The word Tarpaulin originated as a compound of the words tar and palling, referring to a tarred canvas pall used to cover objects on ships. Tarpaulins have multiple uses. Some of the general ones are being used as shelter from the elements, i.e., wind, rain or sunlight. It is also frequently used as ground sheet or a fly in camping. It is brought in use also for protecting the infield of a baseball field and for protecting objects, such as unenclosed road or rail goods carrying vehicles wood piles. But the use of Tarps and Canvas becomes primary during outdoor activities.
You can use poly tarps to create temporary shelters. Poly tarpaulins are useful for outdoor activities like camping or partying.
Mesh and canvas tarpaulins are made with high quality materials to enhance durability. They are manufactured with water resistant materials to protect furniture from rain water. These items are suitable for covering furniture when moving or when camping outdoors. These tarps can be used for general purposes like covering and securing waterproof tarpaulin.
Tan canvas tarps can be used to cover things during transportation or during outdoor activities. They don’t blow off so are easy to manipulate. They can be used to cover cars or used as a makeshift tent.
They are also used by the Army Core of Engineers for desert operations, triage stations and rescues.
As the quality of tarps is varied it is a useful item for different kinds of customers. It is found useful for domestic purposes, gardening as well as farming. Many boaters and campers are also believed to use them for general purposes. They are highly recommended as swimming pool covers, for storage in the outdoors and protection from dust. In other cases people use them as shade covers and as wind screens. Canvas and tarps are truly multi-purpose. Waterproof canvas tarp protects equipment and belongings against rain, dew, moisture and even paint spills so it is the best cover available for protecting your equipments when on outdoor camping.
Several Canvas tarps are used as covers for grills, boats, plants, motors, lawn furniture, and even as shelters during rains. Therefore during outdoor activities they become an indispensable part of your carry-along.
For softball fields, special softball field tarps are available which are made to meet the requirements of the softball fields. The benefits of purchasing tailored tarps are that you would not have to be anxious for flying away of tarps in case of heavy winds. They are available with chain linings which make the ends heavy and therefore, they will be more stable in heavy winds. Purchasing a low quality tarp will not solve the purpose and might also fly away in the rain and winds.
In case of baseball fields, a baseball field tarp should have a large mesh count, especially 15×15 weave, and a thick coating of polyethylene. Tarps for sports except baseball can be of canvas, but baseball field tarps are usually of heavy duty polyethylene and should be acid, tear and water resistant. Depending on size the tarp weighs up to 1600lbs. The baseball field tarps are lightest as a standard light weighted polyethylene tarp and heaviest as an entire infield tarp.