Truck bed mats are one of the most affordable things that owners can buy for their baby. Although they don’t cost as much as many other items, these protective devices actually provide a valuable service for the owner. There are at least 5 separate ways that a mat which doesn’t cost very much actually has real value.
A bed mat can be made of many different materials including rubber, and these help to prevent dents. It is actually a composite blend of many substances, so calling it rubber is really a misnomer. There are cords capture within the mat itself. This makes is almost impervious to tearing and extremely hard to cause any type of damage to. It not only protects the bed of the truck but can act as a second shock absorber to protect against dents. It does this by effectively absorbing the blow and causing the impact to be spread out over a much large area, minimizing the likelihood that a dent will be created.
Since these mats are only designed to protect the bed itself, the wheel wells are vulnerable to this kind of calamity. Along with preventing dents, there are also the issue of scratches that typically are caused by any kind of loose material of sharp edges loaded into the truck. These are easily prevented with a mat bed liner since is will bear the brunt of this type of abuse. Of course this makes the liner itself get scuffed up, but since this can be easily replaced with a new one, it is a much more affordable alternative than a new truck bed. It also beats the spray-on coatings that have been offered as a way to protect the cargo area of a pick up truck. These can be easily fixed by re-spraying another layer of coating over the damaged area. But this is like paying for the service all over again, and since it is not cheap, could be thought of as a waste of money.
A lot of truck owners would prefer to get the spray liner put down first on their truck bed and then topped off by a cheaper rubber mat bed liner to take the abuse of cargo loads. In a great many cases, the rubber mat is almost as good as the day it was installed — even after several years. The rubber-composite is able to withstand a whole lot of abuse due to its special composition of materials.
Another overlooked benefit to having a truck mat is the effect that it has on cargo. A load placed into the bed of the truck is less likely to slide around in the cargo area, and the mat itself will not move out from underneath the payload. Both of these items can be virtually ignored as long as the truck is in transit to the destination. There is not even the need for any special fasteners or adhesive for this liner to stay in place by itself. It is heavy enough, with adequate friction to keep it in place without the need for any additional assistance. The beauty of this system is that it can be also removed quickly for cleaning out the truck bed. The great majority of these mats are able to take all kinds of abuse without any real damage done over their lifespan. Dents are non-existent due to the elastomeric nature of the material. Scratches become quickly repaired if they occur. And it is impossible to tear unless special tools are used. Even chemicals have hardly any effect on these mats Road grime and dirt can be easily hosed off without the need for removal from the truck bed.
It is most likely that truck owners will only need to purchase one of the models for their pickup over its lifetime. Finally they are very inexpensive. But they are not cheap in value or quality. They are probably the best investment a truck owner could make for his vehicle.