What To Look For When Investing In New Tarps For Your Construction Business

What To Look For When Investing In New Tarps For Your Construction Business

1 November 2016
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Whether you want to protect your valuable equipment or need to elevate safety when removing debris from a site, your construction business needs truck tarps. Only tarps can offer the versatility, durability, and low-maintenance protection you need for both your equipment and materials during transport. So if you're looking to invest in new tarps for your commercial construction business, here's what you should consider.

Vehicular Specifications

Trucking tarps come in many forms, but if you want the right fit for both your vehicle and the purpose, you need to consider the specifications of your vehicle. Trucking tarps generally accommodate both flatbed and dump truck vehicles, with each offering options that help to secure your load appropriately. Though it can be tempting to buy a tarp that fits multiple vehicles, you should invest in a tarp that's used specifically for each vehicle so that the load is properly contained and you get the maximum longevity of your investment.

If you're using a tie-down tarp on a a dump truck, you may be causing unnecessary wear on the tarp when you secure and remove it, as you have to stretch the material where it could easily be retracted or rolled-up. So instead of buying a tarp that can only be tied down, consider adding a rolling tarp or arm system to a dump truck, which is a valuable asset when it comes to saving time and securing a load of debris that can become a liability during transport.

Though truck tarps come standard for both dump and flatbed trucks, you should also consider custom sizes for trucks that don't meet the standard height, length or load specifics of the tarp. Custom tarps can be an asset if you commonly use loads that are uneven, like when you're transporting lumber. Most tarp manufacturers can customize a tarp with flaps or "tails" that can extend to different lengths, offering you a way to protect different types of materials contained on one flatbed load.

Understanding Materials

Tarps come in a wide range of size and thickness options designed to keep your loads contained from day-to-day or construction site to the next. You can also find economy tarps that provide quick cover if you need it, but investing in a better quality industrial textile may offer increased value in the end.

Industrial textiles used in trucking tarps range from natural fabrics to synthetics. Vinyl, polyester, and nylon tarps are the most common, offering the highest strength and resilience over time and against rugged materials. Canvas and burlap tarps are also still in production, though you may not be afforded the most protection against damage over time with these materials. And if you need the most protection against heat and wear, some tarp manufacturers also offer acrylic, silicone, vermiculite, fiberglass, or aluminum mesh options as well.

For more information, contact local professionals like Lehman Awning Company.