Tarpaulins are also found in different colors, strengths, and construction styles, and shapes.
Dimesions and characteristics of the base materials are important factors to consider when selecting a tarpaulin or cover. Careful consideration of the variety of materials and features is important to achieving protection from heavy rains, strong winds, harsh sunlight and other environmental elements.
Suggestions for fabric type are sometimes misleading. In addition to the specific type of fabric, the quality of the tarp depends on many characteristics. Adequate amounts of ultraviolet inhibitors, coating thickness, fabric weight, stitching, and hem reinforcement all contribute to fabric performance.
According to many suppliers, the most durable tarpaulin fabrics are:
woven polyethylene tarps with light colored, double coated polyethylene laminate,
usually referred to as poly tarps and
Even though the top performers include polyethylene, it is not always the case that polyethylene is the material of choice for every purpose. Some polyethylene tarps show much less durability and strength than other types of material.
Not only are there differences in the quality of different poly and vinyl tarpaulins, but suitability often plays a more important role in the selection or the the tarpaulin. Take a look at canvas tarps, or laminated mesh tarps for other options.
For More Information:
Poly Tarps: For more information on types of poly tarps, and some recommended suppliers.
Tarp Uses: A view on how tarps can protect the environment.
Polyethylene Tarp Shelter: A better choice for backpackers and light-weight campers.
Tarp Straps: Sources for a variety of tarp straps.
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