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Shuttering Ply

 Shuttering Ply

Shuttering plywood, also known as formwork plywood or concrete form plywood, is a type of plywood that is specifically designed and engineered for use in concrete formwork applications. It is used to create temporary molds or forms into which concrete is poured, allowing it to take shape and harden according to the desired structure. Here are some key points about shuttering plywood:

Construction: Shuttering plywood is manufactured with certain characteristics that make it suitable for use in concrete formwork. It typically has a higher number of plies than regular plywood and is made using high-quality wood veneers. The layers are bonded together with strong adhesives to ensure stability and strength.

Features and Advantages:

  1. Smooth Surface: Shuttering plywood has a smooth and even surface, which helps achieve a clean finish on the concrete surface.
  2. Strength and Durability: Shuttering plywood is engineered to withstand the pressure and weight of the concrete while it's being poured and cured.
  3. Moisture Resistance: Shuttering plywood is often treated with special coatings or chemicals to enhance its resistance to moisture and prevent swelling or warping due to contact with wet concrete.
  4. Reusability: Depending on the quality and maintenance, shuttering plywood can be reused for multiple concrete casting projects, making it a cost-effective option over time.
  5. Easy Handling: Shuttering plywood is designed to be easy to handle, cut, and install, which is important in construction projects where efficiency matters.
  6. Dimensional Stability: The manufacturing process of shuttering plywood minimizes the risk of warping, which is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the concrete formwork.

Types of Shuttering Plywood:

  1. Film-Faced Plywood: This type of shuttering plywood is coated with a layer of phenolic film on both sides. The film serves as a barrier between the plywood and the wet concrete, ensuring a smooth finish on the concrete surface and protecting the plywood from moisture. Film-faced plywood is highly durable and resistant to wear and tear.

  2. Uncoated Shuttering Plywood: While less common, uncoated shuttering plywood can also be used in concrete formwork applications. However, it may require additional treatments or protective measures to prevent moisture-related issues.