Eiffel 101: Criteria for Quality Concrete Formwork
It’s of the utmost importance to use high-quality concrete formwork. It helps you ensure that you end up with the necessarily concrete final product, and good formwork also helps you prevent formwork fails. The use of formwork that’s not appropriate for a particular job or formwork that simply isn’t in good condition can put your workers at risk. It can also lead to issues that are costly and time-consuming to address. It’s much better to use the right formwork and end up with the results you want than to risk using the wrong formwork and end up with results that require you to re-do the work.
You may be wondering, though, how to determine if concrete formwork is high-quality enough for your project. This may especially be the case if you’re looking to buy used formwork or rent used formwork. Buying or renting used forms can save you a sizable amount of money and help lower your overall project costs. Since engineered forms (steel and aluminum formwork) can be used over and over again without any problems, buying used is often a smart decision with relatively few risks. It’s important, though, to pay attention to certain things when assessing the condition of forms before you buy.
Below are some recommendations to help you decide formwork meets your quality standards:
The formwork should be able to adequately support both dead and live loads associated with your specific project. To maintain safety and quality concrete construction, the formwork has to be strong enough for the job.
It should be able to maintain its shape with the use of props and braces.
Its joints should be leak-proof and in good condition.
The formwork should not be distorted, damaged, or warped in any areas. It should not be rusted or corroded to the point that its capabilities would be affected.
Assuming the formwork is temporary rather than permanent, it should be easy to remove and not cause any damage to concrete during removal.
The formwork should be intended for multiple uses, which may not be the case with certain types of timber formwork, for instance.
All concrete residue from previous use should be removed.
If you are able to obtain information about how the formwork has been maintained, it can be helpful to know that a release agent was applied to it immediately after its last use. Additionally, you may want to inquire about where and how formwork has been stored while not in use. It’s best if it’s been stored in a covered, dry area.
You should also take the kind of concrete you’re going to be using and the pouring temperature of that concrete into consideration when figuring out if particular formwork is ideal for your particular project. In addition to investing in quality formwork, you should be sure to invest in high quality falsework to accompany it. The time you invest into getting the right formwork and materials for your concrete construction project will be well worth it once you achieve the desired finish product!
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