Details:

In this project, the main challenge faced by the client was the construction safety and efficiency of high-rise buildings. To this end, we provided fixed scaffolding and suspended scaffolding to ensure the safety and efficiency of high-altitude operations.


Type of scaffolding used: modular scaffolding, suspended scaffolding

Application scenarios: exterior wall construction, window installation, rooftop work


Project Challenges and Solutions:

  • Safety of high-altitude work: The construction of high-rise buildings needs to ensure the safety of workers when working at height. Our fixed scaffolding has high load-bearing capacity and good stability to ensure the safety of workers during high-altitude construction. At the same time, the suspended scaffolding is used for exterior wall construction, providing a safe and reliable working platform.
  • Construction progress control: High-rise building construction requires precise progress control. Our scaffolding system is easy to set up and dismantle, shortening the construction period and improving construction efficiency.


Project outcome:

  • The project was completed on schedule, and the construction quality and safety were highly praised by the customer.
  • Using our scaffolding system, construction efficiency increased by 20% and saved about 15% of the total cost.



Case 2: Low-Rise Residential Community Construction



Project Name: Nairobi, Kenya Low-Rise Residential Community Construction Project

Project Duration: February 2023 to October 2023

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Project Size: 50 units of three-story residential buildings

Project Brief:

The project was a low-rise residential development, and the client required a scaffold solution that would deliver safe access and an efficient construction process. Our team decided to use a modular scaffold solution and also explored the use of mobile scaffolding to enable the project to be more flexible and safe to build.


Different types of scaffolds: modular scaffolds, wheeled scaffolds

The project uses the project to build: infrastructure construction, frame construction, exterior wall construction


The challenges and solutions faced in the project

  • Issues with multibuilding construction: the need to consider the construction of multiple buildings simultaneously. Multiple buildings should be coordinated to keep the construction progress of each project aligned as well as the resource coordination of each project. The foundation of the modular scaffold can provide a safe work platform for framing and exterior wall construction and can create a safe environment. Wheeled scaffolding was used for interior decoration and construction because it provides the advantage of convenience and flexibility. This equipment is mobile and makes it easier for the work to move between multiple construction points. The use of wheeled scaffolding can improve construction time and improve efficiency because the worker does not need to spend time on scaffolding structure construction and disassembly.


Outcomes of the project

The project was completed successfully and the quality and efficiency of the project met the expected goals. As compared to the original construction plan, the working platform reduced the construction time by around 15%. Compared to the original construction cost, the project reduced the cost by around 10%.



Multi-Family Scaffolding Cost Considerations

It is an important issue to decide whether to purchase or lease scaffolding when it comes to scaffolding cost of multifamily residential construction. Cost control on a reasonable level benefits not only to ensuring the economic nature of the project but also to having a more efficient overall construction. There are some key points that need to be taken into account within the scaffolding costs.


1. Purchase or lease


   • Purchase: If you have to use scaffolding for multiple long term projects or it will be used frequently, it may be more economically feasible to purchase scaffolding. The initial cost is higher, but the overall cost may be lower over time.


   • Lease: If it is a one-time project or a project with a shorter duration, it may be cost effective to lease scaffolding because it reduces the initial cost and storage and maintenance concerns. Leasing also may allow you to be flexible with the amount and type of scaffolding you use based on the project.


2. Scaffolding type


   • Module scaffolding: it usually used in high-rise buildings, and in complex constructions, which lies a high level of bearing capacity and stability. The cost of the assembly and disassembly of the module scaffold is relatively high, so the process will also need more time and labor.


   • Mobile scaffold: it is relatively used for the construct of a one or two-story building, or interior decoration. The feature of the mobile scaffold is moveable and easy to adjust. The rental and purchase cost of mobile scaffold are relatively low. Also, mobile scaffolds are easy to install and dismantle, unskilled workers can do it.


   • Suspension scaffold: it is used in the construction of exterior walls, or suspended aerial works, etc. Suspended scaffolds are more complex to install than other scaffolding, hence, its cost is medium. For some special conditions, if several other scaffolding types are not possible, we use a suspension scaffold.


