Tarpaulins are quite handy for a diverse range of applications. Many Australians rely on tarps to protect their cars and Recreational Vehicles (RVs) from the elements. Others use tarps as livestock shade structures. In these situations, tarps play a vital role in keeping the cattle and poultry sheltered and comfortable. Similarly, if you want to cover your swimming pool, you will probably invest in a high-quality tarp.
Tarps offer a lot of versatility. As such, it is hardly a surprise that many industries across the country require high-quality tarps for various applications. This is precisely what Polytex Tarpaulins specialises in. We’re one of Australia’s leading suppliers of big tarpaulins. Our products are suitable for use in all kinds of agricultural, mining and industrial applications. So, whether you require bunker covers for keeping your bulk mulch produce safe or tarps that can act as factory dividers, we can give you exactly what you need.
People in homes and industries will always find a diverse range of ways for using tarps. In many cases, they will be able to use the tarp they currently have for meeting their present requirements. But, this is not always possible. At these times, they might need to look around for a new tarp. Unfortunately, finding the perfect readymade tarp at your local store is not always possible. In cases featuring certain unique requirements, you will typically need to obtain custom tarps. This will invariably necessitate some detailed measurements and expert guidance.
When it comes to the cost, the prices for truck tarps will vary as it is influenced by a variety of factors. This is true not only for truck tarps but for other types of tarps as well like those used as eco shelters, pig shelters and so on. Usually, these factors include the type of tarp you intend to buy, the quality and the thickness, and many others. Some people contest that the prices for these truck tarps are quite high and expensive, but in fact this can be very cost-effective considering all the benefit that you will get from using them. With that in mind, it is safe to say that if you have a truck or run a trucking or cargo company, then truck tarps are great investments that will give you excellent returns for your investment.
There are different materials that are used in making truck tarps. In general, these materials should be make of hard wearing fabric in order to ensure their longevity. To make them sturdier and stronger, the fabric is coated with PVC which provides them with better resistance against tear and abrasion as well as protects them from the harmful effects of ultra violet rays. This is worth noting since in most cases, your truck tarps will be exposed to the sun and other elements as you use them. Truck tarps can also be specially manufactured and treated to make them suitable for specific purposes like hauling agricultural or mining cargoes. Some truck tarps are specially manufactured for industrial and other severe applications.
Tarpaulins or tarps are truly versatile materials and are used in variety of applications and environment—from livestock shade structures to tents and more. Some high quality tarps are even laden with features such as flame retardant, water resistant, mold and mildew resistant and so on. The quality of the tarps usually dictates its price, as well as the fabric gauge—the higher the fabric gauge number is, the more durable the tarp will be. Aside from these, the various features as mentioned earlier and the size of the tarp will influence the price to some degree as well.
Another common use of tarpaulins is as truck coverings. They are used to cover and secure loads in different trucks such as flatbed trucks, dump trucks, pickup trucks, and any other type of truck. Trucks that carry heavy loads in particular will find a lot of benefits with using truck tarps. In fact, you will see on the road that there are many trucks who use these kinds of tarps whenever they’re transporting goods and other items, making these truck tarps very useful and often a necessity for truck owners.
The tarps we provide serve a myriad of needs. You could use them in aircraft hangars and facilities. Alternatively, you could use them in automotive manufacturing or repair facilities. The durability of our tarps makes them ideal for use in facilities requiring hazardous material control. And, our tarps also come into use in sandblasting and spray painting facilities too.
When you want hay tarps with prompt delivery timelines, think of us. Polytex has state-of-the-art facilities equipped with machines that use cutting-edge technology. This enables us to manufacture more than 15,000 square metres of tarps each day. Ideally situated in the hub of freight lines from Queensland to South Australia, our facilities make it easier for us to ship our products to any corner of the country with minimal fuss. For more information on our shelter covers, or any other information pertaining to our products, don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 059 003.
Partitioning a large plant can be quite useful. It can help you make effective utilisation of your available space. At the same time, it can yield smaller workspaces that are more efficient and manageable. Erecting a permanent divider or wall will be costly. It could well be a hindrance too. This is especially so if you require flexibility or if your needs keep changing. To create temporary (or permanent) factory dividers without spending too much, factory and warehouse owners often use tarps. These tarps can enhance safety levels in the partitioned areas. In addition, they can reduce the volume of sound as well to boost the efficiency levels of your workers.
When you purchase polytarps from us, you will come across an extensive range of products. Our fabric wall and divider curtains are a cost-effective solution. They are ideal for use in areas that need partition systems. And, if you use them in enclosures, they make ideal covers for cattle and pig shelters. They can provide effective dust and air control, which is essential for keeping your belongings safe. This is regardless of whether your belongings comprise livestock, hay or crops or expensive machines and equipment.
As mentioned earlier, constructing a permanent wall will be costly. It could consume a lot of time as well. And, if you only require the divider for a few months, a permanent wall could well become an impediment. By using tarps as your industrial curtains, you will not have to spend much money. Tarps are easy to install and remove too. Moreover, in terms of flexibility and versatility, they are second to none. This is why you can consider using them as eco shelters for some time and as grain bunker tarps on other occasions. As divider curtains, these tarps can enhance privacy levels. In addition, they can provide a physical separation without compromising on flexibility or durability.
Commercial factories and warehouses abound throughout Australia. In many cases, these facilities carry out their operations on expansive tracts of land. This is essential because these establishments typically carry out a diverse range of activities. For instance, factories will have people engaged in fieldwork or working in cattle shade structures. They will have people in desk-based jobs as well. Both sets of workers will require different environments. For this, they will naturally work in different buildings. In case certain departments require secluded workspaces, the business owners will partition areas with the help of tarpaulins.
