When you look at a typical formwork, you feel that it is a piece of art. The disappointing thing is that you will have to tear it down soon afterwards. The elaborate work goes to waste after you finish. The cost of labor and materials is usually enormous, but fabric-based formwork is changing all that. Fabric formed footings are the exact opposite of these elaborate form-works.
What makes excellent footings?
An excellent footing should provide a steady base to handle the load. It should also be consistent to give the structure the desired depth, cohesion, and permanence. These features are not possible if there are weaknesses in the installations hence the reason for elaborate formwork. However, you can achieve the same high standards using fabric formed footings. Here are the reasons people are using this fabric over lumber footings.
Reduction of time and labor costs related to formwork formation
Competition for construction projects continues to be high throughout the world. More players are willing to take the lowest bid. Every contractor wants to reduce the cost of construction significantly. The prices for wood and labor are significant.
Unlike lumber formwork, you will not need to spend much on labor and materials. Fabric is easy to stabilize, and it does not leak. Even tight corners that take time and expertise to execute are easy to implement using custom fabric. You don’t have to worry anymore. Fabric will take the shape of the corner, whether it is round or otherwise.
Fabric covers stakes and screed boards, ensuring that the poured concrete does not damage them. Any other formwork will lead to damage. Such wood is hard to salvage and will likely lead to waste. The fabric ensures that the 2x4s can be recycled from one footing to another, saving the contractor some costs. These savings are good for the environment because you will need less wood in all your construction projects.
Adapts to any form
Construction excavations can lack uniformity, especially in rocky places. You don’t have to make them even when using fabric formwork because the footing will take shape, depth, and form of the excavation. This adaptive feature can save the contractor time and resources required to make uniform excavations or make scab lumber. If the footings need steps or columns, the fabric will take the desired shape easily.
Prevents fast drying
Optimal dry time is imperative for quality footings. If they dry too fast, especially in the summer, they will be vulnerable to cracks. The fabric ensures that the concrete takes time to cure. The optimal curing period ensures that the concrete retains enough moisture to guarantee strength, stability, and resistance.
Protect the footing from water
Imagine pouring concrete on a typical waterlogged site. There is nothing fun about it. Further, the water can alter the quality of the concrete. The water will dilute the mixture when you are operating in a moist environment. It might make the footing vulnerable to mold. If you are using standard dump proof fabric forming, you can prevent those problems.
Fabric formed footings have many benefits. Your new project could benefit significantly from this technology. At Black Pine Construction, we are experts in fabric formed footings and other new technologies in construction. Give us a call.