The Advantages of Timber Formwork

Formwork refers to either temporary or permanent moulds which hold materials like concrete. Timber formwork takes the form of a structure of boards surrounding an open cavity, and offers several advantages over other formwork types.

Timber formwork offers advantages over other formwork moulds.


Timber formworks can be constructed at a lower initial cost than steel due to higher availability and cheaper production costs. The cost of timber varies depending on the quality and treatment of the wood.


People new to building formworks typically choose timber because it requires no special tools nor a high level of construction experience. It is also easier to handle due to its light weight.


An aesthetically pleasing architectural effect can often be achieved using a timber formwork. Painted timber formwork not only adds color and a finished look, but oil or epoxy treatments can double the number of times the formwork may be reused.

Andrea Stein

Andrea Stein has been writing since 2004. She was a features editor for "Hallmark Magazine" and has served as newsletter editor for several nonprofit organizations. Stein has also worked in public relations, marketing and administration. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Dupage in Illinois.