Time to save with curved concrete forms
Sometimes when you see a new alternative you wonder how you ever managed with the system that you have been using for so many years. Forming curves and contours for concrete forms is just one such example. Using EPS (expanded polystyrene) curved forms, pre-cut to slot into the contractors straight forms, transforms the concrete pour stage on site.
The modern, time-efficient alternative for curved concrete forms
The process for installing a curved concrete form? Lightweight, easy-to-ship, easy-to handle sections arrive on site ready to install. They require little lifting equipment to get into place so you need less heavy machinery in general on sites that are tight for space. They fit against the straight forms already in place to form a smooth, uniform surface. The concrete pour should not be affected by sections such as joint edges, screw heads or other joining methods. A quality surface achieved with considerable time saved at every stage.
The traditional alternative? You need a lot of time spent with heavy wood, steel and rebar, using straight lines to create the precise exact curves required. More hours of skilled labor is required for a construction stage that could be easily simplified by using EPS curved concrete forms.
Compressive strength qualities fit construction projects large and small
In every area of construction – especially road construction, freeways and bridges, the qualities of EPS (expanded foam) are being put to the test with great success. Its consistent compressive strength in particular over a uniform area means it can be used on projects on a major scale. Here it is density and compressive strength that matters more than simple weight. Whether as lightweight void fill covering large areas or concrete forms supporting large depths of concrete, EPS delivers on performance and time saved.
Pier building success with EPS curved concrete forms
Recent success in Monticello, IN saw EPS curved concrete forms being used on a significant bridge project to make the four piers. The photos show the placement of the forms against the straight forms already in place. They also show the size of the concrete structures that have been created to an exact curved specification. The pier size ranged from 29’ to 43’ tall. The EPS was 0.9lb density but a complete range of higher density specifications are available.
EPS forms can help efficient concrete pouring in a range of areas particular where site space is confined. Universal Foam Products also produces and supplies custom made secant forms to create secant walls.
Call the EPS forms experts at Universal Construction Foam at 410-498-000 for all the assistance you need to use curved concrete forms for your next construction project. Find out more about the most efficient way to form curved concrete for bridges, pillars and columns.