Formwork is considered as the framework in construction and without it, a build will not be complete or to specifications. Basically, it serves as a mould for concrete structural components and is considered as a temporary support structure.

It is made according to specific design requirements, which allows the concrete structure and components to form the correct position of the architectural template, which also provides for custom-designed shapes. The purpose of a template project is to ensure the quality of concrete engineering and construction, speed up the construction process, and reduce engineering costs.

From top to bottom, no matter what size the build, whether walls, slabs, columns, or beams, formwork is used. 

Formwork Makes for a Dream Build

We are taught, from a young age, that safety comes first and never is it more apt than when it comes to the safety of workers on a construction site. Formwork provides proper access and working platforms, thereby ensuring the safety of the workers during construction. Structural safety provides for structural solutions against superimposed loads, producing extremely safe and sustainable structures.

Staying within budget limitations is sometimes hard to achieve on a build and is most project managers’ nightmare. With good formwork, the amount of time that it takes to construct a project is greatly reduced by minimising floor-to-floor construction time. It also enables project managers to facilitate the mobilisation and demobilisation more accurately, which in turn greatly reduces costs and increases efficiency.

The last consideration to take into account is how the floors are finished. Surface finishing of a concrete structure is attributed to the quality of formwork used during a build. Engineered steel eliminates the need for any roller-compacted concrete. Defective finishing can lead to chipping, which adds to building costs as the concrete floor will have to be resurfaced.

There are three basic types of formwork available in construction, namely timber, re-usable plastic, and engineered. Engineered steel is the most popular type used in construction as it is more rigid and durable and can be used an infinite number of times.

With the constant demand on construction companies, as more and more structures are being built, it is vitally important to find ways of streamlining the building process and saving on costs.

Disc-O-Scaff has been providing construction companies with high-quality formwork for over 10 years. Meeting SABS-approved standards, we take pride in the construction and building solutions that we offer to our clients. Visit our website to find out more about the products and services that we have on offer. 

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