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What Are the Best Tarps to Buy?

Tarps can protect people, areas and belongings from the elements. Tarps can help keep dirt, pests and other damaging hazards away from your items, but with all the different tarps available, it can be tricky to purchase the best one. Vinyl, poly, clear vinyl, canvas, nylon and mesh are all common materials for tarps, and you will have a lot of choices when you start to shop.

In order to make the right choice, you must determine your specific needs because tarps are not a one-type-fits-all product, and each one can serve a different purpose. Some tarps may be better suited for specific requirements, and knowing your needs will help you make informed decisions. 

In addition to the right material, you must also select the right thickness and colour. All of these choices can make tarp shopping seem overwhelming, but this guide will help you find the best tarp for your needs.


Tarps are used to shield against everything from weather to debris, and you must consider thickness carefully. The strength of your tarp will come from the thickness, and you need protection in both rain and shine. The thicker, the better if you want to be ready for anything, and matching the thickness of a tarp to its application is a great way to determine this aspect. Tarps are available from lightweight up to super heavy-duty utilization, and you need to consider what kind of coverage you require. A lightweight tarp would be ideal for lightweight duty, whereas extreme tasks will require super heavy-duty tarps

What Is the Strongest Type of Tarp?

A tarp can be as strong as you need it to be, and different types of covers are designed to protect as strong as possible for their intended task. Tarps offer protection in many ways and can be waterproof, water-resistant and fire-retardant. Tarps are usually purchased for specific duties and have specific uses, and your needs will dictate the strongest type of tarp for your situation. Some tarps are general-purpose and can do everything pretty well, while other tarps are designed for one specific task and will only be strong if used for their specific duty. 

If you do not take the time to consider your needs carefully, you may purchase the wrong product and using a specific tarp for the wrong function will not provide you with the protection you need. 


If water protection is required for your needs, a waterproof tarp or water-resistant tarp cover is a must, and you can consider vinyl, clear vinyl, and poly and waterproof canvas tarps. A poly tarp is a great choice if you want ease of handling, general coverage and affordability. If you want to shield goods and require breathability, a canvas tarp would be the better choice. A mesh tarp will do the trick if you require lightweight coverage and shade. 

The key to choosing the right fabric is to match the application needed to the dedicated features and characteristics of the specific tarp and the material it is made from. The reason people place tarps over things is to receive protection, and once you determine your needs, you will know which of the following materials is best for you:

Canvas Tarps

This type of tarp can be used for a number of purposes in different industries, including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, trucking, landscaping and residential applications. A lot of canvas tarps are made from heavy-duty cotton fabric that is tightly woven, and you can select waterproof and water-resistant tarps to protect your materials, supplies, cars, structures, areas and even people. 

The woven design of canvas tarps makes them breathable, which is a very big advantage. Air circulation will prevent issues that may arise from moisture and condensation. Fire-retardant canvas tarps are also available to protect against fire, flame and other heat hazards. 

Canvas tarps can be used as equipment covers, vehicle covers, painting tarps, camping tarps, tent covers, ground covers, plant covers and landscaping tarps. 

Vinyl Tarps

This kind of tarp can be used for residential, recreational and commercial purposes. Whether it’s a manufacturing plant, a warehouse or a trucking company, vinyl tarps can be very useful because they are durable and will successfully guard important equipment. Vinyl tarps are often used to protect materials, vehicles, supplies, areas, structures and people from hazards or extreme weather, including sun, dirt, pests and debris. 

Waterproof PVC fabric is both strong and effective and is available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, colours and material weights. Other features include heat-sealed seams and rust-resistant grommets, and vinyl tarps are also resistant to UV rays, abrasion, rot, chemicals, mould and mildew. 

Vinyl tarps are popular as truck tarps, divider curtains, carport tarps, trailer covers, vehicle covers, baseball field covers and golf hitting screens. 

Clear Vinyl Tarps

This kind of tarp offers the same features as solid vinyl tarps with the added benefit of a crystal-clear view. These clear covers are very durable and thick and anti-microbial. Waterproof tarps are resistant to UV rays, grease, chemicals, rot, mildew and cold weather. Clear vinyl tarps are very popular as weather protectors and barriers on porches, patios, entryways, decks, gazebos and gardens. Both homeowners and business owners can take advantage of this product during different seasons because it will shield against rain, snow, wind and cold temperatures. Additionally, these covers are perfect for covering equipment, vehicles and supplies because you will have a clear view of the items underneath. 

Poly Tarps

These tarps are made with high-quality, high-density polyethylene plastic layers that are completely waterproof. Poly tarps are UV ray, rot, tear and mildew resistant and are also very easy to handle and affordable. They are often used as material covers; firewood covers, car and truck covers, patio furniture covers and even pond liners. These tarps are available in different sizes and thicknesses, material weights and colours. 

Mesh Tarps

This kind of tarp is both versatile and effective, and is usually made from a mesh fabric that creates protective shade from the sun and comfortable airflow. Mesh tarps are often used as shade covers, privacy screens, windscreens and truck tarps and are available in a variety of shade factors. 

Custom Tarps

If you need a special tarp made exactly for your requirements, you can inquire about custom tarps. These are made based on your desired dimensions, fabrics, colours and features and can be made to fit any size and most shapes. This will ensure a proper fit, and you will not have to worry about excess material or gaps. These tarps can also be manufactured with special features to meet specific needs.


It is a must that tarps are secured and tied down properly to successfully guard the items you wish to protect. Fasten your tarp to the surface or structure with the grommets and space them equally apart. Grommets are usually made with brass, aluminum, nickel or stainless steel and will help you tie down your tarp with different items like zip ties, bungee balls, cords, rubber straps or hooks. 


Are you looking for heavy-duty tarps? Supreme Tarps has tons of options for you to choose from. We offer a variety of tarp products in different sizes, colours and styles and will help you select the best tarp for your needs. We will discuss your requirements and your budget, and will make sure the tarp you choose is a great fit. Whether you need vinyl, clear, poly, canvas or nylon covers, we have something for you!

We will pass on any savings directly to our customers, and you can depend on our company for high-quality and durable tarps. We prioritize customer service, and your satisfaction is very important to us. We care about our clients and are always available to answer questions or address your concerns. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the different tarp options and are not sure where to start, do not hesitate to contact our team for more information. We will discuss your needs and what you wish to protect, and will make professional recommendations based on this information. 

We will help you find the right tarp and will make sure you are happy with your purchase. Our team consists of experienced and helpful individuals who are friendly and fun, and any of them would be more than happy to speak with you about the best tarp for your needs.

Whether you need more information regarding our tarpaulin products or are ready to buy a tarp, we are ready to help at all times! Contact us today to learn more about our heavy-duty tarps!

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