A word about quality Tarps
A word about qualityTarpsand factors that effectTarpqualityIf you want the best heavy dutyTarpsto cover your boat or RV, our silver and white heavy dutyTarpsare the best. Silver is usually the color that denotes quality in our industry; however whiteTarpsare widely used in applications where color maters.
If you want less of a visual impact but still a heavy dutyTarpis needed, go with the brown tan, or greenTarps. They are better suited for woodpiles, sheds or out in the forest, simply because they blend in better. Our heavy dutyTarpsare a great way of covering items for the short to medium term.
If budget is an issue we have the blueTarps. They are the same good qualityTarpsyou can buy anywhere but at a very low price. If high visibility is needed we have orange and yellowTarpsfor places where there may be traffic, like alongside a road.
Heavy dutyTarpsshould last many years, of course their life cycle is greatly dependant on usage and care. However just by staying in the sun, our heavy duty silverTarpsor whiteTarpsshould able to easily withstand the elements for 3-4 years. Like anything the sun will eventually get to it, faster in some climates than others, but a good UV protection should prolong the life of theTarps. Our Silver and white heavy dutyTarpshave it!
AllTarpsare not made the same. The quality of theTarpdepends on the raw materials used to make it. What degrades the quality of theTarpsthe most is using recycled materials. Lots of manufacturers put recycled content into theirTarps; just to save money, however that takes away from the strength of theTarp. We do not sell anyTarpswith recycled materials in them. There are better uses for recycled materials than inTarps.
You can usually tell if theTarpshave recycled materials in them by looking at the color. They are muddy looking, not very bright colors. This is a problem mostly in blueTarpswhere the cost matters the most.
The quality of theTarpsis also affected by the age and condition of the machinery that makes them.Tarpsshould look uniform on the surface with little or no flaws, or lines running through them. Look at the surface of theTarpfor even yarn spacing and uniform structure. This problem affects both low and hi qualityTarpsif the manufacturer has outdated machinery or poor management. Quality control is as much a key in theTarpbusiness as in any other industry. Not allTarpsare made the same. So if you are after a good quality heavy dutyTarpjust stick with our silver or whiteTarps!
If you have any question please do not hesitate to call us, we are here to help
TheTarpguys: IkeTarpand LazloTarp
About Us (and the Tarps)
WholesaleTarp.Net was started two friends who could not work for others even if our lives depended on it. (But we were forced to do so by our families to support them). See every time we got a new job soon we figured out that we can do it better, but our bosses were not too keen on giving up control. Bosses are like that sometimes. So we were forced to do it on our own to prove them wrong.
We specialized in Global Sourcing of consumer as well as industrial soft goods, soTarpswere part of the repertoire. We have seen the enormous mark-ups your local friendly hardware and home improvement retailers have to make, and the so many middleman involved in the deals. So we set out to cut them out the deal and save you guys (and ladies) some money. (In most cases about 50% off of the home improvement storesTarpprices!). For our Industrial customers we offer direct access to our factories and
DI (Direct Import) straight to their door. They can take possession of theTarpsat any point of the process. We promise some great savings!
Tarpsare simple commodities that do not change much, and are no rocket science to make. But still there are many low qualityTarpsout there. While shopping forTarpsplease make sure you are comparing the mill thickness, some of our competitors have a hard time correctly calculating weight and end up overstating what theirTarpsweigh. 6-7 mills are what you should consider an EconomyTarp. 8-9 are Standard DutyTarpand 10 mills and above is Heavy DutyTarp. Our silver heavy dutyTarpsare the best you can buy! Normaly the Silver color is sold as the heavy dutyTarpanyway, but not all silverTarpsare made the same, and not all heavy dutyTarpsare heavy duty enough!
Just because it is silver it might not be heavy duty.
So our goal is to keep it high quality, low overhead, simple and focused. We will provide you with the Best QualityTarpsfor your money and the Best Service. Guaranteed. We will do our utmost to ship everyTarpthe same day we receive the order and do it with pride. If we would not buy theTarpfor our selves, than we will not ship it to you either!
We sleepTarp, we dreamTarpand we cover everything we own with a really bigTarp! Now we even have a heavy dutyTarpdog called Rugo. He shreads the competitors heavy dutyTarpsdaily. He is out way of testing quality! We make him shred the so called heavy dutyTarpour competitors sell. Only takes him seconds. Thanks for your business!
Thanks for spending time with theTarpguys!
A tarpaulin orTarpis a large sheet of strong, flexible, water and rot resistant waterproof material.Tarpsare often cloth such as canvas or polyester coated with plastics such as Polyethylene. That is where the term PolyTarpcame from.
