Monday, 21 February 2011

A Look At The Benefits Of The Tarp

The tarp is something that is available at any local hardware store. Most of us may pick one up when we are preparing for a painting or other home maintenance job. Or perhaps we still have one in the garage from our last project. They are easily recognized as a simple piece of plastic or other durable material that is usually waterproof, and sometimes is reinforced with other qualities, such as UV resistance, mildew resistance, and tear resistance.
Tarps often come with grommets, small reinforced holes located all around the edges. These are usually placed strategically every twelve or twenty four inches so that one can easily secure the material down and feel confident that it is really secure. This can be especially important when one is tying down the tarp in strong winds or on a truck that will be moving at rather high speeds.
Many occupations depend upon this humble item. The farmer uses it to protect small tender plants from frost or freezing weather conditions. He may also need a number of them to cover hay bales, fertilizer, or other farm supplies and equipment.
Truckers often depend upon them to secure sensitive materials, dangerous tools, or other substances that could easily fly out of the back of the truck while it is being transported. It also acts as a protective barrier to make sure that items are not ruined by rain or other elements.
In recent world history, there have been a number of disasters, both natural and those that were not quite so natural. From the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, and the flooding in Pakistan, the tarp was used to save lives of both humans and animals, and provided much needed shelter for those who had no other. It is hard to imagine what we could have done without this item.
Michael Stein is the president of Tarps Plus and is an expert on tarps and the tarp industry.
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