If you are looking for top of the line composting covers, you can count on us to deliver. Here at Polytex, we spend time and effort in knowing your exact needs and requirements before we commence with the manufacturing process—the same principle we apply whether we’re making composting covers, eco shelters or other types of tarps for whatever purpose. We don’t just focus on the tarp and fabric itself, but we also take into consideration the compost base product and the geographical location as well. In addition, our composting covers can be manufactured with sleeved edges that allows you to insert pipes which is helpful in holding the tarp down in place using a cover clamp. Along that lined, the clamp arrangement allows you to release and pull back the tarp with ease so you can turn the windrow as needed.
As Australia’s leading tarp manufacturer and supplier, you can rely on our commitment to quick and quality service. So whether you want a quote or would like to discuss your composting cover needs, or would like to enquire about our other products factory dividers, grain bunker tarps and others, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team of experts is always ready to help you with your questions.
Another important factor that can help protect and prolong the life of your composting covers—and other types of tarps used as livestock shade structures for instance—is proper storage. More often than not it can be tempting to leave the covers on the ground beside the windrows even when they’re not in use. However, this leaves the covers exposed to rain and the ultra violet rays from the sun, both of which can cause undue damage to the covers. Thus, whenever you remove the composting covers off the windrows, be sure to keep them stored in a dry area. In line with this, be sure that the storage area is free from any rodents or pests that can chew holes into the composting covers. All these may sound like extra work, but the benefits of a longer service life will more than compensate for the effort.
It should be noted that composting covers can be much heavier when they are wet. Thus, this makes them a bit more challenging when being removed. Actually, the same is true for all other tarps used for other purposes like hay tarps and others. As such, it is recommended that they are not immediately taken off after a severe or heavy rainfall, and that they should be left to dry as much as possible before being removed. When they are heavy, it will require more effort and force to remove them, and when done carelessly, this can result to the composting cover tearing.
Tearing is perhaps the biggest challenges with regard to composting covers. In fact, this is also the biggest problems or other tarps used in other endeavours like shelter covers for instance. Even the high quality composting covers can be a victim of such issue when handled improperly and carelessly. But there are actually several ways to keep this from happening.
For one, never pull the covers using equipment or tools that have sharp metal edges or pointed ends that can cut or pierce the composting covers. Another factor that can contribute to this issue is improper set up. When the composting cover is improperly set up, the strong pulling forces on smaller areas of the composting covers can cause it to tear. Thus, when setting up composting covers, the pulling forces should be evenly spread throughout the fabric. It should be spread evenly over the compost pile and grab loops can be used to hold them in place. This also actually applies to tarps used for other purposes like cattle shade structures for instance.
There will be certain times when the composting pile or windrows do not need to be covered. This applies to cases where the moisture lost in compost pile needs to be replaced, and often times the replacement will come from the rain. There are certain benefits of this, like the reduced labour necessary to maintain the desired moisture content of the compost pile and at the same time prolonging the service life of the composting cover because of the reduced exposure to the elements which can harm its durability. Actually, all types of tarps like hay tarps and others will have durability issues if left exposed to the elements for a long time.
In addition, it should be remembered that although composting covers are excellent for preventing moisture loss, some moisture will still be able to escape in the form of water vapour. As such, the covered compost pile or windrow should have sufficient water initially. The initial water content should be monitored regularly and be replenished when needed, especially during the active composting stages.
Some composting covers also have a smooth side and a rough one like some tarps used a poultry curtains. In many cases, it is recommended that the smooth side should be placed facing down or in contact with the compost pile. By doing so, it helps to prevent the compost particles like wood fibers and others from sticking to the compost cover. The rougher or more fibrous side of the compost covers has a sort of like Velcro effect which attracts compost particles and cause them to stick.
It should be noted though that bad odours can still be a problem even if moisture is controlled. As such, some people often make use of products that can help to reduce the development of bad odours. These products can prevent or discourage the development of the microbes that causes the bad odours, and at the same time helps to promote the growth of beneficial microbes. Some of these products are technologically advanced, and because they are usually water-based or mixed with a good amount of water before they are sprayed onto the compost pile, they can be considered environment-friendly and safe. These are pretty similar to compounds used to remove or minimise odours in livestock shade structures.
There are also products which do not only do the above, but they also help to create a much better version or compost quality and even helps to hasten the composting process which then saves time and operation costs. For large manufacturers of composts, this is something worth considering.
