Category Archives: Tarps

Tarps Make Your Long Bike Trips Safer and More Comfortable

Long bike trips are a great way to enjoy nature and stay fit. Of course, there can also be some challenges like dealing with nasty weather and other unpleasant facts of life. That’s why versatile and inexpensive tarps can be a cyclist’s best friend.

How many ways can you use a tarp when you’re on the road? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Protect your valuables.A tarp can be one more safety feature to reduce the risk of theft. If you’re taking part of your trip by van or truck with your bike stowed in back, keep it covered with a tarp when you park. Covering up your valuables makes them less vulnerable.

Collect water.Want to collect rain water to wash your clothes or cook a meal? A tarp makes it fast and easy to get a good supply.

Bask in the shade.When the sun is strong and there are no trees in sight, you’ll always have a shady spot. You’ll feel cooler and protect your skin from premature aging and cancer.

Layer up.It’s always better to travel light, but that can make it difficult to have enough clothes if the weather turns cooler. A tarp can serve as a blanket or top layer to keep you a little cozier.

Take shelter.Want to sleep outdoors? A tarp can be your basic camping gear or use it along with your tent.

When you think about it, tarps are pretty special because there aren’t many accessories that can deliver so many benefits at so little cost. If you want to bring one along for your next bike trip,contact us. CanopiesAndTarps.comp offers a vast selection of canvas and vinyl tarps along with the lowest possible prices and fast shipping.

Canoe-Tarp Shelters That Will Keep You Dry on a Canoe Trip

If you’re on a multi-day canoe trip, and you don’t have room to pack a full-sized tent, you might try using your canoe as a shelter. A shelter made from your canoe and a tarp will keep you warm and protect you from the rain and wind. A canoe-tarp shelter is also useful on a day trip should an unexpected rain shower interrupt your canoeing. Unlike a tent, a tarp is compact, light-weight, and can be quickly turned into a shelter along with your canoe.

Canoe-Tarp Shelter #1

If there’s a nearby stump or low tree branch that’s roughly three feet off the ground, you can use it to prop up one end of your canoe. Prop your canoe in the upside-down position so that its hull faces up. This by itself, provides partial cover from the rain. Drape a tarp over the canoe and anchor the tarp’s sides to the ground using stakes through its grommets or rocks to weight it down. The tarp increases your rain protection, shields you from the wind, and keeps the shelter warm inside.

Canoe-Tarp Shelter #2

This method involves laying your canoe upside-down on the ground. You then prop it up on its side using a couple of wood braces. The braces are roughly 4.5 feet long and notched on one end. Two sturdy sticks with a Y-notch on one end (formed where two branches join together) work well as braces.

The notched end holds up the canoe while the other end is pressed against the ground. Drape the tarp over the canoe and wood braces. Then secure the tarp in place with cord and anchor points in the ground. The canoe can pinch the tarp against the ground on the side opposite the wood braces. It’s best to practice this method in your backyard first.

Contact ustoday at Canopies and Tarps to get the right tarps for your outdoor needs.

Tarpaulins: Unexpected Yet Excellent Holiday Gifts

christams-tarpaulinsWhen you think about shopping for holiday gifts for all of the people on your list, you might think about heading to the local mall. However, believe it or not, CanopiesAndTarps has all sorts of awesome gift options for your loved ones this year. For example, even though they might be an unexpected option, tarpaulins actually make great gifts.

So many people never even think about buying tarps for themselves until they need them. Isn’t that sort of the point of a gift…to buy something that someone probably hasn’t bought for himself or herself but that he or she could use?

The truth is that tarps can be used for all sorts of things. If someone on your list is working on fixing up his or her home, a tarp can be handy for covering up the floor before painting. For the gardener on your list, a tarp can be super helpful for protecting plants from the cold or the elements. For someone who has pets, a tarp is great for covering up an animal enclosure, such as to provide warmth in the winter or to create a quiet indoor sleeping area for a dog that is being crate trained. For someone who is outdoorsy, a tarp can be a useful gift for many reasons. It truly is something that just about anyone can use.

If you would like to buy tarps for the people on your list, contact us at CanopiesAndTarps. Here, we have lots of options that are sure to make perfect gifts!

Why Not Get Crafty by the Yard with Canvas and Vinyl Tarps?

tarps by the yardDid you know that craft stores are not the only places well suited to unleashing a persons creativity? There is plenty for crafters to get excited about at Canopies and Tarps too. Sure, we have portable garages and vinyl tarps to complete a crafty souls work space but theres more. We also currently have canvas and vinyl fabric by the yard.

