Important Things to Consider When Buying A Tarp Not all tarps are the same

Let’s face it, majority of today’s tarp models come with high-tech advancements that not only make them superior but also tougher for use in different applications. However, choosing the right tarp for your specific needs can be more complicated than you think.

To help you make a decision faster, here are some of the features to look at when buying a tarp:

1. Thickness 
There are a variety of tarp designs in the market including lightweight, medium-duty and heavy-duty. The amount of thickness you settle for should perfectly match the job for which you are going to use the tarp. For lighter jobs, you can choose easy-to-manage 6-mil tarps while for super tough jobs you can opt for 23-mil tarps.

2. Size 
Tarps come in a variety of sizes ranging from small 5 by 7 feet tarps all through to huge 100 by 100 feet tarps. Small, compact tarps can be perfect for handling simple tasks like covering wood piles. On the other hand, large tarps are mostly used in demanding applications like covering RVs, home renovation projects and more.

3. Level of Waterproof 
If you’re looking for a tarp to use for camping, fixing a leaking roof or covering materials on the outdoor, you need to consider buying a polyethylene tarp. A typical poly tarp is made of 6-ounce, 12-mil polyethylene material, which makes it highly waterproof. While most pliable canvas tarps are water-resistant they are not entirely waterproof. That’s why they’re better suited for indoor use.

4. UV Protection 
UV protective tarps are basically designed to block out any ultraviolet rays from the sun. You can use these tarps for making canopies or in other applications like covering garden projects, cars, boats, RVs and more. They are a perfect choice for use on the outdoor as they protect you and your items from the damaging UV rays.

5. Fire Retardant 
Fire retardant (FR) tarps are basically designed to prevent flames from spreading when used in any application. They are mostly recommended for use in high-heat environments. Nonetheless, FR tarps can be used in a range of applications including camping, car repairs, emergency use and more.

6. Mold and Mildew Resistance 
If you’re looking for a tarp to use in damp environments, then this is a feature you should not omit. Mold and mildew resistant tarps are not only longer lasting but also provide added protection against accumulation of rot and mildew on items. These tarps are ideal for use in the garage, basement or the outdoor.

7. Color
When it comes to choosing the right tarp color, you can almost be spoilt for choice. For landscaping, you can choose from a range of colors including green, tan camouflage and more. If you have an upcoming gardening or agriculture, then silver and clear tarps can make for a perfect chocie. There are also white and blue tarp varieties that can be suitable for use on different applications.

While all these features look good on a tarp not all tarps for those planning to use in a party or an occasion is appropriate to use. Ask us today and let us know what suits you best for your needs.

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