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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!

All You Need To Know When Buying Poultry Curtains

Farmers engaged in poultry business are always on the lookout for innovative ideas on how to make the poultry shelters comfortable. Unlike other farm animals chickens are more prone to respiratory illnesses and other airborne diseases. This is why keeping them in a secured and properly ventilated environment is a priority.

Among the effective approaches of making poultry shelters conducive are the installation of poultry curtains. Top quality made curtains offer many benefits such as block harmful rays of the sun from entering the poultry shelters, integrate a darker environment for nesting chickens and minimise stress. So, what to look for while shopping for curtains intended for poultry shelters. Here’s a list for you to consider.

  1. Checkout ventilation

Poultry curtains may serve different purposes. Some poultry raisers install curtains to control the amount of air coming inside the poultry shelters. Why? Good ventilation can affect the well-being and productivity of the chickens. Although, natural air is needed there are instances that the quality of air can be mixed with external elements like dirt, airborne diseases or toxins that could lead to the development of illnesses. So, to control air during hot or colder seasons custom made curtains are installed to match the needed ventilation in a poultry shelter.

  1. Temperature control

Another factor to look into when deciding on the type of fabric of poultry curtains is the capability to control temperature brought by harsh weather conditions such as extreme heat, windy or cold. When buying poultry curtains invest in fabric materials designed to provide the ideal insulation during hot or cooler days.

For example, poultry curtains can be adjusted depending on a typical day’s weather condition. Light-coloured poultry curtains are perfect both for summer and winter. Why? During summer these curtains allow the sun to shine inside the poultry shelters while during colder months of winter season the entire place is kept warm, thereby helping reduce HVAC consumption.

  1. Less shrinkage

Shopping for the ideal fabrics for poultry curtains can be quite overwhelming, especially if presented with different materials. If your goal is to buy curtains that will provide long years of service, then, inquire about fabrics with less shrinkage feature. Keep in mind, over time these curtains are exposed to elements like heat or strong wind and may be prone to wear and tear or shrinking. It would be beneficial if your investment in poultry curtains deliver the real purpose such as protect your poultry and extend their service life.

For some of us, poultry curtains would just appear as decorative piece hanging on every poultry shelter. However, for experienced poultry raisers and commercial farmers installation of the right type of poultry curtains can have a huge impact on the chickens overall health, wellbeing and production. So, whatever the reason for installing the poultry curtains see to it that they keep your chickens happy and you as well with higher profit in the end.

If you want guidance on the selection of suitable curtains for your poultry and other livestock consult the experts at Polytex.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary to ensure that your fabric building is able to give the best return for your investment. Just think about all the things meet your fabric structure every single day. From birds and their droppings to fallen debris from trees like dead branches, rotten fruits and decayed leaves, all of these things can cause potential damage to the fabric roof and walls of your building.

Your fabric building, whether they’re hay sheds or temporary storage structures, sits exposed outside all day and night. Therefore, whether you choose to hire someone or do it yourself, it is important to clean this debris off the fabric regularly.

If you do choose to do the cleaning yourself, you need to make sure that when removing dirt and debris from the fabric you use soft instruments such as a dull edged broom or mop. Avoid using hard-edged tools like rakes or shovels. Otherwise, you may accidentally puncture the fabric. The same is true for any other type of fabric like grain bunker tarps, poultry curtains or hay tarps.

In addition, when cleaning the dirt off from the fabric, simply use mild soap and water. Do not use bleach or harsh abrasive products. Also, do not use a pressure washer or similar equipment to clean this structure. Doing so could jeopardize the protective layer of coating on the fabric and overall stability of the building.

Remove all organic materials from the base of your fabric building as well to avoid mold or mildew spots at the bottom of your cover or rust to your frame.  In addition, avoid moisture or condensation inside your shelter by purchasing a vent kit. This ensures a cool and dry interior to keep your fabric structure and valuables inside safe from damage.

All You Need To Know About Poultry Curtains

Are you in the process of setting your poultry shelters? Aside from providing your chickens an outdoor space where they can freely move around during their active period, an indoor space is also crucial for their well-being and growth. This is why it’s important that you take time in designing the shelter and providing it the necessary poultry supplies, equipment including poultry curtains. Where are these curtains generally used? Here are few things you need to know about poultry curtains.

