Jack Labens works for Empire Covers, a leading provider of truck covers, Tonneau truck bed covers, and other car cover accessories. Empire Covers can be found online at: EmpireCovers.com or at their blog EmpireCovers-Blog.com .View all articles by Jack Labens
Before running out and buying the first cover you see, let us look into some things to consider before making your purchase.
Why Do I Even Need a Truck Cover?
As stated before there are several reasons for buying a truck cover. You need to ascertain your reason because different truck covers will serve different purposes. You will need to find a truck cover, which will satisfy your individual requirements
Take for example you make your living hauling cargo all over town. You will need a cover, which will protect your cargo from the weather and theft. If you are a camper, you will also need a cover, which will protect your equipment. For this, you will need to find a cover, which will fulfill either your storage, or camping needs, or both.
What Are You Carrying?
If you are carrying cargo which and fits just below your truck bed rails, then a simple aluminum cover will work best for you. If you haul cargo on a regular basis, then you may want to consider a truck bed cover, which is retractable.
How much security do you really need?
All truck bed covers have some form of locking mechanism. However, before running out and buying the first truck bed cover you see, consider answering the question, how much security do I need? If you are in the habit of carrying expensive cargo, then a better option would be for be for you to invest in a fiberglass cover. This type of cover will cover the entire bed of the truck, and no will be able to look at your cargo.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a soft-top truck cover will not give you much security. These types of truck bed covers can be opened with any sharp edged instrument.
How’s the weather where you live?
For most weather conditions, foldable soft truck bed covers are fine. These types of covers are made out of vinyl or canvas and will give your truck bed protection from the elements. If where you live happen to be a harsh part of the country where the weather is not so forgiving, then a soft truck bed cover is not an option. For these types of weather conditions, a hard topper would be the best investment.
Are you looking for something fancy of simple?
If you are the type who does feel the need to be stylish, then a vinyl or canvas soft truck bed cover is the best choice for you. For a hard truck bed cover, aluminum would do just fine. Now, if you were looking for a way to classy up your truck, then a fiberglass cover would be what you should consider.
What’s your budget like?
For those on a somewhat high spending budget, then a fiberglass or plastic truck bed cover would be best. If your funds are somewhat limited, then consider purchasing a canvas or vinyl truck bed cover.
Remember that soft covers are not as reliable as a hard cover. The starting cost of a hard cover bed is expensive, but they will save you money in the end. Extang Tonneau covers are a great choice. They will provide the protect you need from theft and the elements.