Mat or Liner: What’s the Best Way to Protect Your Pickup’s Bed?

Mat or Liner What’s the Best Way to Protect Your Pickup’s Bed

Whether you haul gravel daily or just occasionally help a friend move, your pickup’s bed is susceptible to scratches and dents. There are plenty of products out there designed to protect your bed. Among them are mats and spray-in liners. Here are some things to consider when deciding which is right for you.

Bed Mats – Commonly made from rubber or polypropylene (which resembles carpet), bed mats are one of the original forms of bed protection. As the name implies, the product is a mat that covers the floor of a pickup’s bed. Mats are effective at protecting the area they cover and keeping cargo from sliding. However, they leave the bed walls and wheel wells vulnerable to damage. That’s why mats are often recommended for users who do less frequent, lighter duty hauling. Tailgate mats also are available.

Spray-in Bed Liner – Known for their ruggedness and durability, spray-in liners offer protection from damage that can result from hauling large equipment and heavy material, such as gravel, rock and sand. Unlike a bed mat, a spray-in liner protects the sides of the truck bed, as well as the wheel wells. Different textures are available, depending on the primary use of the truck. Spray-in liners are permanent.

When choosing protection for your truck’s bed, consider how you use your truck and how much you want to spend. Bed mats, for instance, are far more economical than spray-in liners. Visit this website for more information on truck spray liners in San Diego.

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