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Tarpaulin is believed to be derivative of the words “pall” and “tar,” the combination of which would indicate a covering coated with tar. Modern tarps certainly fit this description, at least to a point; they are used as coverings and are known for their water resistance. Read More…

Tarps Tarps are large protective covers used to protect objects from unwanted exposure to moisture, dirt, dust or other hazards. The word "tarp" is short for "tarpaulin."
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Garden Grove, CA  |  714-891-9119

CustomFab USA has been a trusted American sewing contractor since our inception in 1990. Our 77,000 square foot high-tech manufacturing facility allows us to produce and ship a myriad of products. We have experience serving industries such as medical, sporting goods, military, aerospace, pets, and travel. With unparalleled customer service, a skilled manufacturing workforce, and tried-and-true processes that protect your intellectual property, you can count on our team to meet your needs.

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Houston, TX  |  800-320-0399

Since our founding in 1972, our goal at Landes has been to set ourselves apart from our competitors by providing specialized sewing contract solutions for our customers. Whether you need a fully customized, made to order solution or a standard design– we’ve got you covered! Visit our website for more details.

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Landes USA $$$

Brookfield, WI  |  262-777-2280

LJ Design & Manufacturing is an elite sewing contractor specializing in custom sewn industrial and medical products. Since 1844, we have partnered with B2B innovators in healthcare/medicine, transportation, wearable technology, veterinary medicine, military, government, sporting goods, luggage, manufacturing and more. Highly technical products and materials are our specialties. Contact us today to get started!

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LJ Design and Manufacturing $$$

Wood Dale, IL  |  630-694-4178

Serving the industrial & consumer marketplace with sewn protective covers for laptops to locomotives. We are a family owned business that has been providing heavy & light gauge industrial & specialty sewing since 1987. An innovative, high quality organization delivering superior custom products on time.

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Sea Converting, Inc. $$$

North Augusta, SC  |  803-278-4141

Carolina CoverTech is an industrial sewing contractor of protective covers, enclosures, industrial canvas products and custom bags. Our experience dates back to 1925. The foundation of our success is based on our high-quality customer service and products. Contact us to see for yourself!

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Carolina CoverTech $$$

Chicago, IL  |  773-887-5003

Since 1958, we have provided the best sewing contractors in the industry. We offer a wide range of services to our customers, and we can manufacture any custom sewing design you need! We pledge on-time delivery anywhere in the world, and we work our hardest to ensure your products get to you on time so you can get back to business. Visit us online for more info!

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Among the most recognizable tarp varieties are polypropylene tarps, which have come to be known as polytarp in some places. Polytarp is often blue in color and comes in large, square or rectangular sheets. The sheets are usually fitted with metal grommets to make the attachment of ropes or other cordage possible. Polytarps are very popular waterproofing materials in camping applications, in building construction and in many other contexts.

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Polytarp may be the most popular and recognizable tarp variety, but other water-resistant sheets are also referred to as tarps. Tar-coated canvas, though outdated and much less widely used compared to polytarp, qualifies as a tarpaulin variety. Other plastic materials like PVC are also used to manufacture tarps.

In addition to their uses as protective coverings, tarps are used extensively as advertising surfaces on billboards and during commercial tenancy or ownership transitions. For example, if a company buys a commercial space, it may reach out to a sewing company for the purpose of placing a printed tarpaulin to temporarily identify itself until a permanent sign is installed.

Because there are many contexts and applications for which tarpaulins are required, tarp manufacturers produce tarps in a variety of configurations. Polytarps are the most versatile tarp variety. Because they can be used in so many different situations, they are among the most widely produced tarp varieties. The same polytarp composition and configuration might be found on the shelves of a sporting goods store as well as in an automotive repair shop.

Such tarps usually feature a lattice of interwoven polypropylene strands overlaid with a polypropylene sheet. This combination of weave and sheet make the tarp waterproof and stretch and tear-resistant. Non-plastic tarp varieties resemble polytarps in terms of their construction. Canvas tarps, for example, feature woven canvas overlaid with a waterproofing material, which gives the tarp some of the same qualities as polytarp, though to a different extent.

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