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Tarp Specs:

When choosing a tarp there are many factors to consider. A tarp has a mesh count, denier, Ounces per square yard, U.V. treatment and many factors. Each tarp has it's own application weather it is a poly tarp, canvas tarp, hay tarp, truck tarp etc. Here is a list to compare each tarp so you can determine which tarp is right for you.

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  • Light duty poly tarp: The light duty poly tarp is used for covering items for a temporary amount of time. A light duty poly tarp is great for that inexpensive, quick solution for covering a truck load or a leaky roof. The light duty ploy tarp will have a lower mesh count, denier, poly coating and weight than a heavy duty poly tarp. A light duty poly tarp will usually come with less grommets per linear foot as well.
  • Heavy duty poly tarp: The heavy duty poly tarp will have all higher counts of denier, weight, mesh or weave count but there are other factors as well. The grommets on the heavy duty poly tarp will be every 18" as apposed to the light duty poly tarp's every 3'. The heavy duty poly tarp also comes with a thicker poly coating and U.V. protection. The heavy duty poly tarp is used for long term use, i.e. canopy tops which must last season after season or truck tarps which must last strong wind on far travel. Overall the heavy duty poly tarp is a longer lasting tarp compared to the light duty tarp.
  • Cotton canvas tarp: The canvas tarp is the original tarp used before poly tarp came around. The canvas tarp is a favorite with painters and for covering things that need to breathe. When you cover something and you need it to "breath" the canvas lets it because the material is not waterproof. There are waterproof canvas tarps that are made by coating the canvas with a solution but the poly tarp has taken it's place due to the cost of a poly tarp being much less than a canvas tarp.
  • Mesh tarp: The mesh tarp is primarily used for shading. A mesh tarp can be graded by the percentage of shade. The closer the nylon threads are together gives the mesh tarp a higher percent of shade. The mesh tarp is used for privacy screen, garden shades and golf course netting. The mesh on the tarp does not need to be as tight when the tarp is being used for netting purposes but the mesh tarp will last longer with a tighter thread count. A mesh tarp the has a tighter thread count usually has a thicker thread shaft so it makes sense to always look for a tighter thread count when you want to mesh tarp to last longer.
  • Hay tarp: Our hay tarp is a special tarp due to it's straps that help the tarp tie onto the hay bales. A regular tarp will have grommets, a hay tarp will have heavy V shaped straps that help it secure itself to the hay.
  • Insul tarp: The insul tarp is a two ply tarp with actual insulation that goes into the material to keep heat or cold inside or out of an object that the tarp is covering.

Since we are the top specialists on tarp sales we can help you in using a tarp, attaching roof tarp or assist you in any tarp application.

We hope this information has answered some questions on the difference of each tarp. If you have questions about a particular tarp, don't hesitate to call us at: 1-800-838-3057 and a representative will answer any tarp related question you might have.

A tarp must be built with intricate qualities otherwise you risk the chance of leaking and tearing. An outdoor tarp is most important due to the applications that tarp users use their tarp for, such as hurricanes and environmental protection.

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