Whats so special about canvas and vinyl fabric by the yard? For one, the product variations make the creative possibilities endless. There are basic, tan canvas and clear vinyl selections on offer, thats for sure. In addition, crafters are likely to find a number of bold colors in the vinyl tarp category. Examples include, but are not limited to regal blues, sparkling whites, forest greens and sunshine yellows.

Accordingly, they could be fashioned into inexpensive, patio furniture cushions. Weve even seen the colorful, vinyl used to make custom table cloths, outdoor shower curtains, garden flags and DIY slip-n-slides. As for the canvas, it has more applications. For instance, in crafty hands it could be repurposed into accent rugs, placemats, awnings and hanging wall art.

Vinyl and canvas by the yard may be ordered at any time through our staff members. Just bear in mind the material does not feature seams or grommets. As such, theyll need to be purchased separately along with any other crafty accessories needed to complete a project. Weve got a number of them in stock, including plastic tarp clamps and repair kits for those whoopsie moments.

To examine the materials more closely and see what you can come up with, please reach out to us today. As long as weve got the canvas and vinyl material in our warehouse, it should reach you promptly. And special pricing may be available on large, fabric by the yard orders.

Protect your Air Conditioning Unit With a Tarp.

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The rainy spring is starting to give way to the warmer temperatures that will usher in summer. We’re sure you’re looking forward to all the summer-time fun just as much as we are. We can’t wait for bbqs, picnics, outdoor sports and time at the lake.
Of course, if your air conditioner goes out on you in the middle of summer you may be singing a different tune. However, there are things you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioning units. Professionals recommend that you have your air conditioner tuned up every year.
Additionally, you can protect your air conditioning unit by hanging a tarp over the A/C unit itself. The tarp will provide shade for the air conditioning unit which will keep it from having to work so hard to cool the air. The energy savings will help your A/C unit last a little longer. The tarp also protects the A/C unit from branches, leaves and other debris that could fall onto the A/C unit, clogging it and causing problems over time.
When you consider that an air conditioning unit can cost around $5000, a tarp is a really affordable way to protect your investment. For the best selection and variety in tarps, you will find that online retailers can offer more options.
We offer vinyl tarps, canvas tarps, and waterproof tarps in both styles. Our tarps are designed to be durable and tear resistant, because a torn tarp isn’t offering you the protection you need.
For more information on purchasing tarps, please contact us.

Use Tarps to Protect Your BBQ Grill When You’re Not Cooking Up Delicious Food This Summer

tarps for furnitureThe weather is finally warming up, and you know what that means. It’s time to start planning some barbecues. Your friends, family and neighbors can’t wait to be invited over for some delicious food, cooked on your grill.
From hot dogs and hamburgers to steak and shrimp, you can keep the budget reasonable or go over the top. You may even want to experiment with different kinds of food cooked on an outdoor grill including lobster, oysters, or various vegetables cooked in aluminum foil packets.
It’s hard to go wrong as long as you are having a great time making food for people you care about. Throw a couple cool drinks in the mix and a little music and you have yourself a party.
Of course, when you’re done entertaining, make sure to treat your bbq grill with a little TLC to extend the life of your grill. Always scrub the grates in your grill down with a grill brush after use.
Cover you grill with a tarp or grill cover when it’s not in use to protect it from rain that could eventually cause rust or hail that could damage the surface of your grill.
If you’re looking for a quality tarp to cover your grill, we over both vinyl and canvas tarps in various sizes. You can select the custom size that will work perfectly for your grill.
If you have any questions about the durability of our waterproof tarps, we would be happy to answer them for you. Please contact us and let us know how we can help.

Canopy Top Replacements: For Those Times When Cleaning Urges Get Out of Hand

tarp-cleaningIts happened to all conscientious Americans at one time or another. We get an urge to spring clean the canopies covering our cars, motorcycles boats and other gear. So we drag out scrub brushes, strong chemicals, buckets, sponges and hoses. Then get busy scrubbing the life out of the canopies, literally. Afterward, we realize that our over zealousness for a clean covering has rendered the fabric absolutely useless.

At that point, there is only one thing for the super clean to do and thats hunt for canopy top replacements. Canopy top replacements come sparkling clean right off of the delivery truck. So after setting the tops up, its simply a matter of keeping them that way. The easiest way to keep the tops clean actually starts with the fabric selection process.

For example, if you live in a notoriously wet or humid area of the United States, chances are canopy tops will get covered in fungus of all sorts. Therefore, its smart to choose tops that have been treated with anti-fungal products. Theyll frequently retard colonization long enough for sunlight and other materials to kill off the fungi for good. However, even the anti-fungal treatments wont be enough for some areas.

