Different Types of Vehicle Roofs

Your vehicle roof type will decide quite a bit of things when it comes to accessorizing your vehicle. Your roof type will determine the type of roof rack or roof bar your vehicle can have.

Below are some of the most common types of vehicle roofs. Have a read before you go off to buy your roof rack.

Rain Gutters

Around 50 years ago this type of roof rack attachment was quite common and selecting your roof rack was a simple task. However today there are various roof types on cars. This offers diversity but also complicates the rack selection process. The rain gutter type still exists but only on some late models and are mostly found on passenger or full-sized cargo vans. There are different types of heights when it comes to roof racks that fit on the rain gutter roof. The height depends on the roof clearance.

Bare Roof

Like the rain gutter roof that was common 50 years ago, nowadays you’ll mostly find the bare roof on the latest vehicle models. This is because mostly the vehicles on the road are either trucks or cars that have a bare roof with no pre-installed rack. So, if you have a bare roof type you might have to consider an external attachment kit if you want a roof rack or bar.

Raised Rail

This type of roof is quite common with wagons, mini vans and SUVs. Raised rails roofs are the factory installed version of rack bars. It runs from the back of the vehicle to the front and is placed in the outer edge of the roof. Fitting this type of roof with a roof rack is quite simple because the foundation is already present. You don’t have to get a vehicle specific kit if your vehicle already has raised rails because you just need the foot ack and the load bars.

This type of roof allows you to carry more load because you can install a premium cross rack and you don’t have to worry about the support.

Flush Rail

The raised rail was the first type of factory installed bars. Flushed rails are the latest design when it comes to pre-installed bars. Most of the European models features flush rails. Unlike the raised rail which runs on the outer edge of the roof, this type of rail sits toward the middle and there’s no gap between the roof and railing.

However, you can still fit a cross bar because they have a groove that lets you attach the accessory. They are more aesthetic than raised rails and offer similar functionality as well.

Fixed Points

These are pre-installed grooves on the roof and are pre-installed on the outer edge of the roof. However, they are not that visible and can only be seen when a roof rack is attached to them. A good example is the Ford territory roof racks that use this system.

These are the main roof types in the market today. No matter the type of roof there is a roof rack or bar available. Just make sure you pick the right compatible one for your vehicle.