Why are steel props better than timber?

Traditionally all of the temporary works used to support overhead loads and for scaffolding were made of timber. This persisted until into the 20th century. The issue with using timber was that it required a lot of work upfront, particularly to cut sections to size and install them. In most instances the timber could not be re-used on another project once removed because it would not be the correct size. This resulted in higher costs and waste.

The creation of steel systems completely revolutionised propping, making the job easier for temporary propping installers. The material is stronger and can also resist fire and damp, two issues that can seriously weaken timber and result in instability. Although many people worry about steel being vulnerable to corrosion, galvanisation can give the props a protective coating to preserve them.

More importantly, systems made from individual steel components such as the soldiers in Slimshor are adjustable. This meant they could be used on many different jobs and save a great deal on costs. This is also wonderful in terms of the number of resources that need to be consumed.

The thing that most people appreciate in particular about steel propping, shoring and scaffolding systems is how quickly they can be erected. This alone can speed up a project, maximise stability in a shorter timeframe, and reduce disruptions.

At Denon Construction we understand the array of advantages steel offers in place of timber when it comes to props and supports. We only use the most reliable systems, including Slimshor and Megashor, because of the advantages they offer. Our team are highly skilled, earning their place among the most highly regarded temporary propping installers.

If you need temporary works we can handle the provision for you and provide a comprehensive service that maximises safety. On each project we can provide the essential ongoing checks and maintenance to ensure the supports remain safe. To find out more, please contact our team or browse our website.