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Smart Shoppers Buying Guide for Tarps

There are many different types of tarps to be considered. This information would help break down the materials in detail and popular uses to help find you the right tarp.

Some of the simple terminology you need to know about tarps

Mil = Thickness of the tarps materials. The thickness of materials starting from 5 Mil up to about 48 Mil thick. Within a higher Mil number, it results in better strength.
Oz (Ounces) = Weight of the tarps per yard. In canvas, Ounces based on before and after treatment. 
Grommets = eyelet placed in a hole, typically every 2 feet apart or 18" inches.
Reinforced = Tri-angle kinda shape of the plastic piece that placed on the corners of the tarp to add strength.
Finished Size = Exact size of the tarps made
Cut Size = The size of the tarps that are approximately 6" or 3% smaller than the listed size. Most tarps are standard cut sizes after the edge of the tarps are folded and hemmed. Due to this process causes the size of the tarp to be shorter.
Weave Count = fabric or materials being threading in which something is woven together. Horizontal and vertical yarn being thread together per square inch. For instance, 8x8, 10x10, 12x12, 14x14, with more weave counts mean that the materials in which horizontal and vertical are threading closer together to create more strength in the materials. As this indicates, all-purpose, medium-duty, heavy duty, and super heavy duty 

Tarps Materials 

Four main tarps materials included Poly (Polyethylene), Canvas, Vinyl, and Mesh.

1. Poly Tarps (Polyethylene)

Poly tarps are considered to be all-purpose tarps. The materials itself are 100% waterproof and shrink-proof, which can be used for construction, landscaping, agriculture, lawn & garden, home improvement, hardware, recreation, roofing or even camping. The weight of poly could be range from light to super heavy duty. Poly is UV treated, which great for UV rays resistant. Tarp Supply offers flame retardant poly to meet your special needs. 

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2. Canvas Tarps

Canvas tarps are made of either duck cotton or polyester. It considered being one of the tough and durable materials in the tarp market. Canvas is typically used for outdoors, constructions, machine & tractors covers, building material and much more. There's are two different types of canvas included treated and untreated. Treated canvas contains oil and silicon chemicals treated for water and mildew resistant, however, untread canvas is not. Duck cotton canvas tarps can shrink due to water condensation buildup underneath. A lot of artists like to use the untreated canvas for their painting job. The weight can be range from light to industrial standard strength. Canvas is water resistant and breathable. Also, double-stitched and hemmed on the side for extra strength as well as heavy gauge brass grommets that won't rust.

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3. Vinyl Tarps

Vinyl tarps considered to be one of the strongest compare to other tarps materials. Vinyl Tarp is 100% waterproof and can hold water very well. Long-lasting compared to other types of materials as it serves to protect against harsh elements and rough water. Vinyl Tarps are generally UV, abrasion and tear resistant and could hold down the temperature as low as -40 degrees. Vinyl is ideal for truck tarps, construction covers, and machinery covers. If you are looking for industrial-grade and longevity with many colors option, vinyl tarps might be a great choice for you.

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4. Mesh Tarps

Think of mesh tarps like screen materials. It could be considered as shade to block the sunlight. The percentage of mesh tarp indicates how much it could block the UV rays. Mesh tarp percentage are included 55%, 70%, 86%, 87%, and 95%. The more percentage, the better shade you can get for sun blocking. Besides, mesh tarps percentage, heavy-duty 22oz mesh tarps is one of the strongest mesh materials. With these types of tarps is the perfect solution for truck covers, refuse containers tarps, debris containment, barriers, and shade structure. Flame Retardant mesh tarps are also available with the technique of heat-sealed pannels to meet the need of your special projects. Moreover, mesh tarps are a popular use for truck bed covers, privacy screening, windbreak screens, gravel covers, shade blocking, etc.

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The information above is basic guidelines for smart shoppers that would help you narrow down to see what are the right tarps that you are looking for.

Tarp Supply Inc is the leading manufacturer and distributor of tarps in the market. As a factory direct warehouse distributor, we carry all kinds of grade tarps. We commit to providing superior quality tarps, low prices and excellent customer service for all customers. Our centralized warehouse in Chicago and multiple locations ships the tarps for your needs across the United States. We have been served and supplied tarps to many different industries including government, military, construction, and many more, for over a decade. As we hold our motto, Tarp Supply Inc. "For All Your Tarp Needs"

We offer free consultations regarding all your tarps questions. If you are looking for specific sizes or custom made tarps, contact our tarps expert at 630-953-4700 or email us at

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