Since all tarps have nearly limitless applications we will attempt to explain the most popular applications.
Poly Tarps: The applications range from baseball infield covers, gym floor covers, occultation tarps, canopy tops, truck bed liners and covers among many other uses. High-grade poly tarps are used to cover the baseball fields when rain occurs. These are typically in white and the sizes can range from 90' x 90' to 170 x 170'. They are meant to cover the infield to prevent water from creating muddy conditions on the dirt part of the field. The thick poly coating makes the poly tarp a sought after cover for school functions in gymnasiums to protect the hardwood floor. Typically chairs and tables can be put on top of the tarp and prevent scuffing onto valuable wood flooring.
Common pole canopies typically require a simple poly tarp top that can be attached the ball bungees. The ball bungees loop through grommets which are commonly spaced every 3 feet to 18 inches apart, along the perimeter of the material. U.V. treated white and silver poly tarps usually sit on top of these pole canopies.
Poly tarps are also used as truck bed liners. The tarp acts as a liner to prevent materials such as soil rocks or gravel seeping through and falling out of the truck bed as well as protecting the vehicle.
The plastic tarps are also used for various other types of covers and lining such as ice rink liners, backyard waterslides, debris haul liner and even white backdrops for outdoor movie screens.
Canvas Tarps: The original tarp used before polyethylene tarps were invented. Canvas tarps were widely used in the 1950s in the trucking industry to cover the load that was being transported. Candace is still used today for its resilience towards windy conditions as well as it's resistance to abrasive conditions when hauling loads. Untreated canvas is also used for painting. Industrial and art Wise applications are used. Industrial painters use the material to protect areas from paint splatter. Canvas absorbs the paint better than plastic applications.
Untreated canvas tarps are still used with some artists depending on the project. Typical artist canvas has a much higher thread-count then industrial canvas tarps but artists still use industrial canvas for certain projects. Ultra white canvas is also sometimes used as outdoor film screens. In some cases from projectionist prefer the canvas to white polyethylene tarps due to less glare.
Vinyl Tarps: These tarps and various other types of industrial fabrics are used as awning and marine fabric coverage such as divider curtains, awning material, marine covers, Windscreens, roof leak diverters, and salvage covers. The most common vinyl tarp is a vinyl coated polyester. These industrial covers enable a more stringent workload. Truck drivers know the importance of industrial vinyl because long halls require a cover to a stand wind, snow, rain and various other types of harsh weather.
Heavy-duty vinyl tarps are also used as salvage covers. This material is resistant to sharp objects as well as easy cleanup due to its smooth surface.
Clear vinyl tarps are essential for visibility. Heavy-duty PVC vinyl is essential for anti-scratch and easy cleanup when wanting to keep the material clean and see-through.
Mesh Tarps: The main purposes for mesh tarps are sunscreen, privacy and debris control. Mesh tarps are commonly used on canopy frames for shade protection. Construction sites also use the material for debris control, making sure particles do not exceed outside a construction site. Typical green mesh tarps can be seen around the perimeter of golf courses, secluding the course with privacy as well as golf ball containment.
Qualified Hurricane Tarps for roofs and government issued hurricane covers.
Insulated Tarps to keep warm or cold temperatures in or out.
Professional truck steel tarps for hauling steel loads.
high grade roll tarp dump truck systems for holding in debris.
Special roofers tear-off tarps to haul away roof debris.
Unique Ways to Use Tarps
Here are some fun uses for tarps. Please use responsibly.
- Slip and Slide: Get some soap and water and you're in business. A great way to stay cool and have fun in the summer.
- Forts and Mazes: You can build a fort for your child or a Haunted House for Halloween.
- Emergency Blankets: Cover yourself from rain and stay warm when blankets are not available.
- Poncho: Cut a hole in a tarp and use it as a poncho when a waterproof jacket is not available.
- Hammock: Tie a heavy duty tarp to trees with the proper hardware and you have a sturdy hammock.
- Travel Sack/Backpack: Drawstring a small tarp to carry things and use the drawstring as pack straps.
- Tote Bag: Larger drawstring tarps make great tote bags.
- Outdoor Privacy: Make showers and toilets private by hanging a tarp over the area.
- Ground Coverage: Keep the ground underneath the camping tent dry or baseball fields during rain.
- Wind Barrier: Block wind which comes in handy with sand protection on beaches or deserts.
- Sleeping Bags: Roll yourself in a tarp to stay dry and insulated.
- Damage Coverage: Tarps can cover walls, roofs, windows, cars, boats and RVs.
- Gurney or Stretcher: Take two poles and attach a tarp with ball bungees and you have a very easy and versatile stretcher.
- Haul Off: Use a heavy duty tarp to drag hunting game, equipment, yard trimmings & debris
- Catch Rain Water: Build a small retention hole and you have a fresh water source.
- Catch Objects and Debris: Lay a tarp on the floor or ground to catch paint, debris or dust.
- Truck or SUV liner: Put a tarp in the back of your truck or RV to protect it.
- Pet Damage: Cover the back seat of your car or porch to preserve it.
- Billboard: Create signage, advertisements or banners.
- Picnic Covers: Waterproof and protect yourself from bugs underneath. A tarp can replace a blanket or be a great addition for protection.
- Keep Things Dry: Cover hay or firewood at the campsite or on the job.
- Help Distress Signal: Use a light colored tarp to be visible for help.
- Boat Sail: Use a tarp as a make-shift boat sail.
- Tarp Surfing: Have two people pull each end of a large blue tarp and skate board through and you feel like your surfing.
- Plant Protection: Cover plants in the winter.