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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).

For more information, contact us at Polytex today!

Ultimate Design and Plan Guide For Construction Of Hay Sheds

Proper storage of hay is crucial to preserve the quality prior sale. Effective hay storage is the key to achieve this goal. If you are planning to build hay sheds from scratch, here’s everything you need to know from design and final structure layout.

What to consider when designing hay sheds?

If you want the design of hay sheds to be fully functional after construction the following areas must be carefully considered:

  • Location of the hay sheds
  • Materials to be used for the base including site preparation
  • Accessibility of hay sheds to roads
  • Drainage control
  • Fire safety
  • Weatherproofing of hay sheds
  • Ventilation control
  • Condensation control

What is the ideal size and shape of hay sheds?

Building hay sheds require appropriate size and shape, so that it can comply with any farmer’s hay storage capacity requirement. When designing the hay sheds there should be enough clearance to prevent spillages while tilting a fully loaded wagon. The minimum size for construction of hay sheds is approximately 18 feet (5.4 m).

How to select the ideal location?

Selecting the location for hay sheds is vital. Among the concerns that should be included when finding the best site are drainage and accessibility. Drainage refers to how effective the hay sheds from controlling amount of rainfall coming from the roofing structure down to its surrounding area. If possible the location of hay sheds must be above ground level and crowned of at least 12 inches (300 mm). Other concerns when selecting the hay shed location are future expansion and site preparation. Do you need to install culverts or add earthwork at the site? All these things will have to be covered to fully benefit from the construction of hay sheds.

What should cover accessibility?

Access is another aspect to consider when designing and planning the entire hay sheds structural framework is quick access not only for storing hay, but, also for marketing. The hay sheds should give easy access for any type of farm equipment and people involved in the operation. Quick accessibility also refers to roadways. The chosen site for hay shed storage must have enough space to allow maneuvering of trailer trucks including bale wagons.

How to protect hay sheds from fire?

The design of the final layout of hay sheds must have enough spacing of at least 50 feet (15 m) to reduce the risk of fire spreading and give firefighters more room to contain a blaze. For fully structured hay sheds the best way to protect it against accidental fire is doing the fire safety measures to lessen the risk or losses brought by fire incident such as water pump installation.

What is the ideal design for hay shed?

There are at least two types of hay shed storages; the “roof only” model or fully enclosed structure. Most farmers prefer top quality hay sheds that will protect the hay against harsh weather conditions. The hay sheds structure can be open at one end or enclosed. For open-ended structures, they may have tarps or cloth coverings and installed with doors to reduce the problem of sun bleaching.

The above information is intended to help anyone choose the perfect design for hay sheds. However, if you are too busy attending to the daily operation of your farm business and wish to entrust the design and final construction of hay sheds to the experts, then, contact now a representative at Polytex for solid advice.

Replacement Covers

Under normal conditions, a high quality fabric structure should last anywhere between one or two decades. The best quality fabrics can sometimes last even longer. However, this does not mean that they are invincible, and they will succumb to damage over time.

In some cases, recovering your fabric structures can extend the life of your building. Instead of buying an entirely new unit, simply replace the fabric to extend the lifespan of your original fabric building.

Weather and ultraviolet radiation eventually wear down the material. The sun’s UV rays can be detrimental to a fabric structure that is losing its protective coating due to unaddressed damage or wear and tear. These will not only make your fabric building look unsightly, but rips or tears in your fabric can also cause an incredible waste of energy.

You can re-cover fabric structures for aesthetic purposes to bring new life to pre-existing structures and make it more efficient. Some fabric building owners even invest in a replacement cover in order to equip their fabric building like temporary warehousing or hay sheds with higher-quality weather protection.

Some holes can be repaired, but loose-fitting or worn fabric should be replaced. If it’s just a small hole or rip, a high quality fabric patch or vinyl patch kit can be used with adhesive spray for a quick fix. But this is just a band aid solution. It is best to have them replaced when the damaged is too severe.

Increasing The Lifespan Of Fabric Buildings, Like Temporary Storage Structures And Others

Many owners of fabric buildings, whether they’re temporary storage structures, eco shelters, cattle shade structures and others, think that once the building’s set up, they don’t need to do anything else. This is one of the mistakes that owners of such structures commonly make.

Although these fabric structures and buildings are durable, this doesn’t mean that they are invincible. They will get damaged especially if they are not cared for properly. This becomes even truer if the fabric and frames used aren’t of the best quality. Many buildings and items won’t last long without proper care and maintenance. This includes fabric structures and buildings.

Fabric buildings provide an excellent alternative for concrete buildings for various reasons. They can be used as farm and hay sheds where you can store your hay, farm equipment and other farming tools. They can also be used as livestock shade structures for different farm animals.

There are many other uses of fabric buildings. In any case, if you want to make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy using your fabric buildings and structures, you’ll need to take certain steps and precautions to ensure that they last you for a reasonably long time.

