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Shipping Home Construction Materials

Logistics are key to efficiently building out new construction homes. Whether the properties are single- or multi-family/attached-home communities, effectively transporting materials to the job site is critical to success. FreightCenter is your go-to resource for delivering new home construction materials to the right place at the right time, including the following types of cargo:

  • Structural Materials: Lumber, plywood, SIPs, windows, roofing
  • Masonry: concrete block, stone, brick for exterior, walls or walkways
  • Natural Stone Slabs: granite, quartz, marble for countertops
  • Plumbing and fixtures: sinks, toilets, tubs, pipes
  • Appliances: washing machines, dryers, dishwashers
  • Landscaping materials: sod, plants, trees, patio, retaining wall, gazebo, pool, screening and water features.

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Machinery Transport

Industrial, medical, CNC and milling machinery are ever more complex and sophisticated, requiring specialized care during transport. From single machine/tool moves to complete machine-shop relocations, count on FreightCenter to broker the logistics best suited for your machine transport needs, including:

  • flat and covered transport - securing and protecting your machinery cargo during transport
  • loading of machinery - lifting and loading machinery at point of origin
  • delivery to site - transporting your machinery to its destination safely and at the best rate
  • storage and bonded warehousing - where required, FreightCenter can assist in facilitating this add on service.

With hundreds of vetted carriers servicing local, regional, national and cross border markets, FreightCenter is dedicated to providing freight transportation solutions at excellent rates, with top-notch service.

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Shipping large equipment

Due to the size and weight of heavy equipment, special shipping considerations will likely be required. The shipment of tractors, cranes, forklifts, or other large industrial equipment may potentially require a certain carrier that specializes in heavy equipment. Heavy equipment shipping can be a difficult task and it's essential that you chose a specialized carrier that is familiar and experienced with your hauling needs. FreightCenter can point you in the right direction of choosing a provider that can meet those needs for you.

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Shipping building materials

Transporting raw materials for construction demands ingenuity in itself. Since many skyscrapers are built within the framework of an established city, nearby buildings limit the space available for storage and construction—so it’s common for I-beams, for example, to be delivered to worksites at the exact time they’re needed for placement. Such heavy, long and awkward loads require mass coordination, secure rigging and the experience offered through dedicated truckload services.

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Shipping heavy items of this size will prove to be more challenging, but with the help of FreightCenter is it will almost seem effortless. It’s likely that hauling a load of this size and weight will require using a carrier that specializes in large equipment. Lucky for you, FreightCenter works with hundreds of vetted carriers that can provide you with the perfect shipping solution for your needs, no matter the size!

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LTL or TL?

Depends. How big are we talking? If you’re shipping machinery like an engine, it won’t take up an entire trailer and you’re better off choosing LTL. If you’re shipping something like 3 commercial lawn mowers though, you enter the arena where you may want to consider choosing TL. Any time your freight weighs more than 15,000 pounds or if you are shipping more than 10 pallets worth of goods, it makes sense to ship truckload. Consult with an agent when getting your free, instant freight quote to determine which option is right for you.


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Less-than-truckload (LTL)

Refers to shipping an item that is relatively small and will not take up the entirety of the trailer. You pay for the amount of space you take up, not the entire truck.

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Truckload (TL)

If you are shipping a large enough load, you may need an entire truck. This option requires a lot of freight to make it a more economical choice than LTL.

How Do You Package the Unpackageable?

It really depends on just how big the item is. Some things like an engine or transmission are small enough to package for protection. Other items such as a CNC machine are too large to package and may require dedicated truckload services to ensure the safety of the item.

PRO TIP: Crate your freight & save some money! Transporting unpackaged furniture can be very costly. Box, crate or palletize your freight shipment to save up to 50% or more on shipping costs. Need help packaging your furniture, office systems or machinery? Talk to your FreightCenter Agent about professional packaging options at an additional cost.

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Crate

If the item fits, it will work. Be sure to fill it with packing peanut material to ensure the item does not shift around in the box while in transit.

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Pallet

This is an option that will work as long as the item fits on the pallet and does not hang over the edge. Be sure to wrap the item in several protective layers of bubble wrap, followed by several layers of shrink wrap to seal everything together.

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Box

The cardboard box will probably break once you try to lift it if the items within are too heavy. Not the most reliable option for a shipment of this nature.

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Tarp

If your item is too big to be put into or onto any sort of packaging option, your best bet is to put a tarp on it for protection and consider using truckload services so that you can be sure nothing else will be in the truck to harm your item during transit.

The right equipment for the job

There are a few different types of trucks that have varying characteristics. Depending on what type of item you’re trying to ship, one type of truck will be more suitable than another.

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Dry Van

A commonly used truck with an enclosed trailer that protects freight from the harmful elements of weather or the road. Not ideal for tall items that would exceed the dimensions of the trailer.

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Flat Bed Trailer

An extremely popular option known for its versatility. Items can be loaded on, although you should keep in mind that the flatbed height is 8.5 feet. Any heavy item loaded onto the flatbed will require a form of assistance, often through the usage of a lift gate. Items will be covered with a tarp to prevent weather from compromising the freight.

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Lowboy Trailer

A great option to haul taller freight that typically cannot be hauled on a flatbed due to legal height limitations. In addition, items do not have to be lifted as high to get onto the trailer, therefore it’s an easier loading process. Similar to a flatbed trailer, items will be covered with a tarp to offer protection from the weather.

How to Measure Oversized Items

Arguably the most essential step of the entire shipping process. Obtaining accurate measurements for your oversized load can save you time and money. Miscalculating the weight for items of this size can result in hefty monetary consequences that can surely be avoided by ensuring you measure everything properly the first time.

Tips on measuring properly

  • If your item is awkwardly shaped, and it most likely will, be sure to measure at the widest points of the item.
  • To get an accurate weight on an oversized item that won’t fit on your typical bathroom scale (which we don’t recommend you use anyway), you will need to either buy or borrow a professional scale to get a reliable reading.

Due to the nature of these oversized items, certain modes of transportation are by default not efficient choices

  • Truck: The most common, cost effective, and quick option to use when available.
  • Rail: Not a common option as space on a train is limited.
  • Ocean: An available option for shipping overseas as freight boats are large enough to tow items of this size.
  • Air: Not a viable option for large items due to limited spacing.

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