Tips and Tricks to using a Canvas Tarp

Every trucker is responsible for protecting his/her load from the moment he/she hooks the trailer at the shipping yard to the moment it is unhooked at the receiving yard. Among all truck drivers, flatbed truckers have the most challenging job inasmuch as their cargo is exposed to the elements, road debris, and a long list of potential dangers. Tarps are the flatbed trucker’s best protection. Truckers can choose from a variety of materials including vinyl and canvas.

Canvas tarps are more expensive than their vinyl counterparts are, so they are chosen and used very carefully by cost-conscious truckers. When is it appropriate to use canvas? When the trucker needs the extra protection and breathability of the material due to the nature of the load or the environmental conditions he/she may encounter along the way.

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Consider the following scenarios:

  • Expensive Machinery – A trucker may be contracted to haul expensive machinery to an oil exploration site. That machinery needs to be protected from the elements, but it cannot be exposed to any moisture that might become trapped under a vinyl tarp. Canvas is the best solution.
  • Fragile Loads – Transporting something fragile enough to be cosmetically damaged by vinyl calls for a canvas solution. For example, transporting a load of classic cars for a collector calls for canvas because the material is softer and less likely to scratch.
  • Extreme Weather – Extreme weather conditions can do a number on vinyl tarps. As strong and durable as vinyl is, it can wither under the hot sun of the Arizona desert or become brittle and break in the cold temperatures of the Colorado Rockies. Canvas is a material that does equally well in all kinds of weather extremes.

Canvas is the material of choice for all sorts of things from boat covers to sail-making. If it is good enough for so many other applications, it is also an excellent choice as a material for truck tarps.

Important Properties of Canvas

It might be easier to understand when a canvas tarp is the best choice if you are familiar with some of its most important properties. To start with, canvas is a heavy-duty fabric usually made from either cotton or wool. Its strength comes from a plain weave that holds individual threads together as tightly as possible. This weave results in a much stronger material than other products created with a twill weave.

Next, a tightly woven canvas fabric is naturally water resistant. The weave is so tight that it repels water on contact rather than absorbing it. Tarp manufacturers give their canvas products greater water resistance by waxing the fabric at the time of manufacture. As long as water is not allowed to pool on top of a tarp, the wax coating should provide a lifetime of water resistance. Re-waxing may be necessary in some cases.

Third, canvas is a very breathable material because it is made from a natural fiber. As we mentioned earlier, breathability is vital for applications in which no moisture can be tolerated. Breathability is what makes canvas tarps the best solution for covering a boat, by the way.

Lastly, canvas is by far and away the strongest material used to make commercial truck tarps. It is thicker than vinyl, as well as being more dense and extremely resistant to rips and tears. A canvas tarp that is properly cared for could easily last an entire trucking career. It is hard to imagine vinyl doing the same.

Mytee Products is proud to carry a full range of canvas tarps to complement their inventory of vinyl products. The company believes every flatbed trucker should have at least one canvas tarp in his/her toolbox. Better to have one on hand than to take a risk with vinyl when canvas is a more appropriate choice.


Why Should You Use Flatbed Truck Tarps

Truck tarps are often used to secure and cover different types of loads in trucks. Therefore, they can make transporting loads in flatbeds, pickup trucks and dump trucks much easier. There are a very wide variety of
truck tarps you can choose from since they are available in different styles and sizes depending on the type of truck and the type of load being transported.

Some popular types of truck tarps are steel tarps, dump truck tarps, and trailer tarps which are all suitable for trucks that carry heavy merchandise and cargo.

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Types of flatbed truck tarps

Since they are made of waterproof and highly durable material, most truck tarps are resistant to weather elements including snow, rain, hail, strong gusts of wind, and ultra violet rays.

1.Steel Tarps

Steel tarps are suitable for truck roof covers especially in heavy goods vehicles, delivery services and other outdoor applications especially rugged applications.

2.Dump Truck Tarps

These are mainly recommended for hauling of asphalt especially when a waterproof cover is not necessary. On the other hand, dump truck tarps can be used for towing gravel, rock and sand.

3.Vinyl and Polythene Truck Tarps

Besides being waterproof, vinyl and polythene are also considered the toughest and most durable truck tarps because they are also mold, mildew and rot free. Some type of cargo and materials such as steel, asphalt and wood must
be protected against water especially because truck drivers are usually on the road even when it’s raining or snowing.
They are primarily used for protecting wood freight from weather elements such as rain and snow. However, waterproof
truck tarps might not be suitable for other types of loads such as steel beams. Therefore, it is vital to consider the type of load you will be transporting.

Benefits of using truck tarps

The different types of materials used for manufacturing truck tarps are hard, strong wearing fabric that is coated with PVC to guarantee for UV, tear and abrasion resistance. Since they are waterproof and sturdy, some
truck tarps are available fire resistant material. These truck tarps are recommended for various waste applications such as tree hauling for agricultural, mining and industrial applications, and other severe applications. Besides containing and securing loads, truck tarps can also be used as truck sides and roof covers. Therefore, drivers can rest assured that they will lose none of their cargo by simply taking the time to secure the loads they are transporting safely sing truck tarps.

