Rust Free Truck Beds
Rust free truck beds are essential when you own a truck. Continue reading to learn all the benefits of owning a rust free truck bed. B&M Auto Sales & Parts carries a wide variety of truck parts including aluminum, rust free truck beds. Search for your part online using our efficient parts locator and, if you can’t find the part you need contact us today and we’ll find it for you.
Benefits of Rusk Free Truck Beds
Truck beds have historically been made of steel only because it was the only metal available at that time. Aluminum truck beds were introduced in 2000 and have been increasing in popularity ever since. Aluminum truck beds offer many benefits over steel, which has resulted in aluminum’s higher corrosion resistance and lighter weight features.
Aluminum is naturally resistant to corrosion without any special manufacturing process. Even with costly measures like stainless steel and galvanization, steel will unfortunately always be more susceptible to rust than aluminum. While a manufacturer can increase steel’s rust resistance by adding chromium this will increase the cost. Stainless steel is also weaker than other steel alloys which can be a significant disadvantage in loadbearing applications like truck beds have.
Galvanization is another measure manufacturers may use to protect steel truck beds. The surface of the bed is coated with a layer of zinc, which is highly resistant to rust. This process also increases the cost of the bed and becomes ineffective once the galvanic layer wears off.
Aluminum Trucks Beds are Lower Maintenance
Aluminum’s natural corrosion resistance results in lower maintenance requirements. In comparison steel truck beds should be inspected regularly for signs of rust to ensure proper maintenance can be performed. Any scratches in the paint must be touched up promptly before the exposed steel begins to rust.
Galvanized steel beds require re-galvanization. Repairing a galvanized steel bed also requires additional steps for which aluminum beds do not need.
Aluminum Truck Beds offer a Higher Resale Value
Aluminum beds also have a better resale value due to their incomparable corrosion resistant features. When considering a steel bed, truck owners should know the risk of rusting and the safety hazard it presents.
By comparison, an aluminum bed can retain its appearance for decades with minimal effort and typically have longer warranties than steel beds due to their lasting durability. Aluminum's higher corrosion resistance typically means aluminum beds have a longer lifespan than steel.
While aluminum is significantly lighter than steel it’s generally not as strong. Due to its lighter weight, aluminum beds must be thicker than steel beds to achieve the same strength. Aluminum beds are often made of 6063 aluminum which is found to be 10 to 15 percent lighter than a steel bed of similar strength.
Aluminum's lighter weight does have its advantages which is more significant as the size of the truck bed increases. One example would be to compare a 4,000 pound commercial steel truck bed with an equivalent aluminum bed. The aluminum truck bed would weigh up to 600 pounds less, thus increasing the truck’s payload by 600 pounds.
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