The Pros and Cons of Popular Tonneau Cover Styles

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Finding the perfect tonneau cover can be challenging, especially if you’re unsure which style best suits your needs. Fortunately, Canada Custom Autoworks is here to help! Next, we will walk you through our tonneau cover options and some of the pros and cons of each style. Keep reading to learn more about our inventory of tonneau covers!

Exploring Our Tonneau Cover Options

At Canada Custom Autoworks, we carry a variety of tonneau covers to suit every truck owner’s needs. Whether you’re hunting for a tonneau cover to protect your stuff during inclement weather or looking to improve your gas mileage by cutting down on air drag, we have you covered– literally!

Here are some of the options you can choose from at Canada Custom Autoworks:

  • Retractable Tonneau Covers
  • Hard Fold Tonneau Covers
  • Roll-Up Tonneau Covers
  • Soft Fold Tonneau Covers

If you need assistance finding the right tonneau cover for your truck, Canada Custom Autoworks’ fitment specialists are here to help! We can assist you in selecting the right style and size of tonneau cover for your vehicle. Just visit one of our 11 locations, and our team will gladly help you outfit your truck.

The Pros and Cons

When shopping for tonneau covers, it’s essential to know the advantages and disadvantages of the various styles. That way, you can decide which type of tonneau cover will suit you best. Below is a brief breakdown of each style’s pros and cons.

Hard Fold Tonneau Covers

Offering unmatched durability and security, Hard Fold tonneau covers are a great option as they provide fantastic protection against theft and weather while allowing you to access your truck bed.


  • Can be painted to match your truck’s body
  • Most clamp in and do not require any drilling
  • The hinge system makes them easy to open and close


  • Limited usage for loads that sit above truck bed rails
  • Typically requires two people to remove from the truck
  • Requires significant storage space when not in use

Soft Fold Tonneau Covers

Typically, the more budget-friendly option, Soft Fold tonneau covers, provides reliable protection while still being lightweight and simple to install.


  • Easy to remove when hauling large or tall cargo
  • Available in a wide variety of folding options to suit your access needs
  • Provides that classic vinyl tonneau cover look


  • Potential for vinyl to stretch, fade, or crack over time
  • Limited theft protection compared to other styles of tonneau covers
  • Some users consider the bow system and button snaps to be cumbersome

Retractable Tonneau Covers

This style of tonneau cover gives your truck a sleek and modern look. Similar to the Soft Fold options, Retractable tonneau covers are easy to use.


  • Offers versatile bed access options (fully uncovered, half covered, fully covered) with their retractable designs
  • Typically available in a variety of materials, such as hard plastic, vinyl, and aluminum
  • Enhanced security and easy to install as they mount on a track system that clamps to your truck bed’s rails


  • Typically more expensive compared to other tonneau cover styles
  • Requires more time to install
  • Since they retract into a canister at the front of your truck bed, they can occupy more space than other styles (this is especially truck for motorized units)

Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

Offering the perfect blend of convenience and flexibility, Roll-Up tonneau covers can be completely rolled up for full bed access or secured in place for partial access.


  • Typically lighter in weight than other cover styles
  • Easy to install and uninstall
  • A budget-friendly option


  • Fabric options are not as durable as Hard Fold tonneau covers
  • Must be secured once rolled up
  • Some newer options are available in a hard composite material, making them more durable but also more costly

Find the Perfect Tonneau Cover Today!

Whether you know exactly which style of tonneau cover will best meet your needs or if you need help finding the right option for your truck, Canada Custom Autoworks is here to help! With our expert customer service and flexible financing options, we can make finding the right tonneau cover a breeze.

Visit your nearest Canada Custom Autoworks or contact us today to learn more about our flexible financing and tonneau cover options!