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Pros and Cons of Canvas Tarps

Canvas tarps have been around for many years and have become a popular choice for a variety of applications. They are made from cotton or polyester and treated with a protective layer of wax to make them water-resistant. While they have many advantages, they also have some disadvantages. In this blog, we'll explore the pros and cons of canvas tarps.


  • Durability: Even though our experts strongly recommend vinyl material for heavy duty applications. Depending on the application, some canvas tarps can be used for their strength and durability. Reinforced 18oz and 21oz canvas tarps can withstand rain, and snow, making them ideal for outdoor use.

  • Breathability: Unlike other types of tarps, canvas tarps are breathable. This means that they allow air to circulate, preventing moisture from building up and reducing the risk of mold and mildew. This makes them ideal for covering items that need to be stored for long periods of time.

  • Versatility: Canvas tarps are available in a variety of sizes and colors, making them suitable for a range of applications. They can be used as covers for boats, cars, and machine covers, or as groundsheets for camping and outdoor activities.

  • Environmentally friendly: 100% Duck Cotton Canvas tarps are made from natural materials and are biodegradable, making them a more sustainable option than other types of tarps. 

  • Cost-effective: In some cases, canvas tarps are an affordable option for those who need a durable and long-lasting cover. Some sizes are often cheaper than other types of tarps, making them a cost-effective choice for those on a budget.


  • Weight: Some canvas tarps are heavier than other types of tarps, which can make them difficult to handle and transport. They can be especially cumbersome when wet, which can make them more challenging to manage.
  • Waterproofing: While canvas tarps are generally water-resistant, they may not be completely waterproof. This means that they may not be suitable for covering items that need to be kept completely dry, such as electronics or sensitive equipment.

  • Limited lifespan: While most canvas tarps are durable, and just like most tarps in general, they do have a limited lifespan. They can become brittle and break down over time, especially if they are exposed to sunlight or extreme weather conditions like extreme cold.

In conclusion, canvas tarps have many advantages, including their durability, breathability, versatility, sustainability, and affordability. However, they also have some drawbacks, such as their weight, limited waterproofing, maintenance requirements, limited lifespan, and flammability. When choosing a tarp, it is important to consider the specific application and weigh the pros and cons of each type of tarp before making a decision.

Take a look at our wide selection of Canvas Tarps available online.

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