The Tarp Story And Its Benefits For Home Improvement

The modern poly tarp that is sold in the United States are all imported from the far East mainly from China, although Vietnam and India are now large producers of the Poly Tarp. The majority of the polyethylene waterproof material is manufactured in South Korea, it is then exported to the countries mentioned above and fabricated into fully waterproof poly tarps. A large amount of the workers that produce the tarp are aged from16 to 30, work long hours in medium size factories. Although the tarp manufacture is mechanized a lot of the work is done by the factory operatives for example the hems and grommets are usually made by hand. Most of the factories are situated in Qingdao Northern China. The tarps are stuffed into 40ft containers transported to the port where they are shipped all over the world.

Poly tarps in the main are all made with three layers of polyethylene material. The main body of the tarp is made from strips of high density woven polyethylene which is woven into a sheet. This is done in a special weaving machine and then coated on both sides with low density polyethylene to around 30 microns. The coating is then colored, this can be any color requested however the most common in the U.S.A is blue. The three main weights that are sold in the USA are as follows; 3.0 oz per sq yard 10 x10 weave, 4.5oz 12×12 weave and 6oz 14×14 weave. Typically grommets are at one yard intervals on the 3.0oz, and grommets at every eighteen inches with the 4.5oz and 6.0oz product.

All good quality tarps should have a least a 3% U.V. inhibitor added, this additive extends the life of the tarp during long periods of direct sunshine. As previously mentioned tarps are available in a variety of weights. Generally the heavier the tarp the better the quality, the ounce per square yard and the mil thickness are two ways of gauging the quality of a tarp. Thinner tarps are usually found in flea markets and some online retail sites.

Tarps can be purchased in many locations, hardware stores,Auction sites,flee markets & online vendors. The benefit of purchasing online is that you have a far greater choice of quality, size, color and the convenience of having it dropped to your door. Most internet sellers offer tarps in a very wide range of colors, even red and yellow are on offer. Camouflage tarps and Fire retardant poly tarps are also very popular and once again can be purchased from many stockists.

The Poly tarp can be used in many ways for home improvement; Roof repair, waterproofing the side of buildings during construction, covering building materials on site, as damp proof membrane, removing grass/leaves from the back yard, covering logs, use as a drop cloth, covering garden tractor, boat cover, and many other uses. For roofing repairs the best option would be the 6oz Tarp in silver as this will stand up to the sun rays to the greatest extent. If you are wanting to cover a side of a building, again the 6.0z Tarp is the ideal choice as it is the most popular heavy duty tarp. For all other uses the 4.5oz or 3.0z would be good for the job.

Robert Page CEO of Tarpaflex US LLC 4760 Enterprise Ave,Unit#402

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