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FAQ: Tarps

When Should I choose Heavy-Duty vs. All-Purpose Tarps?

For indoor uses (garage, shed, barn, etc.), all-purpose tarps will almost always be adequate. For outdoor uses consider 1) weather conditions, and 2) length of time you expect the tarp to be in place. Heavy-duty tarps are 2.5X thicker than aall-purpose tarps (10 mil v. 4 mil) and they are made with a tighter weave (14x14 mesh v. 8x8 mesh), so they provide more durable protection and greater water resistance. For short-term use all-purpose tarps are fine for most outdoor uses, but the longer you intend to leave a tarp in place, the more likely it is that you will want a heavy-duty tarp. A last consideration is how important tying down is for your intended use. Our heavy-duty tarps have more grommets (every 2' v. every 3' on all-purpose), and the heavy-duty grommets are reinforced as well.

What's the Difference Between DENIER and MIL?

DENIER refers to the thickness of the fiber strands used in the tarp. MIL refers to the thickness of the tarp itself. The combination of a higher denier and tighter mesh weave accounts for the difference in thickness between Heavy-Duty and All-Purpose tarps.

Are your Tarps Waterproof?

All the tarps we offer are all water-resistant but not waterproof. You can maximize their water-resistance by rigging them in an A-frame structure that prevents "valleys" that water can collect in. If waterproof protection is essential, consider a more permanent product like a shelter or canopy.

... Create a tent-like structure that sheds water.

Are Tarps Recommended for Camping Use?

Absolutely. Tarps are very versatile and can serve as ground clothes, canopies (for protection from sun and rain), wind screens, and even tents in a pinch. Tent campers often stretch a tarp overhead since tents can and do leak sometimes, especially along seams that haven't been sealed recently. Tarps are more rugged than tents (typically made of rip stock nylon) so they provide added protection against rain, sleet, wind and hail. A tarp should be longer than the tent under it so that you can extend the roof and create a vestibule area that provides protection for pets or gear that you may not want inside the tent itself.

Should Firewood be Covered with a Tarp?

Freshly split wood should be left uncovered, but once it is seasoned it should be covered with a tarp. (You could also move it to a shed or other enclosed space).

Last updated: 6/27/2022

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