Formwork and shuttering are both common terms in the concrete construction industry. Sometimes, these terms are used interchangeably. Formwork is the overarching term that’s used to describe the forming process. Shuttering is defined as the temporary moulds that are used to hold the wet concrete in place until the concrete has set and cured.
Projects of different sizes will often need to use both formwork and shuttering methods. However, both of these techniques accomplish the same task – the only difference being the materials used.
Shuttering is an extremely important task that must be properly completed to avoid expensive problems in the long run. This is usually made of timber or plywood. However, there are other fabrics that shuttering can be made of and each has its pros and cons.
When completing any concrete shuttering task, it’s essential that you choose the correct formwork:
All types of shuttering and formwork will require external support, which is known as bracing. This refers to stabilisers, poles or other kinds of material that will keep the formwork or shuttering in place while the concrete dries.
Removing the formwork is known as stripping. In some cases, stripped formwork can be reused (known as panel forms). In other instances, the formwork or shuttering will remain in place for good.
Lastly, the scope of your project will determine whether you should use formwork or shuttering. However, there are cases where formwork does not require shuttering, such as the construction of a concrete sidewalk. In these cases, timber will be replaced with metal beams for the mould.
In conclusion, there isn’t much of a difference between shuttering and formwork. If you’ve got an upcoming project and are considering replacing your traditional wood bracing with concrete boxing, our adjustable kickers may be the solution you’re after.
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