When it comes to the quality and accuracy of finished concrete surfaces, construction companies turn to Disc-O-Scaff for superior formwork solutions. Different types of concrete construction rely on steel moulds to provide supporting structures, such as slab, beam, or column formwork. We at Disc-O-Scaff would like to take this opportunity to point out the importance and best practice principles of proper formwork.

Importance of Quality Concrete Formwork

Considered the foundation of construction, formwork presents a temporary mould into which wet concrete is poured and left to harden. On-site concrete shuttering is a common sight in construction, significantly reducing building time, improving efficiency, and lowering costs. With most projects being planned around budgets, selecting quality formwork from the start will prevent poor surface finishes, which is essential for the success of any construction project. Our formwork allows for easy assembly, can be used multiple times, and is cost-effective, letting workers complete tasks faster without compromising on the finish.

Different Types of Steel Shuttering

Formwork, or shuttering, has been used for centuries and is responsible for the creation of many structures that are still standing today. Made from timber, plywood, plastic, fabric, or steel, part of any successful concrete formwork construction is selecting the right type of mould material for structural support. We selected to manufacture all our formwork moulds as well as clip and wedge assembly sets from high-grade steel due to its durability and longevity. Often, other types of formwork may leave a honeycomb effect after the concrete has cured, which is not the case with steel. Our economy form panels, circular column boxes, and flex form panels, to name a few, create a smooth finish that is waterproof.  

Competent Formwork Practices

Formwork should always be rigid, watertight, and firmly braced together, enabling the concrete to maintain its shape and position whilst in the mould. As formwork is used to create structural elements, such as floors, walls, and columns, it must be only removed once the concrete has gained sufficient strength or hardened. With shuttering done on-site, the temperature could affect the time it takes for the concrete to strengthen.

As beams and slabs are subjected to live loads during construction, these structures will take longer to cure. Once the concrete has set and cured, it has to be removed safely without damaging the formed concrete. Should it seem that the concrete may form cracks or any other damage during the removal of the formwork, we suggest that it is better to delay the disassembly of the shuttering.  

Leaders in Steel Formwork Solutions  

For construction projects big or small, we at Disc-O-Scaff manufacture and supply superior-quality scaffolding and formwork solutions. As our scaffolding and formwork components are engineered in-house, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and quick delivery times. Consult with us and we will gladly assist you with your requirements.