Aluminium Formwork Systems are Lightweight and Cost-Effective
A relatively new addition to the industry, the main components of aluminium formwork are, as the name suggests, made of aluminium. 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, aluminium formwork systems can also be reused a significant number of times.
Unlike timber, aluminium 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 aluminium 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 systems, an aluminium formwork system is relatively more expensive, the long-term savings generated are certainly worth the initial expense. Moreover, with aluminium 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 aluminium formwork system that meets your budget and specific requirements.
What are the Advantages of Using an Aluminium Formwork System?
Because of its superb qualities and specifications, an aluminium formwork system can provide builders with a wide range of benefits. Here are just a few.
It can be used repeatedly
One of the qualities that make aluminium formwork unique is its ability to be used repeatedly. Unlike formwork systems made from porous materials, such as wood, aluminium formwork does not rot. It can be repaired and reused many times. This enables builders to save on time and labour costs, and maximise their savings as they do not have to procure new formwork every time they need to build a new concrete structure. For this reason, aluminium formwork is highly recommended for extensive projects and the construction of high-rise buildings with a significant number of identical storeys.
It is much friendlier to the environment
Any construction company that is serious about minimising its carbon footprint and contributing to efforts to protect our planet’s natural resources must consider using an aluminium formwork system. As it is predominantly made from recycled aluminium, renewable and can be reused multiple times, this formwork system will enable you to minimise the amount of waste your project will generate. This will in turn support a safer and tidier construction site. In addition, aluminium produces fewer carbon emissions compared to other materials.
It helps save on construction time
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 labour and technical expertise. Fortunately, if you decide to use aluminium formwork, this is something you can do without.
With an aluminium system, formwork assembly and installation is quick and straightforward. Shuttering and striking can be done independently since there is no need to wait for a crane. As a result, you will be able to minimise the overall construction time by a significant margin.
Furthermore, additional labour and technical expertise are unnecessary when setting up and removing aluminium formwork. Extra equipment is rarely needed because many formwork systems made of this particular material are crane-independent.
It can be used in a wide range of applications
As mentioned earlier, aluminium 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.
It provides a higher-quality finish but without the extra cost
Aluminium formwork systems with aluminium 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.
It is durable and reliable
Aluminium 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 aluminium formwork system is made from highly durable and reliable material, it can easily resist high concrete pressures. The reduced number of joints also minimises the risk of leaks while increasing durability.
MEVA’s Aluminium Formwork Systems
MEVA’s aluminium formwork systems 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 an extensive range of aluminium formwork systems designed to meet your project’s specific requirements.
AluFix is a modular aluminium hand-set formwork that provides highly efficient shuttering for a wide variety of developments. Lightweight, crane-independent and 100% wood-free, it is the product of choice for many crane-free installations that require superior-quality results. It offers excellent flexibility, especially when used with the AluFix prop head and EuMax prop.
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Ideal for residential and commercial development projects, AluStar is MEVA’s universal aluminium hand-set formwork. It is lightweight and easy to handle and can be used crane-free. With a 60 kN/m² capacity and featuring a high-grade powder-coated finish and an impact- and scratch-resistant surface, AluStar is undoubtedly strong, durable and reliable.
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Similar to AluStar and AluFix, 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 aluminium formwork system has a high load capacity of 1,350 psf and a smart multi-function profile that allows you to set it up either as a hand-set system or as a gang and flown using a crane.
Easy and quick to assemble, MonoFix can help you reduce your project duration and costs. This monolithic formwork is lightweight and durable, and can adapt to any building layout. It has reusable aluminium wall panels for a high-quality finish and it features a simple wedge and pin system that allows you to connect the panels with ease.
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MevaDec’s latest incarnation features a lighter and more ergonomic design to improve overall work efficiency. Based on all the tried-and-tested designs and features of previous MevaDec formworks, this improved aluminium formwork system features a high-quality cured and powder-coated finish to reduce concrete adhesion and facilitate easy cleaning. Unlike the slab formwork offered by other manufacturers, MevaDec is not limited by a rigid grid pattern. Instead, it provides optimum flexibility as it can be quickly adapted to suit any building layout and slab thickness.
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MonoDec is a lightweight aluminium formwork system designed to provide builders with a cost-effective solution for their formwork projects. It has an aluminium facing that ensures a consistent and high-quality concrete finish for slabs and beams. It also has a drop head, beam and panel system that makes early stripping and optimised utilisation of materials possible. Crane-independent, MonoDec can be easily assembled by hand.
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Let Our Aluminium Formwork Experts Help
Because our product offerings are both diverse and unique, we would encourage you to seek expert advice from our team to find the best aluminium formwork 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.
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