Formwork can be a temporary or permanent timber mould that holds materials like concrete.
Timber formwork will take the form of a structure of boards surrounding an open cavity. It also has several advantages over other types of formwork.
Timber formworks can be constructed at a low start starting cost, in comparison to steel which will have a higher starting price. This is because timber has more availability and cheaper production costs. The cost of the timber, however, will be based upon the quality of the wood.
Those who are new to building formwork typically choose timber as it doesn’t require any special tools or a particular level of construction experience. It is also a lightweight material making it easier to handle.
It is easy to achieve an aesthetically pleasing architectural effect through the use of formwork. Painting the timber and using an oil or epoxy treatment can increase the life of the timber formwork, allowing many uses.