When you use your truck on the job, nothing takes a beating more than the bed. The equipment and materials you haul wear it down and decrease the life of your truck. If you use your vehicle at a job site, consider these four advantages of installing a bed liner on your work truck.
1. Give the Bed a Non-Slip Surface
One problem you have probably encountered multiple times is a slippery truck bed. While traveling down the road, your equipment and materials shift as you go around a sharp turn.
This movement causes possible damage to what you are hauling. It also increases the risk of having materials fly out and hit another vehicle on the road.
Another problem with a slippery surface is you might slide while unloading your haul. If you fall on sharp tools or fall out of the truck, you risk serious injury.
However, when you have a bed liner in your truck bed, it gives you a non-slip surface on which to work. The rough surface also grips your equipment, keeping it from moving around while your truck is in motion
2. Protect Your Work Truck from Impact
An unprotected truck bed sustains a lot of damage while you are on the job site. Whether your tools fall or concrete and rocks are loaded into bed, the metal ends up with dents and scratches.
Eventually, the constant impact can weaken the metal of your truck's bed. Over time, holes will form and increase the deterioration of your truck. And if there are multiple holes in your truck, the vehicle becomes worthless at work.
If you have a bed liner installed, you can avoid this damage. The liner is crafted from hard, resilient materials that absorb the impact. This layer of protection keeps your truck's bed intact, so it maintains its usefulness to you at work.
3. Prevent Paint Erosion Caused by Chemicals Spillage
Another problem with an unprotected bed on a work truck is paint erosion. Whether you carry gas jugs, oil containers, or buckets of grease, these chemicals will inevitably spill out of their containers when you hit a bump or drive on a winding road.
When this spillage lands on your truck bed, the chemicals start to eat away at the paint. Eventually, the paint is stripped away and leaves only bare metal. The metal then starts to oxidize and rust, leaving holes and weak spots in the bed.
If you have a liner installed, however, the chemicals never reach the paint. The liner acts as a shield that is impervious to the action of the liquids. Because the liner does not absorb the chemicals, you can also clean spills up easily without damage to your paint.
4. Decrease Vibrations Made by Equipment
If part of your job uses equipment that you must bolt to your truck bed, such as a compressor, the vibrations created by the machine shake the very foundation of your vehicle. The bolts and nuts in the truck's undercarriage become loose over time.
As the vibrations continue, the bolts can become so loose that they fall out. If you are driving down the road, a missing bolt could cause an accident if the axle or tire rod drops out.
Fortunately, the vibrations are muted, when you have a bed liner on your truck bed. The liner acts as a shock absorber that takes the stress of the vibrations off of your truck.
After reading about the benefits of having a bed liner, you may be ready to find out how to take advantage of this protective accessory. Contact or drop by M & M Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, to discuss your options for finding a liner that best serves your needs.