Leaves and other organic matter contain dyes that will leave marks on canopy tops too. Thus, treating the tops with stain resistant products should be on Americans short lists as well. Good thing many canopy top replacements already come with treated fabrics! Treatment options generally include the two we mentioned plus others. The list of others typically includes water, chemical and abrasion resistant treatments.

Also, we should note that there are cold climate options too (e.g. arctic flexibility). Theyre needed in areas where the temps tend to drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit and stay there for extended periods. To find out about them or the temperate climate options, please contact us before you get the urge to clean. That way, we can have a replacement sent to you just in case.

Tarpaulins May Help Keep Landscaping Related Aches and Pains from Occurring

tarpaulinHave you ever spent the morning mowing lawns and pulling leaves only to find yourself sprawled out in the afternoon moaning in pain? If so, youre part of Club Pain. It consists of legions of Americans who suffer from body aches after manual labor. But what if you could turn in your Club Pain membership card and spend the afternoon relaxing in the hammock instead? Would you do it?

Well what if we told you that turning in your Club Pain membership card could be as easy as grabbing tarpaulins? Its true. Tarpaulins help take the back-breaking pain out of lawn work and well tell you how. Lets begin with why manual labor can leave so many of us writhing in pain. It all boils down to body mechanics. Our muscles are only meant to withstand certain weight and inactivity can cut down on that threshold too.

By using tarpaulins to haul away lawn debris and complete other tasks, we effectively take some of that extra weight off of our muscles. So they dont have to work so hard or get stretched into directions theyre not normally meant to go. Plus, the tarpaulins may protect our bodies from the ground and all that the soil contains. Examples include dampness, biting insects, rocks, parasites, bacteria, sticks and other items that may cause physical ailments.

Tarpaulins meant for landscaping use some in a number of thicknesses and boast multiple features. If your property is very overgrown, wed recommend using the super heavy-duty variety. Previously maintained lawns, on the other hand, may only require economy tarps. They are generally on the thin side, thus best suited for light duty tasks like dragging flower bulbs from one end of a planting bed to another.

To learn more about the variety of landscaping approved tarpaulins available and how they may keep muscle pain away, please contact us today.

Shield Your Belongings From Snow and Ice with Tarps

tarps in snowMany places around the country experienced a pretty mild fall. With less snow and precipitation than usual, you might not be really ready for the winter the way you normally are when the snow comes sooner and freezing temperatures are more prevalent.

It’s not too late to protect your recreational vehicles, sporting goods and outdoor equipment from the elements this winter. Snow and ice have a way of deteriorating certain kinds of outdoor equipment, but simply buying tarps to cover them throughout the winter can mitigate a lot of the damage.

Tarps will protect your belongings from rust and tarnish and keep them running well for another season. Don’t forget that you may want to cover up your outdoor BBQ grill if you won’t be using it during the winter too.

When it comes to purchasing tarps you have a lot of options. Purchasing from an online retailer will give you the maximum selection because online retailers aren’t limited by the square footage in their stores.

You can choose between a vinyl tarp and a canvas tarp. A poly tarp is strong, resistant to tears and provides a layer of UV protection so your belongings are protected from the sun as well as the weather and you won’t have to worry about fading. You can buy a tarp in any dimension you want so you aren’t struggling to make due with more or less tarp than you need

For more information on purchasing high-quality tarps at affordable prices please contact us.

Moving Soon? Protect your Furniture with Tarps

tarps for furnitureMoving to a new home or apartment can be an exciting stepping stone in one’s life journey. Sometimes the moving process can be marred though when a favorite piece of furniture incurs damage in the moving process.

Often furniture needs to be temporarily stored in a storage rental unit or perhaps a friend or family member’s basement or garage until one is completely settled in their new abode. One of the best ways to protect your valuable furniture is through the use of tarps. A storage rental unit may have tiny leaks in the roof that could allow water or snow to get into your unit. They may also have small gaps in the walls that allow spiders or mice to infiltrate your unit in the hopes of making a cozy nest.

Covering wood furniture pieces with tarps can help prevent warping and water stains in the case of roof leaks. Encasing furniture pieces like couches, mattresses, chairs, etc. with tarps can help prevent unwanted creatures from making a home out of your furniture.

If you are able to move all your belongings in one trip, you will still find tarps are essential to the moving process. For those using a professional moving service, the movers will most likely come prepared to protect your furniture with their own tarps or protective coverings. For the do-it-yourself mover, investing in some tarps to protect your beautiful furniture can help prevent inadvertent scratches, dings and dents from occurring.

For more information on how to use tarps to protect your belongings, please contact us.