Formwork Systems refer to molds or receptacles where concrete is poured in to make architectural structures. Different types of construction demands different formwork systems suited to their needs. The type of Formwork system decides the strength of the building, speed and cost of the construction. There are five different types of Formwork systems commonly used in the construction industry.
Traditional Timber Formwork Systems
A combination of plywood and timber are used to create these traditional formwork systems. Although, the formwork can be constructed easily, it is time consuming when it comes to designing for large architectural structures. This type of formwork is used where labour costs are lower than procuring re-usable formwork.
Re-usable Plastic Formwork Systems
This type of Formwork offers great flexibility and re-usability. The modular systems are interlocked and simple to use. The plastic formwork system is robust and lightweight, and hence finds widespread application in houses built under mass housing schemes.
Engineered Formwork Systems
Made from pre-fabricated modules, the metal frame is made from steel or aluminium. The life cycle cost is low because the metal frame doesn’t get damaged easily and it also enhances the speed of construction because of its strength, durability and efficiency.
Permanent Insulated Formwork
Insulating concrete forms (ICF) are used to assemble the permanent Insulated formwork. The structure has more strength, superior thermal & acoustic insulation, and is done in a speedy manner.
Stay-In-Place structural Formwork systems
Made from pre-fabricated and fibre reinforced plastic forms, this type of formwork is assembled at the construction site. Piers and Columns are built using Stay-in-place formwork.
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