Some of the most common uses for tarps include:
- Thermal Covers: People use tarps in combination with polyfabric shelters for preventing the loss of heat. These tarps are low-cost and lightweight. Therefore, people can roll them and store them easily. These tarps often come into use for providing temporary insulation in piggeries. Sometimes, people even use them as insulated covers for heated swimming pools.
- Machinery Covers: These covers prevent dust and moisture from contaminating or clogging various machinery and equipment. They are useful in situations where people do not use specific machines for extended stretches of time.
- Composting Covers: These covers are useful for preventing the compost from drying up. These covers shed water easily. They also help in maintaining the appropriate levels of heat and humidity, which are necessary for composting.
- Grain Covers: Farmers often do not have large storage or warehousing facilities. Therefore, this becomes a problem when they need to store large volumes of grain in the open. Spells of rainfall could easily damage uncovered grain. At the same time, the risk of rats and other rodents or pests is not a risk that farmers can neglect either. In these situations, bunker tarps or grain covers provide effective cover to the agricultural produce.