Four Benefits of Using a Scissor Lift When Roofing a Tiny Home


Normally, if you are installing a roof, you stand on the roof as you add the shingles or other roofing materials to it. However, if you are putting a roof on a tiny home, you may not have room to fit up there. In that case, you may want to use a scissor lift. Here's a look at how a scissor lift can benefit you and how it compares to ladders and scaffolding.

1. Extra room to maneuver

Compared to a ladder, a scissor lift gives you a lot of extra room to maneuver. You may set up the scissor lift next to your tiny home and move around on it as you lay the roofing onto your tiny home. With a ladder, your mobility is restricted and you may not be able to reach the parts of your tiny home roof that you need to reach.

2. Works inside or out

Some tiny home builders erect their homes outside in their destined spot, but others build them in garages, warehouses or other indoor facilities and then move them to their desired location. Regardless of which plan of attack you are taking, a scissor lift can help in either locations. There are scissor lifts made especially for indoors.

Conversely, there are also scissor lifts that have off road wheels, making them easy to use in rugged conditions. These lifts also work on uneven ground with the use of outriggers and plates. Scaffolding, too can be used both indoors and outdoors, and it can also be balanced on uneven ground safely, unlike ladders. However, scaffolding takes longer to set up.

3. Quick setup

When you use scissor lifts, the setup time is very fast. You don't have to worry about putting together scaffolding and possibly taking it down at the end of the day if you are worried about it getting stolen. With a scissor lift, in contrast, you simply drive the lift to where you need it and push a button to lift the scissor. If time is a priority, this is essential.

4. Anchoring safety

When working on a roof, you should always wear a fall harness. Many roofers anchor their fall harness to the roof itself, but with a tiny house, you may not have a spot that's hospitable to a harness anchor. Luckily, if you use a scissor lift, you can anchor your harness to the scissor lift itself. In some cases, you can anchor a harness to scaffolding, but you have to get sturdy scaffolding that can handle that -- it's not a default feature like it is on most scissor lifts.

For more information, contact Aluminium Scaffolds (Vic) Pty Ltd or a similar company.


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