However, in some cases, factory and industry owners will have large plants or warehouses on their properties. Not all of them will be making optimal use of the space available. As such, it is more than likely that large sections or areas in these facilities will lie vacant. As and when required, the factory owners will be able to use these vacant spaces. But, in some cases, they might require creating physical barriers in these vacant spaces. For this, they will not even think of creating permanent structures. Instead, they will prefer relying on polyethylene tarpaulins (or polytarps) for using as poultry curtains or curtain dividers.
For several years, Polytex Tarpaulins has been the supplier of choice when it comes to tarpaulins. Our tarpaulins come into use in a myriad of ways. This is why people in the industrial, mining and agricultural sectors rely on our products at all times. Some farmers utilise our tarps as livestock shade structures for keeping their animals safe. Others keep their agricultural produce safe by using them as bunker tarps. This attests to the versatility of our diverse range of products.
Live load, or those brief temporary loads that is caused by someone or something atop the cattle shade structures and thus putting weight and stress on it. In a solid roofed structure, these live loads are often caused by humans standing on top of the roof probably fixing something. In the case of shade fabric structures, these live loads may be caused by water that has pooled onto the centre of the shade fabric after a light rain or falling branches from nearby trees. In the case of water log, shade cloths are often design with mesh and holes to allow the water to disperse and thus avoid pooling. However, it sometimes happens that these holes become clogged and thereby prevents the water from falling off.
There may be other things that can cause undue stress on your cattle shade structures and the shade fabric that you used, but the three kinds of load mentioned above are the most common issues that owners of cattle shade structures usually encounter. However, as can be gleaned from the above paragraphs, these issues can be remedied using the proper materials and correct installation. This is why while building your cattle shade structures (or any other livestock shade structure like pig shelters and others), you may want to consult an engineer or a professional builder to help you out. Doing so may cause you to spend more money than what you originally intended to spend, but the investment will definitely be worth it.
If you are looking for quality tarps and shades for you cattle shade structures, poultry curtains, or shade cloths and fabrics for your hay tarps or bunker tarps, please feel free to get in touch with us at 1300 059 003 or leave a message in our contact page for all your enquiries. We have a wide range of high quality tarps and products that make for excellent factory dividers, grain bunker tarps, and other uses.
If you are keen to building a cattle shade structure, then you should also be aware of the different things that may affect their durability and performance. Outlined below are some of the most common factors that can have a negative impact on the longevity and proper function of many cattle shade structures.
Wind load refers to the stress that the wind can effect on cattle shade structures and many other agricultural or industrial structure that makes use of a tensioned shade. Moderate to strong winds can blow through the shade structure and as it does it can cause some rippling effect or waves that cause the fabric to flap or billow. During this process, the wind forces the fabric material to endure unbalanced forces that may cause the premature failure of the shade fabric and the other components of cattle shade structures. The best way to deal with this issue is to ensure that the fabric is tensioned well into the post.
Horizontal winds, or those that blow in an upward direction, can also have an effect on the shade fabric, or what is sometimes referred to as ‘lift’ and causes the same damage to the shade fabric as those mentioned earlier. To keep this from happening, the fabric of the cattle shade structures should be properly angled to avoid ripping and enduring any damage.
There is also this thing called the dead load, which is basically the weight of the structure and the effect of gravity on it. In this case, the whole weight of the shade fabric is borne by the posts that hold it, or any other structure that supports it. In some of the cattle shade structures, the posts are installed at a certain angle as this is seen to help provide tension, though care must be taken that the posts are installed in the right angles or else it may have negative implications. Along this line, there are shade structures that make use of metal clad frames as these are seen to be more durable and resilient than mere shade cloths. However, they also tend to weigh more, thereby their dead load puts more stress on the supporting structures than the shade cloth alone. Still, the dead load of plain shade cloth should not be underestimated since they are still quite heavy by themselves.
Posts and foundations form a crucial part of the whole cattle shade structures. Even though you may have the best shade cloth at hand, if the support is not durable and strong, then the whole structure will simply collapse whenever there is a strong wind. This may also happen even if there is no wind to cause stress on the structure, as the dead weight of the shade cloth, if too heavy for the support, will eventually cause the wholes structure to fail.
Thus, you’ll want to make sure that you are using structural grade steel in the construction of cattle shade structures. In addition, use solid and well-constructed foundation since the weight of the shade fabric along with the different types of loads will be transferred through the whole structure and into the foundation in the ground.
In general, concrete is used as footing and foundation for the whole structure—not just cattle shade structures but for all other structures like eco shelters or shelter covers. Care must be taken in their construction since they need to be able to transfer the weight and the stress to the ground and at the same time prevent it from lifting. The posts are usually attached to a wide steel plate, which is then bolted to the concrete footing or foundation before they are covered with soil. The footings and foundation, after concreting will need ample time to cure, and when it does, only then should the shade cloths be attached to them.
When it comes to fastening the shade cloth to the supporting posts, care must be taken to ensure that there is enough tension applied as this is crucial in helping to prevent any damage to the cloth especially in conditions where there is constant strong wind activity. This then highlights the importance of the various components that connect and hold the shade cloth to the supporting structures.
There are several ways available to connect the shade cloth to the posts. You have the option to use load-carrying straps, chains or U-bolts as well as several other adjustable cables and turnbuckles.
When it comes to the longevity of the connecting components, this will generally be affected by the distribution of the weight or load of the fabric. Putting some reinforcing cables and seams can help to lessen the load or distribute it evenly so there isn’t too much stress on them.
There are also issues with the turnbuckles and other connecting components can come lose. This is especially true if there are repetitive flapping or billowing and if there is too much movement on the fabric. This is why you’ll want to constantly inspect the turnbuckles and connecting components to ensure that they are tight, and if there is any damage whatsoever, immediate repairs or even replacements may be necessary.