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Home & Garden | October 1, 2018

Choosing the Right Tarp

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, tarps get used to cover and protect a lot of stuff, including patio furniture, recreational vehicles, roofs, and animal shelters. We even use them camping. But not all tarps are created equal. Some are perfect for quick, one or two time uses while others can be reused year after year. The difference is in the price, material, and how well you care for them. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you pick the right tarp for your outdoor adventures and homestead needs.

Why Get a Tarp?

Be sure to check out our article Getting the Most from Your Tarps. There you’ll find quick tips on how to secure a tarp as well as where to use today’s tarps, including our Top 10 Tarp Tips on how to cover a grill or ATV, protect deck furniture, shield your air conditioning unit, or simply keep your woodpile dry.

Coastal tip: Punctures and holes will quickly ruin a tarp. By patching a tarp with tape or sewing the hole closed can add longevity to your tarp. 

Comparing Tarps

Tarps can be a necessity, whether you live on a ranch or simply live in a ranch-style home in the heart of the city. Here’s a quick chart to help you pick the right one.

Tarp Chart

Secure Your Tarp

Once you’ve chosen your tarp, you’ll need a way to secure it. Rope and twine, tie-down straps, bungee cords and more make that chore easy. Plus, they come in various lengths, allowing for a secure fit when you measure the distance from the eyelets of your tarp to the anchor point. Get all the details in our article Choosing the Right Tie Downs and How to Use Them.

Coastal tip: Securely tie down your tarps, especially when attaching to a moving vehicle or trailer. Movement and wind can quickly wear holes and fray the ends on even the toughest tarp. 

Coastal Carries Tarps

You’ll find a huge selection of tarps for your ATV, wood pile, pickup truck, barn, and backyard bungalow at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. These include reversible tarps, drawstring tarps, and canvas tarps to withstand almost anything our unpredictable weather can muster. You’ll also find bungee cords, tie downs and heavy-duty tarp clips.

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