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Heavy Duty Tarps

If we at eCanopy.com haven't learned anything else from our many years in the tarp business, we've learned that heavy duty situations call for heavy duty tarps. It may sound simple, but just wait until you start a project only to figure out midway through that you don't have enough tarp for the job. You'd be surprised how quickly most people change their minds about heavy duty tarps when the bottom rips out of their lightweight tarp.
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By Jack from GA on March 31, 2013
I have a boat dock with A frame that uses fence post aluminum poles. I would like to replace the tarp with something that can be hooked to the aluminum poles with the small bungee tarp cords. What do you recommend?
By Magan B. on April 1, 2013

Answer:
If you wish to use bungees, we recommend a tarp with grommets. You will find this feature on most of the tarps we carry under the features section of each item if it is available.

By Mark from Ramona, CA. on April 6, 2013
I've been using a UV resistant poly tarp to cover my hay bales, which are always exposed to the sun and rain. It's only 5 months old, but already begun to wear under the weather. Which of your tarps would be best for the job?
By Dawn H. on April 8, 2013

Answer:
Any of our heavy duty tarps would work but we would recommend one of the sun shield tarps.

By Mike from TX on April 9, 2014
I need three 8' x 100' UV resistant heavy duty tarps. To line my irrigation ditch. Can you make these for me?
By Justin R. on April 9, 2014

Answer:
As we are only an online dealer and not a manufacturer, we are unable to make any custom tarps at this time.

By Paul G. from Beverly Hills, Florida on May 9, 2014
Is there a tarp made which will last longer than a few week/months in the Florida sun?
Needed for an emergency roof cover, until permanent repair can be afforded.
I am 67, handicapped, with no help, so a tarp is all I can handle right now.
And, no, the off the shelf lightweight, even the "heavy duty UV resistant" type will not hold up.
By Collin C. on May 12, 2014

Answer:
The highest quality tarp that we carry is Polytuf Super SunShield line, such as the Polytuf Super SunShield UVI Tarp - 16 Foot x 20 Foot. While they have a higher initial cost, their fabric weight is nearly 4 times higher than standard tarps and they are extremely UV resistant. Because of your location, this would be the best product to use.

By Kathaleen from FL on August 19, 2015
I need a 10 x 20 heavy duty UV tarp to cover a boat in the Florida sun. What would you recommend?
By Seth on August 19, 2015

Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. You may be interested in the PTM Tarps Heavy Duty Silver Polyethylene Tarp - 10' x 20' - TS1020.

TS1020

By Miriam from Albany, OR on September 8, 2015
What is the mil thickness? I would like to compare with the ones I can touch and feel in the stores.
By Chris C. - eCanopy Product Specialist on September 9, 2015

Answer:
Each of the heavy duty tarps we carry offer a 12 mil thickness at a 12 x 14 mesh count.

By Kim from CA on September 30, 2015
What tarp would you recommend for intense sun?
By Emily - eCanopy Product Specialist on October 1, 2015

Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. Please use the link below to view our UV Tarp selection.

UV Tarps

By Domenic from Hampton, VA on October 5, 2015
I'm looking for a heavy duty tarp for yard excavation that measures roughly 10 ' x 30' - 40'. What would you recommend?
By Emily - eCanopy Product Specialist on October 5, 2015

Answer:
Please use the link below to view a tarp you might be interested in.

Super Heavy Duty Silver-Brown Polyethylene Tarp - 10' x 30' - TSBRN1030

By Beverly from TX on April 10, 2016
Are the grommets only on the corners?
By Darnarius on April 11, 2016

Answer:
Grommets are spaced every 18" all the way around these tarps.

By Claudia from Ontario, CA on February 26, 2016
Do you have tear proof tarps? I am trying to cover fence so my dog cannot see other side.
By Brennan W. - eCanopy Product Specialist on February 26, 2016

Answer:
While our PTM tarps are extremely heavy duty, they are not completely tear proof.

By Jim from huntington,tx. on March 10, 2016
What is the life expectancy of these tarps, being used outdoors, for canopy of portable cover.
By Seth on March 10, 2016

Answer:
Because there are many variables such as climate, weather conditions and usage it is difficult to estimate the life expectancy of these tarps. According to the manufacture they last anywhere from a year to a year and a half.

By Jill from Jacksonville, FL on July 9, 2016
What are the finished dimensions?
By Brennan W. - eCanopy Product Specialist on July 11, 2016

Answer:
The finished dimensions will be 4"-6" shorter than the advertised size.

