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[BUYING GUIDE] How to Choose the Right Formwork?

[BUYING GUIDE] How to Choose the Right Formwork?
Formwork is an important part of concrete construction. (Credit: AdobeStock)

Formwork is an important part of concrete construction. It is an often temporary structure that gives concrete a desired shape when poured. Formwork is made from various materials, including wood, metal, steel, and plastic. Since it is not always easy to choose the right equipment in front of many manufacturers, we have produced this buying guide with tips and recommendations to help you make the right purchasing decision.

Different Types of Formwork

  • Traditional Formwork: Made of timber or plywood, commonly used for small projects.
  • Engineered Formwork: Prefabricated systems (steel, aluminum, or plastic) for efficiency and durability.
  • Reusable Formwork: Designed for multiple uses, reducing waste and costs.

Factors to Consider

  • Load-Bearing Capacity: Ensure formwork can handle the weight of concrete and other loads.
  • Construction Speed: Choose efficient systems to accelerate project timelines.
  • Cost: Balance initial investment with long-term savings.
  • Environmental Impact: Opt for reusable or recyclable materials.
  • Project Complexity: Tailor formwork to project requirements.

Safety Measures

  • Stability: Properly brace formwork to prevent collapse.
  • Fall Protection: Install guardrails and safety nets.
  • Material Handling: Use cranes or hoists for heavy components.