What type of material is tarpaulin?

What is tarpaulin? What are the classifications of tarpaulins? What are the advantages of each category? The article will provide specific answers to the above 3 questions.

What is tarpaulin?

Tarpaulins are cotton fabrics or linen fabrics. Named for its initial use for sails. Generally, plain weave is used, a small amount of twill weave is used, and multi-strand threads are used for warp and weft yarns.

Now tarpaulin is usually divided into 2 categories: coarse tarpaulin and fine tarpaulin.

Coarse Tarpaulin

Coarse tarpaulin, also known as tarpaulin, is a strong and foldable fabric with good waterproof performance. It is used for cover of car/ truck/ open warehouse, or tents in the wild.

Fine Tarpaulin

Warp and weft yarns are used in the production of labor protection bannering and its supplies. After dyeing, it can also be used as shoes, travel bags, backpacks and other fabrics.4 popular categories of tarpaulins

The popular tarpaulins on the market are mainly divided into 4 types, cotton canvas tarpaulin, PVC tarpaulin, PE tarpaulin, and silicone tarpaulin.

cotton canvas tarpaulin

It is a pure cotton fabric. It is characterized by good waterproof performance, good air permeability, strong tensile force, and the service life is generally about 5-10 years.

Pure cotton canvas tarpaulin is mainly used for grain tobacco tarpaulin. The disadvantage is poor corrosion resistance.

PVC tarpaulin

The price of PVC tarpaulin is lower than cotton canvas tarpaulin. It has good waterproof, anti-corrosion and flame retardant properties, so it is also called “3-proof tarpaulin”. Inadequacies, poor strength (relative).

Specifications: 2*2 3*3 width: 1.3m–2.0m

PVC tarpaulin is divided into two types: PVC laminated tarpaulin and PVC coated tarpaulin. The production methods, characteristics and uses of these 2 kinds of tarpaulins are all different.

Production methods

PVC Laminated Tarpaulin is a new type of fabric that combines two kinds of fabrics or more than one kind of film and fabric together.

PVC coated Tarpaulin is made of glass fiber fabric, glass cotton fabric and chemical fiber fabric as the base fabric, and is coated with a special process.


PVC Laminated Tarpaulin: a new type of fabric that combines the advantages of film and fabric; it can be made into film by drooling, film blowing, calendering or coating, and has the advantages of good elasticity, toughness, wear resistance, good cold resistance, environmental protection and non-toxicity.

PVC coated Tarpaulin: waterproof, flame-retardant, mildew-proof, cold-proof, anti-corrosion (referred to as three-proof banner, five-proof banner); anti-aging; anti-ultraviolet; easy to clean; high temperature resistance (180 degrees), good thermal insulation, etc.


PVC Laminated Tarpaulin: used as inflatable life jackets, diving BC jackets, life rafts, inflatable boats, inflatable tents, military inflatable self-inflating mattresses, massage airbags, medical anti-decubitus mattresses and professional waterproof backpacks.

PVC coated Tarpaulin: widely used in tarpaulin for train and automobile transportation, and tarpaulin for grain storage, wharf, and warehouse. (mainly waterproof).

What are the main advantages of PVC tarpaulin?

Excellent sun-shading, moisture-proof and mildew-proof effects.

PVC tarpaulin is ahead of other traditional tarpaulins to a certain extent in terms of breaking strength, tear strength and tear elongation.

The best waterproof performance, the PVC tarpaulin joints are processed by high temperature pressing, which can be 100% joined and 100% leak-proof. And there is PVC slurry hidden in the gaps of the banner, and the PVC coating is smooth and smooth.

Easy to use. The PVC tarpaulin is grommeted with rust-free aluminum and zinc around it, which is convenient for you to fix on various places and is safe and stable. In order to facilitate and better adapt to different application requirements, UNISIGN can also install buttonholes according to the specified distance and specified number, which will definitely give you peace of mind.

The edge is designed with edging, which makes the product durable and not easy to be damaged.

Generally speaking, PVC tarpaulin not only has strong temperature adaptability, long service life, strong waterproof function, sunscreen and moisture-proof and anti-aging, but also has many advantages and high cost performance.


How to choose the best tarp (7 steps)

Step 1: first of all, look at the appearance, the color is bright and consistent, this is the first.

Step 2: Scrape it with your hand to see if the plastic coated glue will come off. If the plastic coated glue falls off, it means that the quality of the tarpaulin is not good.

Step 3: The thickness of the glue should be moderate. If it is too thick, it will not be easy to handle. If it is too light and thin, the service life will not work.

Step 4: Feel its softness by hand, generally speaking, the softer the better.

Step 5: If your tarpaulin has a special purpose, observe the flame retardancy. See how long the fire can be extinguished by itself, of course, the shorter the time, the better.

Step 6: To judge the strength of PVC tarpaulin, you can try to tear it by hand. The higher the strength, the better.

Step 7: In addition, when you buy it, you should check whether there are any flaws on it. There are often problems such as water leakage and cracking in the flawed places.

(3) PE tarpaulin

PE tarpaulin is also called plastic woven tarpaulin. It is coated with PE film on both sides of PE woven banner, and polypropylene woven banner is also used.

It is lighter than other tarpaulins and is clean and non-polluting. The price is low, generally 2-5 yuan per square meter, and the waterproof performance is good. Inadequacies, poor strength, short service life.

Specifications: single-sided lamination, double-sided lamination

Weight: 60 grams—280 grams

What are the main advantages of PE tarpaulin?

On the basis of good waterproof effect, tarpaulin also has good heat absorption function. Not only shelter from rain, but also shade.

Good weather resistance, flame retardant and fireproof.

Light weight, easy to fold, easy to carry and operate.

Good waterproof and breathable performance, anti-condensation on the inside.

Corrosion resistance, anti-aging and other properties, long service life.

Green and environmentally friendly, can be recycled.


(4)Silicone tarpaulin

Silicone tarpaulin is a good silicone banner, which has the advantages of the above tarpaulins (waterproof, strong, breathable and anti-corrosion).

The price is moderate and the weight is around 500 grams per square meter. Wide application.

Specifications: 3*4 4*4 Width:


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