Tarpaulins or tarps are used to protect the cargo from weather effects and to secure them on the flatbed trailer so that the objects do not fall off from the truck. But it is not just for these reasons that it is necessary to use tarps, according to government rules and DOT standards also it is important to use tarps to cover the cargo so that the falling objects do not disturb other drivers on the road.
Thousands of dollars are claimed for the repairs of frontend and windshields due to damages caused by the objects flying from the trucks. There can be serious accidents caused by such objects that disturb other drivers on the highways as the vehicles are driven at high speeds. Thus government has made certain rules that require the truckers to cover their cargo with tarps even if the cargo does not require protection from the external elements.
Steel Tarps are the best tarps when it comes to covering the cargo as they can be used to meet the government rules and can also protect your cargo effectively. These tarps are waterproof and are made from heavy duty vinyl material. Below are the details about steel tarps:
These tarps are basically used to cover cargo to protect them from inclement weather such as heavy rain, snow and also from the harsh sun rays. They keep steel products free from corrosion and rust. People use them for other purposes as well like to make tents or shelter for camping and are used at construction sites to clad work-in-progress. They are also used to cover outdoor objects like boats, RVs, bikes, cars etc.
The material used in making steel tarp is heavy duty polyethylene or vinyl. It has rows of d-rings or grommets attached at its hems to provide easy tie down. These tarps are weatherproof and are covered with UV protective coating to prevent damage from sunlight.
Steel Tarps are generally larger than other tarps so only one tarp is required to cover the load on a truck. They are available in readymade sizes in the market from 16’ x 16’ to 16’ x 27’. These tarps can also be custom made to meet specific requirements.
Apart from being water resistant and UV resistant, these tarps are strong and resist wear and tear. They have long life and do not need replacements if used and maintained properly. The material is flexible and be maneuvered to cover different shapes and sizes of cargo. They function well under extreme weather conditions and are mildew resistant.
When you drive heavy vehicles like trucks and trailers loaded with heavy duty material you have the responsibility to make sure that your load is secured properly and there are no items lose on the truck that may come off and cause a mishap on the road. Use strong tarps to secure your loads on the truck and ensure everybody’s safety.