Introduction to poultry curtains

Adequate lighting is one of the basic requirements when building poultry shelters. Apart from that poultry curtains are also considered to play an important role in your targeted broiler production. Most poultry farm owners use poultry curtains like the blue and yellow ones because they have been proven to be a contributing factor on broilers performance.

The material component of poultry curtains

Poultry curtains are made from the top graded UV-stabilised materials. They are specifically designed to have excellent block-out fabrics that will control the amount of natural light coming inside the poultry shelters. Most of the fabric materials used for the manufacture of poultry curtains have a special laminated coating. For maximum block-out effect check the percentage of laminated coating used on poultry curtains.

Poultry curtains come in a variety of materials, width and weight. For summer months, lighter curtains can be used to allow natural air to flow freely inside the poultry shelters. However, curtains made from insulated fabric material are appropriate during winter months.

The most common material used for poultry curtains are polyethylene (PE) and vinyl (PVC). However, you can also have the option to have them custom made and have specifications like abrasion and fungus resistant.

Why use poultry curtains?

Birds require a period of darkness to reach their optimum health condition. It is only during the dark periods that the chickens will produce the hormone “melatonin” needed to improved immune system. The ideal dark period when managing a poultry farm is at least four to six hours of total darkness daily. However, if you are raising free-range or organic chickens the required dark period is eight hours of darkness. Poultry curtains help poultry raisers reach this total darkness program with their efficient blocking system feature. Dark periods also help those fast-growing broilers to slow down their growth rate to ensure they have balance in the frame built and prevent the leg disorder from arising.

If you want to know more about the different designs, pricing and available colors for your poultry curtains contact any of the representatives of Polytex or visit their official website to view their wide range of tarpaulin products suited for your poultry business.

Tarpaulin Products for Piggery and Poultry

At Polytex, we specialise in fabricating long, large covers. We also carry out bulk production runs on tarpaulin items for varied applications including pig shelters and hay sheds. Our manufacturing facilities feature the latest equipment and technology. Thus, unlike other suppliers, we can easily manufacture in excess of 15,000 square metres of tarps each day. Moreover, we offer a diverse range of products such as dam liners, trucking tarps, hay & cotton covers, military shelter covers, poultry & piggery products etc. Not surprisingly, these capabilities make us the supplier of choice to all kinds of Australian businesses as well as commercial entities overseas.

 

If you need tarps to meet your temporary warehousing needs, simply shop at Polytex. As a reputed supplier of quality tarps, we can design, manufacture and deliver the products you need with minimal fuss. Our ability to respond quickly to your requirements gives us a distinctive edge over other tarp manufacturing companies. When you shop with us, you can expect to receive tarps that are long-lasting, economical and versatile enough to meet your current and future needs. The next time you need poultry curtains or hay covers, think of us. Click here to request a quote.

Limiting Pollution, Contaminants, and Mess

Keeping your warehouse clean is a must. However, this can be a challenge especially given the conditions that many warehouses face. For instance, large open windows and doors pave the way for entry of dust and dirt which can accumulate rather easily if left unattended even for just a while. In a vehicle warehouse where they also do auto body servicing for example, there is a huge risk of contamination since paint and oils are used on an almost daily basis. Suffice to say that whatever industry or sector you may be, the problem of dirt and contaminants is a reality that your warehouse will need to deal with.
Warehouse curtains are excellent ways of limiting the entry of pollutants and contaminants into your warehouse. In fact, the same principle applies when it comes to using tarps as poultry curtains or pig shelters, with the tarps serving to protect the whole poultry yard from the entry of pollutants and contaminants. Acting as a shield, they provide a barrier that keeps dust from not only accumulating on the floors and walls but also prevents them from getting into your machineries and equipment which can have a negative impact on their function and performance. Needless to say, this can in turn a negative effect on your bottom line and may even cause you to incur unnecessary expenses due to premature repairs.

