Floors & Moving Heavy Objects: Which Rollers Work Best?

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Floors & Moving Heavy Objects: Which Rollers Work Best?

Homeowners love to make a statement with their floors. Whether your foyer features reclaimed barn wood or Calacatta marble, chances are you have an emotional connection to this pricy home item that puts your personal stamp on your home. At Hevi-Haul, we understand your labor of love and when it comes to moving heavy furniture or other items, we have rollers designed specifically for your needs.

Milwaukee Homeowners Have Two Choices: Steel or Polyurethane

Let’s talk polyurethane first. For many homeowners looking to protect their floors, polyurethane rollers will be the Hevi-Haul wheels you need. There are three main reasons polyurethane may be your best choice:

  1. You are looking for maximum protection for your floors. You’ve invested in your flooring, so utilize a moving solution that will leave them the way they found them.
  2. When you have an epoxy-coated floor. Polyurethane wheels are the ideal choice to minimize any marring or marking up of your floors.
  3. They are quieter. If using rollers in a residential setting, such as an assisted living facility, minimizing the overall disruption by reducing the noise will be greatly appreciated by staff and other residents.

    Though polyurethane rollers are our most protective rollers, there are times when steel rollers will be your heavy-move rollers:

    1. They excel with floors that aren’t in the best shape including floors that have gaps, unevenness or cracks. They are our best wheels for all-purpose moving with conventional flooring, such as a loft space with concrete floors.
    2. Steel rollers are the most cost-effective solution.
    3. They have the highest weight capacities and hold up well in a variety of conditions. They can handle very heavy loads with ease, and for sustained amounts of time. Does your piano need to sit on that mover skate for a bit before it gets settled in its new home? Steel is your go-to roller material!

    Our Hevi-Haul skates accommodate both types of rollers. So if you purchase Hevi-Haul skates with steel rollers, you can always switch them out for polyurethane rollers, or vice versa.

    Hevi-Haul: For All Your Moving Heaving Objects Needs

    Professional moving companies, as well as your friends and neighbors in the Wisconsin area, have been trusting Hevi-Haul for high quality, fully-welded steel frame skates and structural dolly parts since the 1970s. (Though our original skates were first produced in 1938 under the name Skid-Rol Dollies.)

    We’ve been making products that literally move the world for decades. Contact us today to learn how we can rock your move with our heavy item moving solutions.

    Steel vs Polyurethane Rollers: How to Make the Right Choice

    With Hevi-Haul, you have two rollers to pick from for your move: steel vs polyurethane. Based on your specific situation, one will be a better choice for your moving purposes. Steel and polyurethane rollers are interchangeable with all our machinery skates, including utility, straight line, and compact swivel skates. Once you’ve decided which type of machinery skate you need, you will need a roller to pair it with. Let’s take a look at the difference between steel and polyurethane rollers.

    Steel Rollers

    Steel rollers are the best choice for all-purpose movements. You’ll be using these skates for a wide variety of moves, even moves you don’t know you’ll need to make yet. Therefore, steel rollers are the best option if you move things around often.

    Steel is the most durable material used with heavy-duty roller skates. Because of that, steel rollers can handle very heavy loads with ease, and can even be used for extended or even fixed placement. Subsequently, you can keep the rollers under the machine permanently without worrying about damaging them. If you are moving across a rough surface, steel rollers would be the right choice.

    Polyurethane Rollers

    Polyurethane rollers are good for protecting your floors or rolling surfaces while maintaining the durability and function of steel rollers. These rollers should not be used for extended periods of time. Leaving a heavy load to rest on the skates for too long can damage the polyurethane coat. If you are going to leave the skates below a machine for extended time frames, then you should go with steel rollers.

    Moves are best accomplished when rolling surfaces, such as factory floors, are clean and relatively free of debris, cracks, and holes. Make sure to check that the surface will support the load and reinforce weak spots with steel plates.

    Steel vs Poly Rollers – Hevi-Haul Helps With Both

    If you have any questions about skates and roller pairing, feel free to contact us right away. Our team of experts here at Hevi-Haul are always happy to answers any questions and give recommendations about the best choice for you.