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Discover the Various Canvas Tarp Types & Their Uses

Canvas tarps are considered one of the most versatile types of tarpaulins available in the market. Most are made of heavy-duty treated canvas fabric, which is water-resistant and resistant to tearing, making them ideal for various outdoor applications. These tarps are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and protect the goods they cover from moisture, dust, and other contaminants. They come in various sizes, colors, and weights, making them suitable for a wide range of applications.

This article will explore some of the most popular canvas tarps and common applications.

Popular Types of Canvas Tarps

Water-Resistant Treated Canvas Fabrics

High-quality treated canvas fabrics, which are an industry-standard solution that can be utilized for various outdoor purposes, construction, painting, floor covering, and many others. Most selection comprises treated and untreated all-natural canvas fabrics in multiple colors and weights, providing you with the utmost versatility to cater to your specific needs.

Treated canvas fabrics feature a silicon treatment that render them impervious to water and mildew, which untreated canvas tarps lack. The 100% woven duck cotton used in treated canvas fabrics is known to shrink under certain conditions.

The treated canvas fabrics are ideal for various applications. For instance, they can be used for contractor covers, windbreakers, and tool covers, as well as covers for machinery, equipment, tractors, building materials, lumber, steel, and other metals. These fabrics also make for breathable weather covers when condensation buildup is a concern. In the case of floor covers for painting, untreated canvas tarps are recommended. However, treated canvases have a distinct odor and may leave stains or residue, especially when used in direct contact with other products.

21 Oz Canvas Tarps With D-Rings

21 Oz Canvas Tarps With D-Rings

This 21 oz heavy duty canvas tarps, outfitted with D-Rings, boast exceptional robustness that exceeds the 16 oz and 18 oz treated canvas tarps (colors available: green, mustard tan, brown, olive drab), and is only rivaled by the 21 oz treated canvas tarps (only olive drab available). While ideally suited for outdoor use, the canvas tarp's treatment emits an odor and can leave behind blemishes and residuals, especially when in direct contact with other objects. These D-rings are reinforced with patches, enabling maximum resilience and durability, thereby allowing for easier and more secure tie-downs.

Flame Retardant Canvas Tarps

The flame retardant canvas tarps are constructed with high-quality duck cotton, which is a preferred material for fabricating fire-resistant tarps as it is a natural fiber and results in lower wastage compared to synthetic alternatives.

Read: Flame Retardancy

However, it should be noted that the treated canvas emits a distinctive odor and is prone to leaving stains or residue on other objects when brought into contact.

These flame retardant canvas tarps are crafted in accordance with industry standards, with a finished size that is reduced by approximately 3-5% after the edges have been folded over and hemmed. They are composed of 100% woven duck cotton and are fortified with heavy-duty brass grommets that are rust-resistant and placed every 24 inches along the sides and in each corner.

Before treatment, the tarps weigh 10 ounces, and this increases to 16 ounces following treatment, rendering them water, rot, and mildew-resistant. Furthermore, the triple-thick hems and double-stitched seams provide added durability, making them ideal for usage in a variety of settings such as construction sites, farm equipment, truck, and cargo covers, and camping grounds.

These tarps are produced in the United States, and are breathable, preventing any accumulation of condensation.

Professional Grade Canvas Drop Cloths

This highly acclaimed Professional Series canvas drop cloths are a frequently chosen option among many customers. These versatile drop cloths cater to all kinds of projects, ranging from hobbyist undertakings to expert ventures, regardless of their magnitude. Weighing in at a sturdy 8 oz per square yard, these premium canvas drop cloths feature double-stitched hems and seams, signifying their reliability and durability. Their reusability and washability further help to economize expenditure over an extended period.

The remarkable absorbency of these canvas drop cloths plays a vital role in preventing paint from getting tracked or spilled, consequently safeguarding the work area. They are also uncomplicated to set up and do not require cumbersome tapes to stay in place. For more substantial canvas drop cloths, contractor canvas drop clothes are recommended. These drop cloths boast of the same exceptional qualities as the Professional Series, with added sturdiness and thickness.

These canvas drop cloths come in cut sizes and are manufactured in the USA.

