You’ll find that the majority of construction sites require a stable ground for the rest of the work to take place. The soil on site needs to be compressed to ensure that there are no pockets of air underground that can cause massive disruption to the construction process. To make the ground smooth and compact, rollers are required. There are different types of roller hire that you can choose to help on your construction project, and with the help of a plant hire company in the UK with a glowing track record, you can make sure that it is the right fit for your needs.

Understanding the different types of roller available to you will help determine your choice of roller hire when the time comes. We’ve put together a list to help you get to grips with the options.

Cylindrical rollers–These walk-behind rollers are lightweight and manually pushed by a person instead of powered by an engine with a ride-on component, like the other types of rollers on this list. These are used for small, private projects, like garden and landscaping work in a small back garden where there is a need for soil compaction.

Grid rollers–Made with a network of steel bars that create a grid pattern on the drum, grid rollers produce a high amount of pressure on contact with the ground. They are best used on coarse soil, sub-base and subgrade road construction projects and weathered rocks and ground.

Pneumatic rollers–Large, ride-on rollers that have several rows of rubber tyres on either the front or the rear end, pneumatic rollers provide great uniform pressure across a wide area. This makes them the perfect roller type to help smooth out pavements and roads to finish off a project.

Sheepsfoot rollers–This type of roller has rectangular-shaped ‘feet’ and are great for construction work on roads, where soil needs compacting to prepare the surface. The weight of the drum can be increased too, making it the perfect piece of equipment on many different types of soil and ground.

Smooth wheeled rollers – Whether a single or double drum roller, smooth wheeled (or static) rollers are perfect for use on flat or gradual surfaces. For anything more specialised, a different type of roller would be put to better use. Single-drum rollers are great for use in tight spaces, which is always a challenge on any construction site.

Roller hire is a fantastic way to prepare and improve surfaces on a construction site. As part of wider plant hire services, roller hire brings you the specific equipment you need at the time you need it most. Every construction site needs rollers at various points, during the preparation and completion phases of a project. With the right level of support from a plant hire company with good working practices, knowledgeable points of contact, and the latest, safest models of roller for hire, your project will soon hit the ground running and meet all deadlines and strict budgetary requirements.