Bed covers are one of the most popular items here at Tip Top Customs. It is very easy to see the appeal of a bed cover once you have owned one. Bed covers make the bed of your truck much more useful as they protect your cargo from the elements, and they keep your cargo safe and secure. Let’s explore the different kinds of bed covers and their unique advantages.
Soft Bed Covers
Soft bed covers have been popular for decades as they are an inexpensive way to get your bed some protection. The most popular types are the roll up style and the folding design.
The roll up style is just as the name implies, when you want to access your bed you simply start rolling it up towards the cab. If you need to access the whole bed, it can be stored rolled up against the cab.
In recent years as the folding hard covers have become more popular, the soft bed covers have become available in a hinged, folding design that uses a frame to support it. You can hinge it up from the front and rear of the bed for easy access.
If you are a fan of the one piece hard covers but need to save some money, there are even one piece soft covers designed to open up just like the solid covers. The main advantage of the soft cover is the price. They offer reasonable protection from the elements and will keep honest people out of your bed. As the cover is made of vinyl, if a person wants to see what is under the cover it can be sliced open with a razor blade. The soft covers are also attractive looking to many people as the cover material adds a classy dimension to your truck.
Hard Bed Covers
Hard bed covers have become the driving force in bed protection for several years now. Once people figured out that a hard bed cover did a great job at keeping out the elements and made the bed very secure, the sales starting taking off. In the early days of bed covers, the hard units were one piece fiberglass and very bulky. The style has evolved and now there are three different types of hard bed covers.
One piece hard covers covers can be made in a composite design that weighs significantly less than fiberglass yet is still very secure. If you are looking for the maximum security and maximum protection from the elements, this style cover may be for you. The drawback is they open from the rear and make access to the front of the bed difficult. And if you need to remove the cover for the whole bed access, you still have to remove and store a cover that weighs sixty to eighty pounds and is the size of your whole bed.
Roll up style hard covers are a popular option if you want good weather protection but need faster access to more of your bed. They come in two different styles. One style allows the bed cover to roll up on the top of the bed against the cab, similar to the soft covers. Roll up covers offer greatly enhanced security over the soft covers and are easy to open and close. Their only drawback is space they take up when rolled up against the cab. The other style of rolling cover is the canister style. Mounted right behind the cab is a canister that sits down into the bed six to ten inches and holds the cover when you roll it up. This is probably the easiest cover to open and close if you need whole bed access quickly. They also do a great job protecting cargo from the elements. You just have to decide if you are OK with space they use when rolled up. These are also the most expensive covers as they are the most complex designs.
Folding hard covers may be the best solution for you if you are looking for the best overall cover for ease of access and value. These covers typically have three panels that hinge up to give you easy bed access. They do a good job of protecting your cargo and a good job of offering protection from the elements. Some of the covers can hinge from either end of the bed, and some of the designs will even prop up against the rear window to give you full, unobstructed bed access.
Let Our Bed Cover Experts Help You Choose The Cover Best For Your Truck
As you can see from this article, there are many many different options for bed covers, and we didn’t even begin to approach the dozens of brands available. Here at Tip Top Customs our goal is to make your purchase as painless as possible, all the while getting you the best-valued product for your money. We have done all the research for you and invite you to stop by our facility with your truck. We will get to know you better and find out more about your unique needs. We will then offer to you what we feel will be your best solution. And of course Tip Top Customs offers our award winning installation on all of the products we sell. If you need to contact us beforehand or after hours feel free to contact us.