Gone are the when building only had simple and flat finishes. Today, pouring out concrete to a formwork and resembling a brick, stone, tiles, and other products to create a structure that is more appealing to the eye has been possible.
The use of concrete formwork technology has greatly impacted the world in a such a tremendous way. This has led this technology to be used globally, defining structures of buildings during the initial stages of construction. The technology allows concrete to be utilized in various applications and even in complex projects.
However, it is important for builders and designers to make sure that the formwork that they are using and sturdy and strong enough to be able to carry heavy loads that are produced by the workers, concrete, and other types of equipment used in providing further support to the form to guarantee satisfactory performance and results at the end of construction.
The Technology in Today’s Time
Many projects today are being constructed with the use of concrete formwork. It has become a necessity in the transformation of many countries to be a world entity with thriving infrastructures of impressive buildings, massive sport stadiums, busy freeways, and other leading industries.
A formwork comes in different types. First, there’s traditional formwork that is made out of timber and plywood. It can also be made of a moisture resistant particle board. Despite being easy to produce, it comes with some drawbacks as wood has shorter lifespan and can be time consuming for large structures.
Another one is engineered formwork. This is one is built of prefabricated module and comes with a metal frame that is often aluminum or steel and is covered on the concrete with materials having the needed surface structure. Compared to the traditional type, this one has an advantage when it comes to speed of construction and higher life span. This can in fact achieve up to two thousand uses, depending on the applications and care and maintenance.
If you are looking for something that can offer speed of construction with a quality finish, aluminum formwork is the best choice.
Plastics has also made its way to this sector in the industry of construction. In most cases, they used to build different variable, but only simple concrete structures. They have panels that are lightweight and robust, making them ideal for low cost mass housing schemes.
Permanent formwork is a type that has many uses as well. Many contractors prefer this one because of its many advantages. They are especially great when it comes to strength, speed, space to run utilities, integrated furring strip, and superior thermal and acoustic insulation.
Basically, the formwork remains in place after the concrete has fully cured and this serves as the axial and shear reinforcement, as well as to confine the concrete while preventing any environmental effects like freeze-thaw cycles and corrosion.