When comparing mast climbers with scaffolding, price is one of the most obvious factors to consider.
Like a lot of companies in the construction sector, project leaders initially opt for scaffolding. When you look at the prices and installation costs, it easily starts creeping towards the million-pound mark, especially on high-rise buildings.
Through the use of mast climbers, 40% of these costs could be saved. The earlier this decision is made, the more savings there will be down the line.
Mast Climbers: Other Savings
As well as the actual sum of money that can be saved, other more intangible benefits can be enjoyed from mast climbers, too. For example, mast climbers can deliver even more value for money through significantly reduced installation and dismantle times.
For a building with 12 to 14 storeys, mast climber assembly and disassembly takes a total of four days. For scaffolding, this takes 30 days.
With 26 more days available to conduct important construction project work, the old adage ‘time is money’ has never been truer.
Utilising this theory of a shortened total programme time, the contractor should be able to reduce the site preliminary costs down by approximately the same amount of weeks. This saves a significant further amount of money as a direct result of choosing mast climbers to provide access to the project.
Mast Climber Prices - What Can We Conclude?
Mast climbers may not be suitable for every job but it is estimated that 85% of all construction jobs could use mast climbers, thus providing the above benefits.
For the jobs where mast climbers are used, the contractor should expect significant savings with a direct correlation between the height of the building and the size of the savings. You start to see the benefits of mast climbers from 5 storeys and above and the savings and efficiencies grow from there.
It is also important to note that mast climbers are not here to replace scaffolding and indeed in many instances the two work best together. For example, a mast climber can sit on top of a load-bearing scaffold gantry to enable pedestrian access to the block.
This hybrid approach to vertical access is usually the best option. Both options work to their benefit, projects can commence quicker, and there is less impact on those within the building.
Are Mast Climbers Suited To Your Projects?
The question should really be why aren't mast climbers suited to your projects? As a form of vertical access, mast climbers boast an unrivalled safety record and are proven to generate cost savings, upwards of 60%.
The higher the building, the more time you'll save too. And time is money.
Think about how many days you could save if your vertical access was completed in 2 days as opposed to 2 weeks.
There's an easy way to compare scaffolding and mast climbers now, too. Visit our mast climber homepage and enter the requirements of your high-rise building (number of floors and width) and the calculator will provide you with an estimated cost and time-saving.
Interested in finding out more? You can speak to our expert mast climber team and understand your requirements and create the best vertical access solution for you, considering everything from work being conducted, to ease of access and even the time frame required.
Contact us today and start your vertical access journey.