Do you know the Royal Navy first used tarpaulins in the 1600s, where they were used to cover important Navy kits?
It is easy to find yourself in need of covers for your greenhouse, business, outdoor adventure, or any other use. The most common cover is a tarpaulin when you find yourself in need.
But even then, some of this tarpaulin may not be effective. In modern days, PE tarpaulin is effective and can be used to protect various objects from all kinds of conditions.
This PE Tarpaulin Comprehensive Guide (2021) will provide you the information you need to settle for the right tarp.
Now, let’s get to it.
What is Tarpaulin?
What is it? You probably know it in its shortened form “tarp.” It is a huge sheet of strong and waterproof material.
The word tarpaulin comes from tar and pall, meaning sheets for covering ships. High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) tarpaulin is made from cross weaved fabric. The fabric is further laminated with plastic.
This is the plastic industry’s latest technological development to give you a great tarp.
Types of Tarpaulin
Tarpaulins are of three main types. There is the traditional canvas, modern type, i.e., polyethylene (PE), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
- Canvas: This is made of woven cotton. It is heavier than a polyethylene tarp. It is strong and withstands rough conditions.
- Polyvinyl chloride (vinyl): This is for industrial or heavy-duty use. It is waterproof and has great abrasion resistance and tear strength.
- The poly tarp: is lightweight. It is the least expensive compared with canvas and vinyl. Besides, they are waterproof and rot proof. Poly tarpaulins are a wonderful choice for your everyday use. But, they are not as strong as vinyl or canvas tarps.
How to Make PE Tarpaulin
Polyethylene is PE tarpaulin made from polyethylene material. A liquid called Naphtha is produced when petroleum is refined. The naptha undergoes cracking to produce ethylene. Ethylene is then polymerized to produce polyethylene pellets. The process is controlled under catalyst, pressure, and temperature. The low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is produced through high-pressure polymerization. Alternatively, high-density polyethylene is produced (HPDE) through a low-pressure process. HDPE is useful for making other plastic items such as plastic bags and garbage cans
After getting high-density polyethylene (HDPE), you’ve 2 options leading to either 3 or 5 layers.
- The 3 layers comprise a layer of fabric and 2 layers of coating.
- The 3 layers contain 2 layers of fabric and 3 layers of coating.
A weaving makes it stretch-resistant while coating gives it a protective shiny finish. The rolls are cut to size, edges strengthened with rope and fastened.
Your tarpaulin has components that include grommets, rope construction, special coatings, and accessories.
It is a process; it does not happen in a few minutes but is perfected by the manufacturer over time.
Where to Use the Tarpaulin?
There are 1001 uses for tarpaulin. Whether you are a gardener, boat owner, builder, landscaper, or adventurer, you’re covered.
If you run a commercial enterprise, use the tarp for your camping and home renovation. Probably you want to cover the vehicle, furniture, swimming pool, and shading, and much more, the tarps come in handy.
In case you’re in the construction industry, you can use scaffolding to protect work areas; you can also use a welding curtain, machinery cover, and many others.
Even better, if you’re a farmer, the tarp protects your food grains from everything – pests, rain, and weather. And there is more. You can use it in a greenhouse, solar drying shed covers, fish pond liners, biogas, poultry roofs, and many more.
Next, if you’re involved in the humanitarian field, you can use tarps as a temporary refugee shelter. You shelter the homeless after a natural disaster.
As you can see, tarps are versatile and have never-ending uses.
How to Buy PE Tarpaulin? (Weight, Thickness, Uv, Size, Color)
When you go to buy tarps, pay keen attention to the specifications. This ensures you get the right tarp for your needs.
- Weight: Check the weight specification (listed in grams per square meter) because it is a durability measure. This is important when choosing between different tarps of the same brand.
- Thickness: The thickness is indicated in millimeters varying from 0.1 to 0.5 mm. The thicker the tarpaulin, the more the strength. Use thicker tarps in your heavy-duty applications.
- UV: Note also whether your tarp is UV stabilized. If the tarp is not UV resistant, it may degrade quickly.
- Size: When you’re buying a tarp, the size and area should indicate coverage for the application.
- Color: The tarps come in a wide range of colors to suit your needs. They don’t conform to any standard. You can find a great color that goes with your needs. For example, you want a tent for your general light works. In this case, you can go for blue, green, and brown colors. If you’re leading a crew working outdoors, go for yellow, orange, and red. Choose white and silver tarps if you want to shelter from the sun.
The tarpaulin goes with accessories for its installation, repairs, and maintenance. EyouAgro stock a wide range of tarpaulin fasteners, connectors, and ties down ropes, clips, brackets, clamps, droppers, and many more to fit all your needs.
The tie-downs are used to keep the cover placed on an item. This is to prevent your tarp from draping off or being brown by the wind.
The clips provide points to attach your ropes, canopies, and covers. The clamps also hold the canopies and covers without damaging your tarp.
The ground cover pegs keep your tarpaulin safely secured to the ground. You can use eyelet accessories because they reduce tearing. There are also products for repairing tarps and adding extra eyelets. This will help to extend the life of your tarp.
After acquiring the tarp and accessories, the last stage is installation. The installation is dependent on the use. You can also get expert advice for the entire tarp installation process.
For example, let us look at the Cherry rain cover. The cover is used in the production of cherry berries and other fruits. Without the cover, your cherry production is uncertain. Insects and rain conditions will affect your cherries.
Because of this uncertainty, the cherries are grown under various tarpaulin covers. The common ones are
- Tunnels protecting many rows
- Cables and pole structures that protect individual rows
- A greenhouse-like structure protecting the whole orchards.
The covers for your cherry are made from HDPE woven waterproof cloth with lamination. The finished product is made in custom sizes. It is reinforced with selvage and grommets at intervals for easy anchoring to the crop protection structures. The tarps cover also comes with a full set of accessories.
You should never be in a hurry to invest in a tarpaulin. It should be something where you give serious thoughts. On the market, you will find too many tarps. The only way you can determine the best pick is by arming yourself with proper information.
We hope this guide should help you have a clear perspective on PE tarpaulins.