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Types of Cargo Barriers

22 February 2021

Car safety is crucial for any individual that owns a car. With the high possibility of a simple drive going wrong, people try to add as many contraptions to the car to prevent extreme damage. One contraption that has been gaining traction in recent times is a Cargo barrier. You can install these barriers to protect one portion of the car. Generally, the barriers consist of reinforced steel which is worked into a mesh-like barricade. These barricades will help to not only restrain the cargo safely but also save lives. The most popular reason for installing a barrier is to protect one’s pet during those off-road routes. 


Cargo barriers differ based on the materials that they are made of and their installation styles. Barriers can be fabricated from steel to hardened plastic. A few types of cargo barriers on the basis of installation and the materials used are: 

  • Vans-Full Mesh: Vans usually have a mesh between the front portion and the back storage area. These types of vans are popular among law enforcement or emergency services. This is one of the common types of installation. 

  • Polycarbonate: These barriers are seen in taxis and other passenger vehicles. They offer a better view of one’s surroundings. In addition to this, they also allow one to receive better air conditioning than other barriers. It is a common occurrence among pickup trucks as well. 

  • Mesh and Polycarbonate: The combination of steel mesh and polycarbonate allows one to access the best of both worlds. The central portion of the mesh is replaced with a polycarbonate which can also be opened completely. This type of cargo barrier offers visibility as well as protection. 

  • Metal and Mesh: These types of barriers offer an additional source of reinforcement. The bottom of the installation is complete metal, while the top is made of mesh. The metal sheet can hold and support the heavier cargo. 

  • Metal and Fibreglass: This is similar to that of the metal and mesh combination. The metal sheet is present below, and the polycarbonate glass is present on the upper portion. 

  • Vapour resistant: These types of cargo barriers can protect the occupants of a vehicle from gases or fumes that might be harmful. This is common among vehicles that transport chemicals. 

  • Kinked or Inclined: The cargo barriers of this type possess an outward bend in the mesh or the polycarbonate barrier. Therefore, one will be able to store more in the storage space. 

  • Doors: Cargo Barriers can also act as doors. This involves a sliding mesh and, therefore, will allow better accessibility into and out of the vehicle. 

  • Gap Mesh: This is another type of barrier that promotes convenience as well as protection and comes with a gap for better accessibility. 

  • Half Mesh: These cargo mesh barriers only cover the uppermost portion of the vehicle. This is generally seen in police cars. 

Cargo barriers made of metal offer more protection but are not durable. In addition to this, they are a more expensive option in comparison to plastic and polycarbonate. However, metal barriers remain unparalleled in the strength and security that they can offer. This type is a better option for vehicles that will be carrying heavier loads.

Polycarbonate cargo barriers are a better option for passenger vehicles. This is because one can have better visibility of one’s surroundings in addition to providing protection. 

Plastic cargo barriers are the least safe as they cannot hold heavier weights. However, it can offer a fair amount of protection to pets. In addition to this, it creates a more comfortable environment for them with better visibility. These barriers are also the cheapest option. 

Requirements for installing a cargo barrier: 

  • Measurements: The first and foremost requirement during installation is measuring the area of the vehicle that will be connected to the mesh. This process requires diligence and accuracy.

  • Choosing a type: Depending on the type of vehicle, the team at Autosafe will recommend a cargo barrier. The purpose of the barrier will also be taken into consideration before making this decision. One should also keep in mind that the installation of the barrier should not affect one’s ability to control the truck. It should also not affect the movement of the car. 

  • Follow safety standards: The materials and cargo barrier models available at Autosafe comply with the state’s requirements. 

  • Load limit: One will have to keep in mind the load that the barrier can be loaded with at a given time. Cargo barriers have a load limit of up to 60 kgs. This is the highest weight that it can support. 

At Autosafe, one can choose from a large range of barriers. They can cater to vehicles carrying heavy loads to passengers. They create custom-made cargo barriers as per the desires of the car owner. In addition to this, the team that is sent out for installations is highly experienced to deliver the best services. Autosafe allows one to attain the safety they desire at an affordable price.