Buying Guide For Tarps


By: Elizabeth Horsfall

Posted on: 2018-07-26

Tarps or commonly known as tarpaulins are widely used as protective covering against weather conditions like extreme sun exposure, heavy rain and strong wind. Most tarps are made from durable materials that have waterproof feature. Whether you are buying tarps for residential, commercial, agricultural, mining or industrial use here’s a buying guide for your reference.

Determine the thickness

Tarpaulins come in a variety of thickness. They are usually measured by manufacturers of tarpaulin products in millimeters ranging from 0.10 to 0.40 mm. The thicker the tarps the more durable they can be. So, if you are looking for a tarp that is intended for outdoor use, get the tarp with at least 0.40 mm thickness to ensure it can withstand strong wind, heavy downpour or scorching heat of the sun.

Check the mesh count

Another indicator that will tell how durable a tarp is the mesh count. The higher the mesh count indicated on a tarpaulin product the stronger the tarp.

Cut size and finish size

If this is your first time to buy tarps for your farming business know about the difference between the cut size as well as the finish size. Why? Cut size refers to the initial cut the tarp when it was produced.  When it comes to the finish size, it will be shorter than the cut size of at least 7.6 to 15.2 centimeters shorter. When making your first purchase, it’s imperative you ask the tarpaulin supplier or manufacturer the cut size and finish size of the tarp product you want.

Know the types of tarps available

Aside from the thickness, mesh count, cut size and finish size, you should also find time to know the different types of tarps sold in the market. Here are the types of tarpaulins that you may encounter online or from a direct supplier of tarpaulin products.

What are the other uses of tarps?

Aside from the main use of tarps as a protective covering, these tarpaulin products function also as camouflage, ground cover and at times as temporary makeshift or shelter in the event of a natural disaster when most homes are destroyed.

For more information about the uses of tarps and pricing feel free to visit the official website of Polytex and browse the different categories of their wide range of tarpaulin products.