Cardboard boxes (in small quantities) ship UPS. Skids and crates ship via LTL.
LTL items are shipped and delivered in a freight truck. These cost considerably more than services like UPS, FEDEX or DHL.
Companies have negotiated charges with freight companies, while we do the very best we can, we may not be able to always get the same discount as companies such as the Home Depot, for example. The charge for shipping is calculated by the carrier and is what we have to pay to get the shipment to you, we simply pass these costs on.
Why does freight shipping cost more?
- That’s due to the volume, size and weight of these items as well the distance traveled
- To help protect the shipment from damage our shipments are always quoted and marked as “Do Not Stack”. That means we are paying for the entire vertical space of the trailer the shipment occupies and not just the height of the skid or crate
- Items are normally at least 6′ in length
- Shipped on a pallet or a crate. The freight cost that is calculated by our online store includes a skid or crate fee depending on the quantity and length of what was ordered
Trying to cut costs on Freight Shipping?
- Ship to a commercial zone. You may need to ship your order to a commercial zone location (a friend’s store perhaps).
- Ship to a terminal. You can have your order delivered to a Freight Company’s terminal location and pickup the order from there. The freight carriers we use ship nationwide and have terminals in most major cities. You can find out the nearest terminal location by looking it up via the 2 websites below:
ABF Freight or Averitt Express. If you opt to do this, select LTL Freight Commercial Address or Free LTL Freight Commercial Address (if applicable). During the checkout process, use the address of the terminal for the shipping address and make sure to leave us a note in the order comments that you would like to have your order shipped to the shipping terminal. The order comments is located on the payment information step of the checkout process, below the payment selection options, this is the very last step.
- Choose 10′ instead of 20′. It is much cheaper to ship 10′ items if compared to 20 footers.
- Remove 10′ long items. If your cart includes items such as gutters or downspouts you can lower the shipping cost by removing these 10′ long and any longer items from your cart so the rest of your order can ship via UPS, and try to source what you can locally.
All chimney caps, cupolas an any other custom order items that are crated and will ship via freight truck as well.
- Commercial zone locations are cheaper!
- Residential zones cost more. Trucks are normally smaller and will feature a lift gate. While this will help with unloading smaller crates, it may not help with longer pallets / crates.
- It is your responsibility to unload items from the truck. While drivers will normally help, they are not required to do so. In residential locations, when an item is shipped on a truck with a lift gate, drivers normally have a pallet jack and will unload smaller crates.
- You may also unload items by hand. If you purchased items that are not that heavy, and you don’t have a fork lift, you may opt to break up the packaging / crate and unload items by hand.
- Freight trucks do not have a fork lift, like your local building supply store does. As stated above, drivers will normally help you, but they are not required to.