Convertible and pillar-less vehicle owners know the value of a good hardtop. Unlike its counterpart, the ?soft top', the hardtop offers excellent protection against harsh weather elements. This type of top also offers insulation against sound. And with its sleek design, the hard top adds instant style to any pillar-less ride. So if you're on the lookout for a new ?top' for your ride, get the one that doesn't damage easily. Go for the easy choice-the hardtop. To help you find the right hardtop for your ride, check out the following buying tips.
Basic types of hardtops
1. Removable hardtop- As is implied by its name, the removable hardtop is specially designed for easy installation and removal. Its one-piece design means that one or two people can easily lift, position, and install this hardtop. Manufactured using hardwearing materials like lightweight metal alloy, plastic, and fiberglass, this type of hardtop is built for lasting use. Originally, hardtops came with plastic rear windows. However, since plastic yellows over time, hardtop manufacturers have shifted to using glass rear windows.
2. Retractable hardtop-The retractable hardtop, also known as the coupe convertible, is the most expensive type of hardtop available. This is because this retractable top requires a motorized system to operate it. Retractable hardtops are generally built with three or four panels. These panels raise and lower through a small motor. A button on the driver's side operates the motorized system, letting the driver raise or lower the top with a push of a button. Despite being extremely convenient, there's a downside to this hardtop-and it isn't just its hefty price tag. For most convertible owners, the biggest issue with the retractable hardtop is the strain put on the engine by the hardtop's motorized system.
3. Pillar-less hardtop-Unlike retractable and removable hardtops, the pillar-less hardtop is supported by the elements that can be found in the windshield and rear window. Its name was derived from its design, which didn't require a center pillar to stay rigid. A pillar-less hardtop needs a lot of reinforcement underneath to prevent shaking when the vehicle is running. Since the frame of a pillar-less hardtop is reinforced by more materials, it's actually more rigid compared to detachable hardtops.