3. Cost of installing and dismantling


   • Labor costs: Professional installation and removal services require labor costs. Complex scaffolding systems require more professional skills and time, which is more expensive.

   • Time cost: The time required to install and dismantle the scaffolding will affect the construction period of the entire project. Choosing a scaffolding system that is easy to install and dismantle can reduce time costs and improve construction efficiency.


4. Shipping and storage costs


   • Transportation costs: Depending on the type and amount of scaffolding, as well as the location of the construction site, transportation costs may vary. Long-distance transportation and frequent transportation requirements will increase costs.

   • Storage costs: If you choose to purchase scaffolding, you will also need to consider storage costs. Scaffolding requires a safe, dry storage environment to prevent corrosion and damage.


5. Maintenance and repair costs


   • Regular inspection: Regularly inspect the structure and connection parts of the scaffolding to ensure that they are not loose, corroded or damaged, and repair them if necessary.

   • Repair costs: Scaffolding may be worn and damaged during long-term use, and parts need to be repaired and replaced in a timely manner to ensure safety and service life.


6. Safety equipment and training costs


   • Safety equipment: including safety nets, guardrails, anti-skid plates and personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of workers when working at height.

   • Training costs: Provide workers with training on scaffolding erection, use and maintenance to ensure they have the necessary safety knowledge and skills to reduce accidents.



Why Choose AJ Building As Your Scaffolding Supplier

As a leading supplier of scaffolding in China, we have many years of experience in the industry, our main advantage is:


1. A wealth of experience

  • We have more than 25 years of scaffolding experience since we were founded in 1999, through years of experience in scaffolding design, manufacturing and supply, as well as practical experience and expertise, combined with a large number of difficult complex engineering cases have accumulated a wealth of cases and customer resources.


2. Global sales network

  • Our scaffolding products have been sold to more than 160 countries and regions worldwide. No matter it is Africa, Asia, Europe, or America, our product have been widely used and highly praised by customers in these areas. We could annually supply scaffolding sets over 500,000 to the whole world to help our customers smoothly progress their projects.


3. One-stop building materials procurement service

  • We aren't merely a supplier of scaffolding, but also provide one-stop procurement services for building materials. We have a full product range, including scaffolding accessories, building materials, and construction tools, etc.. Our warehousing system and logistics system are available to respond to customers' requirements quickly, ensure timely delivery, and reduce project delays.


4. Quality Inspection

  • Our scaffolding products are in accordance with international standards, such as ISO and OSHA, are designed and produced. Our products will go through multi-stage quality inspection, such as material test, structural strength test, weathering test, etc., to ensure the safety and credibility. We have a dedicated quality inspection team to ensure that the pass rate of the factory products reaches above 99%.


5. Technological Innovation

  • Our production equipment at the factory is sophisticated and advanced. We have an automated production line, and we can efficiently produce various types of scaffolding tools. Our factory area exceeds 50,000 square meters, and the current annual production capacity of scaffolding tools exceeds 1 million sets. In addition to having modern production facilities and technical processing, our scaffolding tools have premium performance, durability and so on.


6. Customer Service

  • In order to ensure the correct use and maintenance of the products, our technical support team is always ready to provide customers with professional guidance, provide solutions related to the use and maintenance of scaffolding tools, and provide regular safety training to improve the safety consciousness and operating skills of customers and workers.



Read More:


What is a multi-family home?

Multi-family: The Latest Architecture and News

10 Q&A’s about Multi Family Construction Projects




Q: What is multi-family housing design?

Multi-family housing (also known as multi-dwelling units (MDUs)) is a type of housing in which a single building or a cluster of buildings contains multiple individual dwelling units.


Q: How do I get started in multifamily housing?

1.Determine if you are eligible to purchase a multi-family dwelling.

2.Find the right multi-family residential property.

3.Choose the right loan option.

4.Make an offer to purchase.

5.Make necessary repairs and renovations.

6.Develop a property management plan.


Q: Why Invest in Multifamily Housing?

Investing in multi-family dwellings can generate passive rental income, increase portfolio diversification, and in some cases, receive special tax breaks. In short, if you are looking to diversify your 60/40 portfolio, multi-family residential investing is an ideal option.


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