Aluminum Vs. Fiberglass Truck Caps

Which Truck Cap is Better for You?

So you've decided that you need a truck cap. Probably because you want to protect your truck bed and it's contents from the harsh conditions that mother nature throws at it. Or maybe you do a lot of camping and are looking to sleep under your cap. What ever your reason for purchasing a truck cap is, now you only have one question left to answer. Is an aluminum truck cap or a fiberglass truck cap better for me?

Well don't worry because EZ Wheeler has the answer to your question.

In today's post we will be comparing and contrasting fiberglass and aluminum truck caps so that you can make an informed decision when deciding which type of cap to purchase.


Aluminum Truck Caps

Aluminum truck caps are great because the are extremely light weight.  The lighter weight of an aluminum truck cap will put significantly less stress on your trucks suspension.  The truck cap will also be much easier to install and remove, because its light weight.  So if you are a person that needs to frequently take his truck cap on and off then you might want to go with an aluminum truck cap.  Aluminum truck caps are also a lot cheaper than a fiberglass truck cap.  So if you are on a tight budget then an aluminum truck cap is the truck cap for you.  

All of these things make an aluminum truck seem like the superior truck cap, but they do have some disadvantages.  

Aluminum truck caps are not insulated as well as fiberglass caps.  This only really becomes a problem if you plan on doing a lot of camping with your truck cap.  Another thing a lot of people don't like about aluminum caps is the lack of color options.  Most aluminum caps only come in black, white, or silver.  This may be just a cosmetic issue but a lot of people prefer their truck caps to match their truck. 

Fiberglass Truck

Fiberglass truck caps seem to be the more popular type of truck cap these days.  People like these because of all the customizable options.  There are a ton of different options available from most cap manufactures.  Things like windows, doors, tool boxes, lights, fishing rod holders make it so you can get a cap that is perfectly suited for your needs.  Another great thing about fiberglass truck caps is when you order one it is custom fit to your truck.  Meaning it is going to fit like a glove, and look great.  Speaking of looking great, fiberglass caps are painted to match your truck using your trucks color code.  So you are going to have a cap that matches your truck perfectly.  

Fiberglass truck caps are great, and easily our favorite type of cap, but you guessed it, it's time for for the disadvantages of fiberglass trucks. 

To be honest there aren't a lot of disadvantages to fiberglass truck caps, but a few do come to mind.  The first one that comes to mind is the weight.  Fiberglass truck caps are pretty heavy.  This means that when you put it on it's probably gonna stay on for a while, because you'll need a couple buddies to help you take it off and move it around.  The other disadvantage, and this can be a big one for some people, is the price.  A fiberglass cap is going to cost a little bit more than an aluminum cap.  So if you are on a tight budget then this might not be the cap for you.  

Which Cap Should I Go With?

If you are looking for our professional opinion, we would recommend a fiber glass truck cap, but which cap you go with is pretty much dependent on what your needs are.  If you are just looking for a cheap option to cover your bed and protect your gear, then you'll probably be better off with an aluminum truck cap.  If you are going to need to be frequently removing and installing your cap then the light weight of an aluminum truck cap is going to be much better.  If you have some extra coin, and are looking for something that looks as great as it is functional then you're gonna want a fiberglass cap.  All the options available with a fiberglass cap make it extremely customizable, so if that is something you are looking for then go with fiberglass.  

Whether you are looking for an aluminum or fiberglass truck cap EZ Wheeler has what you need.  We have two locations one in Fort Wayne, IN and one in Lima, OH. Stop by today and we'd be happy to answer any questions you have!


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