An Overview of the Time-Tested Tarpaulin

By: Elizabeth Horsfall

Posted on: 2015-12-03

While driving through the city or the country, it is not too difficult to come across people using tarps for various purposes. Some people use them as shelter covers for keeping their poultry supplies safe in Australia. Others use tarps as effective dam liners. Farmers also use tarpaulins for keeping their cattle safe. Thus, they keep their cattle sheltered from the elements by using tarps as cattle shades. In addition, not every house in Australia has a spacious garage. So, people often rely on tarps to keep their vehicles sheltered from the elements.


For long, people have depended on the trusty tarpaulins as an economical, quick and easy means for protecting their goods, their crops and even, their personal property. Most tarps provide extremely good protection from the rains. Therefore, people use them for weatherproofing their belongings – especially, those that they cannot keep indoors. Traditionally, canvas tarps were very popular at one time. The modern tarps comprise polyethylene and PVC fabrics, which provide superior levels of protection. Unsurprisingly, these tarps come into use across a variety of domestic, commercial, agricultural and industrial applications.


The material used for making tarps is not just inexpensive or lightweight. It is waterproof and windproof too. Besides, it does not take long for manufacturers to produce polyfabric covers from polyethylene or PVC either. As a result, people can use tarps for even large-scale projects that require protection of several thousand square metres.