Which Bed Liner Is Right For You? Pros And Cons Of Each

2 August 2017
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Whether you are a new truck owner or you've owned trucks your whole life, you probably already know the importance of a good, quality truck bed liner. There are a few different kinds to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget. Here are the most popular types and their pros and cons so you can decide which type is best for you.

  1. Carpets/Rugs: This is by far the cheapest option you can choose. Some of the pros of carpets and rugs are that they protect the bed from scratches, they won't peel on you, there are no harsh chemicals, and they absorb a good amount of shock, preventing dents in the bed. The cons of carpets and rugs are that they do nothing to prevent dents in the tailgate or front wall, there is no warranty, only some kinds prevent items from sliding around, and they can't be used on commercial trucks.
  2. Drop-in Liners: This option is cheaper and easier than the other options. They are simply draped into the liner and bolted into place. Pros include how easy they are to install, they protect the entire bed (depending on the option you buy), and items slide across them easily making loading and unloading easy. The cons of drop-in liners include how easily things slide around when you're moving, they hide tie-downs, and they can allow water between the bed and the liner, causing rust.
  3. Spray-On Liners: This option can be done either by a professional or on your own with a spray-on liner kit. They are more expensive than the other options but also have many benefits. The pros of spray-on liners are that they provide complete access to tie downs, they are environmentally safe, they are skid resistant, providing great traction, they won't break or fall out, they are tough, and they are easy to repair. The cons are that they don't absorb shock, they don't protect from dents, and they can get scratched up from heavier items, which can put holes in the liner.

Whether you use your truck for commercial purposes or personal use, a good bed liner is vital. Whatever your budget or needs, there is a liner for you. Carpets/rugs, drop-in liners, and spray-on liners are all good options with their own pros and cons. Have one installed today so you can continue to enjoy your truck to the fullest for years to come. For more information, talk to a company like Leer Truck Accessory Center.