If you’ve owned your truck for even a short period of time you know how quickly the bed of a truck can develop scratches, dents, and other damage from the elements, along with hauling any type of cargo. Due to the ease in which truck beds manifest damage, many truck owners buy some sort of protection for their truck bed, either in the form of a bedliner or bed mat. Since all truck bed protection accessories are designed with a durable surface created to protect and dissuade cargo from moving, choosing between a bedliner and a bed mat can sometimes be confusing.
Below, you’ll find relevant information regarding bed mats and bedliners and the advantages and disadvantages that each offer.
Truck Bed Mats
Truck bed mats can be defined as mats that are designed to fit in the bed of your truck constructed from material such as plastic, rubber or carpet. Well executed truck bed mats can offer long lasting protection from the elements and help to reduce cargo from shifting around. Additionally, truck bed mats are easy to clean as they can be removed relatively easily. Generally speaking, since truck bed mats were only created to protect the bed and not the sides of the truck bed, mats are usually more affordable than their truck bedliner counterparts. The simple design of a truck bed mat makes for a hassle-free installation and removal process. No matter the make or model of your truck you can have a truck bed mat customized to fit the specific dimensions of your truck.
Truck bedliners are becoming more and more popular as people are beginning to see the numerous benefits of a bedliner. For truck bedliners, you have a couple different options; spray-on bedliner or a drop-in bedliner. Each of these bedliners has its own set of pros and cons as you’ll soon find out.
Spray-on bedliners are becoming more popular with the off-roading community, as many truck drivers are seeing the numerous benefits that a spray-on bedliner can offer. One of the biggest reasons for so many choosing to have a spray-on bedliner as opposed to the other options available, is because it is able to protect the bed of the truck while still maintaining and preserving the contours of the truck. Spray-on bedliners are also ridiculously effective in preventing scratches from cargo, oil and other chemical spills, along with elemental damage from harming the metal of the truck. Plus, unlike any other type of bedliner, you never have to worry about rust or water damage impacting the bed of your truck. The only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price. However, many people are willing to spend a little extra upfront if it means higher quality protection and value retention for their truck.
Just like spray in bedliners, drop-in bedliners offer a truck bed full protection, including the bottom all three sides and usually the tailgate. Drop-in bedliners are typically made with plastic or a thermoplastic/rubber composite blend. These type of bedliners are fitted for specific makes and models. Drop-in bedliners can be drilled in place or installed via adhesive strips, depending on you preference and where you get your bedliner. The main disadvantage with these types of bedliners, as well as mat bedliners is the potential to succumb to water damage, especially if not installed properly. Like truck bed mats, drop-in bedliners are fairly easy to remove.
Knowing the various advantages and disadvantages of each type of liner, can assist you in making the right decision for your needs. Ask yourself the following questions to determine which of these bedliners is the best choice for you.
- How big is your bedliner budget? Are you on a tight budget?
- Are you planning on selling your truck in the future?
- Do you care if your truck bed gets damage from cargo, chemicals, or the elements?
- Do you need your entire truck protected or just the bottom?
Ordinarily, if you are working with a tight budget and aren’t too concerned about the sides of your truck bed, a truck bed mat is the best route to go. Although, if you don’t mind making an investment up front, you will reap the rewards of an actual bedliner. Spray-on and drop-in bedliners are in about the same price range, so the decision to get a spray-on or drop-in bedliner is usually based on personal preference. Do keep in mind though, if you go with the drop-in bedliner, you do run the risk of potential water damage, rust, and corrosion developing underneath the bedliner, as more often than not they lack a watertight seal.
Why a Quality Spray-On Bedliner is Worth Every Penny
Knowing that the only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price, let’s explore why it does demand such a higher price than the alternative truck bed mat. Spray-on bedliners are:
- Tough and Durable – If we’re talking LINE-X spray-on bedliners (which we are). You’ll be equipping your truck bed with a higher tensile strength that the competition just can’t match. This means you’ll have unsurpassed protections against gouges, rips and tears.
- No Lost Cargo Space – With no cargo space lost, camper shells, 5th wheel hitches, tie downs, utility boxes, bed lids, etc. still have an excellent fit since LINE-X precisely molds to the contours and design of your truck bed.
- Sound Dampening and Impact Absorbing – Less road noise? No rattle? Yes, please! Spray-on bedliners offer a sweetly quiet ride compared to an unprotected or even drop-in bedliner protected truck bed. Spray-on bedliners from LINE-X can also protect cargo from shifting about thanks to the optimum thickness and texture impact-absorbing surface provided by the bedliner.
- Permanent Bond – Spray-on bedliners permanently bond to your truck bed leaving you with a factory-eque finish that contours around every angle and curve to preserve your precious cargo space all the while creating a watertight seal.
- Value Added – Professionally applied LINE-X Spray-On bedliner contains durable polymers that were engineered to withstand years of heavy duty hauling in the scorching heat or the frigid cold. An added bonus to these bedliners is that they add value to your truck , along with its resale value at trade-in time.
To find out more information about how to get your truck fitted with a top of the line spray-on bedliner from LINE-X contact us today. We’ll discuss what options are best for you rig and get the liner installed for you in no time at all.