The construction industry has grown in leaps and bounds with the advent of technology. Where only bricks were used, producing a non-descript square build, contractors have been using concrete to mould buildings into desired shapes. Undeniably, construction has been the cornerstone of today’s civilization and the different types of formwork have played a crucial role in this development.

Work with and Not Against the Construction

Choosing a suitable material for the types of formwork is one of the most vital elements in any construction project, particularly during commercial construction. Inferior and improperly placed formwork means a loss of time and money and can even cause injuries. With all the various types of formwork available, make sure that the one you choose will last and be the most cost effective in the long run.

You Get What You Pay for

Traditionally, timber and logs were used as bracing members. Over time, it was found that they could be used as moulds for framework. Timber may be more cost effective, lightweight, and easier to erect, but it has the distinct disadvantage of being porous in nature, which can result in the reduction of strength in the concrete structure. 

Manufactured from timber, plywood has the advantage of being cut into different thicknesses, depending on use. Plywood provides a smoother finish than timber and the overall finishing costs may be reduced. Unfortunately, as with timber, it is porous and cannot sustain the weight of the concrete if proper thickness is not provided. 

As a lightweight and durable material, plastic is used for small concrete structures and complex portions of structures. Having good resistance to water, sadly, it is weak against heat, is costly, and cannot take much of a load compared to other types of formwork.

Long Lasting, Durable, and Versatile

Being one of the most durable and long-lasting metals, steel is the most reliable choice with any construction project. The financial outlay might seem steep in the beginning, but as it has a long lifespan and can last up to 2000 work cycles, the cost is worth it. Steel is an extremely strong metal and can be made to withstand heavy loads, making it ideal for large concrete projects. When it comes to the various types of formwork, steel offers a versatility that most do not and is therefore commonly used for concrete projects.

There is no Alternative

It is easy to see why steel, out of all the types of formwork, is the better option. Disc-O-Scaff has been supplying the building industry for over 10 years with quality manufactured formwork. Our economy panel forms offer versatility and durability, allowing construction companies to build homes, high-rises, and if so inclined, a concrete replica of the Eiffel Tower.