Posted by: Leon | May 19, 2009

Canopy Tarp Primer – What You Must Know About It

Although canopies, awnings, tents and the likes usually have their own specially designed materials that increase durability and provide protection from the damaging effects of nature, it is often not enough. Some manufacturers have realized this fact and thus offer a canopy tarp to be used for further strengthening and safe keeping of the unit. When that is not the case, you have to take care of acquiring one yourself.

A tarpaulin or tarp is made of flexible, sturdy, waterproof material. Most often that is a specially treated cloth such as polyester, which is commonly coated with plastics to ensure its durability and strength. Latex or PVC are mostly used to achieve that. A canopy tarp often has reinforced elements at its corners and edges to act as attachment points for ropes and cords. The latter are used to fix the tarp firmly in place and push it down to ensure maximum insulation of the canopy. As a cheaper alternative there are tarps made of woven polyethylene, also known as polytarp.

Polytarp is gaining popularity not only because it is inexpensive, but also for its resistance against stretching and continuous exposure to wet conditions. It is important to note that these canopy tarps will quickly become brittle, lose their strength and water proof qualities if they are constantly left out at strong Sun light. Thus it is imperative that such tarps have been processed properly against UV rays, as that literally extends their life by much. With such properties it is no wonder that this is the material of choice for many do-it-yourself builders and constructors, in and outside canopy specific usage.

Canopy tarps have multiple uses, not only as additional protection to regular tents, canopies, awnings, gazebos and alike. They can also act as independent shelter from the weather, for protecting personal garden and sports fields, even for protecting objects of your choice that you have left for keeping on the outside. A special type of tarp, known as perforated PVC tarp, is commonly used for covering medium to large advertisement billboards as well as protecting scaffoldings. The aim of perforation is, as you might have guessed, to prevent wind from affecting the structures due to their larger scale by avoiding the parachute-like effect of the wide spread fabric.

The benefits to canopy tarps and tarpaulin in general are obvious and if you are involved in any outdoor activity, or are in need for fast, efficient and inexpensive protection to your belongings and permanent structures, it is your best option in the long run.

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