Friday, January 6, 2017

5 Things to Look for in a New Convertible Top

Choosing a new convertible soft top can be a difficult decision. The fact that the original convertible top has worn out can make anyone apprehensive about buying a new one. But, there have been amazing advancements in convertible soft top technology which makes replacement tops extremely durable and fashionable. With all the options available, we’ve put together a list of the most important things to look for when buying a replacement convertible soft top.

Fabric Types

There are two main options when it comes to convertible soft tops: canvas and vinyl. Both materials have their advantages and look great. Canvas is extremely durable and may withstand extreme temperature changes better than vinyl, while vinyl is much easier to clean and may be slightly less expensive. Both have the advantage of great insulation, but the advantage of noise reduction goes to canvas.


Stitching and Seams

It’s important to understand how your new convertible top was sewn together. The stitching on the soft top must be more than decorative. The stitching must be able to withstand years of exposure without leaking or breaking. Heat-sealed seams (rather than glued seams) reinforced with durable stitching will ensure the top does not leak after exposure to the elements.

Hardware Included

Before you purchase a new soft top, make sure it comes with everything you need for installation. This includes all straps and fasteners that are essential for the functioning of your convertible top, as well as windows and defroster wiring. These parts being new will be an essential aspect that contributes to the longevity of your new soft top.

Professional Installation

Yes, you can attempt to install your new soft top yourself, but we recommend finding a professional installer to ensure no damage is done to the soft top before you take it for a spin. Installation is relatively inexpensive and worth the peace of mind knowing you have nothing to worry about when those first storm clouds start forming overhead.

Color

Once you’ve chosen the soft top for your convertible, it’s time to choose a color. Take your time when choosing a new color and don’t think you have to go with the same color as the original. A new color can provide an unexpected pop that gives the entire car a new look and feel. This is a bold opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and choose something truly unique. So, go for it!


These are just a few of the important aspects you should consider when buying a new soft top. Make sure the product has an acceptable warrantee and all of your questions have been answered before making your final decision. What are your most important factors for choosing a new convertible soft top? Share your thoughts in our comments section!

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