Heavy Duty Tarps


Tarpfactory offers a wide range of heavy-duty tarpaulins that are perfect for all your tarp needs. Our standard tarps are made from durable 260gsm PE material and come in a range of sizes, from 2m x 3m up to 12m x 21m. We always maintain a large stock of ready-made tarps in Australia, so we can quickly satisfy your urgent needs. Our high-quality, versatile tarps are reinforced, weatherproof, and UV resistant, making them resistant to punctures and tears. Designed and manufactured to withstand Australia’s toughest weather conditions, our waterproof and cost-effective tarps are the perfect solution for all your industrial and outdoor tarp needs.

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Our heavy-duty tarpaulins include reinforced 4-layer sewn triangle corners fitted with 15mm tooth washer eyelets. They come with 50mm hemmed edges and heavy-duty cords along the edges for extra support and reinforcement for the heavy-duty eyelets. Eyelets are placed every 1m around all the edges for easy securing of your tarp. We offer custom size tarp to fit your specific needs.

Features of our tarpaulins include

  • Heavy-duty woven 260GSM Polyethylene (PE) tarps
  • 100% virgin polyethylene
  • Navy blue colour
  • High flexibility due to dense 14 x 14 weave count
  • Waterproof and UV stabilised (UV inhibitor applied for both scrim and coatings)
  • Easy to manoeuvre and fold
  • Welded, with fold over hemmed edges with heavy duty cords.
  • Welded, with fold over hemmed edges with heavy duty cords.
  • V-stitched corners for ensured eyelet reinforcement
  • Reinforced edges with eyelets every 1m
  • Heavy duty solid brass spur toothed eyelets
  • Mould resistant and washable
  • Resistance to Rot (Anti-rot) and crack (Anti-Crack)

Applications of our tarps

When deciding the correct tarp for your application, keep in mind the following: the weight of the tarp, weather exposure, length of the project, the likelihood of reusing the tarp and most importantly your budget.

Our tarps are suitable for a wide range of applications, including:

  • General tarps and covers
  • Construction and roofing tarps
  • Builders tarps
  • Stockpile covers
  • Hay tarps and agricultural covers
  • Grain covers
  • Emergency relief tarps for storm and cyclones
  • Car, caravan, boat covers and more
  • Industrial cover
  • Outdoor cover

Get a Custom Tarp for Your Specific Needs

If you need a tarp in a specific size or meet certain specification or want help choosing the right one for your needs, feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to assist you in finding the perfect tarp for your industrial, commercial, or household needs. Whether you’re looking for a tarp for sale or need information on tarps, we’re here to help.

Tarp Sizes and Weights

Length (m) x Width (m) Area (m2)Approx Weight (kg)
2m x 3m6 m21.6kg
2m x 4m8 m22.1kg
2m x 5m10 m22.6kg
4m x 4m16 m24.2 kg
4m x 5m20 m25.2kg
4m x 6m24 m26.3kg
4m x 8m32 m28.4kg
4m x 10m40 m210.4kg
6m x 6m36 m29.4kg
6m x 7m42 m211.1kg
6m x 8m48 m212.5kg
6m x 10m60 m215.6kg
6m x 12m72 m218.8kg
8m x 8m64 m216.7kg
8m x 10m80 m220.8kg
8m x 11m88 m222.9kg
8m x 14m112 m229.2kg
8m x 15m120 m230.8kg
10m x10m100 m226.0kg
10m x 12m120 m231.2kg
10m x 15m150 m239.0kg
12m x 12m144 m237.5kg
12m x 15m180 m246.8kg
12m x 21m252 m266.8kg

Please note that the dimensions listed above are subject to manufacturing tolerances. The weight provided is based on the material weight and does not include the weight of eyelets or other accessories. If your application requires very precise dimensions and weight without any tolerances, please contact Tarpfactory before making a purchase.