Enhanced Safety

Wood chips, gravel, metal scraps stones and other debris can easily fall from the truck especially when driving and this generally creates unsafe driving conditions even for other drivers. In order to ensure that heavy cargo does not fall onto the road when loose or unsecured, flatbed truck tarps are primarily manufactured to hold cargo securely while preventing any cargo-related damage to other road users.

Another major benefit of using truck tarts is reducing the dragging effect on the vehicle. Therefore, you can easily increase the miles per gallon you get because the movement of air is more streamlined.


Flatbed Truck Tarps 101 : All You Need To Know

Flatbed truck tarps come in a wide variety of materials, sizes and even functionality. There is also no one-size fits all solution for these products. All this factors can make it extremely challenging for the uninitiated to effectively determine just what kind of tarp is ideal for their exact needs and preferences. To this end, this article has been specifically designed to briefly elaborate on some of the most common varieties of these items, and what use they are generally put through.

Lumber Tarps

These products are primarily used to protect lumber from exposure to the elements as well as been in contact with the flatbed truck’s exterior components. Despite of this fact, this type of tarps can also be used for safely transporting other kinds of cargo. Lumber tarps come with flaps at their ends that are meant to cover the nether regions of a flatbed truck’s load. These products generally come In the following sizes:
·16X27
·20X27
·24X27

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Smoke Tarps

These category of tarps are designed to effectually wrap around the front area of flatbed load. In essence, they are meant to protect cargo from accumulating soot, dirt and more importantly, the truck’s exhaust emissions while it is in transit. Smoke tarps can also be utilized to prevent the wind from generating the unnerving whistling sound that emanates from transporting cargos such as PVC and steel pipes. These tarps for the most part come with 10X12 dimensions.

Steel Tarps

This variety of tarps features a 4-sided severe steel construction that is totally devoid of flaps. This unique configuration makes steel tarps excellent for transporting:
· Cables.
· Steel rod
· Sheet metal.

Steel tarps come in the following sizes:
· 16X27
· 20X27
· 24X27

Dump Truck Tarps

This is a waterproof tarp that is primarily designed for protecting dump truck loads. However, it can also be used for with other similarly styled trucks like:
· Fertilizer tenders.
· Trailers.
· Grain carts.
· Grain trucks.

Dump truck tarps dimensions can be:

· 9’10X41
· 10’6X42

As would be expected there are also a number of accessories, which are necessary for properly using flatbed truck tarps in any kind of situation. This includes tie downs that secure these products in place. Let us now take a look at some of the most common of these accessories.

Bungee Straps

Also known as Rubber Tarp Straps, these are handy tie downs that come in two major types, natural rubber and EPDM rubber.The first variety is designed to be utilized in areas that are characterized by cold climatic conditions. Natural rubber tie downs cannot crack, tear or get brittle even when exposed to freezing temperatures for protracted periods of time.

On the other hand, EPDM rubber straps are meant for areas that experience hot weather. They can effortlessly withstand prolonged exposure to the scotching sunlight.

Shock Cords

This is a stretchy rope that comes with a heavy duty polyester fabric that encases a rubber core. A shock cord can be the best solution if you wish for a custom length tie down, which you can make use of by adding a bungee hook.

Rubber Ropes

Just like a shock cord, this type of tie down can be cut to the exact length you desire. It usually comes in two varieties, which are the hollow and solid core. The first type is designed for heavy-duty applications, while the second for lightweight applications.

By now you would have come to realize that tarps are unique to the type of load a trucker carries and come with a variety of accessories to secure cargo and safely transport it.Please make sure you buy the right tarp for your cargo needs that is also durable and gives you the best value for your money.


The Magic Is In The Stitching

When you take a look at any of the tarps we stock, you will notice double-stitched seams and heavy-duty box stitching. An average driver will assume these stitches are for added strength, which to an extent is true, however few are familiar with the physics behind it. One should be careful when purchasing truck tarps, be it lumber, steel or coil tarps that haven’t been manufactured using these kind of stitches.

A truck driver needs tarps to protect cargo from the weather and road debris. However, he/she also requires durable tarps that withstand the wear and tear of daily driving for as long as can be. That is why we recommend spending a little more on a high-quality tarp that offers years of reliable service. Opting for a cheaper alternative could end up costing more in the long run as the tarps might need to be replaced more often.

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Spreading the Load Evenly

The idea behind double stitched seams is one of spreading the load across a larger piece of fabric for added strength. By ‘spreading the load’ we mean taking the stress created by pressure (in this case, the pressure generated by both the cargo and the straps used to secure the tarp) and spreading it across the entire seam rather than just concentrating it at the point of a D-ring or grommet.

