If you are renovating your home, you can consider tarpaulins to protect items from dust, dirt, and debris. It can protect also your furniture and other lumber materials from sun, rain and other weather conditions during the transition. However, buying wholesale tarps is not that simple.

You can successfully find the right one if you know what to look for. Here’s what to look for in a tarpaulin if you decided to purchase for your home renovation needs:

The material of the tarpaulin
Before you purchase, it is crucial that you know what to look for in a tarpaulin. The first thing that you need to know is the type of tarpaulin materials – canvas, mesh, and polyethylene. Canvas is made of natural or synthetic fibers that are closely woven. Mesh, on the other hand, is created from nylon threading allowing water and wind to flow through the material.

Finally, the polyethylene is made of plastic-based synthetic polymer. In fact, this is the most popular material because it is affordable. It also provides different colors, sizes, and strength. You must know that polyethylene is the same material used in molded containers, pipes, and cables.

Mesh fabric specification
It is crucial that you know the thickness and the size of the tarpaulin. Aside from that, you should be familiar with the mesh fabric specification. This refers to the number of threads used per square inch.

For instance, an 8×8 mesh count would indicate there is an average of 8 threads per inch in both vertical and horizontal direction. When choosing, make sure to pick heavy-duty tarps with higher mesh fabric specification.

Tarpaulin reinforcement
Another thing to look for is the tarpaulin reinforcement. The reinforcement is added around the perimeter to help prevent tearing and ripping. There are four types of reinforcement to include:

  • Corner reinforcement: for a higher grade of tarpaulin, you need heavy reinforcement
    in the corners. This can help prevent the tearing of corner grommets, which can significantly extend the life of the tarpaulin.
    • Hem: folding the tarpaulin’s edge back unto the tarpaulin forms this. After that, it will be stitched to the entire hemmed area.
    • Perimeter rope: the rope is placed inside the hem adding strength to the tarpaulin.
    •Grommet reinforcement: aside from the corner, some tarpaulins have more reinforcement at each grommet.

Other features
The price of the tarpaulin will depend on the material, size, mesh count, tarpaulin reinforcement and other features. These features include:

  • UV-treated: tarps that undergo chemical treatment to help protect the degradation of
    polyethylene tarpaulin from the damaging UV rays.
    • Waterproof: most tarpaulins are waterproof. This is because of the natural laminated film layers of the polyethylene. However, some tarpaulins created for truck bed covers are not waterproof.
    • Mildew and rot resistant: since the polyethylene tarpaulins are waterproof, it also means they are resistant to mildew and rot.
    • Sun blocking: this tarp has an additional layer of black polyethylene and mesh threads to form a light blocking tarpaulin.

If you consider buying online, it is crucial that you are confident with the seller. Start by reviewing their feedback ratings or reviews. These will give you an idea of how they conduct their business dealings based on other customer experience.