Car Roof Racks: Enhance Your Knowledge

A roof rack refers to a set of bars fitted at the top of a motor car, allowing carriage of bulky items such as bicycles and ladders among others. It is handy in salvaging conditions in a number of daily life scenarios.

They allow those using automobiles to carry along other important objects on the roof of their motor vehicle without necessarily reducing the inner space for travelers. This article will boost your knowledge of them by examining their various types and how you can select an ideal one.

Components of Roof Racks

The most significant part of a roof racks is the tower or the foot set. These are the most expensive section and bears the entire weight of what you put on the roof. For this reason, they are supposed to be fitted on the strongest parts on the car roof. Important to note, towers often come with a lock-up ability and therefore it is extremely difficult for someone to remove the roof rack. Remember that some towers have their lockers and keys vended distinctly.


The vehicle-specific fitting kit is a prerequisite in mounting the towers. Usually, they are designed by the manufactures to either suit a specific vehicle or a wide range of the vehicle. They characteristically made of clips (or clamps) which ascribe the tower to an exact roof line or rail, and the bottom pads which strengthens the roof and prevent damage to them. These rubber bases (bottom pads) are usually fit amid the roof and the tower.

The crossbars are essential components too. These are usually the bars that cut across the width of the roof. It is to them that you will often mount your racks. They play a significant role in supporting the weight of whatever is put to the roof and transfer the entire bulk to the towers.

It is important to note that some manufacturers may come up with an integrated crossbar and tower roof racks. In such a case you will require a specific fitting kit. The advantage of these ones is that they are easy to install and are very durable.

Nevertheless, at times they may be applicable only on a limited range of vehicles. Some vehicle may have simple roof rack requirements and may not require fit components. Still, others may have fitted-tower crossbar options.

How to Select an Ideal Roof Rack

Not any roof rack will simply fit your car. There are basically four main types of roof bars. The manner in which they fit the vehicle is not similar. Generally, different automobiles utilize different methods of attachment.

There are roof bars applicable only to autos with raised roof rails. The rails run from the front to the back of the roof. They are normally found on estate cars and are fitted by the manufacturers. We call them raised roof rails because they are lifted a bit from the vehicle roof with an evident gap between the roof and the rail.

There are also roof bars specifically for a vehicle with fix points. A fixed point is simply a designated point on the roof meant for mounting the roof rack. They are four in number and often concealed under a plastic cover.

Finally, there are roof bars for vehicles with neither rails nor fix points. If you have such an auto, then it requires a ‘door jamb’ roof rack. As indicated by the name, these type of roof rack clamps to the vehicle door jambs.