- The poly tarp is the workhorse of all tarpaulins, and it is a good all-purpose
cover for construction, camping, or backyard.
can be found everywhere, and in a wide range ofprices. If you are simply looking
for a cheap tarp, then check your local hardware store. But if you need a specific
size, or more durability, or even a certain color, then there are several good
online sources that sell quality material at very good prices
- All things being equal, they are the least expensive of all.
color and size options than any other.
- All polyethylene tarps are waterproof
- Tend to become brittle in very cold weather,
- Without UV treatment, they
can disintegrate over time, in intense sunshine
- Not intended for long-term
use, so not as durable as other fabrics
a look at some of the material choices, and a selection of the best online suppliers
Mesh - Designed with an open weave to allow filtered sunlight and air
to flow, most mesh tarps are used as shade cloth for light protection from sun
and wind. For this purpose they are offered in various degress of 'shadiness'.
But they are strong too, and many are used as trailer and dump truck covers, as
well as pool covers.
Material is usually
a polyester core, laminated or coated with vinyl or PVC. The coated versions are
usually more durable.
- Well-made mesh fabric will last several years.
- Strong fabric, mildew,
and rot resistant
- More tear resistant than poly or canvas in strong wind
- May or may not be UV protected.
of weave and fabric choices can be confusing
on construction, and where to get the best material.
Canvas - A good quality canvas tarp is made of heavy-duty cotton material,
and has a multitude of uses. Its' softer texture makes it a good choice for tents,
equipment covers, and canopies. Everyone will recognize them as the standard for
painter's drop cloths.
Can be treated
to be water repellent, as well as flame, mildew, rot, UV resistant. But they must
be cleaned periodically in order to maintain their protective properties. Typically
found in tan, brown, and olive green.
- A very strong, yet light and easy-to-handle fabric.
- Natural cotton fiber
make them very environmentally friendly
- Naturally breathable, unless treated
to be waterproof
- Must be specially treated to make it
sufficiently water repellent and flame resistant.
- Even when treated, can
be prone to mildew and rot. Not normally treated for UV protection
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