The true test of a truck's bed is in how useful its bed is for carrying load. However, if you are too conscious with the bodywork of the bed's sides to even try putting cargo on it, you might need protection. Bed rails offer just that, and add style to the simple bed rail. When picking rails for your truck, here are a few things you might want to consider.
Most bed rails are made of a steel tube that runs the length of the truck's bed. Manufacturers put a spin on this by putting out rails of different styles. You can choose from chrome, black coated, stainless steel finish to name a few. Some are even diamond plated to give a rugged, tough look.
They also have different mounting styles. A common design is the curved pipe that connects the edge to the rail's surface for a clean look. Others use a bridge style that supports a pipe with extended ends. Some mounts look clean and seamless on the rails, while others have visible screws and gaskets.
As much as your bed rails look cool and flashy, they shouldn't only be about the looks. These should be used to protect the body, so a weak and flimsy one wouldn't do. Some pipes that aren't designed for rope to be tied on tend to break and bend. Make sure that your bed rails are tough enough to support the extra weight and pressure of carrying big loads.
Trucks can be fitted with other bed accessories, so a bed rail easy to remove is a good buy. If the bed rails you are looking at seem like it requires a lifelong commitment to your truck's bed, forget about it. Most rails use removable bolts and screws to secure them. Better if the rails come with clamps because you wouldn't need to tamper with your truck that much in terms of installation and removal.