The Benefits of Mesh Tarps

By: Ken Marlborough

Tarpaulins (or tarps) come in many different types of materials, including mesh.  Mesh is a fabric characterized by evenly spaced holes between the threads of the material.  Mesh Tarps are usually made of synthetic materials like polyethylene microfilament or vinyl.  Mesh tarps are an alternative to the more common canvas tarps.  The cost of a mesh tarp starts around $15, but varies greatly depending on the gauge of the mesh and the size of the tarp.  There are several uses for mesh tarps, from covering truck beds, to providing shade, to covering swimming pools during the winter months.

Mesh tarps are perfect for covering cargo in truck beds.  Since mesh tarps are constructed with small holes between the threads of fabric, they have less wind resistance than some other types of tarps.  This is an advantage when hauling sand, gravel, or other substances in a truck.  Mesh tarps can be tied down over the bed of a truck securing the cargo underneath. 

Mesh tarps are great for providing shade on sunny days.  They can be used as awnings and hung off the side of a building, or built into freestanding canopy type structures.  Since mesh lets some wind pass through it, it is less likely to blow over than many other types of material. 

Covering swimming pools is another use of mesh tarps.  Mesh is extremely lightweight, allowing for easy setup.  It has a high resistance to UV rays and does not allow water to collect on its surface.  One disadvantage to using a mesh tarp to cover a swimming pool is that it may scratch or tear more easily than some other materials. 

Mesh tarps can be used in a variety of situations.  They are more lightweight than many materials but are just as strong.  Their lack of wind resistance is especially noteworthy.

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