What are the differences between Plastic and Fibreglass Canopies

Installing a canopy on your utility allows you more flexible storage options and keeps your cargo secure and dry. Canopies are usually manufactured from plastic or from fibreglass. But what is the best canopy to go for?


Plastic or Fibreglass?

We recommend that you purchase a plastic canopy due to its greater durability and flexibility.  Because fibreglass is porous, a canopy made from this material will tend to degrade over time, becoming powdery and less structurally strong than its plastic counterpart. The material is also more prone to shattering if you roll your vehicle or are involved in a collision.  The material used to manufacture plastic canopies is much like that used for your otto bins.  If your vehicle rolls, hits a rock or leans against a tree while off-roading, it is likely that the canopy will push in and then pop out again, recovering its original shape.  It is much less likely to shatter than a fibreglass canopy.


Macquarie4x4 ofers three canopies in the ARB range, the first being the standard grained finished canopy generally used for tradesman who want function over fashion, then you step up to the smooth finish canopy which will always be colour coded and looks great, then we step up to the new Accent canopy which is lined inside has central locking and very nice finish with sleek styling flush mounted door release buttons etc etc .We recommend the ARB brand of plastic canopy as it comes with a lot of good quality features and has many excellent accessories available. You can add a roof-rack, for example, or install a vent, mesh for the windows (so you can carry animals in the back), or lift-up windows to improve access to your cargo.

We also offer a large range of hard lids and toneau covers to suit vehicles with or without sportsbars

Talk to us!

If you are interested in installing a canopy on your utility, come into the Macquarie 4X4 Centre at 18 Park Road, Vineyard and talk to us, or give us a call on (02) 4587 7114. We have years of professional expertise in all things 4X4. For more expert advice, see our next blog on  Routine 4x4 Servicing