Roof racks come in many variations and are oftentimes custom-made to carry or secure a specific type of cargo. At its basic form, car roof racks are the foundation for adding extra fixtures like luggage racks, ski racks, snowboard racks, watersport racks, roof boxes. A typical auto roof rack usually consists of two roof bars, foot pack and often a vehicle specific fitting kit. As the structure and composition of a vehicle's roof varies, roof racks can be purchased according to the specification of each model of vehicle. This 'customized' approach ensures that strength and safety standards are met and the vehicle is protected from damage when carrying loads.
Most roof racks are fitted with locks while other models provide an option to add locks at any time. Some manufacturers even offer a "one key system" which makes it easier to add lockable accessories to the load carrier. More than being strong, light and safe, roof racks are also aerodynamic, which not only enhances a vehicle's sleek, stylish appearance but also helps reduce wind noise and drag. Roof racks are available to meet every need and activity such as luggage and outdoor equipments, cycling, water sports, winter sports and even for commercial or business purposes.