Natural Duck Canvas

Natural Duck Canvas

We have an array of excellent quality, untreated canvas tarps, fabrics, and drop cloths for you to choose from. This top-of-the-line numbered Duck canvas tarps are constructed with a tighter and more robust weave than the single-fill duck canvas. This denser weave results in numbered canvas tarps being stiffer and less permeable to liquids, inks, paints, and other substances. Numbered canvas fabric is classified based on weight, with #12 being the lightest and #4 being the heaviest and most robust.

Numbered duck canvas presents a splendid option for various purposes, such as constructing canvas tents, creating upholstery, designing tarps, producing drop cloths, silk screening, crafting digital prints, generating theatrical backdrops, and many more. Additionally, heavyweight duck canvas can serve as a cost-effective and appealing solution for reducing sound and preventing noise propagation in media rooms, studios, offices, schools, and residences alike, especially when used as a wall covering. It is worth mentioning that the material's shipment occurs in Continuous Yardage, spanning the fabric roll's full length.

16 Oz Treated Canvas Fabrics

Treated Canvas Fabrics

This 16 oz Treated Canvas Fabrics is an ideal choice for various outdoor applications, including agriculture, construction, commercial, industrial, and more. This premium quality fabric weighs 10 oz pre-treatment and 16 oz post-treatment, providing a durable and breathable cotton canvas that resists water, mildew, and rot. Available in rolls without grommets, with a width of 60 inches and a continuous yard length. The fabric is UV-treated on both sides and comes in a range of colors, including Olive drab, Tan, Green, Brown, White (Off-White). When ordering cut-yard fabric, the fabric is shipped in Continuous Yardage up to the length of the fabric roll. For example, an order of 5 yards of cut-yard fabric is shipped as 5 continuous yards, rather than 5 individual 1-yard pieces.

Popular Uses of Canvas Tarps

Structure Covers

Contractors and builders often use canvas tarps to cover their work sites and protect the equipment and materials from damage caused by weather elements such as rain, snow, and wind. These tarps are especially useful for outdoor construction projects, as they provide a protective barrier against the elements, while at the same time providing shade and weather protection.

Canvas tarps are also used to cover framework  and other temporary structures used in construction projects. They can be used to cover unfinished buildings or structures to prevent moisture from damaging the construction materials.


Canvas tarps are perfect for creating windbreaks in outdoor settings. They can be used to block the wind and create a comfortable environment for outdoor events, camping trips, or even for personal use in your backyard. You can create a windbreak by hanging the canvas tarp on poles or by using them as a wall for your outdoor space. This will provide protection against wind and make your outdoor space more enjoyable.

Equipment Covers

Canvas tarps are often used to cover tools, equipment, and other items in a workshop or garage. They protect the tools from dust, moisture, and other elements that can damage them. Canvas tarps are durable and can withstand heavy use, making them perfect for protecting tools that are frequently used.

Machinery and Tractor Covers

Canvas tarps are also used to cover machinery, equipment, and tractors. These tarps are durable making them ideal for protecting equipment from weather elements such as rain, wind, and sun. Canvas tarps are also breathable, allowing air to circulate, which prevents moisture build-up that can cause rust and other damage to the equipment.

Building Material, Lumber, Steel, and Metal Covers

Canvas tarps are ideal for covering building materials, lumber, steel, and other metal materials. They protect the materials from moisture, dust, and other contaminants that can damage the material. These tarps are heavy-duty and often have a heavier weight, helping them stay in place, and making them an ideal choice for construction sites.

Breathable Weather Covers

Canvas tarps are also used as breathable weather covers for anything that condensation build-up would be a problem. For example, they are commonly used as boat covers, car covers, and patio furniture covers. These tarps are breathable and allow air to circulate, preventing moisture from building up under the cover. This helps to prevent damage to the covered items and extends their lifespan.


Canvas tarps are versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications. They are durable, water-resistant, and provide protection against weather elements such as rain, wind, and sun. They are ideal for protecting tools, equipment, machinery, and building materials. They are also useful for creating windbreaks and as breathable weather covers. With their durability and versatility, canvas tarps are an essential tool for anyone who needs to protect their goods from the elements.



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