2 Advantages of Formatubes over Timber Supports
If you are deliberating on renovations that will make your residence seem larger than it is, one of the easiest ways of doing so will be by having some columns erected. And if these columns will be made from concrete, then your contractors will need to make use of some supports to hold the concrete in place as it cures. In year past, the go-to material for these supports was timber. Nonetheless, with technological advancements, formatubes have steadily started to replace timber supports due to the array of advantages that they offer. If you have never heard of formatubes and are wondering how they will benefit your new home improvement, here are just two of the advantages that they offer over traditional timber supports.
Formatubes are easier to install than timber supports
Several things make formatubes more hassle-free to install when compared to timber supports. To employ the use of timber supports, your contractors have to cut the wood into the required size of pieces. Once the timber is cut, the boards are then nailed together so that they can create a hollow space inside the supports. Lastly, after the concrete is poured into the hollow space inside the timber supports, the contractors have to ensure that they take off the boards of wood before the concrete cures or the timber will be stuck onto your new columns.
Formatubes, on the other hand, are much easier to work with. Firstly, the tubes are already prefabricated, so all the contractors need to do is install them into the ground. Secondly, since formatubes have a thin coating of oil at the interior surface, the concrete can be left to cure undisturbed before the extraction of the formatubes.
Formatubes are resistant to moisture
Another benefit that formatubes have over traditional timber supports is their water resistance. Timber supports may do the job of creating columns when the weather is favourable, but working with these structure during the rainy season means that both your supports and your wet concrete will be compromised. The more rainwater that seeps inside the columns, the less likely that your concrete will cure appropriately. Moreover, if the concrete columns do eventually dry, their structural integrity may be sacrificed.
Formatubes, alternatively, are highly resistant to moisture. And since the formatubes do not pose the risk of water retention, you have the flexibility to construct your columns at any time of the year without worrying about ending up with weak columns.
If you're thinking about adding columns to your house, speak with your contractor about using formatubes to support them.