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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!

Fabric Cladding for Temporary Storage

Aside from the quality of the material and coating, there is another factor that contributes to the longevity of fabric cladding for temporary storage structures and shade cover structures. And that involves the proper installation, including getting the right tension in both vertical and horizontal directions.

Fabric structures and their longevity are impacted by the metal framing, the fabric and how the two are attached. Even if you make use of expensive and high quality metal frames and fabrics, but if they are improperly installed and attached, then you can expect the whole structure to have less service life.

Another feature that should interest you with regard to fabric structures is the ease of construction. Such structures are easier to erect especially when you compare them with other types of structures like full metal structures or concrete buildings. Besides, if you are simply looking for temporary storage structures, then you’ll want fabric structures as opposed to a more permanent and concrete structure.

In addition, any retrofits can be easily accommodated with fabric structures. Extra openings, side walls or end walls can be easily installed in your fabric structure without taking too much time and workforce.

That being said, fabric structures can also be very cost-effective in terms of construction. Because the components of the structure are easier to assemble, they typically reduce the time necessary to put them up. This will provide you with significant savings in terms of labour. That savings can be used for other purposes that your business may require.

If you’re planning of erecting a temporary warehousing and storage structure, then you’ll want to make sure that you use high quality fabric cladding. Doing so will ensure that you get a fabric structure that will last you for many years to come. If you are looking for strong and durable fabric cladding or other tarp and fabric products like bunker tarps, poultry curtains and others, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

As an established manufacturer of tarpaulin products, we here at Polytex have over fifty years of experience coupled with extensive knowledge of the fabrics industry. After decades of continuing research and development, we have produced a wide array of products ranging from hay tarps, truck covers, shelter covers, and many more.

So if you are in need of high quality tarps and fabric products for industrial, mining, agricultural and commercial applications, we certainly have what you’re looking for. Just call us up at 1300 059 003 or leave a message in our contact page and we’ll have one of our experts assist you.

Our Facilities

Our facilities produce several varieties of tarpaulins each day. One of our highly sought-after offerings comprises stockpile covers. These covers are ideal for cost-effectively storing bulk products. In many cases, people use these covers for securing mounds of aggregate, salt, sand, fertiliser, lime, mulch and even, grain. Stockpile covers enable individuals to store commodities on a large scale with minimal fuss. Some people spend a significant amount of money on rigid structure covers for securing their commodities. Our stockpile covers can protect your investments while remaining affordable.

Unlike rigid structures (such as domes), stockpile covers are inexpensive. Also, building a dome will certainly not be a temporary move. Thus, it will hamper your flexibility, should your needs change in the future. In contrast, our tarpaulins make ideal temporary storage structures. Deploying a stockpile cover is quite easy. Thus, should the weather take a turn for the worse, you will be able to respond much faster. Moreover, unlike domes, stockpile covers offer the flexibility you seek. You could use them to meet your temporary requirements. Thereafter, you could simply store them and put them away with little fuss.

Polytarps Can Provide Cost-Effective Covering Solutions in Emergencies

Commercial and residential property owners throughout Australia rely on polytarps more than they think. In the commercial sector, tarps can serve to meet a myriad of needs. Hang them vertically from the roof of a large facility to make them serve as warehouse divider walls. Similarly, if you want to protect your livestock from extreme temperatures, you do not need to construct a permanent shelter. Instead, you could purchase polytarps and use them as poultry curtains.

 

In the harvest season, farmers often need to stack their agricultural produce out in the open. This renders the crops and hay susceptible to damage caused by rodents or the elements. In this scenario, grain bunker tarps offer the simplest solution. The examples cited above highlight the utility and the versatility that quality tarpaulins typically offer. In everyday situations, tarps can meet a variety of needs with minimal fuss. But, in emergency situations, tarps can be quite invaluable. For these reasons, quality tarps remain in demand at all times.

 

Polytex Tarpaulins is a major supplier of big and heavy-duty tarpaulins in Australia. We offer a wide range of tarps to serve a diverse range of requirements. It is worth mentioning that our tarps come into widespread use in the mining, agricultural and industrial sectors. Whether you need bunker tarps or shelter covers, we can give you tarps tailored to suit your specific needs.

 

We began manufacturing quality tarpaulin products in the 1990s. Over three generations, we have acquired more than 50 years of collective experience in the industry. Unlike other suppliers of tarps, we have invested significantly in state-of-the-art computerised equipment. In addition, constant expansion, research and development have been at the core of our business strategy. These traits enable us to emerge with innovative and premium grade products faster than others. Not surprisingly, we’re the supplier of choice when it comes to manufacturing tarps for temporary storage structures.

 

In situations of emergency, tarps can be lifesavers. No one can predict when a natural disaster will strike. But, by minimising the damage to your belongings, you will be able to emerge relatively unscathed. This is why keeping tarps handy is worthwhile. Polytarps are relatively inexpensive. And, storing them when not needed is very easy as well. At the same time, they are easy to install. This is why many commercial and agricultural enterprises do not think twice before purchasing high-quality tarps.

 

 

 

Eliminate the Hassle of Erecting Permanent Storage Structures by Using Weatherproof Tarps

People who toil daily in their fields will know best the value of a plentiful harvest. An abundant yield can undoubtedly make all the hours of hard labour in the fields seem worthwhile. To many people, it might seem that a good harvest can get rid of all kinds of headaches. But, plentiful harvests do end up creating a different kind of headache i.e. the headache of storing the produce safely. After all, not everyone has temporary warehousing space for storing this yield.

When farmers need to cope with seasonal peaks, they will invariably consider all their onsite storage options. Many Australian farmers use grain storage bunkers and silos for storing their agricultural produce. Prudent farmers often construct these structures onsite. This enables them to increase the volume of grain that they can store onsite. Constructing these structures is not only worthwhile, but also cost effective in the long run. Unfortunately, not all farmers have the means to pay for the construction of these structures. As a result, they need to rely on utilising temporary storage structures that are more affordable and flexible.

For many years, farmers across the country have utilised tarps for a myriad of purposes. For some, tarps offer immense utility as cattle or livestock shade structures. These structures keep the cattle comfortable and protected from the elements. Others use tarps for securing their hay from the elements. For instance, hay and grain bunker tarps can keep your grain safe in all-weather conditions. More importantly, these tarps can protect your crops from a variety of rodents and pests too.

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.