If you're looking for a truck bed cover, you've probably noticed that they come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. Because of this, it's important that you explore all your options before deciding on a purchase. Here are a few of the more common materials as well as a quick comparison of their benefits.
Spray-On Beds While a spray-on bed liner is obviously the preferred option, it's still important to investigate the others out there. That way, you get the full picture regarding the realm of truck bed liners, especially when it comes to corrosion and rust. There are a number of different kinds out there, including drop-in and spray-over bed covers. Drop-in linings are a terrific way to protect your cargo from corrosion, rust, or any other damage; however, they're not always the best choice for truck owners who want to protect their cargo in all the right places.
Mats, In contrast, mats for truck bed liners are designed to be installed permanently. They're also much easier to use, clean, and install, especially when compared to some other solutions. Mats are often made with a polypropylene material that's woven into a pattern that covers both the bed itself and any surrounding areas.
Roll-Off Liners With roll-off bed liners, you basically just pull them off the truck bed. You can then access the bed itself without having to worry about any hooks or latches. These liners work great if you don't want the truck bed liner to be in plain view. The liners roll down and out of the way when you pull the cover off.
Spray-On Bed Mats Another option for protecting cargo from rusting is to purchase truck bed liners that come in spray forms. Spray-on bed mats are the simplest form of Bedliner, and they have the advantage of being easy to apply. These mats simply lay on top of the bed and spread over the entire surface. Like roll-off liners, they're designed to be removed easily after use. These are typically less expensive options as well, and they tend to perform better than roll-off liners, particularly in terms of lasting.
Rubber Bed Mats Rubber truck bed liners provide the most durable protection for your cargo. The biggest drawback to rubber is that these mats are quite thick and thus difficult to install. They also require special truck bed rails to support the rubber. Though it's thick and durable, many rubber linings wear down and crack over time.
Scratches and Dents No matter how carefully you look over a truck bed, there will be at least a couple of areas that will start to dent and scratch over time. Smooth surfaces, such as those where the bed liner comes in contact with the bed rails, are some of the most vulnerable. The same goes for rough or irregular surfaces, such as those that get dragged along the road. Any imperfection in the surface can lead to small but potentially expensive dents and scratches, especially if the area gets bumped or scratches while driving.
Roll-Off Liners Though the advantages of spray-ons seem clear, truck owners who prefer to go the roll-off route have their reasons as well. These liners are made of an easy-to-remove plastic film, and they do not need to worry about adhesives or metal cutting tools because they are firmly fitted to the bed rails. The downside, however, is that the film can become wet or sticky over time and cause small punctures and dents. If something gets stuck, truck owners simply spray off the offending item and clean up the puncture or dent.