Concrete Formwork: What Is It?

More than ever, people in today’s time are very much willing to invest in properties and are making sure that they can make the most out of it. This is also the reason why so many materials are available in the market that can help guarantee that the property is built with the best quality. Understanding each material that will be used is very important so you will not end up wasting your money in buying materials over and over.

 

If in your property some concrete is being poured, you will definitely be making use of formwork. However, many people do not really understand what a formwork is for and why is it necessary. Below are some details that you need to know to have a better understanding of what a concrete formwork is.

 

What Is It?

 

A concrete formwork is the mould or frame that holds the wet concrete in place as it fully sets. It comes in two different types- the permanent and temporary. A temporary formwork is a reusable kind. It can be removed from around the concrete when it has set. Generally, it is made from steel, plastic, plywood, or timber.

On the other hand, a permanent formwork is a kind that stays in place and is not removed. One great example of this is the Insulated Concrete Form or ICFs. These ICFs are made from foam materials that come with a “hollow” in the middle into where the concrete is being poured. Combining concrete and foam offers an excellent thermal insulation to any building.

 

Erecting the Formwork

A formwork is put in place by professionals like carpenters, concretors, formwork carpenters or a handyman if it is a minor job. It is also designed and then erected prior to pouring the concrete. It is often used for foundations, slabs, beams, walls, columns, flooring, and other types of concrete elements.

The formwork should be level in order to produce a high-quality concrete finish that can be used in constructions for the purpose of creating concrete that can be as little as 3 inches thick to concrete that is several feet thick.

Moreover, the formwork should be secured and strong enough to provide support to the weight of the concrete. This is also why the help of a professional is needed. Having the courage to do it on your own may result in collapsing of the formwork and concrete. This will cause one hell of a cleanup job that will definitely cost a lot of money. This is something that you don’t want to happen so better seek the help of professionals you can do the job well and you won’ t have to spend money. Just be sure that you have the right professionals so you can achieve the needed results.