Everything you need to know about hiring a formwork contactor
Formwork is temporary or permanent moulds into which concrete or similar materials are poured. In the context of concrete construction, the falsework supports the shuttering moulds.
Types of formwork
Formwork comes in several types:
- Traditional timber formwork: the formwork is built on site out of timber and plywood or moisture-resistant particle board. For larger structures, it is often time-consuming and has a relatively short lifespan. It is the most flexible type of formwork, therefore even where other systems are in use, complicated sections may use it.
- Engineered formwork system: this formwork is built out of prefabricated modules with a metal frame and covered with concrete on the application side the advantages to this system is the speed of construction and lower life-cycle costs.
- Re-usable plastic formwork: these interlocking and modular systems are used to build widely variable concrete structures. The panels are lightweight, robust and suit for similar structure projects and low-cost, mass housing schemes.
- Permanent insulated formwork: this formwork is assembled on site, usually out of insulating concrete forms (ICF). The formwork stays in place after the concrete has cured and provides advantages in terms of speed, strength, superior thermal and acoustic insulation, space to run utilities within the EPS layer and integrated furring strip for cladding finishes.
- Stay-in-place structural formwork systems: this formwork is assembled on site, usually out of prefabricated fiber-reinforced plastic forms. These are in the shape of hollow tubes and are usually used for columns and piers. The formwork stays in place after the concrete has cured and acts as axial and shear reinforcement, serving to confine the concrete and prevent the environmental effects such as corrosion.
- Flexible formwork: it uses lightweight, high strength sheets of fabric to take advantage of the fluidity of concrete and create highly optimised, architecturally interesting, building forms. Using flexible formwork it is possible to cast optimised structures that use less concrete than an equivalent strength prismatic section.
How much does formwork cost to hire?
The cost of hiring formwork will depend on the type and size of the formwork you require. The length of the project and if you require a wet or dry hire will also factor into the cost.
If you are looking to hire formwork contracting and would like some advice on which formwork contractor to hire for your project, you can reach out to our equipment hire experts on 1300 550 434, or by getting formwork hire quotes online from local suppliers with PlantMiner.
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