There are many products that have more than one use, but tarps are durable coverings that re-define the term multipurpose. They were once used by primarily to provide shelter for people from the outside elements and on ships to shield sailors from the harsh weather conditions and the powerful rays from the sun. They have evolved over time and now they are used as vehicle covers, at construction sites, as make-shift tents on camping trips, to cover athletic fields from rain and snow and as a protective covering to guard bales of hay against mold and bacteria, in addition to many other uses.
Although custom tarps are used for functional purposes, they come in a wide array of sizes and colors. They are naturally water-resistant and generally made of plastic which is woven together during manufacturing for durability and equipped with reinforced grommets that are placed on the ends so that rope can be easily run through the holes to secure the tarp in place. Other materials available include canvas, vinyl and fire retardant materials.
Custom Tarps have so many uses that each style is designed to meet the needs of each customer and the purpose for which he or she is purchasing the tarp. For example, shade mesh tarps are made with a mesh screen to offer the same protection that regular tarps provide, but with a screen to allow some degree of sunlight. These tarps are ideal for usage in a garden. Fire retardant tarps are ideal for an outing that needs a shelter over a cooking area. A fire retardant tarp for this purpose will provide protection and a safe cooking environment. Drain tarps are used for overhead leaks and are specifically designed for that purpose. They safeguard any equipment or people who must pass through or remain in the area below the leak.
Tarps are a necessary functional product for homes and for businesses. There is always a use for a tarp, and it is flexible in its functions. They have a long life span with a minimal amount of care, and they are highly useful for recreational outings, sporting events, hurricanes, and outside storage coverings. Tarps generally have a specific goal, but they are a creative product and the list of things they can be used for is almost endless.