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Truck Tarps: Types, Benefits and Applications

Tarpaulins, or tarps as they are often called, are used in a wide variety of settings and industry. In the agricultural industry for instance, you can see tarps being used as covers for grain bunkers or livestock shelter. In the industrial sector, it is pretty common to see tarps being used as wall dividers or to cover items while in storage. In trucking and logistics, tarps are mostly used to cover the items being transported while on the road.

Covering truck beds and the items on them is just one of the many uses of tarps. They are used to cover the load on the truck, thereby protecting it from rain, sun, or snow and at the same time help to secure the load and keep them from falling off the truck bed. Sure, there are box vans or box trucks available, but there are certain items that only flatbed trucks are capable of transporting (e.g. lumber, construction materials, etc.) And when it comes to protecting the load on a flatbed truck, truckers generally rely on a good quality truck tarp.

Like many other items made from tarpaulins like factory dividers, bunker tarps, shelter cover and others truck tarps also come in different variants. More often than not, these classifications are based on the material the tarp is made from or the specific type of load it protects. However, most truckers generally classify tarps according to the following types: lumber tarps, steel tarps, and mesh tarps and each brings with it a certain versatility and suitability for hauling a specific type of cargo.

Type of Truck Tarps: Lumber Tarps

As the name suggests, lumber tarps are used by truckers who are involved in transporting lumber. They are generally made of heavy-duty material like Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or Polyethylene (PE), which are pretty much the same materials used in making other tarpaulin products like dam liners, temporary storage structures, and others. Obviously, these types of truck tarps are used to protect lumber from outdoor elements during transport; however, they can also be used for bulky and high-rising loads, and cargo that needs plenty of overhang.

Lumber tarps are designed quite differently from other types of truck tarps. In general, they are shaped and sized in such a way that that they are able to accommodate loads which can rise as high as eight feet above the truck bed.  Lumber tarps are usually sold in sets of two or three pieces, though they can also be bought individually. Lumber tarps, like other tarpaulin products (e.g. livestock shade structures, factory dividers, etc.) can also be custom-made, which is a perfect solution for truckers who have specific requirements and needs.

As mentioned earlier, lumber tarps can be made from different materials. Regardless of which material you choose, be sure to go for materials that are durable but not overly heavy. The weight of the material is an important factor to consider as the tarpaulin must be applied and tied down manually, and a heavy tarp is more challenging and more time-consuming to work with.

Type of Truck Tarps: Steel Tarps

As can be gleaned from its name, steel tarps are specifically made to cover steel products like pipes, cables, sheets, and others. Their design and the waterproof materials used in constructing the tarp should offer excellent performance when it comes to keeping the load dry and free from corrosion and rust. Most tarps used in hay sheds and temporary warehousing also have waterproof features as it is a necessity in keeping the bales of hay dry.

Like lumber tarps, steel tarps are also made from heavy-duty materials but are designed rather differently. One difference that you’ll immediately notice is that a steel tarp tends to be same in length as a lumber tarp but smaller in width. This is mainly because steel tarps are only intended to cover shorter and low-profile loads (loads that do not rise too high from the surface of the flatbed). A typical steel tarp is four-sided without flaps, have grommets and D-rings built in, and are generally secured with bungee straps.

Types of Truck Tarps: Mesh Tarps

One of the most commonly used truck tarps are heavy-duty mesh tarpaulins and are mostly seen on dump trucks and dump truck trailers. Unlike lumber tarps and steel tarps, mesh tarps aren’t made of solid materials, which means that they won’t be able to protect your cargo when it rains while you’re on the road. That said, mesh tarps are only used for covering cargo that isn’t damaged by moisture such as small rocks, gravel and sand. Aside from not being waterproof, truckers also have other issues with mesh tarps. For instance, mesh tarps tend to get snagged on debris such as nails or any protruding object in the truck.

Despite those issues, many truckers still use these types of truck tarps. They are lightweight which makes them easier to deploy and collect, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. The holes in the mesh tarp also allows from ‘breathability’ which makes mesh tarps perfect for other applications like poultry curtains (although it can be rather challenging to find such a curtain in stores that sell poultry supplies in Australia).

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Why Choose Grain Bunkers Over Grain Silos?

Are you still on the process of choosing the best grain storage solution? The challenging part of this decision making is the fact that there are a variety of storage solutions and finding the best one depends on many factors. What are they? First of all you, have to factor in the climate, then, available funds, the deadline of completion as well as types of grain needing storage. If you have been given the two-grain storage solutions the grain bunkers and grain silos, which fits your requirements. For your convenience, I have compiled valuable information that will help you come up with a wise decision. So, let’s dig into these facts and be well informed.

What are Grain Bunkers?

Grain bunkers are becoming well sought after nowadays in the agriculture industry because of the cost-effectiveness in constructing them. Apart from that the flexibility of grain bunkers to be moved from one site to another make them more adaptable to any grain storage system. Grain bunkers are replacing the traditional towering silos because of their impressive storage capacity. Imagine grain bunkers can store as much of 12,000 tons of grain while grain silos maximum load of grain is only 6,000 tons.

