Most tarps fully block light and air out, but what if you need these elements to pass through the material? Consider going with mesh tarps. Made out of polypropylene, mesh tarps are still UV resistant but, with a permeable surface, allow 27-percent of light and air to pass through. Used at home as part of a garden canopy and in commercial settings, particularly on construction sites and on trucks, mesh tarps still contain materials, offer shade, and provide more air circulation.
When coupled with a steel canopy structure, mesh tarps are ideal for the backyard. For creating a shaded area in your outdoor space, set up a garden canopy nearly anywhere. Peaked and flat-roof formats are the most common. Aside from creating a shaded area for your convenience, this type of structure can be used to provide a low-light area for your plants. If part of your garden needs low light and surrounding trees and shrubs are not sufficient, place a garden shade canopy over the area.
The permeable surface of mesh tarps
is also ideal on trucks. Small materials inside a dump truck bed, such as gravel, rocks, or trash, can fall out. Not only could the material become litter by falling to the side of the road, but small flying stones turn into hazards for motorists and pedestrians. Various states have laws requiring truck tarps in transport, and if you need a material to cover your load, go with polypropylene for covering materials that can be exposed light and water.
Construction sites directly against or near sidewalks also need to contain small particles for similar reasons. Dust and small rocks passing through a fence become a nuisance or hazard for pedestrians and need to stay inside the site. Construction sites, as a result, often line fences with longer mesh tarps in order to keep dust and particles away from pedestrians and motorists outside.