Shipping Flooring Materials

Timber floor

The only thing that might be more difficult than replacing a floor is shipping the flooring itself. Flooring comes in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and materials, from hardwood and bamboo to tile and laminate. This can make getting flooring to the construction site in one piece a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure that the flooring that you are shipping is not damaged and arrives ready to be installed.

Choose Your Carrier or Use a Broker

It may seem like choosing your carrier would be pretty straight forward. However, depending on the type of flooring that you are shipping, the class of shipping that you use could vary. Vinyl flooring must be classed completely differently than porcelain, for example.

It is important to know what class you are shipping your flooring as because it can affect not only price, but also regulations that govern the shipping. This can include things like international regulations on transport across borders. Remember that shipping hardwood, even finished hardwood, may be subject to invasive species regulations as well. All of these things can affect the class of your shipment.

If you are unsure what class your shipment is, contact your carrier or broker in order to find out. Shipping the wrong class could prove costly.


It has been said before, but it bears saying again: Insure your shipment. This is very important when shipping things like stone or ceramic tile. Even flooring that is not quite as fragile as others should be insured. During shipment, your flooring may be subjected to weather or other conditions that cause it warp or be otherwise rendered unusable. Insurance will cover any damages that you might sustain.

A full shipment will be covered by the carrier, but partial damage will not be. Freight insurance will ensure that your damages are recovered in the case of a partially damaged load.

Proper Packaging

The best way to make sure that your shipment arrives in one piece is to properly package your shipment. Most freight carriers will require that your shipment be put on pallets, as this makes it easy for them to load and unload onto their trucks.

Before it is loaded onto pallets, it should be boxed or crated properly. In some cases you may want to have particularly expensive flooring packed in custom crates that can prevent it from being cracked or damaged. There are many companies that can create a custom shipping crate for you, like Cratex Group.

Finally, you will need to make sure that your boxes and crates are properly secured to the pallets. Using straps, shrink wrap or tie-downs are good ways to secure your load to your pallets.

For construction of a custom crate, contact Cratex Group today. They are experts in creating custom solutions for your industrial packing needs.