Strong and Durable Poly Tarps

By: Ken Marlborough

Tarpaulins (tarps) are made from many different materials, taking into account different factors such as strength, cost, and ability to withstand the elements.  One particularly useful material is polyethylene, one of the most versatile man-made fibers in existence.  It can be used to make boats, cables, pipes, and plastic bags, among many other items.  It can also be used to make tarpaulins. 

Poly tarps are strong and durable, and most of them are waterproof.  Polyethylene tarpaulins are a good alternative to traditional canvas tarps.  Poly tarps can cost as little as $6 for a 6 foot by 8 foot model.  Larger tarps measuring 50 feet by 100 feet can cost as much as $780.  Of course, there is a wide range of available sizes (and prices) in between.  Poly tarps come in a variety of colors, with black and blue being two of the most popular.  Some of the uses for poly tarps include lawn care, covering swimming pools, and lumber tarps.

Poly tarps are lightweight compared to canvas, and are often put to use in landscaping since they will not crush grass or plants underneath them.  They are often used to cover sports fields in between games to keep the field safe from rain and wind. 

Poly tarps are also good for covering swimming pools during the cold months.  Poly tarps can easily be secured around swimming pools, and keep rain, twigs, leaves, and other debris out of the pool.

Lumber tarps are often made of strong polyethylene.  Strong poly tarps are great for securing lumber because they protect the wood from the elements and are also strong enough to contain the wood and keep it from falling out of the trailer. 

Poly tarpaulins are a good alternative to canvas or mesh tarps.  They can be more expensive, but their strength, durability and versatility are worth the investment.

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