There are so many options for tonneau covers on the market that it can be a little confusing when you are a first time buyer. Most covers you purchase will provide adequate protection but you should be careful about making a purchase so that you choose a cover that suits your Ute better.
There are many designs you can find for tonneau covers. You can even match the color of the tonneau cover to your Ute. This is usually an option that comes with hard covers. And you will also be able to mound the cover to the size and shape of the tray or tub of your Ute giving you a high level of customization. For many Utes that don’t really carry large loads, a hard top cover is a good choice.
This also tends to be more secure than a soft cover and can last a longer time. Due to these benefits, hard covers often tend to be more expensive. But there are advantages to purchasing soft tonneau covers as well. There is no such thing as a drop in appearance when you are using a soft cover. There are many modern covers that elevate the look of your Ute.
There are also different types of soft covers when it comes to installation method. There are clip on soft covers that are easy to install. All you need is a rail to fix this. Some Utes tend to have factory fitted rails to accommodate this. Then there are no drill attachment covers that are a good option if you don’t want to make any permanent changes to the vehicle. The materials have a lot of variety as well such as options that don’t fade quickly or fabrics that are shrink resistant.
Consider the ease of installation and removal when it comes to choosing a cover. Think of the opening options that are available to you and how you can steal your cargo more carefully. Some of the opening options you will see on the market are retractable lids, folding covers, rolling or hinged covers. Consider the warranty offered by the manufacturer as well. You can find certain brands that offer lifetime warranty which can be a great choice.
You have to think about the usage when selecting a hard or soft cover. What are your priorities? If your main concern is security, then a hard tonneau cover is the way to go. You can find options such as aluminum and fiberglass lids for these. Your cargo will be protected and you can have multiple integrated locking points to further keep your cargo safe.
But if you tend to haul oversized loads frequently, it is difficult to remove a hard cover. So a soft cover that can be rolled up is a better option in this case. You can access your cargo more easily. And there are options you can explore when it comes to security such as tailgate locks. You can also look for covers that come with UV resistant finishes so that the appearance of the cover doesn’t change.