Important Terms to Know About Tarps
Tarps are designed for a variety of purposes, from camping to military use. They’re ideal for repelling water and provide shade and protection from the elements. Tarpaulin is the material tarps are made from, usually sold in large sheets available in a spectrum of colors. If you’re looking to pick up a tarp, canvas awning or canopy at a retail outdoor living store for your next camping trip, consider these important terms.
Grommet: An eyelet, reinforced by metal or plastic, through which a fastener is passed. Many tarps feature these small necessities, so that campers and other tarp users can tie their tarps to tree branches, stakes in the ground, or anywhere else that will provide a secure reinforcement.
Billboard Tarp: 100 percent waterproof, these large vinyl tarps are tough, weather resistant, and provide UV protection. Often made of 3 ply PVC vinyl, these tarps are designed to last outdoors for many years.
Polyvinyl Chloride: A waterproof material that coats tarps to protect them from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which could lead to fading and other damage.
Polyester Cords: Tough mesh weaves of denier polyester cords present in the stronger tarp types. Used primarily by roofers and gardeners, these high mesh count silver tarps are great for shielding against the sun’s heat.
PVC Film: Ideal for packaging food, clothing, toys, medicine, and hardware, this film is sold in rolls by retailers who also sell tarps. Featuring a high tensile and tear strength, this film is sold in clear or colored variations.