Formwork companies use reinforced concrete because of its easy availability, reasonable cost, attractive characteristics and ease of application in building and construction. Modern reinforced concrete uses galvanised steel reinforcement with coatings that protect the rebar from corrosion, staining and failure. Solo Formwork Ltd, located in Didcot, covers the surrounding Oxford and Reading areas with formwork services that utilise reinforced concrete on jobs that require it.
We also operate across the whole of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Southern England.
Concrete is porous and has excellent compressive strength but only moderate tensile strength. Steel reinforcement optimises shear and tensile strength to make reinforced concrete less prone to cracks. A steel without a suitable coating forms what is known as an adherent passive layer which, at least theoretically, should not corrode. Theory, however, is not always the strongest indicator of performance.
The physical composition of concrete, combined with factors such as density and permeability, and even the working environment, causes uncoated steel to deteriorate. The hot-dip galvanised coatings used on steel in reinforced concrete stops this deterioration.
At Solo Formwork Ltd, we insist on the use of galvanised steel reinforcement for projects in Oxford, Reading and the surrounding areas, and reinforced concrete from premium brands such as Caltite, Pudlo, Sika and Xypex.
Our company can produce a range of finishes in reinforced concrete, including brush finish, pan finish and easy float finish. From small to large pours, we supply everything needed for the successful completion of projects including concrete pumps and the concrete itself.
We have a wide range of equipment available for achieving different finishes and specialise in the use of waterproof concrete from Caltite, Pudlo, Sika and Xypex.
Previous projects where we have used reinforced concrete include:
• Caltite concrete at South Lodge Spa and St Catherine’s College
• Pudlo concrete at St John’s School in Leatherhead and 4 wings at St George’s Hill
• Sika concrete at Wren School in Reading, Ipswich Road in Slough and Titan Storage in Wokingham
• Xypex concrete at Legoland in Windsor
The benefits of reinforced concrete include:
• Resistant to Stress – Reinforced concrete overcomes the flaws of plain concrete in high-stress construction to make it more durable and sturdier. This makes it suitable for use in all conditions on our own projects in Southern England, and even overseas in countries prone to earthquakes and tornadoes.
• Weather Resistance – The inclement British weather puts stress on traditional concrete, but reinforced concrete has exceptional resistance to wind, rain and snow. It is also resistant to fire because concrete isn’t combustible and doesn’t burn.
• Formwork Flexibility – We use reinforced concrete for constructions in Oxford, Reading and our wider trading area because it allows us to form to any shape including arcs and domes. It is fluid but with steel reinforcement that helps in creating a framework for intricate or abstract geometric shapes.
• Low in Maintenance – The durability of reinforced concrete sees it last for decades on construction projects with very few ongoing maintenance needs. With an innovative formwork design, it cures quickly and reliably to stand against the tests of time.
• Reduced Labour – Reinforced concrete uses less labour because, when poured or sprayed into the mould, it reduces the amount of formwork and construction required. It also dries in a short timescale so that the rest of the project can continue sooner. In some cases, reinforced concrete cuts back on time and manpower by as much as 50%.