PE 260GSM Tarp Fabric Properties

Our tarps are made with high-quality, tough 260GSM UV resistant polyethylene material with a dense 14×14 weave count. The high tensile strength and resistance to tearing and puncturing make them durable and long-lasting. The dense 14×14 weave count also gives the tarp high flexibility, ensuring its longevity. Please refer to the datasheet below for physical properties of the tarp fabric. The datasheet includes the fabric mass, elongation, and tear strength values of the tarp as per Australian Standard AS2001.2.13, AS2001.2.3 and AS2001.2.10 – Methods of Test for Textiles.


Avoiding Pitfalls when Selecting Tarps

Selecting a tarp can be a daunting task because there are so many options available in the market with varying price levels. However, there are common pitfalls that should be avoided when selecting tarps to help you save money, time and more importantly, ensure that your investments and possessions are protected to the highest level possible by the selected tarp. Hopefully, the following tips will help you avoid those pitfalls.

1. Understanding What Makes a Tarp ‘Heavy Duty’

The term “heavy duty” is greatly misused when it comes to tarps. Many sellers use the term “heavy duty” loosely and label tarps as such even if the fabric mass is low. Fabric mass, defined by GSM (grams per square meter), is the weight of one square meter of fabric. The higher the GSM, the better the tarp. According to our expertise, a tarp should have at least 200GSM to be considered heavy duty. However, GSM alone is not sufficient to call it heavy duty. The density of the weave count is also important. Scrim of tarp fabric is made from PE tapes that are woven. The number of tapes per square inch is called the weave count. The higher the weave count, the better the tarp will be as it provides a more flexible fabric. Tarps with low weave count are less flexible and tend to fatigue due to movement, whether it be from handling or exposure to environmental factors such as wind. Fatigue can result in cracking of the fabric, reducing the longevity. Unfortunately, the majority of tarp manufacturers use cheap fabric with low weave count, resulting in customer disappointment. Tarpfactory uses fabric with a 14×14 weave count, which is the highest in the industry for PE tarps. Our heavy-duty tarps have a 260GSM fabric mass.

2. The Importance of UV Treatment for Both Sides and Scrim for Maximum Protection

UV resistance is an important factor for outdoor tarps. To achieve UV resistance, the fabric material should be subjected to UV treatment. When considering the construction of a PE tarp fabric, the tarp fabric has a scrim that is made out of woven tapes, then a coating is applied to both sides to achieve water-proofing properties. The best UV resistance can be achieved by applying UV treatment to both side coatings and the scrim. Unfortunately, some tarp makers use fabric with UV treatment applied only to the coating layers, not the scrim. This results in reduced longevity due to the deterioration of the scrim by UV rays. This is especially important for the Australian outdoors due to high UV levels. both side coatings and scrim of Tarpfactory heavy-duty tarps are UV treated, ensuring longevity of tarp and maximum protection for your valuable assets.

3. Understanding Elongation and Tear Strength in Heavy-Duty Tarp Selection

Elongation and tear strength are important physical properties to consider when selecting a tarp fabric for heavy-duty applications. Elongation refers to the amount a tarp can stretch without breaking, and tear strength measures the resistance of a tarp to tearing during use. It is important to ensure that a tarp supplier has considered elongation and tear strength according to reputable international standards, such as the Australian Standard, in their tarp design. This can be done by requesting a data sheet for the fabric used in the tarp or by checking if the supplier has a data sheet available on their website. Many tarps on the market may claim to be “heavy-duty” but may not have the necessary elongation and tear strength required for such applications. Fabric of Tarpfactory tarps, for example, undergo testing according to the Australian Standard to ensure they are suitable for heavy-duty use.

