Site hoarding is necessary to create a safe working environment and to protect the public from building activities. While wooden hoarding has been around for centuries, newer hoarding types come with their own added benefits. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding versus traditional timber hoarding systems.
The HERAS Steelhoard hoarding system is designed to last up to 25 years and can be re-used ten times on average when installed, dismantled and maintained following the manufacturer's guidelines. Timber hoarding, on the other hand, is rarely re-used and needs to be incinerated or disposed of in landfills after the project. The removal and disposal costs of the wooden hoarding are expensive and can quickly amount up to thousands of pounds per project.
Furthermore, HERAS Steelhoard is designed as a flat pack system. This massively lowers transportation and storage costs as opposed to timber hoarding systems. Based on the full cycle costs and multi re use, the HERAS Steelhoard hoarding system is approximately 50% cheaper than timber hoarding.
Every building site needs to perform site-specific calculation and ensure that the site hoarding complies with the national windloading specifications to reduce health and safety risks. HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding system uses a generic wind-loading calculation for in-ground and on-ground installations to ensure that the hoarding system complies with the recommended wind speeds anywhere in the UK (apart from the very north of Scotland). The flexibility of the HERAS Steelhoard design ensures adjustments are easily made to comply with changing wind-loading requirements due to climate change.
For timber hoarding to comply with the wind-loading requirements the wood has to be of a certain quality and size. Typically this would be a slow grown softwood , usually pine, that must be stress graded to comply with minimum strength requirements. Consequently, the cost of timber hoardings have increased dramatically due to larger and higher quality timber sections that are specified because of increased safety requirements. Furthermore, to comply with the TWf1202-2 guidelines, the timber must not only be of a certain quality and size to withstand the wind speeds, it must also adhere to the safety factors applied. Unlike the Steelhoard system that comes with its own wind-loading and safety calculations as a service, the timber safety calculation become a lot more involved and can create a problem for people using this type of hoarding.
After a timber hoarding system is installed, secondary trade will have to come in to paint the hoarding. HERAS Steelhoard, on the other hand, uses pre-coated panels, so there is no need for additional painting activities once the hoarding system is installed. Furthermore, unlike a wooden hoarding, the pre-coated Steelhoard panels need no intermediate paint jobs to make them look pristine. Periodic power washing restores the hoarding to its original condition on long contracts or where it is exposed to surface contamination.
Steel hoarding panels are always more fire retardant than wooden panels. Nowadays it is possible to coat timber panels with a fire-resistant coating, but once the panels are painted over on the job, there is no telling which wooden panel is fire-resistant and which one is not. Using a steel hoarding system is, therefore, a safer site hoarding solution in terms of protecting the the site fenicng from fire as a result of an arsen attack or accidental fire.
The HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding system is designed like a scaffolding system, which negates the need for power tools, and thus electricity, for the installation on site. This gives HERAS Steelhoard another advantage over timber hoarding. Timber hoarding is installed with the use of power tools. This not only reduces the overall efficiency of the instalment, but the advancement of the project can also be stalled as there are health and safety regulations to comply with when it comes to the use of electricity on site.
For more information on the HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding system, please download our product brochure or contact us here. Read our blog “HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding versus plastic site hoarding” to discover the benefits of the HERAS Steelhoard temporary hoarding system compared to those of plastic site hoarding.