Driveways, walkways, patios, and many other horizontal surfaces have been stamped, formed, and coloured just exactly like brick, flagstone, and other material for decades. These substitutes are hardwearing and more economical than the real stuff.
The use of decorative concrete forms and liners in today’s world for structural projects make them extremely appealing. While driving down the high way, you’re likely to see several examples of them, such as bridges, sound barriers, and so on.
Their use in residential and light commercial application knows no bound. Walls of buildings and home, retaining and landscape walls, exposed foundation and ledgers, and community entrances are all made visually appealing with the decorative concrete forms and liners. For longevity and beauty, a restaurant or bar could decide to design a pillar of poured concrete in a simulated wood, river rock, or brick pattern to complement the interior décor.
Decorative forms and form liners usage are limited only by imagination and engineering potential. However, specific products to use are mostly dictated by the job.
A product for every project
Decorative concrete forms are available in different grades with varying lifespans. Some of the significant factors to be considered are the cost and how often you would use the form. For instance, a low-reuse foam form will only provide 5 – 25 pours, and if what you require is a 50 – 60 pour, then, you’d need a higher quality form. With high-reused rubber forms, you may get pours of 100 or more times, depending on the pattern or design.
Flexible forms are perfect for pour-in-place projects. When used alongside tilt-up, the forms can be as small or as large as required by the pouring bed. Also, flexible rubber moulds applications suitable for architectural elements, such as brackets, mouldings, capitals, and any other thing that can be done in a rigid form. Flexible rubber form liners can be used both in glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFCR) and for precast applications, sprayed at about 3⁄4″ thick to create strong, hollow, lightweight concrete castings of decorative objects.
Patterned aluminium forms are costly, but they are durable and lightweight. Depending on how well they are maintained, you could get about 2,500 to 3,000 pours. It works by stamping the metal to create patterns, and they are also known to offer two kinds of bricks, smooth and textured namely. With deep mortars for extra details and ribbed patterns, a 3-foot wide by 8-foot tall section weighs 83 pounds. When using 4-foot by 8-foot or 6-foot by 12-foot forms, lots of ties aren’t needed. They are very light and easy to handle than standard forms. For effective result, it’s ideal to stay with a smaller size and stack them, as you’ll get more durable walls with lesser problems.
With decorative concrete forms, you can get whatever design you wish for from standard to custom designs. They are an upfront investment; however, they offer significant savings in time and labour. You could pay more to acquire a custom liner, but the investment is always worthwhile.