Tarpaulin – Care and Maintenance Tips

In order to ensure that the tarpaulin covers live a long and useful life, it is important to ensure proper care and maintenance. Unnecessary pressure on either the seams in the material or the eyelets must be avoided. One should also ensure that the tarpaulin covers are not used around sharp objects like tree branches which could cause holes.

One should keep an eye on any friction between the Tarpaulin and the object it covers since excessive friction can cause the Tarpaulin material to wear quickly. Washing instructions need to be carefully followed to ensure longevity of Tarpaulin covers. For a canvas Tarpaulin it is advisable to use a brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the material.

One should soak a canvas tarpaulin and leave it to dry before using it since canvas can shrink slightly when wet so allowing it to dry would ensure that the tarpaulin cover doesn’t shrink while covering something. Allowing the Tarpaulin cover to dry properly will also ensure that holes around the stitching are closed thereby avoiding any leaks.

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Using Truck Tarps Properly

When it comes to using truck tarps (or any other tarp like grain bunker tarps for example), there are certain considerations that must be taken to ensure that they are used in the most effective way possible. These become even more important when it comes to using tarps for long-haul trucking.

The first consideration is choosing the right tarp for the job. For example, if you are transporting a load that is high rising and requires total water protection, then you should use a large lumber tarpaulin with both side drops and end flaps. Along this line, you want to make use of a tarp is big enough for the job, but it shouldn’t be too big that it has lots of excess fabric.

Another thing to remember is how the tarp is deployed and secured. There are various ways to deploy a tarp and several ways of securing them to the truck. But aside from that, it is also important to remember to protect the tarps against sharp objects and the potential of wind damage. This can be achieved by using edge protectors, corner protectors, moving blankets, rubber pants or other things that can eliminate sharp edges between cargo and tarp.

Lastly, it is important to regularly check and inspect your tarp before and after using them. This will allow you to identify weak points and damages and address them before they become worse. Doing this will allow you to get the maximum use out of your truck tarps and thus get the most out of this investment. This is not only true for truck tarps but for any other tarp you are using like hay tarps or tarps for pig shelters for instance.

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Why Truckers Need Truck Tarps

Truckers need to cover their cargo during transport (in some places this is mandatory) and one of the best and most cost-efficient way of doing this is with the use of truck tarps. But why is it necessary to do this?

Protecting the Cargo

Truckers have the responsibility to ensure that they deliver the cargo to their customers or clients in good condition. However, there are many things along the way that can damage the load at the back of a flatbed truck such as rain, excessive heat, uneven roads and several other challenges that comes with hauling heavy cargo. More often than not, these are capable of rendering damage to the goods being transported unless they are covered with a tarpaulin.

Avoiding Falling Loads

Aside from protecting the cargo, another important reason why truckers are encouraged to use truck tarps is road safety. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of items or cargo falling off the truck and onto the road, which then leads to a series of accidents as other travelers often crash against these items or get derailed while avoiding them. When such accidents happen, it leads to a variety of issues for the truck driver or the cargo company, all of which could’ve been avoided had they used truck tarps.

Truck tarps are fastened to the flat bed through grommets and rings (such as those use in some tarpaulin products like warehouse divider curtains and warehouse divider walls and the likes, but in any case, this action adds additional safety and security feature as the fastening helps to hold the cargo in place and prevent it from falling out of the truck.

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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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Prevent Storm Damage to Your Property By Using Quality Builder’s Tarpaulins


If you want to keep your car sheltered in the open, you will likely think of purchasing a tarpaulin. These products are popular throughout Australia for the high levels of cover that they offer. Homeowners will probably not think beyond using them for securing their vehicles. But, in various commercial and industrial facilities across the country, tarps offer high levels of versatility.


In rural areas, many farmers lack permanent storage structures for keeping their grain safe. Building such a structure will typically involve a considerable outlay. However, hay tarps and grain bunker tarps can be invaluable in keeping the agricultural produce safe from the elements. Similarly, in factories, some machines and equipment are too large to remain indoors. But, leaving them outdoors could render them susceptible to damage. In such situations, tarps can be immensely useful to have around. They will provide comprehensive levels of protection to keep your equipment safe and functional.


Tarps are so versatile that they can fulfil a myriad of needs with little fuss. This is why they are highly sought after in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. Many people will be aware that tarps make highly effective temporary storage structures. They are easily available. They are extremely affordable. And, installing tarps is quite easy too. This is why many builders use tarps to protect properties from storm damage. This is especially so in case they are renovating the property.


Regardless of whatever your intended use might be, you will need to purchase quality tarpaulin products. And, when it comes to supplying durable and versatile PVC tarps, Polytex Tarpaulins is the brand to depend on. We have been manufacturing premium grade tarpaulins since the 1990s. Over the years, we have acquired a formidable reputation for designing, manufacturing and servicing tarpaulins throughout the country. Unlike other suppliers, we can provide custom-made tarps to suit your specifications. Our tarps are so adaptable that you could use them in your temporary warehousing structures or for protecting your poultry supplies in Australia.


Whether you own a residential property or a commercial one, you will not be able to put off renovation work for long. The needs of homeowners typically change with time. This necessitates the need for commencing various home improvement projects. Similarly, owners of commercial and industrial facilities will need to make optimal utilisation of space to meet their dynamic needs. In both situations, the use of rugged and heavy-duty tarps is inevitable.


Building is undoubtedly a dirty and messy business. Outdoor sites will always remain subject to the elements. And, if the work is taking place indoors, you will not be able to prevent dust from spreading to all corners of the house. Both situations require builders to protect the building materials and the equipment. And, in some cases, protecting the work site might be necessary as well. Otherwise, the project will invariably experience several delays, which will increase the cost of the project many times over. Using PVC tarpaulins can be quite useful in such circumstances.


Many people will have used PVC tarps as warehouse divider curtains or shelter covers. But, these tarps are essential in the construction sector too. It is worth highlighting that PVC tarps can withstand anything that nature throws in their way. They are flexible and weatherproof. Most importantly, they are waterproof as well. These tarps can protect materials from moisture and dampness. This characteristic is useful for preventing corrosion and the proliferation of moulds and mildew.


At Polytex, we have over 50 years of collective experience and knowledge in the fabrics industry. Ever since we commenced operations, we have focused on providing innovative products through our focus on research and development. Our state-of-the-art computerised machines make CAD drawing, fabric plotting and cutting highly simple activities. These factors, in conjunction with the expertise of our skilled workforce, enable us to manufacture welded tarpaulin fabric products ideal for use as factory dividers and eco shelters.


As mentioned previously, any construction project will invariably generate a lot of dust. For instance, sanding activities and cutting drywall will typically produce a lot of dust. Getting rid of this dust can be nigh impossible. Similarly, remodelling projects will often involve the use of power tools and heavy lifting machines. These can easily scratch floors and your walls or appliances. By using PVC tarps, you will be able to minimise such hassles during your home renovation project.


The builder’s tarps and bunker tarps that we manufacture, offer a myriad of features. They are lightweight. They are safer, easier and cheaper to install. They are waterproof. They are also resistant to ultraviolet radiation and fire. Featuring heavy-duty material, these tarps are tear-resistant and ideal for outdoor use. As such, you could use them for protecting your crops, machines, equipment and supplies.


We can manufacture roof tarps, floor tarps and builder’s tarps in a wide range of sizes. So, whether you want to cover roof structures or protect your materials, these tarps will be able to meet all your desired requirements. From standard flat sheet to sleeved tarps, we have it all. With us, you can expect to receive optimal value for every dollar you spend. To place an order, call us at 1300 059 003.