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Weighing The Benefits Of Bed Rugs And Bed Mats
Bed rugs and bed mats are each suited to different purposes and use conditions. Bed mats are durable, easy to install, and prevent cargo from shifting. Bed rugs bear a soft carpet-like texture that can protect all the surfaces of your truck bed for years to come.
A wide variety of liner solutions are available for virtually any modern truck bed. The solution you choose can depend on a variety of factors, including how you use typically use your vehicle and what appearance or style you desire. A few characteristics are important for whatever protective material you choose and can be used to gauge the general quality of any given bed rug or bed mat.
It is important to ensure your liner fits securely and is mounted safely to prevent it from coming loose on the road or allowing moisture to damage painted body surfaces. Drop-in mats rely on friction against the wheel hubs and bed surfaces to remain in place. When properly fitted and securely mounted, either a bed rug or mat can extend the life of your truck's bed surfaces.
Chemical and wear resistance can be the two key defining measures that influence your truck bed liner decision. A wide variety of products from paint strippers, to grease or battery acid can be corrosive to polymers. The right polypropylene blend can be vital to withstand regular use including solvents or corrosive cargo. Given enough time, even water can penetrate lower quality materials and result in costly damage in the forms of rust and fungus.
One of the key differences between bed mat and bed rugs is what portions of your truck bed are protected. Bed mats typically fit around the wheel hubs and provide a carpet-like layer along the bottom of your truck bed to prevent scratches or sliding. Bed rugs often extend up both sides and cover both wheel hubs to offer addition protection in the event of sudden cargo shifting or for larger items.
Choosing the right truck bed liner can require taking into account several factors. The cargo you haul on a regular basis can be a good point to start. It is important to ensure your chosen liner will be able to withstand regular exposure to chemical or mechanical wear. The size and weight can be another deciding factor as bed mats do not typically protect the sides of your truck bed. Because they extend up both sides, bed rugs can have a great surface area to grip at high speed or around corners and may stay in place more easily than some bed mats.
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