How to Pick the Right Tonneau Cover for your Truck

Tonneau covers can be an incredibly helpful truck accessory, but how do you know which one is right for you? We can help you determine which tonneau cover matches your needs. Just ask yourself these few simple questions:

Does it snow where I live?

Even though snow seems soft and lovely when it’s falling, it can quickly amount to a large weight load. If it snows pretty regularly every winter where you live, then you’re going to want a tonneau cover that can stand up to the weight of that snow fall. Your best bet will probably be a hard tonneau cover, which can handle up to 300 pounds of evenly distributed weight, as opposed to soft tonneau covers, which cap out around 200 pounds.

Is the weather generally mild?

While all tonneau covers are built to be weatherproof, it’s still better to take extra precautions if you know you’re going to be dealing with a lot of rain. Hard and retractable tonneau covers are basically impervious to water, so they will make sure that your cargo doesn’t suffer any water damage. Soft tonneau covers will also protect your cargo, but they are better suited to environments that stay sunny most of the year.

How much access do I need to my truck bed?

A hard tonneau cover can hinder access to the part of the truck bed closest to the cab. However, this isn’t really a problem if you’re planning on storing minimal amount of cargo and keeping it close to the back of the truck; then you don’t need to worry as much about having full access. If, however, you are planning to use your truck bed to its full capacity, it’s best to go with a retractable, roll up, or folding tonneau cover. All of these offer full, easy access to the bed of the truck.

How worried am I about theft?

All tonneau covers come equipped with hidden, heavy-duty locks but if you’re regularly going somewhere that makes you uncertain about the security of your vehicle, you’ll want the most protection possible. Hard tonneau covers are going to provide the most heavy duty protection for your truck. If, however, you feel pretty secure and aren’t planning on traveling anywhere too sketchy, a soft tonneau cover should be more than sufficient.

After determining your answers to these questions, it should be simple to tell which type of tonneau cover will work best for your individual situation.

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