Formworks 101: Types and Usage

Man working on a formwork area
Ice cubes form by freezing water in cube-shaped containers in a tray. This principle Man working on a formwork area applies also to construction processes. Instead of having cubed shaped containers, the construction industry needs formworks in order to make the right type of moulds for their project.

Formwork companies in Australia use different types of formworks for different projects. Here are the four common types used in the construction industry.

Timber formwork

This is the most traditional type of formwork. Usually, you build timber formwork on-site. It is thus time-consuming for larger projects. Requirements should be satisfied before you can use timber as a formwork. It should be well seasoned, lightweight, and easily workable with nails without splitting and free from knots. Timber formwork is a great choice for smaller projects on a budget.

Plastic formwork

Plastic formworks are re-usable and are often the choice for mass housing not only because of its lightweight and strong characteristics but also for its affordability. This type of formwork can take on simple concrete structures.

Steel formwork

Large-scale construction projects usually employ the use of steel formworks because they are versatile and easily formed and dismantled. They are also more durable and can be re-used many times. Aside from that, it gives a smoother finish to the concrete because it does not absorb moisture, nor does it lead to shrinking or warping.

Engineered formwork systems

This type of formwork is a combination of the three other types of formworks. This type of framework might be more costly than other types, but it is almost indestructible and built in a short amount of time.

Construction is definitely more complicated than just freezing cubes of ice. Thanks to formworks, structures get the type of concrete foundations they need. Make sure that you use just the right kind for your project.