What Are Flat Concrete Forms?

Flat Concrete Forms Are A Very Cool Idea Indeed

It's bad enough when your building project calls for concrete footings that have to be frost heave resistant.

You have to dig and mix concrete. No way around that other than engineered helical piers.

But here is a great solution to a couple of the major headaches associated with traditional foundation piers.

A brilliant concept using a flat hexagon cardboard form with independent vertical tabs that expand outward to create a bell shape when concrete is poured inside

Yes, you still have to dig and mix!

This hexagon cardboard form, called the Flat Form comes totally flat. About 1/2" thick and has a built in bell shape when filled!

Maximum height is 48" but probably a bit less the more you flatten out the bell shape. But that's good enough for frost levels in most places.

Save Tons Of Space And Hassle Transporting

Ever try to pick up and handle two or three 10' sonotube forms at a time? You're juggling them all over.

Then what about transporting them? What a hassle. They roll all over the place and you have to carefully strap them onto your roof rack with the help of a friend.

Or just toss them in the bed of your pickup but them they take up so much room where you have other tools and supplies. Not flat concrete forms.

Congratulations to the mind behind the Flat Form because that person was really thinking.

But there are more benefits...

Save Money on Bell Shaped Footing Forms

Yes, those plastic bell shaped footings forms are great and serve a purpose. But if your project is small enough, and most are, why spend another $25 on a plastic form unless you have to?

This center support disk gives the bottom of the tube shape and makes the entire form rigid.  It falls to the bottom of the hole once cement is poured down, pushing the tabs out like a bell shape.

This is one of the other innovative aspects to this form.

The bottom has vertical scores in the cardboard creating a series of independently moving tabs that can be pushed out in your hole to the desired circumference.

This creates the "bell" shape.

Insert a center support disk inside the form just above the preforated tabs. Insert the form into the hole tabs down.

Slide The Collar Over And Secure To Ground

The collar keeps the form rigid as it cures and allows you to pin the corner to the ground while it cures.  Back filling is usually done after the cement is set

Place the hexagon collar around the top of the form at grade level.

Pour in a bit of cement to fill out the bell shape as desired and then put in a little back fill give the form some support around the bell if you wish.

Continue the pour to the desired height.

Secure the collar to the soil with nails through the corner holes.

Now the form is totaly secure. Let it cure. The exposed cardboard just tears away.

They Take Up Hardly Any Space In Your Truck

Amazingly thin and compact.  You could stack 50 of these in one area of your truck bed with lots of room to spare for other supplies and tools.  That's smart.

You will be way more efficient and organized with your time and money when you can carry 20, 30 or 40 of these inside the bed of your truck.

Imagine just trying to transport three or four traditional concrete forms and bell footings?

That is why I thought this was a solution worth sharing with you.

Where Can You Find Them?

This is new to the market so not available everywhere yet.

The best way to buy this product is to contact Flat-Forms directly. 

And remember, every time you buy from them you are supporting a brand new company and gradually they will grow their distribution channel through local building supply stores and wholesale distribution.

Help A New Company With  A Great Product Grow!

So you now have lots of knowledge on what the benefits of flat concrete forms are. Maybe you will find this helpful the next time your are building a deck.

© 2004-2016 By Rich Bergman, Decksgo.com. All Rights Reserved.