The Use of Steel Formwork Offers a Number of Benefits over Other Types of Formwork

Using moulds to create the desired shape of a structure is a concept that dates back to ancient Rome. With the growing demand for better and more modern infrastructure, where once reeds and fibre were used, steel formwork has taken its place, allowing construction companies to build at a much faster pace. At Disc-O-Scaff, we manufacture several types of formwork panels made from durable steel, assisting in making architectural plans a reality.   

Steel Formwork for Construction Projects

Understanding the different types of shuttering available helps you gain a better perspective on why many construction companies opt for steel formwork from us at Disc-O-Scaff.

  1. Timber
    After the fall of ancient Rome, timber became the preferred choice of formwork. Timber is still the most commonly used formwork; however, if it is not well-seasoned or free from loose knots, it can affect the surface of the exposed concrete work. Always make sure that the wood is lightweight and easily workable without splitting.
  1. Plywood
    Made from layers of resin-bonded plywood sheets, this type of shuttering is often combined with timber formwork for panels of a required size. The cost of plywood compares favourably with timber formwork and is simplistic to assemble and remove.   
  1. Plastic
    Plastic formwork has the advantage of being lightweight and flexible, allowing for the construction of complex shapes and unique features. Unfortunately, plastic doesn’t have a high load-carrying capacity, is quite costly, and is prone to heat damage.   
  1. Steel Formwork
    Between the 1910s and 1950s, steel formwork became the shuttering of choice amongst construction crews. Wider-scale projects were done at a much faster pace by using this formwork over other types. The strength, durability, and longevity that steel presents make it possible for formwork to be designed according to the structural element being built and for it to be used multiple times without compromising the framework of the steel formwork.

Unlike other types of formwork where the quality of the exposed concrete might not be up to par, the modular design of steel formwork is excellent and the surfaces don’t need further treatment. During the setting process, steel does not shrink or warp and, once cured, can be easily and safely removed.

Importance of Using the Right Type of Formwork

Even though steel formwork is more expensive than plywood or timber, it has the distinct advantage of having a longer lifespan and being able to handle heavy load-carrying capacities. As steel is rigid enough to hold its shape, using this type of formwork in construction ensures that various sections can be removed without damaging the concrete. Circular, curved, or rectangular steel formwork is a formidable component of the construction industry.

For over 10 years, we at Disc-O-Scaff have manufactured and supplied superior-quality formwork and scaffolding solutions to major construction companies in South Africa. Contact us for more guidance on which steel formwork components will offer the best results for your specific project.