Specialty Truck Bed Tarps:
Protecting Your Loads of Lumber, Steel,
who need to cover expensive loads rely on flatbed tarps that are specially made
to provide both durability and a snug fit. Making the right choice for your job
can mean the difference between a successful or a trouble-filled trip.
for lumber or steel loads, trailer tarps are made of heavy duty vinyl or PVC-coated
fabric. And they carry 2 or 3 rows of D-rings that run the length of the tarp
depending on the drop size, or height, of the tarp.
A lumber tarp tends to be larger, and has a flap at the end to cover the ends
of lumber stack.
- The steel tarp, designed
for the lower profile loads of steel cables, rods, sheets has shorter sides, and
can be found with or without a flap.
load of lumber must not only be secured to the truck bed, but must also be protected
from damage by rain, snow, and the sun's UV rays.
tarps for flatbeds are designed to accommodate loads up to eight feet above the
bed of the truck, with 2 side flaps and 1 tail flap to protect the corners of
the wood. The first row of D-rings runs 2-3 feet above the hem, and the next 1
or 2 rows, run another 2-3 feet above that.
most common sizes are 24 ' x 26 ', or 24' x 30'. And if you butt the non-flap
ends together, two tarps will cover a 48' load with flaps on both ends.
most common material is vinyl or super heavy duty polyethylene. Both materials
are durable but heavy, and usually found in 10 - 20 ounce weight ranges. Total
weight is close to 100 lbs per tarp. Since a lumber tarp must be spread out and
tied down manually, weight is an important consideration.
versions are available with the heaviest fabric in the center panel, and lighter
material on sides. Mytee tarps has a lightweight version that is made with a PVC-coated
vinyl fabric that provides heavy duty performance at 25 % lesser weight.
tarps are used to secure loads of sheet metal, cable, and construction bars. They
are cut from heavy-duty vinyl, typically a 14 to 18 ounce material. A steel tarp
will typically weight about 50 pounds.
steel tarp generally comes in lengths of 25 feet, with widths ranging from 14
- 18 feet, so they will usually have a 4' side drop on an 8' wide load. They come
with 2 rows of "D" rings, with the first row placed 18 to 24 inches
above the hem. Typically the rings are sewn in under rows of belt webbing for
extra strength. Many tarps are also treated with a special chemical coating to
ensure that they can withstand extreme temperatures.
there are those experienced truckers who prefer to just tent their coil loads
with a square tarp, many others swear by their coil tarp bags.
to keep loads of steel coils secure on flatbed trucks, coil tarps can save time
and effort in providing a tight, protective cover with much less effort compared
to wrapping those coils in large square tarpaulins.
standard design is a fitted front and rear, with grommets along the bottom, and
D rings on all sides. Some have slits on the corners for your chains to slide
through. Typical size is 6 x 6 x 6.
might surprise you but Amazon has one of the best selections of all
3 types of semi trailer tarps described above. Take
at the quality and great prices. We especially like the 3 piece lumber tarp set
from Mytee tarps. The individual pieces are lighter and easier to handle, yet
each is made with the same tough 18 oz vinyl material.
An overview of the main choices in protective tarp coversings: polyethylene, canvas,
Tarps: For more information on types of poly tarps, and some recommended
Tarps: The choice when you need airflow and modest shade, and where
water proofing is not required.