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Top 10 Tarps and Covers for Weather Protection

1. Vinyl Tarps are the strongest, most waterproof tarps available. Vinyl tarps are great for all seasons, withstanding both UV light and bitter cold superbly well. Vinyl tarps are long-lasting covers suited for use on just about everything from cars to roofs to machinery. Vinyl tarps also come in different grades and many colors. Keep a vinyl tarp handy, and you can use it for protection season after season.





2. Polyester Canvas Tarps are breathable yet water resistant. Tarp Supply's Ultrastrong Canvas Tarps are the best covers for deterring condensation buildup underneath yet helping to keep your items dry. Polyester Canvas, unlike some treated canvas tarps, leaves behind NO dye or NO residue.


3. Poly Tarpsare good all-purpose tarps that range from light duty to super heavy duty. Poly tarps are economical temporary covers. You will commonly see blue poly tarps being used, but there are stronger poly tarps in other colors that are available. Popular selections include heavy d…

How A Tarp is Made

Just about all tarps, regardless of their finished sizes, start off on a roll from mills in the US or manufacturers overseas. Typically tarp rolls are between 60”-72” wide and about 100 yards long, although you will certainly find tarp rolls of other varying widths and lengths. 


Once tarp rolls are brought to the plant, fabric panels are measured and cut from the rolls. If the width of the finished tarp is wider than the width of the roll fabric, tarp panels need to be joined together to meet the desired dimensions. Most synthetic tarp materials, such as polyethylene and vinyl, are joined together by heat sealing. Natural materials, such as canvas, are sewn together. 


Once you have reached the desired dimensions in length and width from joining together the fabric panels, the edges of the tarps are folded over and hemmed in for reinforcement. This is where you will lose a few inches in the Finished Size of tarp from the fabric previously taken off the roll. Most hemmed tarps proceed to …