Monthly Archives: March 2014

Do You Have Enough Tarps and Emergency Supplies for the 2014 Hurricane Season?

Hurricane SeasonIn no time at all, the 2014 hurricane season will be upon us. It is expected to start on May 15th in the Eastern Pacific. The Central Pacific and Atlantic seasons, on the other hand, are both slated to kickoff on June 1st. All three are anticipated to continue until the end of November. So now is a great time to determine whether or not you have enough blue roofing tarps and other emergency supplies to see your family through.

At Canopies and Tarps, we have an assortment of weather resistant, blue roof tarps in stock. You can use them along with drainage tarps to make temporary repairs. Our blue roof tarps range in size from 10 x 18 to 30 x 60. And you can count of each one to provide total protection from water and UV rays. They are reasonably priced and we do sell them in bulk too.

In addition to the tarps, we also have a selection of survival kits, hurricane emergency kits, first aid kits and other emergency gear on hand. We are exceptionally proud of our hurricane emergency kits. They are stocked with everything that two people need to safely withstand a 72 hour long period in relative comfort. If you have more than two people in your family, you could opt to add to the existing kit or purchase supplemental ones like the Survival Pal for Children or the Guardian Deluxe Office Survival Kit.

Our first aid kits come in a variety of forms too. Some of them, like the First Responder Bag, come equipped with CPR masks, scalpels and stethoscopes. Others, like the PRO-II Trauma Bag, contain cervical collars, universal splints, suture sets, tourniquets and ammonia inhalants.

Last but not least, its a good idea to grab pop-up tents, rain ponchos, emergency sleeping bags, body warmers and blankets too. Many of those items are compact enough to fit right in with any one of the kits that we mentioned previously. To learn more about our tarps, tents and other emergency supplies that can help you get through the 2014 hurricane season, please contact us at (877) 811-3911. We ship fast and replacement items are available year round.

Protect Outdoor Washer and Dryer Units with Vinyl Tarps and Carports

Do you have a summer cottage or bungalow that has an outdoor washer and dryer? Has the thought of leaving the units exposed to the elements 24/7 got you feeling a bit queasy? If so, weve got some recommendations that may help to set your mind at ease:

#1: Purchase a Portable Carport or Patio Cover

Why not consider setting your washer and dryer units underneath of aportable carportorpatio cover? At Canopies and Tarps, we have carports that are made with steel and polycarbonate panels. Weve also got ones that feature canopy and valance tops made from durable, UV and chemical resistant fabrics. They come in all different sizes. So perhaps one will be just right for your summer homes porch, deck or patio.

#2: Invest in Vinyl Tarps

If you cant find a portable carport or patio cover that works for your situation, consider buyingvinyl tarps. Vinyl tarps are outfitted with many grommets and come in two different weights. You can also custom order them in various colors and sizes. Wed suggest choosing one that is resistant to mildew, chemicals, abrasions and the suns rays. Once you have the vinyl tarps on hand, you can use them to build your own washer and dryer shelter.

#3: Buy Custom Machine Covers

Finally, purchasing custommachine coversis another option to consider. Some of the machine covers that we have available are fire resistant, which makes them great for covering clothes dryers in between loads of laundry. In addition to being fire resistant, the covers also tend to resist machine oils, abrasions, tears, precipitation and UV rays.Other machine covers are made from a durable, arctic flexible vinyl with rope reinforced edge. Those covers are typically waterproof, UV resistant, mildew proof and more. As such, they are superlative for covering outdoor washers and dryers year round.

To learn more about obtaining vinyl tarps or other protective materials for your summer homes washer and dryer, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911. Remember, custom orders tend to require a minimum of 12 days notice. So its best to order your custom pieces as soon as possible.

Greenhouse Kits and Mesh Shade Tarps: How Does Your Facilitys Garden Grow?

Are your community leaders, business staff and educators hoping to establish a vegetable or flower garden this year? If so, you might want to look into grants, greenhouse kits and mesh shadetarps. All three can help get your gardening ambitions off to a great start. Heres how:

#1: Grants and Other Goodies

There are actually quite an astonishing amount of garden related grants available nowadays. Depending on the source and the award amount, it may help your group purchase greenhouse kits, mesh shade tarps, seeds, planting benches and gardening tools. The list of places where youll find grant information includes, but is not limited to, Kids Gardening, America in Bloom, Fiskars Project Orange Thumb, Annies Grants for Gardens, Chefs Move to Schools and theCalifornia Fertilizer Foundation.

Its also worth mentioning that there are organizations like the National Gardening Associations Grow 4 Good that provides opportunities to snag goodies. By goodies, we mean free or low cost planters, bee houses, bird houses and kid size garden tools.

