Canvas tarps are waterproof, slip-proof, breathable and long lasting. They are made from cotton duck, which makes them an environmentally-friendly sheeting choice. Cotton duck is simply a plain, heavy, woven cotton fabric widely used in many applications from sandbags, tents and cots to clothing.
These coverings are used to shield things from rain, wind, snow and sun and are especially useful for protecting items that need to be covered but are at risk of rusting if condensation forms underneath the fabric. Patio furniture is a good example of this.
They are constructed with grommets spaced at equal distances along the sides of the tarp, making them easy to tie down and secure. They have finished, stitched edges so you don’t have to worry about fraying. They can be purchased treated or untreated. Treated products are best used outside and add a level of mildew- and rot-resistance that the unfinished products don’t have.
Use varies between treated and untreated products. Since treated tarps may give off an odor, they are recommended for outdoor use. Untreated materials are not waterproof and are ideal for indoor applications.
Treated tarps are used in many industries including:
• Construction. Readily available and inexpensive, these coverings are used to cover sand or gravel and shield tools and machines from the elements. They are also useful for protecting wood and metal construction materials.
• Farming and machinery. Canvas is used to protect equipment and tools that are vulnerable to rust.
• Trucking. Tarps are used to cover loads to protect them from weather, sun or wind damage and to prevent debris from flying off the truck during transport.
• Household. Homeowners can use these sheets in almost any outdoor application. They can be used to cover stacks of firewood, the kids’ sandbox or kiddie pool, as winter protection for birdbaths and other garden décor or to protect patio furniture. In the fall, people often rake all of their leaves onto a tarp and then pull it where they need the leaves to go.
• Hauling. Large sheets make ideal hauling tools. They have been used in rescue operations to move injured people or to haul heavy or unmanageable loads over short distances.
Untreated canvas can be found in many different applications as well.
• Painting. Untreated tarps are widely associated with painting. If you’ve ever visited an artist’s studio or watched a professional painter get set up for the job, chances are the material they laid down on the floor was untreated canvas. The fact that the sheeting has a slight texture helps prevents slippage, yet it can easily protect floors from easels and ladders, not to mention stray paint droplets.
• Farming. Since natural, untreated sheets are breathable, farmers can use them to cover hay bales or protect their crops from late or early frosts.
• Household uses. Untreated canvas is used to cover and protect seldom-used furniture or protect items stored in the attic, basement or garage from dust. They are handy as trunk liners and to protect your gear when camping or your plants from frost.