Benefits of Grain Bunkers

  • Quicker installation process. The grain bunkers frame is composed of angled iron walls with steel for support. The flooring is generally covered with durable plastic sheet and grain is covered with tightly sealed tarpaulin to ensure no pest or undesirable weather condition will cause damage to the grains.
  • Grain bunkers covering are made from high strength tarpaulin that has features of water resistant and UV protected against harmful rays of the sun.
  • The material composition of grain bunkers is extremely light, thereby allowing farmers and grain handlers ease on transport from one site to another.
  • Can be ordered per piece or more (60,000 s/f).
  • The covers are either delivered in rolls or folded.

What are Grain Silos?

Grain silos are the oldest structures of storing grain or other fermented feeds called “silage”. The Silos are designed also to store huge volume of grain including other products like coal, cement, food and sawdust.  When storing grains inside the silos handlers or farm workers have need vertical elevators to help them fill the structures. Other farmers use blower systems to help them store grains, but, this method is only applicable to storing grains for livestock. The visual appearance of grain silos is a towering vessel with a cylindrical shape. Its design can withstand any amount of pressure while grain is being filled inside the container.

Benefits of Grain Silos

  • Can be installed even on a limited area, which it economical if you are to compute the money saved on ground space.
  • More control of handling because the storage of grain is focused on one location. This assures farmers and handlers the proper storage of grain in an environment free from pests while retaining the desired temperature setting. Airtight seal is guaranteed with grain silos, so the issue of fumigation is completely controlled.
  • Grain silos expected service life is approximately 25 years and over if properly built and maintained.

Which is a better grain storage solution?

It all depends on each farmer or handler grain storage requirement. For example, if you just need a temporary storage solution that is affordable and effective in preserving the quality of grain, then, the best storage is the grain bunker.

If still undecided which grain storage is the perfect fit for the effective handling of your agriculture grains, then, inquire at Polytex and get solid advice when having to choose between grain bunkers or grain silos.

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What To Consider Before Ordering Custom Made Grain Bunkers?

Finally, you decided to invest on custom-made grain bunkers, so what’s your next concern? Before placing a job order to any tarpaulin supplier, take into consideration the following information to ensure you are making the right purchase.

Purpose of the grain bunker

Ask yourself this question, “Why do you need a grain bunker?” If you are on the lookout for a short-term and cost-effective storage solution for your newly harvested grain, then, a custom-made grain bunker is the perfect solution to this need. Besides, having your grain bunkers customised will give you more flexibility in sizing, shape including materials to be used.

Site location

Setting up grain bunkers need strategic positioning. This is why before you even contact a supplier of tarps, consider the site location first. Remember, for your grain bunker to be an effective storage the site where you will install it must possess the following features:

  • Quick accessibility to trucks that will load and unload huge volume of grain.
  • Spacious enough to accommodate any size of trucks including other farm equipment and machinery.
  • Compliance with your drying and aeration requirements.
  • Safe and secure environment to reduce incidents of burglary
  • Enough distance from the field area to the storage site.

Credibility of the supplier

Investing on custom-made grain bunkers require a good deal of money and it’s vital that you place your job order to a supplier that has a proven track record of providing top quality custom made tarpaulin products. While you have time, do background investigation of your prospective supplier of tarps. Verify if the company is licensed to sell custom made tarps. You can also check their reputation online by reading comments of past clients. If the information you gathered shows negative feedback, might a well look for another supplier that has made a name in the industry as a reputable tarpaulin supplier.

Timeline of completion

Another concern you have to tackle before committing to any tarp supplier that also customizes grain bunkers is the timeline of completion. Keep in mind, unlike mass produced tarps that you can easily order, custom made tarps may require ample time to plan the design and layout before the actual production takes place. If you want to make sure the custom-made grain bunkers are ready after your scheduled harvesting, talk to the supplier the estimated time to finish your job order. A credible supplier of tarps must have the capacity to finish any job order accepted on time.

Other concerns

Among other concerns that you should not forget before filling that job order form are the preferred size, thickness, material made (heavy duty polyethylene) and color.

There you have it some of the things that you have to pay attention when ordering custom made grain bunkers. Feel free to go over them and see to it that your contracted supplier will comply strictly with your specifications and completion date. Remember, any day your newly harvested are exposed to external elements like heat, cold and wind could result in damage and greater loss on your future earnings. So, make a quick decision now and visit Polytex for a wide selection of high-quality tarpaulin products.

Is Polytarp Useful for Keeping Your Crops and Other Produce Safe?

Polytarp is a low-cost, durable and waterproof material. In addition, manufacturers can easily produce the tarps you require, based on your specifications. Therefore, you could easily use them for large-scale agricultural applications, as grain bunkers and grain storage covers. Some people even use them as hay tarps.

You might spend a fortune in constructing permanent storage facilities for your agricultural produce. These would not only require various approvals from the local councils and regulatory bodies. The construction process itself would consume a lot of time. In contrast, grain bunker tarps are significantly cheaper than constructing permanent storage facilities. Moreover, they require no approvals and you can roll them out and stow them away, without too much of a fuss.

Another advantage of these tarps is that circumstances might necessitate that you rotate your crops in a different location. In this scenario, the location of the permanent store might present something of an inconvenience. However, the tarps will work just fine, even if you rotate your crops to a different location.