How to Choose The Best Tonneau Cover for Your Truck

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As a truck owner, we know that you’ll do whatever takes to protect your truck from top to bottom. Whether you use your truck as a daily driver, work truck or as an off-road getaway rig, equipping your truck with reliable, durable protection gear is what LINE-X of South Tampa excels at. By providing a full line of truck accessories designed to elevate the performance of your truck, from tonneau covers, step bars, front and rear bumpers, fender flares to wheels and tires, we are able to offer unparalleled protection that looks good and works as hard as you do.

If you are searching for powerful protection accessories for your truck in south Tampa, contact us today. We sell and install all of our products and want to help your truck perform and look it’s best at all times.

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Choosing a Tonneau Cover for Your Truck

When it comes to protecting your truck, there are a few truck accessories that are considered “basic” assets to defend against wear and tear, weather, and even thieves. One of these basic accessories is a tonneau cover. Tonneau covers are designed to cover the bed of a pickup truck and can be utilized for various reasons. People will often use tonneau covers for hauling cargo and to ensure that all their “stuff” in the back of the truck is kept dry and safe from the elements as well as, potential thieves. An additional aspect of tonneau covers is that they add personal style and increase the value of your truck while improving gas mileage.

There are a variety of different types of tonneau covers that you can choose from, some of the most popular being:

  • Folding Tonneau Covers
  • Rolling Tonneau Covers
  • Hinged Tonneau Covers
  • Retractable Tonneau Covers

Along with popular types of tonneau covers, there are also popular brands of tonneau covers such as BAKflip, DiamondBack, Extang, Roll-N-Lock, and LINE-X. We are the only DiamondBack retailer in Florida. Our south Tampa truck accessory store carries all of these brands of tonneau covers and will professionally install them for you.

Choosing to add a tonneau cover is one of the most advantageous upgrades you can do for your truck. However, choosing what type and brand of tonneau cover will be the most beneficial for you, can seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t have to be. The following guide will offer a basic overview of what you can expect from the types of tonneau covers, as well as specific brand features that can help narrow down your search in finding the right tonneau cover for your truck in south Tampa.

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Types of Tonneau Covers


Folding Tonneau Covers

Folding covers can be made of either soft or hard material panels that have been separated into sections (usually 2 or 3) that make it easy to fold the cover open and close for easy access.  Folding covers are a great option for people on a smaller budget and if you plan on hauling larger items in the back of your truck.

Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

Roll-up or rolling covers are also a fantastic choice for people looking to save money, but who still want the protection for their cargo and from the elements that only a quality south Tampa tonneau cover can provide. However, the protection these covers provide from thieves is minimal, but if you don’t have to worry about that, this is a non-issue. Rolling covers are usually made from a soft material, most commonly tarps that are water resistant and offer easy accessibility to the bed of your truck.

Hinged Tonneau Covers

Hinged covers are the perfect addition to your truck if you’re looking to upgrade the look of your truck and want additional protection from thieves. Hinged tonneau covers work great if you often carry precious cargo like expensive tools and other materials in the bed of your truck that thieves may be looking for. Most hinged covers come with a lock for additional security. Hinged covers are not the greatest option if you need constant access to your truck bed. Additionally, you may not be able to load larger items with the cover on.

Retractable Tonneau Covers

These covers provide extra security to your truck bed while remaining one of the easiest models of tonneau covers to use. Retractable covers are often made from a hard material that is UV resistant, waterproof and usually scratch resistant. Covers can be opened by a cable system or even by remote from some manufacturers.

Tonneau Cover Brands We Carry


Some of the most popular brands we carry from DiamondBack to LINE-X are known for specific attributes and features. Contact LINE-X of South Tampa for more information about which brand they types of tonneau covers offered by that specific brand will be the best fit for you.


You can expect BAKflip to provide your truck bed with heavy duty Hard Folding, Retractable, and Rolling tonneau covers, as well as the revolutionary Rack Integrated tonneau cover series. The rails on the rack can be slid back and forth for maximum utility. Standard features for BAKflip’s tonneau covers include dent/ding and UV resistant material. Depending on your preference these tonneau covers can come in either a high gloss finish or a durable matte finish. All tonneau covers come with at least a 2-year warranty.

Extang Truck Bed Covers

If you’re in the market for either a rolling or folding tonneau cover, Extang is the brand for you. Providing customers with easy access and durable folding and rolling tonneau covers, Extang also invented the “no drill” tonneau cover over 25 years. Today, this company still continues to provide innovative design and functionality to an otherwise simple bed cover.


Tonneau covers are designed to be tough against to stand against the elements, many hard tonneau covers are strong, but only one is strong enough that you can park your ATV on it. DiamondBack tonneau covers offer the most rugged and secure cover available today. As Florida’s only retailer of this heavy duty, juggernaut of a tonneau cover, we are more than happy to give our customers details on pricing, installation, and the models of these covers that we carry. You can find more information about our line of DiamondBack tonneau covers, here.


Apart from bed liners, LINE-X also specializes in the construction of durable tonneau covers including folding, roll-up, and retractable tonneau covers through their Truck Gear Line. These tonneau covers are made in the USA and offer a Lifetime End-to-End warranty. Just like the bed liners, the quality of LINE-X Truck Gear tonneau covers is unsurpassed and was made for those who like to work just as hard as they play.

You can find more information about all of our products including our tonneau covers by visiting our website or contacting us. We will provide you with expert information regarding what type of tonneau cover makes the most sense for you, alongside product and installation pricing.


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