As a contractor, you need a truck that will haul just about anything. If your truck doubles as a personal vehicle too, you also want it to look nice. The best way to protect your truck when you constantly haul heavy equipment and things like sand or gravel, is to install a bed liner. Here's what you need to know.
Drop In Or Spray On
There are two types of truck bed liners: drop-in and spray-on. The drop-in liners are the least expensive and they come in a variety of styles. You can get a plastic or rubber drop-in liner. You can get one that covers the floor only or one that comes up the sides of the bed and over the lip. Drop-in liners are custom made to match the shape of your truck model exactly, so having one installed is as simple as dropping it into the back of your truck.
Spray-on bed liners are more difficult to install. Your truck bed has to be prepped first by sanding the paint off so the liner adheres well. When the bed is ready, the liner is sprayed on like spray paint and allowed to cure. A spray-on liner is permanent and must be repaired if stained or damaged, while a drop-in liner can be removed and replaced.
Which Liner To Choose
Consider how you use your truck when deciding what type of liner to buy. If you need to load in long pipes or other heavy items and slide them along the floor, then a drop-in liner is probably best. Its surface is slicker, so things slide across it more easily. If you're more concerned with hauling tools you don't want sliding all around the truck as you drive, then a spray-on liner is ideal. These have rough, textured surfaces that prevent sliding.
If you haul paint or chemicals, then a drop-in liner might be the best way to go because you can remove it if it gets badly stained and replace it for an affordable cost. That allows you to spruce up the look of your truck when you want to sell it. Spray liners are a little more difficult to repair, and you may not be able to get rid of some types of stains.
If you plan to let your truck sit for long periods of time in outdoor weather, you might run into problems with rain puddling underneath a drop-in liner. This could lead to rust in the truck bed. This problem is eliminated when you go with a spray-on liner since it adheres directly to the metal of your truck.
Any type of liner is better than no liner at all if you want to protect your truck from scratches, stains, and dents. Plus, a liner helps muffle noise and prevents things from rolling around as you drive. A liner can also protect what you're hauling by providing a soft rubber surface that prevents scratches on soft surfaces such as wood. A liner works much better than a mat or plywood, and it is well worth the investment, especially when you use your truck for hauling. To find out more, speak with a business like Jack's Bumpers.