Contractors typically need to evaluate structural wood forming panels to properly construct job-built forms and use prefabricated forming systems. Versatile and economical, job-built forms can be used for projects ranging from small residential walls to large domed structures. And because of the efficiency of mass production, prefabricated plywood forming systems such as ganged forms, slipforms, jump forms, and flying truss systems can be used to save material and labor costs.

Evaluating formwork design issues and choosing between job-built and prefabricated formwork, however, are not the only important considerations contractors face. When selecting structural wood forming panels, contractors must also decide which plywood type, class, grade, overlay, and texture will impart the best, most economical concrete finish for the job.