4. The Importance of Eyelet Type and Attachment Method in Heavy-Duty Tarp Selection

Eyelets play a crucial role in securing the tarp fabric in place, making it essential to choose eyelets with a strong attachment method. While tarp material strength is important, weak eyelet attachment can compromise the tarp’s ability to protect valuable assets. The most common eyelet types are metal ring compression eyelets and plastic eyelets, with metal ring compression eyelets being attached through pressure and plastic eyelets through high frequency or ultra-sonic heating. However, for the strongest attachment, solid brass tooth washer eyelets are the best option. These eyelets not only sandwich the fabric tightly, but the teeth bite into the fabric, providing an even stronger hold. Tarpfactory tarps use solid brass tooth washer eyelets and reinforce all eyelet locations, including the corners with a 4-layer sewn triangle corner, ensuring a secure and durable attachment. To ensure the longevity of the tarp, Tarpfactory uses super heavy-duty thread for stitching triangular eyelet reinforcement patches onto the fabric. This extra strength is necessary to withstand the forces applied to the eyelets, which put stress on the reinforcement patches.

5. Finding a Trustworthy Tarp Supplier in Australia: The Importance of Warehouse Location

When searching for a tarp supplier, it’s important to verify that they have a warehouse facility in Australia. Reputable tarp suppliers typically list their warehouse address on their website. However, it’s crucial to make sure that the address is not a residential one by checking it on Google Maps. If no address is provided or if it’s a residential address, there’s a chance that it’s a one-person business operating with limited resources and relying on drop shipping.

Drop shipping involves the overseas factory directly shipping the product to the customer, which may result in longer delivery times and quality inconsistencies as the seller cannot inspect the product before delivery.

Drop shipping involves the overseas factory directly shipping the product to the customer, which may result in longer delivery times and decreased product quality as the seller cannot inspect the product before delivery. At Tarpfactory, we have a large warehouse and manufacturing facility, allowing us to fulfill our promises of timely delivery and high-quality products.

Maximizing Tarp Life: Key Considerations

1. Use all eyelets: Utilizing all the eyelets of your tarp helps distribute wind force, reducing the load on each individual eyelet. This helps to prevent eyelets from snapping off the tarp fabric during high winds. It is essential to use all the eyelets to give the tarp the best chance of extending its life.

2. Snug installation: The tarp should be installed tight enough over the items you want to protect, but not so tight that it puts excessive stress on the fabric and eyelets. To prevent wind from getting under the tarp and causing a “sail” or “parachute” effect, it’s important to install the tarp snugly. If required, utilize tarp clips for additional tie-down points to ensure the tarp stays in place.

3. Use ropes and shock cords: To keep the tarp taut and prevent it from flapping due to wind and other environmental conditions, it’s recommended to use ropes and shock cords to secure the tarp. Continuously flapping the tarp can weaken its strength over time, so using ropes and shock cords helps to keep it tensioned and secure.

4. Protection from sharp edges: Protecting the tarp from sharp edges is crucial to prevent tears or abrasion that can weaken the tarp. Keep sharp objects away from the tarp or cover them with thick cardboard or a similar material before placing the tarp over them.

5. Avoid water pooling: Water pooling can add weight to the tarp, strain the eyelets, and can compromise the waterproofing properties over time. Make sure to install the tarp in a way that allows rainwater and condensate to run off, avoiding water pooling. This is especially important if the tarp is being used as an awning.

6. Reduce Dragging: To prevent tears or damage to the tarp, minimize dragging it over sharp edges or corners. Instead, lift the tarp on and off the items that need to be covered.

7. Store Undercover when not in Use: Even with UV protection treatment, continuous exposure to direct sunlight can cause the tarp to deteriorate. To extend the life of your tarp, store it in a shaded area when not in use. When using the tarp in direct sunlight for extended period, turn it periodically to fully utilize the UV treatment on both sides.

8. Avoid sharp and heavy impacts: Dropping sharp or heavy objects on the tarp can cause localized damage, even to a tarp with high tensile strength. To ensure the longevity of your tarp, it’s important to avoid sharp and heavy impacts.

9. Dry before storage: If the tarp is wet, avoid rolling it up as this can lead to mould growth and rot due to limited air flow. Instead, let the tarp dry as much as possible before folding it away for storage.


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