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Best and Worst Casters For Hardwood Floors

October 4, 2019  |  Product Information, Casters
Hardwood Flooring Caster

Casters, or wheels in general, could be one of the most useful pieces of equipment ever known to mankind. However, if you get the wrong type of caster for your specific situation, the caster can cause more trouble than it’s worth.

We should use the right caster for the right application and flooring type. In your home or business, you may have a beautiful hardwood floor that you want to preserve for many years in the future.

Knowing which caster to use on hardwood floors will save you time and money and give you peace of mind.

wood flooring is a valuable investment

Hardwood flooring has a range of benefits over other types of flooring.

Different types of hardwood floors can greatly change the atmosphere, aesthetics, and value of your home.

There are also many functional benefits of hardwood floors.

Wood floors require little maintenance and are far easier to clean than carpet.

Additionally, hardwood floors are durable and have a style that is much more timeless than that 1970s green carpet.

Anyone with environmental allergies can appreciate hardwood’s hypoallergenic benefits compared to carpet, and because of this, hardwood floors affect the health of your family directly.

Needless to say, hardwood floors are a huge investment worth protecting.

Type of Caster Wheels Ideal For Hardwood Floors

In most applications with hardwood flooring, we recommend the CC Vintage line, particularly the polyurethane tread vs. cast iron tread.

This caster comes in a variety of aesthetic options but also provides you with the advantages of polyurethane.

In fact, because we have specialized in industrial casters for over 30 years, we have been able to bring this performance expertise to our CC Vintage line of casters with polyurethane.

This allows you to feel confident and proud that you have the industry’s best industrial-vintage caster for hardwood floors.

Type of Caster Wheels To Avoid For Hardwood Floors

According to the American Hardwood Information Center, the top five hardwoods ranked from hardest to softest are:

  1. Hickory
  2. Hard Maple
  3. White Oak
  4. Beech
  5. Red Oak

Certain types of hardwood floors are more durable and better suited for life’s challenges. Hickory hardwood floors, for example, may be hard enough to resist dimples from high heels or pets’ nails.

With that being said, metal wheels such as cast iron, forged steel, and ductile steel caster wheels will carve into wooden floors and degrade them.

To be clear, we will never recommend any metal wheels to be in contact with hardwood floors.

Metal wheels can damage hardwood floors. Go with polyurethane instead.