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A relatively new addition to the industry, the main components of aluminum shoring and formwork are, as the name suggests, made of aluminum. One of its most notable qualities is its ability to resist moisture, which allows it to successfully retain its shape from when the concrete is poured until it sets in its final form. Strong and durable, aluminum formwork systems can also be reused a significant number of times.
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What is Aluminum Shoring and Formwork?
Unlike timber, aluminum formwork is best-suited to load-bearing wall construction as it can easily withstand high pressures from freshly poured concrete. Flexible, lightweight, and easy to install, this formwork system offers a cost-effective solution that produces high-quality work every single time.
To help you better understand how useful and cost-effective an aluminum formwork system is, here are some of its unique features and specifications:
- It is lightweight and mostly crane-independent.
- It can have welded-in nuts for easy and quick assembly of brackets, guarding rails, and other accessories.
- It has less concrete adhesion compared to formwork systems made from different materials.
- It can have powder coating to create an impact- and scratch-resistant surface, and ensure easy cleaning.
- It is less expensive to use, especially when constructing a significant number of identical concrete structures.
- It can be used to build the various components of a concrete building, such as walls, slabs, columns, floors, and beams.
- It has an outstanding stiffness-to-weight ratio that allows it to withstand high pressures when fresh concrete is poured.
Although it is true to say that, compared to other formwork and shoring systems, an aluminum formwork or shoring system is relatively more expensive, the long-term savings generated are certainly worth the initial expense. Moreover, with formwork manufacturers such as MEVA working to enhance and advance our manufacturing techniques to develop more reliable and cost-efficient formwork solutions, you will certainly find an aluminum shoring and/or formwork system that meets your budget and specific requirements.
What are the Advantages of Using an Aluminum Formwork System?
Because of its superb qualities and specifications, an aluminum formwork system can provide builders with a wide range of benefits. Here are just a few.
One of the qualities that make aluminum formwork unique is its ability to be used repeatedly. Unlike systems made from porous materials, such as wood, aluminum formwork or shoring does not rot. It can be repaired and reused many times. This enables builders to save on time and labor costs, and maximize their savings as they do not have to procure new formwork every time they need to build a new concrete structure. For this reason, aluminum formwork or shoring is highly recommended for extensive projects and the construction of high-rise buildings with a significant number of identical stories.
Any construction company that is serious about minimizing its carbon footprint and contributing to efforts to protect our planet’s natural resources must consider using an aluminum formwork or shoring system. As it is predominantly made from recycled aluminum, and is renewable and can be reused multiple times, this formwork system will enable you to minimize the amount of waste your project will generate. This will in turn support a safer and tidier construction site. In addition, aluminum produces fewer carbon emissions compared to other materials.
It is no secret that assembling and installing formwork can take up a significant proportion of the overall construction time. In some instances, installation may also require additional labor and technical expertise. Fortunately, if you decide to use aluminum formwork, this is something you can do without.
With an aluminum system, formwork/shoring assembly and installation is quick and straightforward. Shuttering and striking can be done independently as there is no need to wait for a crane. As a result, you will be able to minimize the overall construction time by a significant margin.
Furthermore, additional labor and technical expertise will be unnecessary when setting up and removing aluminum formwork or shoring. Extra equipment is rarely needed because many formwork systems made of this particular material are crane-independent.
As mentioned earlier, aluminum formwork can be used to construct the various components of a concrete building. It is available in a range of standard sizes and can be easily adjusted to meet a project’s specific requirements. This versatility will provide you with maximum convenience and savings.
Aluminum formwork systems with aluminum facing are widely known to produce concrete surfaces with a better and smoother finish. This eliminates the need for plastering, which can be expensive and time-consuming, once the formwork is removed.
Aluminum is almost as strong as steel but not as heavy. Unlike timber, it doesn’t absorb moisture that can cause the material to warp, rot, and swell. Because an aluminum formwork system is made from highly durable and reliable material, it can easily resist high concrete pressures. In addition, because there are fewer joints, the risk of leaks is minimized while durability is enhanced.
MEVA’s Aluminum Formwork Systems
MEVA’s aluminum shoring systems and formwork are highly diverse and can be used in the construction of a wide range of concrete structures, from residential properties and commercial buildings to skyscrapers, garden architecture, and landscaping projects. We are one of the most trusted formwork suppliers in the world and we have exceptional aluminum formwork systems designed to meet your project’s specific requirements.
The MevaLite is lightweight, flexible, and versatile. It has symmetrical panels that can adapt to irregular geometries and complex designs, making it easier for builders to meet the specifications of their projects. This aluminum formwork system has a high load capacity of 1,350 psf and a smart multifunction profile that allows you to set it up either as a hand-set system or as a gang and flown using a crane.
Please visit this page for more information on the MevaLite.
The MEVA HN is our efficient and labor-saving solution for building concrete slabs. Highly flexible, this aluminum formwork system can easily adapt to changing slab layouts. It features drop heads with primary (H) and secondary (N) beams that enable early stripping and allow the formwork to match any building geometry or slab thickness. In addition, the MEVA HN can be integrated seamlessly with the MEP shoring system, further enhancing its flexibility and making it usable in a wider range of applications than the majority of slab formwork systems on the market today.
To learn more about its features and specifications, please visit the MEVA HN page.
Let Our Formwork Experts Help
Because our product offerings are both diverse and unique, we encourage you to seek expert advice from our team to find the best formwork or shoring system for your project.
MEVA’s engineers, technicians, and customer service specialists will always be on hand to provide you with the assistance you need from start to finish, ensuring that you will find the best and most cost-effective formwork solution for your developments. Please get in touch with us today via our contact details below or by completing our online form.
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