In Australia, and in the military,Tarpsmay be known as a hootchie. Tarps often have reinforced grommets at the corners and along the sides to form tie down points for bungees, allowing theTarpto be tied down or anchored.
InexpensiveTarpsare made from woven polyethylene; this material is so associated withTarpsthat it has become known as polytarp. PolyTarpsare durable covers that can be used for boat covers, Rv covers or just about to cover anything you like!
A short history of Tarps
The word tarpaulin originated as a compound of the words tar and palling, referring to a tarred canvas pall used to cover cargo on ships. By association, sailors became known as tarpaulins and later on tars. Shortly thereafter the wordTarpscame in use.
When used for aTarporTarps, the word hoochie comes from the Japanese uchi ("e;house"e;). Huts at diferent parts of rural Asia are known by this or similar names, and during the Korean and Vietnam Wars English-speaking soldiers came to use the wordTarpsto refer to their own makeshift tents, which many times consisted of little more than a polyTarpand some ropes.
A makeshift shelter could be made by using a polyTarpas a fly and ropes or bungee cords to tie it down.
Tarps have many uses, including as shelter from the weather, a ground cover in camping, a drop sheet to protect your floor while painting, and for protecting objects, like boats and RV's or firewood.Tarpsare also used on outdoor market stalls to provide some protection from the sun and rain.Tarpsare widely used in construction and landscaping as well. There are endless uses for a goodTarp!
Different kinds of tarps
Poly-Tarpis a modern day invention, not a fabric but rather a laminate of woven and sheet material. The center is woven from yarn made of polyethylene plastic, with sheets of the same material bonded to the surface. This creates a strong material that resists stretching well in all directions and is waterproof.Tarpswhen treated against UV light, can last for many years exposed to the weather, but non UV treatedTarpswill fast become dry and lose strength and water resistance if exposed to sunlight.
PolyTarpshas also proven to be a popular source when an cheap, water proof material is needed. Many home builders of plywood water craft turn to polytarp for making their sails, as it is cheap and easily tailored. Only with duct tape, it is possible to make aTarpinto a sail for a small boat without any tools.
Perforated PVC tarps
TheseTarpsare normally used for advertising or for protection on scaffoldings at construction sights. The reason for the perforations is to let the wind go through, reducing stress on theTarp.
Our Best selling Tarps
Well on a funny note we had no idea when we started in theTarpbusiness that about this time of the yearWhite Tarpsare going to sell so well. So we ran out of all the large sizes!
Thank you for the large (Tarp) orders for from the ice skating rink guys!
We also have a hard time keeping the veryLarge Tarpsin stock. Both theheavy-duty tarpsand theblue tarps.
No problem though, we have plentyTarpshere now. Live and learn! These are wonderful problems to have for aTarpbusiness. For those of you who were looking for theseTarpsand we had no stock, we were happy to refer you to our competitors. (Note to our competition: you got plenty business from us this year!)
Next year we will do much better job stocking theseTarps, so they will surely be sore!
However in the spirit of keeping things fair, some of them do a great job sellingTarps.
Just lighten up out there, competition is here to stay and will make you stronger!Tarpsare a simple business, keep it cheap, good quality and service and we will be all fine.
Our best sellingTarpsthis year included the sizes forboat coversandRV Coversas well as all kinds of largeTarps.
Once again than you for your business!
The tarp guys: IkeTarpand LazloTarp
How to choose the rightPoly Tarpfor your need.
In our industry the color of thetarpusually denotes the quality as well.
Blue Tarpsare the least expensive tarps available on the market. They are usually 8x8 weave, 800-denier thread size and about 3 oz weight. Thesetarpsare always to be considered to be aneconomy tarp. This is as thin as a usefulltarpcan get. The thickness must be at least 6 mills, and thetarpshould have no recycled content. That degrades the bursting strength of thetarpmaterial.
Net up in quality are normally thegreen tarpsandbrown tarps. They come in a vide variety of shades but they are usually much better quality than theblue tarps.
The weave is 10x10 and they are 4 to 5 oz weight depending on yourtarpsupplier. That translates to about an 8 to 10 mill thickness. Thesetarpsare a much better choice for any job that requires a betterquality tarp. If you need to cover items outdoor they are also much more pleasing to the eye than your regularblue tarps.
The bestquality tarpsare usually thesilver heavy duty tarps. They could be silver on one side and black or green on the other, or silver on both sides of thetarp. Thesetarpsare 12x12 or 14x14 weave, and 12 mills thick. That is 6oz weight per square yard.
Thesesilver tarpsare the best to cover your boat or RV, and they are good for just about any job. Remember the color silver denotes quality intarps.
