Repair and/or Reuse Formwork

Reuse of concrete formwork is a key for economic formwork con­struction. After only five reuses, formwork materials costs drop to 40 percent of the initial cost. Formwork elements must be handled with care and should not be dropped. After repairing, cleaning, and oiling, the used formwork elements should either be stockpiled for future use or reused in other areas.

Before reusing formwork elements, they should be inspected for damage. Defects on the inside face must be repaired or re­moved; otherwise they will reflect on the finished surface of the concrete to show the same defect.