#2: Self-Contained Greenhouse Kits

Like we alluded to previously,self-contained greenhouse kitscan also help get your school, business or communitys garden program off and running quickly. At Canopies and Tarps, we have portable models that range in size from 5 x 6 x 66 to 22 x 24 x 12. Each one is easy to set-up, use and break down at the end of the growing season. They are also very durable and affordably priced. For example, at the moment, our least expensive greenhouse kit is less than $200.

#3: Mesh Shade Tarps

Mesh shade tarps can also be successfully incorporated intogardening programs. They are designed to protect plants from direct sunlight without depriving them of water and oxygen. They can also be used to keep a greenhouses interior temperatures under control and shield gardeners from the suns harmful rays. Some people opt to drape the tarps over top of greenhouse roofs or stretch them out over top of an outdoor gardening area. Either way, the mesh tarps will prove to be beneficial.

For more information about mesh shade tarps and greenhouse kits, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911. Our shopping site is secure and we offer fast shipping as well as hot deals throughout the year.

Get Affordable Shade Tarpaulins and More for Community Playgrounds

Do you want to improve your communitys playground this year by adding a bit of shade and more? Is a shortage of community funds the only thing thats stopping your areas leaders and volunteers from getting the playground project underway? If so, we would like to offer a few suggestions that may help improve your communitys situation:

Check-Out Shade Structure Grants

Consider applying for shade structure grants to cover the cost of your desiredshade tarpaulins, party tents and portable carports. There are truly grants available that will cover such portable structures as well as others. Just keep in mind that the fabric involved typically has to be capable of blocking a percentage of the suns rays.One organization that is offering groups up to $8,000 in funds specifically for fabric or other shade installation is theAmerican Academy of Dermatology. Its presently an annual program and you can find application details by contacting the organization directly.

Look for Playground Improvement Grants

There are also playground improvement grants available that may help your community obtain such things as athletic field covers,gazebos, carports, privacy fence tarps, greenhouses and pond liners. The list of financial resources to consider tapping into includes NRPA Out-of-School Time, Lets Play, Finish Line Youth Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Take Advantage of Price Breaks

Lastly, wed suggest purchasing your shade tarps, tents, gazebos and the like from us. At Canopies and Tarps, we offer organizations quantity discounts, everyday low prices and hot deals. In addition, non-California residents do not have to factor in sales tax. So thats an additional savings to consider. On top of that, we accept a variety of different payment methods that includes company checks, money orders, PayPal and credit cards.For additional information about selecting affordable tarpaulins, athletic field covers, tents and more for your communitys playground, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911.

Benefits of Using Party Tents for an Upcoming Event


Party tents can prove to be very beneficial if you’re planning a party for your children or for an upcoming wedding. Regardless of the event that you’re planning for, it’s best to look into the sizes and styles of these tents that are available for sale. Making your arrangements early in advance can help ensure that you’re able to get a tent that provides shade and helps ensure that you’re able to enjoy the numerous benefits that one of these tents can offer.

Pulling Together a Party Theme

With the different styles of tents that can be bought to use for parties, you’ll likely notice that some of the styles fit in best with the other accessories and details of your party. From very classic tents that work best for formal events to a simple tent that is priced reasonably due to its plain design, you should be able to find a tent that complements the other decorations for your party.
Considering the Sizes of Tents Available

In order for your party to go off without a hitch, it’s best to choose a tent that provides ample space for your guests. If you have a seating area for dining and are throwing the party in the middle of the day, you may want to consider purchasing a large tent that will provide plenty of shade underneath. Asking questions regarding the tents that are available and the sizes that make sense for your needs should help ensure that you’re able to get a new tent that provides plenty of shade underneath.

Easy to Assemble and Store

Many of the tents that are available should be quite easy for you to use time and time again due to the durable design. In order for you to have the best experience with your new tent once it’s arrived, it’s best for you to look into the specific design so that you can be confident that the tent is capable of being set up without any problems and disassembled with ease.

If you have any questions regarding the different tents that can be purchased for use at parties, we invite you to contact us so that we can provide the helpful information that you need.

Increase Privacy and Sun Safety for Families with Mesh Shade Tarpaulins

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With warm weather rushing towards us, its time to take a good look at your familys outdoor recreation area. Is it in a spot where your family and friends will be safe from prying eyes and UV rays? Or will they be at risk of encountering peeping Toms and sunburns? If its looking more like the last scenario, nows the time to invest in mesh shade tarpaulins.

Mesh shade tarpaulins come in different sizes, colors, shapes and designs. So you should be able to incorporate them into your familys outdoor recreation area with ease. For example, you could outfit your propertys chain link fence or pool cage with a heavy-duty privacy tarpaulin. Each one is made with an arctic flexible, high density polypropylene mesh that is capable of blocking 87% of a peeping Toms view. In addition, the privacy fences feature strong brass grommets every 24 inches. So attaching them to your fence or pool cage should be a quick, straightforward affair.

