The placement of temporary shoring ensures the safety of construction crews and others who need to enter a space that has been damaged, while also minimizing the risk of additional harm coming to the structure. While this is oftentimes an essential part of reconstruction, many home and business owners don’t realize that there are different types of shoring available to consumers who need it. When you know what kind of shoring methods exist, as well as what materials they are composed of, it can help you to make the most informed decision possible for the betterment of your structure and your own peace of mind.

There are three types of shoring on the market. They are classified by their supporting characteristics and where in the space they are implemented.

Raking Shoring
This type of shoring is used when there is one or more unsafe wall in a space.

  • Wall plate: 23cm by 5cm to 23cm by 76 cm.
  • Fixes to the structure through the use of hooks.
  • 10cm by 76cm needles assist in securing.
  • Wooden cleats strengthen the needles used to secure the shoring.
  • When more than one raker is necessary they are bound together by hoops or braces that are 25cm by 15cm.

Flying/Horizontal Shoring
This type of shoring is implemented when there are two structures, one of which can be subject to damage while the other is under repair.

  • Consists of wall plates, struts, straining pieces, horizontal shores/struts, cleats, needles and wedges.
  • Uses needles and cleats to secure against existing walls.
  • Can be used for heights up to three stories.
  • Struts should be inclined at 45 degrees whenever possible.
  • Double flying shores are used for distances more than 10m.

Dead/Vertical Shoring
This type of shoring uses horizontal needles to support walls, floors and roofing.

  • Used in repairing existing foundations, rebuilding a defective wall and providing large openings in existing walls.
  • Requires necessary strutting in windows and doors before implementation.
  • Horizontal beams made of timber or steel are referred to as “needles” and are placed at right angles.
  • This shoring is only removed when the building has enough strength to sustain itself.
  • Removal of these shores takes at least one week (7 days).
  • Needles should be removed first during the removal process of this temporary shoring method.
  • May be used alongside raking shores, which should be removed before the dead/vertical shores.

If you find yourself in a position where the integrity of a wall or structure has been compromised by damage, temporary shoring can ensure the safety of yourself, inspectors and construction crews during the rebuilding process. Call LaPointe Construction today for a consultation. We can help you to decide which method of shoring is best for your unique situation and then guide you on the steps that follow. Call or email us at 978-447-5991 or