Temperature Control

Even warehouses will need to maintain certain temperature levels for a variety of reasons. For one, they need to do so in order to protect their products, such as in the case of food storage warehouses. Controlling temperature also helps to keep the people working in the warehouse comfortable, which should help improve their performance and productivity. Temperature fluctuations are also a common problem especially during those hot or cold months.
Instead of having expensive temperature control systems installed, you can opt for warehouse curtains or factory dividers, especially if the temperature fluctuations in your warehouse only varies by a few degrees every now and then. They are very cost-effective solutions for minor temperature control needs, and can help save your business thousands of dollars from heating or cooling systems.

Benefits of Shelter Covers Continues

There will be certain times when the composting pile or windrows do not need to be covered. This applies to cases where the moisture lost in compost pile needs to be replaced, and often times the replacement will come from the rain. There are certain benefits of this, like the reduced labour necessary to maintain the desired moisture content of the compost pile and at the same time prolonging the service life of the composting cover because of the reduced exposure to the elements which can harm its durability. Actually, all types of tarps like hay tarps and others will have durability issues if left exposed to the elements for a long time.

In addition, it should be remembered that although composting covers are excellent for preventing moisture loss, some moisture will still be able to escape in the form of water vapour. As such, the covered compost pile or windrow should have sufficient water initially. The initial water content should be monitored regularly and be replenished when needed, especially during the active composting stages.

Some composting covers also have a smooth side and a rough one like some tarps used a poultry curtains. In many cases, it is recommended that the smooth side should be placed facing down or in contact with the compost pile. By doing so, it helps to prevent the compost particles like wood fibers and others from sticking to the compost cover. The rougher or more fibrous side of the compost covers has a sort of like Velcro effect which attracts compost particles and cause them to stick.

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.

Quality Tarps For All Purposes

Tarps typically come into use in cattle shade structures and poultry curtains. But, they are useful for covering vehicles and, in trucks, the cargo too. Securing a tarp around the cargo is quite easy in a pickup truck. But, securing the tarp around the load in dump and flatbed trucks can be a trickier proposition. While plying on the roads, loosely fitted tarps could experience wind whip. This phenomenon refers to the ballooning of the tarp because of the air pressure. Invariably, wind whip will result in tearing the tarp, which could lead to the loss of cargo.

Polytex is a major supplier of tarps for use as pig shelters and other shelter covers. But, we specialise in manufacturing custom made trucking and machinery covers too. From trucking rollovers to covers for equipment and machinery, we manufacture it all. In fact, we specialise in producing bulk runs of specific types of tarps. We use cutting edge computerised equipment for drawing, nesting, plotting and cutting tarps. This enables us to provide tarps of accurate dimensions without compromising on their quality.

In addition, we use unique welding machinery as well. This helps us to produce tarps with completely welded seams, reinforcement wear strips, welded sleeves and welded rope edges. Not surprisingly, our completely welded PVC tarps and protection products have won us renown throughout the country. Whether you’re looking for hay or bunker tarps, you will hardly be able to find tarps that can measure up to our exacting standards from other suppliers.

Choosing Truck Tarps Are Customisable and Low Maintenance

One of the reasons why many companies with trucks prefer the use of truck tarps is because it can be customised, not only to fit their trucks, but also that it may serve as a marketing and promotion medium. This does not just apply to truck tarps, but to any other types of tarps like those used as cattle shade structures and others. As with any other kind of tarpaulin, truck owners and companies can have their business names and logos printed on the truck tarp. Aside from those things, businesses can also have a variety of graphics and other visual elements printed on the tarp to further improve their marketing campaigns. For instance, they can advertise whatever cargo is being transported during that time. Along this line, if the company decides to change their marketing strategy, they simply need to have a tarp printed with the new marketing material. For cargo companies, this is an excellent method to advertise their company name and telephone number or website in order to gain more patrons.

What you need to remember though is that if you decide to go along this route, you’re going to need the help of a professional graphic artist and printer so your design comes off professionally and attractively.

When it comes to maintenance, truck tarps are much easier to maintain when compared to standard metal containers. This is actually true many other types of tarpaulins like those used for poultry curtains and others, where a simple rag and some water is enough to get rid of dirt and debris. In the case of metal containers, truck owners and drivers need to worry about lubricating the joints and slides to ensure that they function properly every time. Such maintenance processes must be done regularly, otherwise the container system will start to malfunction and fail. When truck tarps do get damaged, the replacement is not only easy but also more cost-effective.