How We Make Long-Lasting Custom Tarps that Stand Out [video]

Our team that produces our tarps here in-house is focused on making sure that every single tarp they send out is made to the exact specifications and quality that our customers expect.

Video Transcript:

At US Cargo Control we have a team that’s dedicated to making sure that our customers get quality products at all times.

Our team that produces our tarps here in-house is focused on making sure that every single tarp they send out is made to the exact specifications and quality that our customers expect.

When we send things out to customers, we don’t send out anything that we wouldn’t want to use ourselves when we’re on the road.

So, know that when the team is making your tarp that it would be something that they would be using themselves.

Ordering Your Custom Tarp

So, when a customer calls in to make a custom tarp, we’ll ask a variety of different questions.

  1. The application the tarp is going to be used in
  2. The type of material they want to use
  3. The number of D-rings they want and the number of grommets

Colors & Stenciling

We also carry a number of colors, so we have more than just black that we can make, and we can also do stenciling as well in-house. So, if you’re wanting to get your name or a company name on a tarp we can definitely do that to help with branding and make sure you stand out when using your tarp over the road.

We carry a large variety of tarps on our website, but obviously, we don’t carry every single tarp in the industry. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for, call in and talk to our sales team. We have a team that’s dedicated to making sure you get the exact tarp you’re looking for and all of our sales team members are experts within the industry.

So, when you call in, if you don’t have all the answers, that’s fine. We’re here to help you and uncover the exact needs that you have. Our sales team is here to get you what you want when you need it, and we’ll get you the exact tarp that fits the needs that you’re looking for.

To inquire about custom tarps call: 800-969-6543

A Complete Guide to Flatbed Trailer Tarps

Flatbed trailer tarps protect cargo from weather damage and general wear-and-tear that highway travel can cause. Tarps are waterproof and often made of vinyl, kevlar, or canvas with a polyethylene coating for added protection. Read on to understand the differences among types of flatbed trailer tarps, how to properly tarp a flatbed trailer, and how to repair a torn tarp.

 

Types of Flatbed Tarps

The type of tarp you should use depends on what you are hauling and how big it is. Not all tarps are created equal.

 

Lumber Tarps

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Lumber tarps are used on loads that are tall and box-shaped. They have flaps at each end to cover the ends of lumber. Both the sides and tail flap of a lumber tarp are usually fitted with grommets and multiple rows of D-rings for a variety of tie-down points. Usually, two lumber tarps are used to cover a flatbed load.

 

Steel Tarps

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Steel tarps on the most commonly used flatbed trailer tarp. They will also typically have grommets and D-rings built-in, however no flaps. They are used to protect shorter and lower-profile loads, and also used in combination with lumber tarps.

 

Smoke Tarps

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Smoke tarps only cover the upper front portion of a flatbed load. This protects loads from getting covered in exhaust fumes and dirt. They can also be used in combination with steel and lumber tarps when additional coverage is needed.

 

Machinery Tarps

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Machinery tarps are designed to protect manufacturing or machine equipment from weather and road vibration. These heavy-duty tarps have grommets around the hems and multiple rows of D-rings on each side.

 

Coil Tarps

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Coil tarps are commonly used to protect steel or aluminum coils and cable spools during transport. Their rounded top-half allows for a fitted cover over cylinder-shaped loads. The side flaps are more rectangular shaped and split in each corner to allow transport chain to pass through.

 

How to Tarp a Flatbed Trailer Load

A tarp is only effective if it’s applied correctly and secured tightly. Follow these step for tarping a load on a flatbed trailer.

 

flatbed tarping

1. Lift your rolled-up tarp on top of the load and center it as best as you can.

2. You should always start from the back of your load. Start unrolling the tarp towards the back while keeping the centerfold of the tarp in the center of the load.

3. Once the tarp is unrolled, pull the bottom of the tarp so that it is covering the entire back of the load and touching the flatbed trailer.

4. Next, start unfolding the tarp once on each side, making sure it stays center.

5. If you are using multiple tarps repeat the steps above to cover any exposed cargo.

6. Once your tarps have been completely unrolled and your load is covered, roll up or fold in any excess tarp and secure the D-rings with bungee cords.

7. If your load is tall or oddly shaped, throw an extra tie-down strap over the tarp to prevent it from billowing.

 

How to Repair Tarps

Eventually, weather and prolonged use wear down tarps to the point that they must to be repaired to remain effective.

how to repair a tarp

  1.  Buy a flatbed tarp repair kit.
  2. Place the tarp on a flat surface with the underside facing up. Smooth out any wrinkled areas.
  3.  Cut a patch slightly larger than the tear.
  4.  Apply a heavy layer of tarp repair adhesive to one side of the patch and place over the tear.
  5.  Use a roller to smooth out and remove any air bubbles. Let dry for at least three hours.

 

Custom Tarps and Other Flatbed Equipment

Shop US Cargo Control for all your flatbed trailer equipment needs, including winch straps, winch bars, and custom tarps.

 

Flatbed Tarps: Lumber Tarps and Steel Tarps

Flatbed truck tarps are an essential for any flatbed truck driver. There are differences between a lumber tarp and a steel tarp, as well as features to look for in both.

Lumber tarp
A lumber tarp is generally used for long haul truckers to protect lumber, hay, pallets, and other bulky cargo. It is designed with a flap to fully cover the ends of the load.

One of our best-selling heavy duty lumber tarps unfolded:

Steel tarp
A steel tarp are sometimes sized slightly smaller than a lumber tarp and is four-sided to protect loads of steel rods, sheets, cables, etc. that have a lower profile.

Weights and construction
Tarps also come in different weights so there’s something that will work for nearly any job. Although all of our tarps are made of PVC-coated polyester for excellent tear resistance, the weight of the fabric differs between the lightweight, mid-weight and heavy-duty styles. Depending on the drop size (height), each tarp has either two or three rows of D-rings running the length of the tarp

The d-ring construction also differs slightly. Lightweight and midweight tarps are designed with fabric abrasion strips that run the entire length of the tarp to add protection:

Image of mid-weight lumber tarp d-rings

 

 

 

 

 

Heavyweight tarps have additional fabric abrasion pads stitched to the tarp underneath the D-ring:

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Colors
Many of our stock tarps are available in black, red or blue on our website. Several are also available in green, yellow, gray, and white by calling our sales team toll free at 866-444-9990.

Tarp accessories
Repair kit. Even the most durable tarp can tear over time, so be sure to keep a tarp repair kit on hand. It includes a patch and vinyl cement so you won’t have to order the two separately.
Corner protectors. These are an inexpensive way to protect your tarp from abrasions, as well as your cargo. Our corner protectors are available in steel and plastic in a variety of sizes.
Rubber tarp straps and rubber ropeTarp straps come in a variety of lengths, in both natural rubber and EPDM rubber. Rubber rope is another great option since you can create custom length straps when paired with a .