White on top side and Tree Green underneath. The white top lamination reflects the heat and on a very hot day (36 °C) its surface can be about 14% cooler than a Silver Tarp. This is an imported tarp made from extra heavy duty Polyweave to Econotarps specifications.
The U.V. warranty is 3 years. The black base fabric resists sunlight damage which means the tarp retains its strength for years longer than standard PE tops which have a clear or transparent base fabric. The black base fabric which blocks sunlight makes it ideal for protecting items affected by UV such as fiberglass boats, pools, trampolines an outdoor furniture.
Solid brass eyelets every 800 mm which are closer than most other tarps on the market which are usually 900mm. They are reinforced with a patch of two layers of material allowing greater tension to be applied to prevent flapping if used on vehicles or in wind prone locations. An extra strong thick black thread is used on the reinforcing patches.
Suitable for covering boats, machinery, caravans, fly sheets over tents, general shading, ground sheet or a windbreak pool cover. The almost complete blocking of light prevents the growth of algae in pools. Also suitable for covering roofs if secured well, light courier trucks and jobs were heavier tarp is required. May be used on larger trucks providing speed is limited to around 100 km an hour but this may need to be reduced if strong headwinds are encountered. The tarp needs to be secured well to prevent flapping in strong winds which can cause deterioration of the waterproof lamination.
Ropes - Poly 50 meter coils
Quality U.V. stabilised White Silver Rope (20m or 50m rolls)
- Telescopic poles
- Spreader Bars
- Roof Rails
- Guy ropes
- Ocky straps
- Ratchet Tie downs
- Springs, Buckles
- Shock cord
- Press studs
- Splicing clips
- Lashing hooks
- Torneau loops
- Caragroove Caravan Track
A tarp covering a large area can be compared to a sail on a boat. The forces exerted by strong winds can result in the eyelets of the tarp being ripped out if a strong gust of wind gets under the tarp and it behaves like a sail. Remember sails are made from exceptionally strong materials and their eyelets are reinforced with several layers of material to form a large patch to take the strain.
To prevent this “sail” effect, all eyelets need to be well secured, preferably with springs or elastic “Shock Cord” to allow some “give”. Sandbags tied to the eyelets are a good option as they allow some movement which takes the strain from sudden wind gusts. This is the method the State Emergency Service uses.
Separate ropes 1 - 2 metres apart (depending on conditions) may need to be pulled tight over and across the tarp to hold it down and take the strain off the eyelets. Alternatively, wooden planks, vehicle tyres, sandbags or other weights may need to be used to avoid this problem.
Moderate sized tarps used as shelters may be suspended using strong shock cord on 2 adjacent sides, with ropes on the opposite sides. Unless supported by a frame however such shelters may need to be dropped in very strong winds.
We can perform alterations to suit your requirements. Please allow a week for this to be done. Some standard alterations include:
- Joining 2 tarps or Trimming to size: Tarps can be sewn together however slight leakage could occur in some conditions. The most economical way to cut a tarp down to a smaller size is to cut off the edge complete with the reinforced eyelets and then sew this strip back on the trimmed tarp. Some very slight leakage is possible where it is stitched.
- Shorteners: These are reinforced eyelets often placed a metre or so in from the edge of the tarp. This allows a large tarp to be used to cover smaller areas, for example a smaller load on a truck. Holdon’s, which are a clamp style eyelet, can be used to shorten a tarp: simply fold the tarp where needed and attach a holdon to the folded seam. Light electrical wire, small diameter Venetian Blind cord can be placed in the fold to give extra grip (Holdon’s have a small groove in them that is designed to grip the cord sewn into the hem of tarps).
- Extra Eyelets: Light weight and many ‘Heavy Duty” imported tarps have non reinforced eyelets which may be inadequate for some uses. Extra reinforced eyelets can be added to suit your requirements. Our Extra Heavy-Duty tarps have reinforced eyelets every 800mm. DIY Eyelet Kits which include the dies necessary for the application of extra eyelets, are available. Extra eyelets can be fitted along the seamed edge which will have reasonable strength but naturally won’t be as strong as a reinforced eyelet. A better option is “Holdons” which are a heavy duty nylon clamp which can be easily attached to the hem. Holdon’s spread the load over 30mm which is much more than an eyelet (10mm) and is therefore much stronger.
- Ropes Fitted to Tarps: Ropes can be fitted to all or some eyelets to suit your requirements. The standard length is 1 metre. Keder Track to Suit Caravans: This is a 7.5mm flexible track sewn into the edge of a tarp which allows it to be threaded through the aluminium “Caragroove” or “Sail” track common on most caravans. The Australian standard size aluminium sail track is 9mm diameter. This track system can also be used to attach awnings to buildings for use as a shelter, carport etc. Imported vans or awnings from Europe may have a 6.5mm diameter sail track. We have a 6mm Keder tape which we can attach to any tarp to suit your needs.
- Poly Tarps - A pressure sensitive adhesive cloth reinforced waterproof tape can be used for small repairs. Larger holes or rips may need to have a patch sewn on.
- PVC Tarps - Can be glued with a suitable PVC glue. Pool repair kits can be used.
- Canvas Tarps - Patches can be sewn or glued on. PVC, urethane or contact glues can be used.
- WA Metro Area: $20.00.
- WA Country: Price on application.
- Interstate: All tarps may be ordered online with freight automatically calculated at the checkout before payment.
Multiply the tarp width by the length to give the area e.g. 3.7m x 6.1m = 22.57.
Multiply the area by the weight of the tarp e.g. a 250g per square
metre tarp would be 0.250 x 22.57 = 5.64kg.
Allow another 1kg for packaging = 6.64kg.