Before making of composting covers though, there are certain things that needs to be considered. For instance, the composting site should have good draining conditions. Without proper drainage, the water that slides off of the covers will just accumulate in the ground where they fall and cause ponding around the compost pile or the windrows. In addition, the composting piles should be set up so that a peak is formed and a reasonable slope is formed so that the water slides of easily and doesn’t accumulate on the composting cover itself, which is sometimes the case when the top of the windrow is flat or forms a plateau.
There are several others considerations that must be taken in mind when it comes to using composting covers.
Composting covers are considered to be an affordable yet very effective means of improving moisture control when it comes to the composting process. In many cases, the composting covers are manufactured using synthetic fibers that provide a lightweight but very durable blanket which is capable of shedding up to 100% of the moisture off from the compost windrow while at the same time allowing for gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide to flow freely. The same type of fabric is often used for other purposes like as grain bunker tarps for instance. This permeability can be observed if you take a piece of the fabric used as composting cover and hold it up against the light, where you should see minuscule holes that allow gases to pass through.
With regards to water-shedding ability, this is mostly achieved through gravity and the free-flowing properties of water. When water and moisture, either brought about by rain or dew formation, accumulates in the composting cover, it naturally slides down the sides and to the edge of the composting cover due to gravitational forces. The same principle applies when tarps are used as hay tarps covers. But aside from keeping water off, composting covers also perform a crucial function of keeping the composting pile from drying off completely by reducing moisture loss. This is especially true and a crucial factor to be considered in hot and dry places.
There is also the issue of composting odours, which most of the time can be really unpleasant and often smells as odorous as the one you smell in pig shelters. There are but a few researches that studies and analyses just how composting covers can help with odour control. However, there are many intelligent guesses as to how this works. For one, it is believed that the odour is incapable of escaping through the composting cover because they are trapped and held in the fibers of the composting covers. Another plausible explanation is that the odours may be present, but they don’t cause too much of a bother because they are not being blown by the wind since the composting covers have wind-resistant properties. Lastly, composting covers help to protect the windrows from excessive moisture, which sometimes lead to anaerobic activities which can cause bad odours to develop.
Polytex Tarpaulins provide ground sheets that are ideal for using in grain bunker systems. These sheets can provide dependable and cost effective protection for your grain. They can protect you from grain loss as well as contamination. You could consider utilising our bird control netting to enhance the functionality of your hay tarps. This netting will drape over and protect your grain from bird attacks effectively.
It is worth mentioning that several grain dealers and farmers alike use our harvest grain covers for securing their agricultural produce. We use only top-quality industrial fabrics for manufacturing our hay and grain tarps. In particular, we use fabrics from renowned brands such as Canvacon, Landmark and Tarpee in our tarps. This heightens the durability and versatility of our products. For instance, you could use our tarps to secure your grains during the harvest season. Thereafter, you could consider using them as shelter covers or warehouse divider walls as well.
With our grain storage tarps, you’ll easily be able to enhance your onsite storage capacity. At the same time, you will not need to sink a significant sum of money towards purchasing tarps either. With our tarps, you’ll be able to convert vast areas into effective onsite storage facilities for meeting your temporal needs.
Tarps are increasingly coming into use in a myriad of applications. Whether you need them to secure your harvest or as eco shelters or pig shelters, you need high-quality tarps that offer you the best value for your money. By making your purchases from Polytex, you can rest assured about the durability and versatility of your purchases. With over 50 years of experience in the fabric industry, we can give you tarps that best suit your needs. We specialise in fabricating long, large covers and bulk production runs for various tarps as well. As such, you can expect to receive your tarps in the least possible amount of time. Check out our entire range of products here.
At Polytex Tarpaulins, we understand the needs of diverse types of consumers across the country. We know that people in the industrial or manufacturing sector will require strong and durable tarps for keeping their machinery and equipment safe. We also know that some business owners would require tarps that can serve as effective factory dividers or curtains. This is useful when you want to create partitions in a large space.
Similarly, in the agricultural sector, we know that farmers will need weatherproof and sturdy tarps. Some farmers will use these tarps as cattle shade structures or poultry curtains. Others will want these tarps to protect their grain and hay. To meet the diverse requirements of all these consumer profiles, Polytex Tarpaulins specialises in producing versatile, tough and long-lasting tarps. This enables you to use the tarps you obtain from us in a diverse range of ways.
