Scaffolding - Bamboo Vs Eucalyptus


Scaffolding, also called scaffold or staging is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and other man-made structures. Being an essential means for construction, scaffolding provides workers with working platform, safe access and protection.You probably know the eucalyptus tree by its recognizable scent and therapeutic aroma. The eucalyptus tree is very versatile when it comes to its use in construction and so is the longest grass that is bamboo. These two are used for making floors, ceilings, scaffolds and even furniture. This article is centered on bamboo grass and eucalyptus trees used as scaffolds and which of the two is better.

  1. Durability

Eucalyptus wood is exceptionally resistant to decay and rot. Its naturally resists the influence of moisture because of the high oil content it naturally contains. That means it can get damp without you worrying about whether or not damage will occur. Bamboo however is more susceptible to decay due to its thin walls, which means that a small amount of decay can mean a significant percentage change in capacity. The decay can be brought about by beetle, termite or fungal attack. That means the durability of the eucalyptus wood is excellent when you compare it to bamboo.

        2. Weight 

Bamboos due to their low weight are easily displaced or installed making it very easier for transportation and construction. Researchers add that due to its light weight, high elasticity and great resistant to breakage, bamboo is ideal for numerous constructions uses and is suitable for buildings in earthquake prone areas. Eucalyptus on the hand is quite heavy and hard in nature. Therefore, you will need time to modify the wood into what you want in it exactly. The fact that it is heavy however means it is strong and cannot easily break.

        3. Safety and quality

Safety and quality concerns have phased bamboo scaffolding out across the world. Its questionable uncertain quality can badly influence the construction safety and quality as well and the image of the company that is using it. However, Capability of bamboo to resist fire is very high and it can withstand temperature up to 4000 C which makes it safe for construction sites. Bamboo poses no danger to health which is more than we can say for eucalyptus; some people are allergic to it. Eucalyptus is also on the flammable end of the tree spectrum due to its rich oil content hence deemed unsafe for sites.

          4. Cost

Bamboo is obtained at low cost and is really good for a small quick job. Eucalyptus is slightly expensive but it can also be easily obtained. The two trees might pose a challenge if they are unavailable in a certain country and therefore are to be imported. But even then, they do not have stringent laws about them so they are still easily obtained.

        5. Recyclability 

Bamboo, once used, cannot be stored for continual reuse. Eucalyptus however can be reused even after It has worked as scaffold therefore it shouldn’t be disposed. Eucalyptus an be modified and turned into furniture due it its strong thick quality. It can also be used to make paper.

        6. Ease in use

Both requires no special skills but the technical knowledge of installation; they are easy to put up and down are very easy to work with. Bamboo is not light in weight which makes it far easier and faster to work with: you can get a pole of bamboo up a building in seconds and it is also easier to take down.

        7. Strength

The advantages of bamboo don’t lie in sheer strength but in its sky-high strength to weight ratio. Its internal cell-like structure allows it to withstand compression with ease—and when you’re building upwards, that’s pretty important. Its shortfall however is the fact that it cannot be used for high rise buildings like skyscrapers. Eucalyptus on the other hand is a strong hard wood therefore also easy to work with and exceedingly safe for construction sites mostly high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.