Tonneau Covers: Protection, Aerodynamics, & Character
So you’re in the market for a tonneau cover? You’ve come to the right place. Here at Midwest Aftermarket we stock all major brands and styles: from Roll Up Soft Truck Bed Covers to Tri-Fold Hard Pickup Bed Covers. But with so many styles to choose from, how do you pick the right bed cover for your truck? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered--pun intended!
The Purpose of the Tonneau Cover
Many consumers think the primary reason to get a truck bed cover is to protect heavy duty tools, expensive equipment, collectible life-size Harry Potter memorabilia, or whatever it is you typically haul around in the back of your own pickup--no judgements here. And certainly these products do offer protection both from prying eyes (and hands) of potential thieves as well as the elements--rain, snow, even sun damage. You also won’t have to fear anything flying out the back of your pickup when you're cruising down a country road well within the legal speed limit, hittin’ hills like they’re off-road ramps. Good times. Good times.
Additionally, a little known function of pickup bed covers is that they cut down on wind resistance and drag, hence making your truck more aerodynamic. Trying to talk the wife or girlfriend into why you need this super sweet metal retractable tonneau cover or a top-of-the-line full tilt bed lid? Try telling her that your new tonneau cover is going to add .5 to 1.35 miles per gallon to your fuel economy. In other words, you’ll make back your investment over time, saving a little cash every time you take your pickup for a spin. Couldn’t hurt, right?
Selecting the Right Cover
Choosing the right cover for your pickup will depend on how you use your truck. All our tonneau covers offer protection and cut down on drag. So the question is: which is right for you? Consider what the primary reason for your cover is and what level of peace of mind and security you want. Also, how often do you need full access to the entire length of your truck bed?
Hard or Soft?
Generally, a soft cover will cost a bit less with the tradeoff of less security. Hard covers are harder to break into and more durable but tend to cost a little more. Concerned about someone breaking into your truck bed: hard is probably the way to go. More worried about shelter from the elements: a soft cover may provide more than enough protection.
To Retract or to Roll Up?
While it would be an oversimplification to say a retractable is a hard cover while a roll up is a soft cover, that is typically the case. Both styles offer easy access to your full pickup bed and can be rolled up or retracted nearly completely so you can haul items too big to store below the cover. A third and highly popular style is the folding cover (sometimes called bi-fold or tri-folding, as they are often divided into two or three sections). These are a cross between the two in a sense, providing a hard frame covered by vinyl or canvas. Some customers prefer these hybrids since they provide some added security while offering ease of access and the flexibility of partial coverage when you need to protect something at the front of the bed from the elements, but need the back end open to haul something larger.
Want to Put a Lid on it?
If you rarely haul anything that won’t lay flat below the top of your truck bed, a bed lid may be perfect for you. Bed Lids are typically all one piece and some models come with hinges that allow the lid to easily be raised at an angle so you can quickly access items stored closer to the cab. Soft bed lids can often be installed/removed by a single person, while hard lids may require a helper but offer superior protection. Some truck bed lids can even be painted to match the color of your vehicle.
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Ready to Order!
Midwest Aftermarket is the best place to buy tonneau covers, offering free shipping in the U.S., a 30-day money back guarantee, and a wide variety of styles and top-of-the-line brands. Whether you are looking for a hard or soft cover, a retractable tonneau cover or a solid one-piece bed lid, we’ve got the products you need. Pickup bed covers add character to your truck, provide added security, and cut down on fuel consumption. What are you waiting for?! Order your brand new tonneau cover today!