As the demand grows for decorative concrete, so does the need for sweeping curves and tight radiuses – but how much can you really do with traditional forming materials? You could cut kerfs into 2x4s or 2x6s to bend your plywood, a long strip of Masonite or maybe even aluminum form to get a bend, but how tight can you really get your radiuses without breaking?
How perfect can your sweeping curves be with a material designed to be rigid and straight; even worse, how many uses can you really expect to get out of this material?
Wood and Aluminum Forms are Easy to Find
You use wood and aluminum forms because they’re so easy to find. All you have to do is take a quick trip to your local big box shop and your crew has everything they need to get started. But these kinds of forms have a few drawbacks every contractor knows about:
- Wood forms are reusable, but only a few times. Chemicals erode, moisture warps and concrete mixes render them unusable in no time. You can only use good lumber without knots for the job, and all that time and labor spent cleaning them up for the next use, not to mention transport and disposal.
- Metal forms last much longer than their plywood and Masonite counterparts, but they present a whole new host of problems including rusting, cracking, breaking and being difficult to move and store. Most metal forms have low “material memory”, meaning that once you bend it into a shape it won’t snap back to its original flat, rigid shape.
And then there are plastic forms, which have been on the market since the 80s but still haven’t surpassed the use of wood and metal forms.
What are the Benefits of Plastic Forms?
Many contractors don’t want to work with plastic forms, and for good reason. A poor quality form is hard to recycle, can peel, chip, warp and even break in the middle of a job – and then there’s the China Factor. You want a form that’s reusable, durable and recyclable, and most of all Made in America. But most plastic forms are made in China and have limited guarantees.
And then there’s PlastiForm®.
PlastiForm® Boards are the original flatwork plastic concrete former. They’re easier to work with, easier to transport and they last for hundreds of uses. Each board is high quality, white, virgin HDPE that’s not only LEED and USGBC certified, but Made in America as well. And to top it all, they come with a lifetime guarantee.
Imagine a material that bends just like Masonite, kerred plywood, or aluminum – but can be just as rigid and strong as a piece of lumber.
Reusable hundreds of times, they’re plastic extruded in one whole piece – this means they never chip, peel, crack or warp. HDPE has one of the strongest material memories of any building material, meaning even when you bend it into loose curves and tight radiuses, it’ll snap back to a flat board that’s easy to store, transport and work with, time and time again.
Made in America, chemical/UV/stain resistant, lightweight and with a lifetime guarantee, lumber and metal forms just can’t compete with PlastiForm® Boards. Curious about what they can offer your next decorative concrete project? Check out plastiformcfs.com today to learn more about what this remarkable product can do!