By Jack from GA on March 31, 2013
I have a boat dock with A frame that uses fence post aluminum poles. I would like to replace the tarp with something that can be hooked to the aluminum poles with the small bungee tarp cords. What do you recommend?
By Magan B. on April 1, 2013

Answer:
If you wish to use bungees, we recommend a tarp with grommets. You will find this feature on most of the tarps we carry under the features section of each item if it is available.

By Mark from Ramona, CA. on April 6, 2013
I've been using a UV resistant poly tarp to cover my hay bales, which are always exposed to the sun and rain. It's only 5 months old, but already begun to wear under the weather. Which of your tarps would be best for the job?
By Dawn H. on April 8, 2013

Answer:
Any of our heavy duty tarps would work but we would recommend one of the sun shield tarps.

By Mike from TX on April 9, 2014
I need three 8' x 100' UV resistant heavy duty tarps. To line my irrigation ditch. Can you make these for me?
By Justin R. on April 9, 2014

Answer:
As we are only an online dealer and not a manufacturer, we are unable to make any custom tarps at this time.

By Paul G. from Beverly Hills, Florida on May 9, 2014
Is there a tarp made which will last longer than a few week/months in the Florida sun?
Needed for an emergency roof cover, until permanent repair can be afforded.
I am 67, handicapped, with no help, so a tarp is all I can handle right now.
And, no, the off the shelf lightweight, even the "heavy duty UV resistant" type will not hold up.
By Collin C. on May 12, 2014

Answer:
The highest quality tarp that we carry is Polytuf Super SunShield line, such as the Polytuf Super SunShield UVI Tarp - 16 Foot x 20 Foot. While they have a higher initial cost, their fabric weight is nearly 4 times higher than standard tarps and they are extremely UV resistant. Because of your location, this would be the best product to use.

By Kathaleen from FL on August 19, 2015
I need a 10 x 20 heavy duty UV tarp to cover a boat in the Florida sun. What would you recommend?
By Seth on August 19, 2015

Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. You may be interested in the PTM Tarps Heavy Duty Silver Polyethylene Tarp - 10' x 20' - TS1020.

TS1020

By Miriam from Albany, OR on September 8, 2015
What is the mil thickness? I would like to compare with the ones I can touch and feel in the stores.
By Chris C. - eCanopy Product Specialist on September 9, 2015

Answer:
Each of the heavy duty tarps we carry offer a 12 mil thickness at a 12 x 14 mesh count.

By Kim from CA on September 30, 2015
What tarp would you recommend for intense sun?
By Emily - eCanopy Product Specialist on October 1, 2015

Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. Please use the link below to view our UV Tarp selection.

UV Tarps

By Domenic from Hampton, VA on October 5, 2015
I'm looking for a heavy duty tarp for yard excavation that measures roughly 10 ' x 30' - 40'. What would you recommend?
By Emily - eCanopy Product Specialist on October 5, 2015

Answer:
Please use the link below to view a tarp you might be interested in.

Super Heavy Duty Silver-Brown Polyethylene Tarp - 10' x 30' - TSBRN1030

By Beverly from TX on April 10, 2016
Are the grommets only on the corners?
By Darnarius on April 11, 2016

Answer:
Grommets are spaced every 18" all the way around these tarps.

By Claudia from Ontario, CA on February 26, 2016
Do you have tear proof tarps? I am trying to cover fence so my dog cannot see other side.
By Brennan W. - eCanopy Product Specialist on February 26, 2016

Answer:
While our PTM tarps are extremely heavy duty, they are not completely tear proof.

By Jim from huntington,tx. on March 10, 2016
What is the life expectancy of these tarps, being used outdoors, for canopy of portable cover.
By Seth on March 10, 2016

Answer:
Because there are many variables such as climate, weather conditions and usage it is difficult to estimate the life expectancy of these tarps. According to the manufacture they last anywhere from a year to a year and a half.

By Jill from Jacksonville, FL on July 9, 2016
What are the finished dimensions?
By Brennan W. - eCanopy Product Specialist on July 11, 2016

Answer:
The finished dimensions will be 4"-6" shorter than the advertised size.


Heavy duty tarps are perfect for covering things of odd sizes or dimensions or dragging things like leaves or yard clippings on mowing day. We carry canvas tarps, sunproof tarps for UV protection, and tarps with reinforced grommets and corners. We even have heavy duty canvas drop cloths that are perfect for painting and perfect for using again and again.

Clearly there are plenty of applications where a lighter weight tarp is all you need (we carry those, too, by the way). For those situations where a little more muscle is required, though, a heavy duty tarp is the only viable solution. Whether you'r