About Poly Tarps -
Direct From a Tarp Supplier
In this article, one
of the leading US tarp suppliers provides interesting and helpful info to those
looking for buy a poly tarp online. While most of us think of the cheap tarps
found in most hardware stores, there are actually more variety than that.
addition to the ever-present silver and blue, there are green, yellow, even camouflage
and white tarps.
modern poly tarpaulin that is sold in the United States are all imported from
the far East mainly from China, although Vietnam and India are now large producers.
The majority of material is manufactured in South Korea, and is then exported
to the countries mentioned above and fabricated into fully waterproof tarps.
large amount of the workers that produce polyethylene tarps are aged from 16 to
30, work long hours in medium size factories. Although manufacturing is mechanized,
a lot of the work is done by the factory operatives. For example, the hems and
grommets are usually made by hand. Most of the factories are situated in Qingdao
Northern China. The tarps are stuffed into 40ft containers transported to the
port where they are shipped all over the world.
poly tarps are made with three layers of polyethylene material. The main body
of the tarp is made from strips of high density woven polyethylene which is woven
into a sheet. This is done in a special weaving machine and then coated on both
sides with low density polyethylene to around 30 microns. The coating is then
colored, and can be any color requested. However the most common in the USA is
The three main weights that are
sold in the USA are as follows; 3.0 oz per sq yard 10 x10 weave, 4.5oz 12x12 weave
and 6oz 14x14 weave. Typically grommets are at one yard intervals on the 3.0oz,
and at every eighteen inches with the 4.5oz and 6.0oz product.
Note: These tarps are strengthened by nylon strands that are coated, then bonded
on both sides with the poly layers. The 10x10 or 12x12 refer to the number of
mesh strands per foot of fabric. The greater the mesh density, and the heavier
the nylon strands (measured in denier), the greater the durability and flexibility.
good quality tarpaulins should have a least a 3% U.V. inhibitor added. This additive
extends the life of the material during long periods of direct sunshine. As previously
mentioned tarpaulins are available in a variety of weights. Generally the heavier
the tarp the better the quality, the ounce per square yard and the mil thickness
are two ways of gauging the quality of a tarp. Cheap tarps are usually found in
flea markets and some online retail sites.
can be purchased in many locations, hardware stores, auction sites, flee markets,
& online vendors. The benefit of purchasing online is that you have a far
greater choice of quality, size, color and the convenience of having it dropped
to your door. Most internet sellers offer them in a very wide range of colors,
even red and yellow are on offer. Camouflage tarps and fire retardant poly tarps
are also very popular and once again can be purchased from many providers.
polyethylene tarp can be used in many ways for home improvement; roof repair,
waterproofing the side of buildings during construction, covering building materials
on site, as a damp proof membrane, removing grass/leaves from the back yard, covering
logs, painter's drop cloth, or boat cover. They even serve as lumber tarps for
flatbeds. For roofing repairs the best option is a 6oz silver tarp, as this will
stand up to the sun rays to the greatest extent. For covering the side of a building,
the 6.0z weight is again the ideal choice. It is the most popular heavy duty tarp.
For all other uses the 4.5oz or 3.0z would be good for the job.
Page CEO of Tarpaflex US LLC & Tarpaflex Ltd U.K. has been working in the
Tarp Industry for over twenty years and has extensive experience providing quality
tarps for all kinds of applications. You can reach them at www.tarpaflex.com.
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