Tarpaulin is a durable and malleable fabric, which is very suitable for covering yourself or objects. Most tarpaulins are waterproof or water-resistant, making them ideal fabrics for impromptu tents or durable bags. The main classification system for different styles of durable tarpaulin is the material profile or performance category.
The material profile describes what other fabrics the tarp is made of. There are three main types of tarps:
Polyethylene is the most common plastic in the world, usually a mesh woven sheet between two polyethylene sheets. The popularity of this linoleum stems from the myriad choices of color, size, and thickness. The thickness of the flannel is in mils (1/1000 inch) and can be changed by the number of polyethylene reinforcements added during production.
The canvas tarpaulin is designed to be reusable, resistant to water, mildew, and flame retardant. One of the most everyday uses of canvas tarpaulin is to cover indoor or outdoor furniture or carpets during painting or construction. Canvas tarps are heavy enough to stay in place and are not as smooth as polyethylene tarps, thereby reducing slippage and movement. Canvas tarps are ideal for building shelters to protect them from the sun, rain, and wind. Although canvas tarps are waterproof, they are not waterproof, and if a large amount of water accumulates on the tarps, they may leak.
The vinyl tarpaulin is industrially strong and heavy-duty. Vinyl is the second most commonly used plastic after polyethylene. These tarpaulins can be used for wind, water, tear-resistance, and extremely high or low temperature for a long time. Vinyl tarpaulins are made from natural materials, making them very affordable and recyclable, while maintaining durability standards that canvas or polyester tarpaulins cannot achieve.