The laws of physics dictate that the immediate surface area around a pressure point carries the most amount of stress at any given time. Nevertheless, threads running through the fabric of a tarp take some of that stress and distribute the energy across a larger area. It stands to reason that greater stress distribution is achieved by using more thread. That is precisely the point of double stitched seams.

The double stitched seam increases the amount of thread and fabric used to absorb the energy placed on high stress points. Instead of one small piece of fabric and a grommet carrying all the energy of a tie down strap, the energy is dispersed and the overall stress reduced.

The Box Stitch

The box stitch is used to secure D-rings based on the same principle. The only difference here is that the load is not being spread across a greater amount of the tarp surface. Rather, it is being evenly distributed within the webbing that holds a D-ring in place. If you are not sure what we are talking about, look at one of your lumber tarps next time you are tying one down.

A D-ring is held in place by a piece of heavy-duty nylon webbing. If that webbing were stitched in place around the outside edges only, all of the stress put on the D-ring would be absorbed by the edge seam and the small amount of fabric it is attached to. Box stitching distributes the stress across the entire piece of webbing to hold it more firmly in place. Having said that, using the box pattern is important.

A box stitch essentially divides the webbing into smaller pieces that each carries its portion of the load. Even if one part fails, there are up to a dozen others capable of absorbing the energy. A properly stitched webbing is one that could last almost forever under the right conditions.

As you can see, designing and manufacturing lumber, steel and coil tarps requires more than just cutting a piece of nylon to size and putting a nice, cosmetic stitch in place. Tarp designers put a lot of work into the physics of the matter, making sure that stress does not pull a tarp apart, literally at the seams. A well-designed tarp is one that provides cargo protection and stands up to the stresses of flatbed trucking.


Add Truck Tarps to Your Hurricane Kit

The Atlantic hurricane season has begun and, with it, all of the hurricane experts offering their advice as to how residents in threatened areas can prepare for an eventual storm. Most advice deals with what to do in the days before and during a storm; oftentimes the weeks and months following a hurricane are not mentioned. We will address the post-hurricane period in this blog post by specifically recommending residents in affected areas add truck tarps to their hurricane kits.

The coastal areas of the American Southeast have not been hit with a serious hurricane in nine straight years. Even so, experts are warning local residents to be prepared for both, the coming of a storm and dealing with the aftermath. They recommend storing a supply of tarps, plywood and basic survival supplies capable of providing a family’s needs for at least 3 to 4 days. Tarps are especially important in hard-hit areas where hurricane force winds can easily damage roofs.

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A heavy-duty steel tarp is an ideal tarp to use for dealing with post-hurricane damage until repairs can be made. Residents in hurricane-prone areas need to remember that the most severe storms could damage enough roofs that it could take months to get them all fixed. Homeowners cannot afford to deal with a leaky roof in the interim.

Residents can hope that FEMA has enough tarps to go around, but doing so is not a wise idea. And waiting until two days before a storm to run to the local hardware big-box may also leave one wanting. Far better to order two or three truck tarps from a company such as Mytee long before any storm is predicted. If you do not need your tarps this year, you can store them until next year. You can store them indefinitely in their original packaging.

Protection from the Weather

Should a hurricane damage your roof, your insurance company will expect you to do whatever you can to minimize further damage until repairs can be made. In simple terms, they will expect you to cover your roof with a tarp. Doing so accomplishes several things.

First and foremost, it keeps the rain out of your house. This is obviously no small matter. Rain in your house leads to further damage that your insurance company may not be willing to pay for. Not covering your roof with a tarp also increases the likelihood of mold, insect infestation and so on.

A tarp will also protect the damaged area of your roof from the hot sun. In a state like Florida, this is essential. The hot sun can do serious damage to exposed timbers as well as anything in your house including carpets, draperies, and furniture. A heavy-duty steel tarp is ideal for sun protection because it is UV treated.

Additional Storms

One last reason to consider adding heavy-duty steel tarps to your hurricane kit is the potential for further storms. Let us assume your roof is damaged and it takes four weeks before a repair crew arrives. During that time, you are likely to get quite a bit more rain. A light duty tarp purchased off-the-shelf from your local DIY store may not be strong enough to stand up to the daily rain and wind Florida is known for. A heavy-duty truck tarp is.

Remember that truck tarps are designed to withstand driving speeds of up to 65 mph, hour after hour. They are made with heavy-duty, reinforced seams, brass grommets and reinforced webbing. If a truck tarp cannot withstand a typical Florida thunderstorm while you wait for your roof to be repaired, the light duty tarps you buy it at local DIY store will not hold up either.

An investment in truck tarps is a good investment in your hurricane kit. Do not be lulled to sleep by the fact that we haven’t had any significant storms in quite a while. Prepare now so that you are ready for any storm. You can order your truck tarps directly from our website for delivery right to your door.