Design Guidelines When Constructing Hay Sheds

Protection of quality produced hay is among the concerns of farm owners that are exporting hay. Having a proper storage is essential to prevent hay from extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains, strong winds, and hottest temperatures. If you are planning to design the layout of your hay sheds, here are some guidelines that you can implement.

Identify the right size and shape of had sheds

While still in the planning phase of the design of your hay sheds there are two elements needed; the size and shape. You have to make sure that the preferred size and shape provides more room for clearance from the roof part. The standard size for a typical had shed is at least 5.4 meters or 18 feet. However, if you intend to store huge round bales, then, take into consideration a design that can fit bale wagons without any struggle.

Careful selection of has shed site is a must

The site where you will build the hay sheds is crucial during the designing phase. Among the factors that you have to consider are accessibility and drainage. Drainage of water that may come from the roof after heavy rain including the surrounding premises of the site is important. Why? This will give you an idea of the level of protection you have to install on the hay sheds flooring. Experts in hay shed construction recommend crowning the floor area at least 300mm (12”) above the ground level of the site. When selecting the site for your hay sheds leave some space for future expansion in case you will need additional hay storages adjacent to the main building.

Accessibility

Another element that you should not overlook when designing the layout of your hay sheds is the accessibility, both for the loading of the high volume of hays as well as the daily operation of your workers. A well designed had shed must provide easy access to tools and machinery needed in handling bulk hays like forklifts and grapple forks. Accessibility may also refer to the convenience in going to the hay shed site. So, selection of a site for hay sheds must provide easy access to passable major roadways. For example, a site that will allow easy maneuvering of trailers and bale wagons is the best site location.

Safety

When designing the structure layout of your farm hay sheds always leave enough spacing with another storage facility or building. On average the recommended spacing is approximately 15m (50 feet) to prevent the spreading of fire and allow firefighters to control it.

Others

Among other things that you have to pay attention when designing hay sheds are functionality, materials to be used, ventilation and moist control and ability to withstand any extreme weather condition.

Where to contract the design and construction of hay sheds?

If in need of professional advice on the design and construction of hay sheds contact Polytex and learn more about the best storage solutions for your farming products.

Understanding The Needs of the Customer

At Polytex Tarpaulins, we understand the needs of diverse types of consumers across the country. We know that people in the industrial or manufacturing sector will require strong and durable tarps for keeping their machinery and equipment safe. We also know that some business owners would require tarps that can serve as effective factory dividers or curtains. This is useful when you want to create partitions in a large space.

Similarly, in the agricultural sector, we know that farmers will need weatherproof and sturdy tarps. Some farmers will use these tarps as cattle shade structures or poultry curtains. Others will want these tarps to protect their grain and hay. To meet the diverse requirements of all these consumer profiles, Polytex Tarpaulins specialises in producing versatile, tough and long-lasting tarps. This enables you to use the tarps you obtain from us in a diverse range of ways.

As mentioned earlier, not all farmers have the wherewithal to construct permanent onsite storage facilities. Having these facilities onsite can be undoubtedly beneficial. But, permanent onsite storage facilities have certain drawbacks as well. Investing in permanent facilities such as hay sheds will require loads of money. More importantly, it might take several years for you to realise those savings.

Similarly, many farmers rotate the crops they grow in their fields. As such, what might be a convenient location for your permanent facility at present might be an impediment in the years to come. As land use changes, you might require storage facilities at different spots in your fields. Clearly, you will not be able to keep constructing multiple storage facilities all over your field. Some farmers find themselves dealing with short harvest windows. In such a scenario, purchasing permanent storage facilities can be quite challenging. For these reasons, farmers often look at using bunker tarps for securing their grain.

When It Comes To Tarpaulins, Polytex Delivers

Truck tarps do not usually have a specific composition. But, they must cover the length and the width of the truck completely. In addition, the material used will need to be strong enough to withstand the wind whip phenomena. And, if you plan to use it in all-weather conditions, the tarp will need to be waterproof as well. This is why people in the trucking industry rely on vinyl and polyethylene tarps. These tarps are extremely waterproof. More importantly, they come with other features as well. For instance, they are rot, mould and mildew proof. The material they feature could well be ultraviolet resistant too. This makes them ideal for covering loads in trucks as well as for using in other temporary storage structures.

If you’re looking for high-quality tarps, simply shop at Polytex. Our cutting-edge manufacturing equipment and technology has made us Australia’s supplier of choice when it comes to tarpaulins. Our tarps are versatile enough for you to use as hay sheds or even eco shelters. Unlike other suppliers, we can manufacture in excess of 15,000 square metres of tarps on a daily basis. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, you can rely on us to offer you the best value for every dollar that you spend. To know more, call us at 1300 059 003.