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Steel vs Aluminum?
When thinking about racks, decks or toolboxes for your truck, you’ll see two materials primarily used across the industry: steel and aluminum. Both are man-made alloys and both have their pros and cons. So, which is better for you and your truck? Well, that’ll depend on your priorities.
Here are some things to consider when choosing the best set up for your pickup.
One of aluminums biggest advantages is that it’s lighter than steel. This could make an aluminum system a little easier to handle while installing it and perhaps offer an advantage in gas mileage.
We live in a time when you don’t have to settle for function over style. We can build you a high-quality system that you love and that compliments the look for your pickup.
Because bare steel can rust, steel systems must be coated with something to prevent rust. Since powder coat is tougher than paint, it provides a durable finish that prevents rusting and keeps it looking great for many years.
Aluminum will typically not have a coating so it will appear naturally metallic. Otherwise, they are painted or powder coated for cosmetic reasons. While uncoated aluminum won’t rust, it can still oxidize.
Strength and Durability
Building a functional truck box system is an investment. You want to know that it’s going to be strong enough to do its job and built to last. While aluminum fabrication has come a long way, steel remains the winner for strength and durability.
The purpose of a truck box/rack is to tie down cargo, and better allow you to haul long irregular loads. For heavy duty jobs where strength and durability are the most important factors, steel is a better option.
As with all projects, cost is a consideration. Generally, steel tends to be less expensive and easier to work with, which keeps costs down.
Which is Better? Naturally, the decision to use a steel or aluminum truck box system in your truck is up to you. At WITS we’re committed to building rugged, tough, long-lasting deck systems that combine function with the kind of quality we insist on for our own vehicles.
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