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FAQS

 Q. What size tarps do you carry?

Sizes start at 1.2m x 1.8m (4’ x 6’) and go up to 30m x 30m (100’ x 100’.)
   

Q. Are your tarps waterproof?

Yes, it’s the top and bottom LDPE layers that make our tarps waterproof.

Q. Are your tarps suitable for use in windy situations?

We recommend our Heavy Duty Silver Black D-Ring Tarps for use in windy conditions.   Other types are generally not recommended for long term use in windy situations.
These can be found here:  Heavy Duty D-Ring Tarps


Q. What weights do tarps come in? 

Our tarps come in weights of 105, 205gsm and 270gsm.  This choice of weights offers the widest range of applications, quality and value-for money.  Our tarps are therefore suitable for DIY, Trade/Industrial and Camping.  You can choose the most suitable tarp here: Choose The Right Tarp

 

Q. What thickness are your tarps?

Tarps are not strictly measured by thickness but are me instead measures by grams per square metre.

Q. How heavy is the tarp?
 
Weight of a tarp can be calculated by multiplying its size x gsm. Example a 1.8m x 2.4m 105GSM tarp will weigh around 450g. Eyelets and hem will add slightly to the overall weight.

Q. Do you offer tarps with eyelets or D-Rings?

All of our heavy duty tarps feature eyelets spaced at nominal 90cm intervals. Polytuf  Silver Black Tarps have eyelets spaced at nominal 45cm intervals.  Our Heavy Duty Silver Black D-Ring tarps feature D-Rings attached with seatbelt type polypropylene webbing. These are located at each corner and spacing is a nominal 90cm.  Our range can be found here: Heavy Duty D-Ring Tarps

Q.  What colours are available?

Colours depend on the grade; 
Blue = Medium Duty, 
Silver Black = Heavy Duty and D-Ring
Royal Blue = Industrial Grade 


Q. What’s the purpose of the silver or black side of a tarp?
 
Silver reflects heat, whereas black absorbs heat.  When used as an awning, silver facing up in summer will reflect heat. 


Q. Can I leave the tarp outside permanently?

Our tarps are treated with Sunshield-UVI, a specifically formulated ultra violet light inhibitor for maximum UV resistance. This treatment extends the life of the tarp, however over time the tarp will break down. 

Rate of deterioration is influenced by the grade of tarp and also environment.  A heavier duty tarp will last longer. However if there are extreme UV levels or significant pollution, acid rain will shorten a tarp’s life. Note that such wear and tear is not covered under warranty.

Where the tarp is left permanently outside, we recommend turning the tarp over once a month to prolong its life.

 

Q. What's the difference between CUT size and FINISHED size?

A cut sized tarp means the tarp fabric is first cut to size (eg 1.2m x 1.8m). It is then hemmed and fitted with eyelets. The hemming process will reduce the overall size to around 1.1m x 1.7m.  Finished size reflects the actual size of a finished (hemmed) tarp. Our tarps are finished sizes. 

 

 

TARP DOs & DONT's

Always lift a tarpaulin onto or off the item(s) being covered. Don't drag a tarpaulin on or off a load - it may get caught on sharp corners or edges and tear. 

Don't drop heavy or sharp objects onto a tarp. 

Don't overtighten a tarp when tieing it down.  Consider using tarp clips if needing additional tie-down points. For high stress or windy conditions, we recommend using a D-Ring Tarpaulin.

When used for an awning, always make sure rain or condensation can drain away.  In other words, make sure the tarpaulin isn't sagging in the middle.

Don't roll up or fold tarpaulins when they are wet. This will result in growth of mold and eventual rotting.

Don't leave a tarpaulin exposed to sunlight indefinately.  UV exposure will eventually cause the tarp fabric to break down. For continuous outdoor use, turn your tarpaulin over periodically.