Poly Tarp Covers and Their Uses

Poly tarps have long been used as canopy covers for pole tents but in recent years there has been noticeable increases in the different types of uses. Poly tarps are now being used for many different applications and in many different industries including construction, agriculture, garden, sports, marine and more. The sudden popularity can be attributed to the strength, longevity and cost effectiveness of the poly tarp. Made of high density polyethylene, these protective covers are typically heat sealed, laminated and then treated with added fade blockers and anti-microbial agents, which prevent cracking and tearing under harsh conditions. The end result is an extremely durable tarp cover that is not only lightweight but also affordable. These characteristics have been the driving force in the poly tarps new-found popularity with consumers and have replaced more expensive alternatives such as canvas and vinyl.

The construction industry has always had a need for temporary coverage. During the building process valuable equipment and supplies are exposed to the elements and protecting these assets is vital to the completion of the project. However, tarps are now being used for hillside coverage during the rainy seasons to divert water run off and prevent erosion from undeveloped slopes. Construction sites that are working on multi-level buildings such as apartments and offices utilize tarps as drops from scaffolding. The covers are attached to the top of the scaffolding and are then draped down the framework of the building. This protective shield not only reduces visibility from onlookers but also helps contain debris within the work area. The scaffolding drop keeps the work site safe while protecting workers from rain and wind.

The agricultural industry uses tarps for various applications including greenhouse coverage and nursery shade. The white and clear tarp covers when used in conjunction with a wood or steel frame can turn any area into an instant greenhouse. The poly shade mesh tarps are made with high-density polypropylene materials and are used for horticultural and agricultural applications to protect crops and livestock from the extremes of sun and wind. In many agricultural areas access to water can be difficult but is a necessity for the growing of healthy plants and vegetation. By simply digging a shallow hole in the ground and lining it with a poly tarp before adding water, the agricultural industry has access to important sources of irrigation ponds anywhere it is needed.

Poly tarps have proven to be very beneficial to the garden industry, especially among landscapers. The protection of lawn care equipment is vital to the industry as many of the trucks have open areas where exposed machinery can become damaged due to poor weather conditions. The poly tarp cover is normally draped over the machinery during transport and tied to the truck using the grommets, which are located around the perimeter every 18 to 36 inches. During the process of lawn care many landscapers are finding that the burlap sacks commonly used to contain loose vegetation and waste tear under minimal use. As a result, many landscapers and garden care associates are using poly tarps as an alternative due to their strength and durability.

The recent rise in popularity of the poly tarp has prompted many manufacturers to increase current inventories by adding new sizes. Due to this increase in production, larger size tarps are now available and can be purchased as big as 170′ x 170′. The large size tarps have been most popular among the sports and recreation industry. Sporting institutions and athletic departments are now using large poly tarps as covers for baseball, softball and football fields. The new pre-manufactured sizes have eliminated the need for purchasing expensive custom-made field covers. In addition, the tarps are being used as gymnasium covers as well as, dug out covers and fence tarps.

The poly tarps new-found popularity has gained the attention of many different industries, including the marine or boating industry. Boat covers are not so much an accessory item as they are a necessity for the longevity and protection of watercraft vehicles. Boating enthusiasts have been purchasing expensive custom boat covers for years without looking for more cost effective alternatives. However, the boating community is now realizing that tarps accomplish the same result as custom covers at a fraction of the price. There are so many different sizes available that finding a tarp cover that fits an individuals needs has never been easier. Due to the effectiveness of the poly tarp, boating enthusiasts are now purchasing canopy kits with poly covers as additional protection for their long-term storage needs.

The tarpaulin industry is constantly evolving as the demand for high efficiency covers grows. The poly tarp has replaced the need for many of the more expensive covers such as canvas and vinyl as well as, eliminated the need for custom solutions. Poly tarps can be found in just about every industry and have proven just as effective for residential use.