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Secure Your Load – Use A Truck Tarp

March 6, 2012

How many times have you been on the freeway, minding your own business, trying to get to work, when all of a sudden you’re pulled out of autopilot by something smacking your windshield.  Whether a piece of tire, scrap, trash or other unknown flying object, we’ve all been victims of windshield pits, cracks, or worse.

Did you know that Federal regulations require all motor vehicles transporting cargo on public roads must be loaded and equipped, and the cargo secured, in accordance with DOT regulation 393, Subpart I?  This regulations reads (in part):

“Each commercial motor vehicle must, when transporting cargo on public roads, be loaded and equipped, and the cargo secured, in accordance with this subpart to prevent the cargo from leaking, spilling, blowing or falling from the motor vehicle.”

Essentially, whether you’re hauling garbage, recycling, tear-off or scrap, you need to have your load covered.  Over 18′, it’s suggested you get a mechanical tarping system, but for most stake-beds or dump trucks that are 16′ or shorter, a mesh truck tarp is the perfect solution.

Our Truck Mesh tarps are made of PVC coated polyester open-mesh fabric that has double folded hems for reinforcement and have aluminum grommets every 3 feet. These are ideal for covering trucks loaded with debris or materials that need general protection, but the “sail” effect caused by solid tarps creates a lot of wind drag that may not be desirable.

Rain in the forecast? Know your tarps!

December 27, 2011

Roofers can tell you about the pit that forms in their stomach when they have an open roof with a storm approaching.  If you’re a homeowner, or roofer, do you know which tarp is best for your application?

Most folks are familiar with your standard blue poly tarp.  Chances are you own one yourself!  They are made in a 8×8 weave with a 4.26 mil thickness and are good for short term weather-proofing needs.  They do not hold up well over the long haul or in windy conditions.

If you’re looking for something thicker and longer lasting, there are two other heavy duty options.  Green heavy duty tarps are made in a 14×14 weave with a 10-12 mil thickness.  This tighter weave and thickness makes for a stronger, longer lasting tarp.  Silver heavy duty tarps are the same weave and thickness as green tarps, but have a stronger UV protection to last longer outdoors.

If you’re looking for something to keep the rain out until you can get a contractor in to do repairs, our blue poly tarp pricing starts as low as 5.1¢ per square foot!  We stock all sizes from 12′ x 16′ up to 50′ x 50′


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