Concrete formwork is one of the most fundamental steps in any new construction project. Sadly, it’s also one of the most overlooked when it comes to the quality of services and providers.
Higher quality formwork can reduce construction costs, speed up the entire process, and prevent defects occurring in the concrete: defects which can be incredibly expensive to repair. Another major point to consider is that formwork can increase worker safety on the site.
For all these reasons, and many more, you’ll want to work with Merolli for top quality concreting in Melbourne. We have 60 years of experience as a family run enterprise that has been passed down from father to son. We know all there is to know about concrete and offer multiple services, including:
- Piers and deep piers reinforce
- Slabs on the ground
- Conventional raft slabs
- Conventional suspended slabs (or using the Bondek system)
- Shotcrete walls and concrete walls
- Strip footings
- Bulk excavation
- Site cuts
- Site excavations
- Soil removal
- Rock drilling and core drilling
- Polished concrete
Regardless of what kind of concrete-related project you are engaged in, our services will save you time, money, and stress. Call us on 0418 367 025 to learn more.
Why is concreting formwork so important?
There are multiple benefits to high-quality concreting in Melbourne. As mentioned above, formwork also increases worker safety and efficiency. It minimises the floor-to-floor construction cycle by a large degree. It can also improve the speed at which a project is completed, and there are claims that formwork can reduce build time by up to a third, though this is obviously dependent on the specific circumstances of the project itself.
But one of the most notable benefits is that better quality formwork will have a direct effect on the quality of the concrete finish itself. What are the main types of formwork? The three most common include timber, engineered, and plastic. Major projects might use a combination of these materials.
Traditional Timber Formwork
This is often made of a mix of softwood and plywood. Timber formwork is suitable for all projects.
This is made out of prefabricated modules that utilise metal frames, invariably steel or aluminium. Engineered formwork is cheaper than timber as it can be reused thousands of times. It’s also much faster to construct.
What are the qualities of better quality formwork?
Not all concrete is not the same. It needs to be rigid, tight, and able to hold its structure almost completely for the duration of the project. It also needs to be easily removed so it does not cause damage to the concrete.
The initial drawings and blueprints should include sealing procedures, frame size and spacing, material, any proprietary materials, bond breakers (if used in the formwork), and other necessary details. All drawings must be certified to be in compliance with Australian Standards. If formwork is to be reused, it needs to be tested to ensure its strength remains the same across different projects.
Why should I choose Merolli Concrete?
We are the only family-run formwork specialists in Melbourne. With over 60 years of experience, the Merolli team knows this industry inside and out. We always deliver a superior quality of service.
Merolli provides top-quality formwork and can also deliver on the concreting itself and any necessary finishes. When you get all your concreting needs delivered by one expert provider, you’ll get a better rate and a better standard.
Call now on 0418 367 025 for intelligently designed concreting formwork in Melbourne.