Of course not every peeping Tom will try and watch your family from the ground. Some may also take to the skies with personal drones, binoculars or telescopes. So to keep prying eyes from above at bay, youll want to consider investing in sun shade sails. They are made from a UV stabilized, breathable polyethylene that allows both rain and wind to pass through. Thus, you wont have to worry about the sun shade sails succumbing to the weather. As a matter of fact, theyll do the exact opposite. The tarpaulins will help to keep your familys outdoor recreation area cool, shady and private. Theyll also block out almost all UVB and UVA rays at the same time. Therefore, your familys risk of developing wicked sunburns will also be minimized.

To find out more about mesh shade tarpaulins, please contact us at (877) 811-3911. At Canopies and Tarps, we feature a fine assortment of mesh shade tarpaulins and more. Orders may be made online or by phone and hot deals are currently available. See the hot deals section of our website for code information and save up to $50 off your next tarpaulin purchase.

Holy Canopies and Carnations! Its National Gardening Month

Guess what. There are two holidays taking place in April 2014 that are perfect for busting out thecanopiesand carnations. The first holiday is National Gardening Month. The second is a special occasion that many Americans may not be familiar with. Its designed to honor Portugals Carnation Revolution, which falls on the 25th. With that said, heres how to celebrate both holidays at the same time:

At Canopies and Tarps, we have canopy tents and pop-up canopies that could be used to celebrate both special occasions. They come in different sizes and colors. So you could host a big celebration or a small one. If you are looking to go big, a10 x 20 Instant Aluminum Pop-Up Tent Canopywould work well. In our opinion, they are rather chic, easy to handle canopies.

What helps to make the canopies so elegant are the Velcro leg-covers and graceful, arched top. They are made with a fire retardant, 300-denier polyester fabric that features a cool silver undercoating and built-in UV protection. Each canopy will give you 200 square feet of shaded space to work with. So that should be enough to at least set up risers or banquet tables.

Once you have the canopies, risers and banquet tables in place, use them to display a variety of carnations. In one area, set up red carnations, which are the hallmarks of Portugals revolution. Then add miniature Portuguese flags to a few of the floral arrangements.

When youre finished setting up the carnations, be sure to provide corresponding information on Portugals resplendentgardens. Among other things, they are known for their abundant camellias, box hedges and water features. Thus, you may want to set-up separate canopies that offer visitors a chance to purchase the items needed to create their own Portuguese-style gardens at home or work.

Wed also suggest setting up canopies where visitors can go to listen to gardening lectures or participate in plant swaps and related crafts. For instance, attendees could make kappa, decorate planters or make their own gardening stakes.To learn more about celebrating National Gardening Month and the Carnation Revolution with our canopies, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911.

Great Tips and Vinyl Tarps for Aspiring Farmer’s Market Organizers

Its not surprising that farmers markets continue to be popular. They offer small to mid-size farming operations a chance to get noticed and sell their wares. In addition, consumers get to enjoy affordable, homegrown products that they may not have access to anywhere else. If you are hoping to jump onto the farm wagon and start one in your neighborhood this year, here are a few tips:

Partner with Others

Starting a neighborhood farmers market is always easier with help. So begin the process by making contact with people like your local SNAP/WIC office staff, church groups, non-profits, agricultural societies, the National Association of Produce Market Managers and government agencies. You may also want to join the Farmers Market Coalition and check out the Wholesome Wave. Collectively, they may be able to help you find a great market location, obtain liability insurance and share marketing costs.

Seek Financing & Incentives

Next, youll want to seek out financing and incentives as well as make sure that your farmers market can accept SNAP benefits. The list of resources to look into in the process includes, but is not limited to theU.S. Federal Food Financing Initiatives Program, Farm Aid, U.S.D.A. grants and the New Markets Tax Credit Program.

Buy Vinyl Tarps, Canopies & Tents

From there, wed suggest investing in fire retardant, clear vinyl tarps,colored vinyl tarps, canopies and tents. You may want to buy portable tables, chairs and banners too. That way, you can rent them out to the vendors or set-up a farmers market booth of your own.

OurClear PVC Vinyl Tarpsare perfect for shielding fruit and vegetable displays from flying insects. Each one is 20 mil thick and weights 18 ounces per square yard. The vinyl tarps also feature grommets every 24 inches, hemmed edges and heat resistant seams, which makes them great side wall companions.

The canopies and tents, on the other hand, are great for providing shaded display areas throughout the farmers market. You can also select fabrics that are resistant to water, mildew, oils, abrasions and sun damage. To learn more about obtaining those items and other vinyl tarps for your upcoming farmers market, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911. We can help you make your space look attractive to attendees in no time.