UV protection is key to the long life oftarps. Sun is the primary enemy of polyethylenetarps, over time drying the material out and cracks will develop. With proper UV protectiontarpsshould last many years if they are properly secured.
Properly securingtarpsis key! Use all the grommets to tie them down because the more grommets you use, the less the stress is on one given area of thetarp! If strong winds are able to get under thetarp, what you create in essence is a large sail. Sooner or later thetarpwill fail or rub through. However if thetarpis secured tight and all the grommets are used, you should have yourtarplasting many seasons to come!
Ball bungees are the best to use when securingtarpsbecause they distribute the force of the wind more evenly on the grommet than hooks. The elastic cord also protects thetarpby acting as a shock absorber on thetarp. Ropes should be used across large areas like covering rooftops across the middle. Do not under estimate the power of the wind!
On a final note.
Please carefully consider well what you are going to use thesetarpsfor, and how long you want thetarpsto last. It is often times cheaper to get a better qualityTarpup front than replacing them before the job is done!
The tarp guys: IkeTarpand LazloTarp
What are Tarps made of? Polyethylene or Poly, as we know it. For poly-tarps we use LDPE.
Polyethylene is by far the single polymer you have the most contact with every day. Polyethylene is the most used plastic in the world. Shopping bags, plastic bottles, as well as toys, and countless other products likeTarpsare made from this material. Polyethylene has simple structure among polymers. A single molecule of polyethylene is just a tiny chain of carbon atoms, with two hydrogen atoms attached to every carbon atom.
Sometimes some of the carbons atoms, in the place of hydrogen atoms, will have other chains of polyethylene attached to them. In this case we have branched otherwise known as low-density polyethylene, when branching does not occur than we have what is called linear polyethylene, or HDPE. Linear polyethylene (HDPE) is much stronger than branched polyethylene (LDPE), but branched polyethylene is more commercially viable because of cost.
HDPE polyethylene is normally produced with molecular weights in the range of 200,000 to 500,000. HDPE Polyethylene with very high molecular weights of three to six million is referred to as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, or UHMWPE.
Advantages and disadvantages of different types of Tarps
There are three different types ofTarpsused widely on the market today
Each one of theTarpsabove has their strong points so let me explore them.
First is the polyTarp: ThisTarpis the most usedTarpon the market today. The main advantage of thisTarpis cost. A PolyTarpas it is indicated by the name is made out of polyethylene, which is an abundant and cheap synthetic material.
However PolyTarpshave the shortest life expectancy therefore they are used as a temporary cover mostly.
Second is the VinylTarp: thisTarpis a much thickerTarp, usually made for applications that demand a much more durable tear resistantTarp. They are used for Billboards and TruckTarps. The disadvantage if this type ofTarpis cost. A good quality TruckTarpthat you see going by on the highway on the semi trucks may cost from the hundreds of dollars to as much as into the thousands. ThisTarphas life expectancy as much as a decade, if it is taken care of properly. Of course most of theseTarpsdo not last that long because of the abuse they encounter during their use.
The thirdTarpis the CanvasTarpcategory. Mostly contractors such as painters and carpenters and plumbers use thisTarp. They make a good through cloth and protect against dripping paint and debris. CanvasTarpsare very absorbent because they are made out of cotton and they are very thick. ATarpmade out of cotton is also fire resistant. Great advantage for plumbers, who use open flames, therefore cannot use a PolyTarp. A great quality awning can be made out of this type of tarp as well.
The life expectancy of thisTarpis also measure in many years, but over time they will fade color, so UV protection is important if it is aTarpthat is going to be used for awnings. As all cottons they are washableTarps.
The disadvantage of thisTarpagain is cost. The also do not come is such a large variety of sizes as a PolyTarpwould.
Let's face it, all tarps will wear out over time. Some tarps will last longer (like a good canvas tarp) some not so long. It is mostly due to the fact how the tarp is used. The same exact tarp will perform very differently in the hands of two different customers. It is all about how you secure it! If you tie your tarps down using every available grommet, use ball bungee cords it will last much longer than just securing the corners of the tarp and letting it flap in the wind! Tarps should not be bellowing and flapping in the wind at all!
It is also very important that no sharp objects or corners press against the tarps. You have to pad the corners of your framing, and make sure that the tarps can not rub against sharp objects in the wind. Poly tarps are not designed to withstand repeated abrasion over time. A good quality canvas tarp will last much longer than a poly tarp.
The bottom line is the more time you spend setting up your tarps properly the longer use you will get out of them. Use as many bungee cords as you must the secure the tarp properly, and also use ropes over large spans if you have to. Your tarp will appreciate it!