A tarpaulin is one large sheet of strong, flexible and water-resistant material used to cover various things. It is generally made from very strong material like polyester or canvas for extended characteristics. These are coated with polyurethane or polyethylene. This offers great protection to the objects covered by it. The word is derived from two broken words – tar and palling. This means the tarred pal of canvas which was used to cover objects on ships.
Earlier, sailors used to cover the goods and objects using their own jackets and over clothes. This is because before boarding the ship, they used to tar their own clothes to save goods from water and other external objects and thus they used it to cover important things on board. By the 19thcentury, people started using Pauline as a cloth to cover up the objects.
Tarps Variants Available:
The Different Kinds Of Tarps Available Are Categorised Into Four Major Groups:
1. Mesh Tarpaulin – This kind of tarp allows moisture, wind, and sunlight to perpetrate through it as the material used is permeable. There are grommets present at the end of the tarp to allow it to be tied down. They come in double-stitched hems and are also available in a lot of colors and sizes. These are very handy to cover your house’s backyard to prevent it from direct exposure of the sun. It is also used in nurseries to allow plants to absorb sufficient sunlight and is also used to cover stones and gravels when they are moved from one place to the other using dump trucks.
2. Canvas Tarp – This is another type of tarp which is breathable, and it allows air to pass through each single fibers. The canvas tarp is available in two different categories namely treated and untreated. The treated variant offers protection from various external factors like sunlight, moisture and mild dew whereas untreated ones are not water-resistant completely. The uses of canvas can be to cover carpets and furniture during painting at home is going on to be used as a cover for fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to moisture. Canvas tarps are also used in the construction industry in addition to the agricultural ones.
3. Poly Tarp – This kind of tarp is made from a plastic known as polyethylene. There are 2 types of poly tarp available- high density and low density. The light poly tarp is extremely light in weight and has a lower poly coating along with the mesh count as compared to a high density one. A low-density poly tarp is used for short term activity whereas the high-density ones can be used for periods ranging long run. This kind of tarp is used to cover the wooden floor of the gyms and at the same time, it is also used to cover the truck bed to prevent soil from seeping the truck. The poly tarp is also known to be used as a cover for leaking roofs.
4. Vinyl tarp – This kind of tarp is extremely thick and abrasion-resistant. They can resist any harsh chemicals like grease, acid, oil and even mild dew. The clear vinyl tarps which are available in the market are used as a windshield in marine ships which provide them with clear vision. Along with the above-stated tarp, this tarp is also used as truck covers and also can be used during emergencies.
Thus, these were the 4 types of tarps which are used in the market and are extremely popular. These points will be able to help you choose the right tarp of your purpose.