When it comes to protecting your vehicle or similar investment, should you go with tarps or covers? In many cases, tarps are sufficient on their own, once secured in place with bungee cords, but covers, such as canopies or portable garages, offer sturdier steel frames. A1 Tarps carries mesh and polyethylene tarps and covers
Polyethylene tarps, in medium and heavy-duty varieties, are treated to be waterproof, UV resistant, mildew resistant, and rot proof, and many are fire resistant. When placed over a vehicle and secured, tarps are adequate covers against rain, snow, and UV exposure. Tarps are used as covers for temporary and long-term protection. When used as boat covers, tarps, for example, keep out moisture and UV rays – both of which damage the surface of the vehicle over time – and extend the lifespan of your investment.
Mesh tarps, made out of polypropylene, are less common but have several specific uses. As covers, mesh tarps create a shaded area by letting in a small amount of light and allow air to pass through. Used as garden canopies at home, on trucks, or for construction sites, mesh tarps are permeable and UV resistant. The material lets in 27 percent of light and blocks out the rest.
Tarps are often used as covers for canopies and shelters, such as carports and portable garages. Made with a powder-coated or galvanized steel frame, canopies include a tarp on top to block out UV rays and water. On an everyday level, valance canopies have a tarp on top and open sides. While ideal for regularly used vehicles, such as cars and motorcycles, more coverage may be needed for seasonal vehicles placed in storage. In these cases, canopies have tarps on top and on all sides.
Mesh tarps are used in a similar fashion. When composing the roof portion of a canopy, mesh tarps, with the steel frame, can be set up anywhere outdoors to provide people or plants with shade.