As mentioned earlier, not all farmers have the wherewithal to construct permanent onsite storage facilities. Having these facilities onsite can be undoubtedly beneficial. But, permanent onsite storage facilities have certain drawbacks as well. Investing in permanent facilities such as hay sheds will require loads of money. More importantly, it might take several years for you to realise those savings.
Similarly, many farmers rotate the crops they grow in their fields. As such, what might be a convenient location for your permanent facility at present might be an impediment in the years to come. As land use changes, you might require storage facilities at different spots in your fields. Clearly, you will not be able to keep constructing multiple storage facilities all over your field. Some farmers find themselves dealing with short harvest windows. In such a scenario, purchasing permanent storage facilities can be quite challenging. For these reasons, farmers often look at using bunker tarps for securing their grain.
People who toil daily in their fields will know best the value of a plentiful harvest. An abundant yield can undoubtedly make all the hours of hard labour in the fields seem worthwhile. To many people, it might seem that a good harvest can get rid of all kinds of headaches. But, plentiful harvests do end up creating a different kind of headache i.e. the headache of storing the produce safely. After all, not everyone has temporary warehousing space for storing this yield.
When farmers need to cope with seasonal peaks, they will invariably consider all their onsite storage options. Many Australian farmers use grain storage bunkers and silos for storing their agricultural produce. Prudent farmers often construct these structures onsite. This enables them to increase the volume of grain that they can store onsite. Constructing these structures is not only worthwhile, but also cost effective in the long run. Unfortunately, not all farmers have the means to pay for the construction of these structures. As a result, they need to rely on utilising temporary storage structures that are more affordable and flexible.
For many years, farmers across the country have utilised tarps for a myriad of purposes. For some, tarps offer immense utility as cattle or livestock shade structures. These structures keep the cattle comfortable and protected from the elements. Others use tarps for securing their hay from the elements. For instance, hay and grain bunker tarps can keep your grain safe in all-weather conditions. More importantly, these tarps can protect your crops from a variety of rodents and pests too.
Truck tarps do not usually have a specific composition. But, they must cover the length and the width of the truck completely. In addition, the material used will need to be strong enough to withstand the wind whip phenomena. And, if you plan to use it in all-weather conditions, the tarp will need to be waterproof as well. This is why people in the trucking industry rely on vinyl and polyethylene tarps. These tarps are extremely waterproof. More importantly, they come with other features as well. For instance, they are rot, mould and mildew proof. The material they feature could well be ultraviolet resistant too. This makes them ideal for covering loads in trucks as well as for using in other temporary storage structures.
If you’re looking for high-quality tarps, simply shop at Polytex. Our cutting-edge manufacturing equipment and technology has made us Australia’s supplier of choice when it comes to tarpaulins. Our tarps are versatile enough for you to use as hay sheds or even eco shelters. Unlike other suppliers, we can manufacture in excess of 15,000 square metres of tarps on a daily basis. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, you can rely on us to offer you the best value for every dollar that you spend. To know more, call us at 1300 059 003.
Tarps typically come into use in cattle shade structures and poultry curtains. But, they are useful for covering vehicles and, in trucks, the cargo too. Securing a tarp around the cargo is quite easy in a pickup truck. But, securing the tarp around the load in dump and flatbed trucks can be a trickier proposition. While plying on the roads, loosely fitted tarps could experience wind whip. This phenomenon refers to the ballooning of the tarp because of the air pressure. Invariably, wind whip will result in tearing the tarp, which could lead to the loss of cargo.
Polytex is a major supplier of tarps for use as pig shelters and other shelter covers. But, we specialise in manufacturing custom made trucking and machinery covers too. From trucking rollovers to covers for equipment and machinery, we manufacture it all. In fact, we specialise in producing bulk runs of specific types of tarps. We use cutting edge computerised equipment for drawing, nesting, plotting and cutting tarps. This enables us to provide tarps of accurate dimensions without compromising on their quality.
In addition, we use unique welding machinery as well. This helps us to produce tarps with completely welded seams, reinforcement wear strips, welded sleeves and welded rope edges. Not surprisingly, our completely welded PVC tarps and protection products have won us renown throughout the country. Whether you’re looking for hay or bunker tarps, you will hardly be able to find tarps that can measure up to our exacting standards from other suppliers.