Why You Need a Tonneau Cover
A lot of pickup truck owners think that a cargo bed is designed that way because it's supposed to be exposed. Well it's not-when not in use. The possibility of getting it quickly rusted depends on how often you travel with the bed uncovered especially when you don't have anything to put there. That's why you need to accessorize it with the right kind of tonneau cover. Otherwise, you'd eventually be disappointed by how quickly a cargo area turned into a bed of dust and rust. Aside from protection, this cover can also add a little bit of style. You can actually provide your ride that streamlined look without even spending a lot.
A Wise Pick
Now the big question is this: How do you choose the right tonneau cover for your vehicle? We are not talking about compatibility here-but durability. You see, there are a lot of brands out there that tell you the same value propositions, but only you can see if the tonneau cover is durable based on its product life. So everything still boils down to your shopping decision. If you don't want to feel bad about actually buying enticing words rather than the features, here are some of the things you MUST consider when buying a cover for your truck:
- Shrink resistance ? A plastic material shrinks under a high temperature, and because tonneau covers are usually made from vinyl or fiberglass (which are also plastic), make sure that it's built to endure excessive heat.
- Sturdiness ? There are different kinds of covers, which means that durability is based on what kind you're picking. If you're after maximum protection, you should choose a hard tonneau cover that's made from a sturdy fiberglass material. But if you prefer a quick access to your truck's bed, a soft roll-up cover will do; it's also one of the most economical options most stores can provide you.
- Design ? It might surprise you, but a cover's durability is also based on its design. Strapped for cash? You can settle for roll-up covers that can provide your ride the average protection it needs. Folding and hinged covers are usually the great picks-they're designed for both functionality and durability. On the down side, access into the cargo area might need a little lifting if you're using a folding or hinged accessory, which is quite different when you're using a roll-up tonneau cover.
Your money's worth depends on how much you know about the product you're buying. So before you order a cover for your pickup truck, make sure you know what features you're looking for. Or else, you'll end up frustrated about picking the wrong product-it's a lot worse than getting ripped off.