Lightweight lumber tarps give flatbed drivers a faster and safer method of covering their loads. A typical 8' drop flatbed tarp can weigh up to 120 lb, whereas our Heavy Duty Lightweight Lumber Tarps come in at just 83 lb. That's 30% lighter!
These Lightweight Lumber Tarps are the perfect combination of heavy-duty and low-impact. Other lightweight tarps are typically made of thinner material, such as parachute lumber tarps, airbag tarps, or 14oz tarps. But the weaker material just results in expensive tarps that are easily damaged. After researching and testing several options, we decided to make our lightweight tarps with Cordura®, an industrial-grade woven nylon fabric known for its superior abrasion resistance and heavy-duty performance. We were able to create a flatbed tarp that is just as strong and reliable as standard 18 oz PVC tarps, but not nearly as bulky and burdensome.
Flatbed tarps take a beating, and Cordura takes it on the chin. You can drag it across asphalt, poke it with S-hooks, and tug on it all you want and it won't bat an eye. We use heavy duty 18 oz vinyl on the top, end flap, and rain flaps, because while Cordura is highly water-resistant, it is possible for condensation to form if water pools and sits on top of it for an extended period of time. But since the Cordura is only on the side drops, water will roll right off the water-resistant fabric. So you can rest assured that your load will arrive safe and dry, and you won't need to go to the chiropractor after the job is done!
Cordura was invented by DuPont in 1929. Since then, it has been updated and innovated and is now used in a variety of applications, ranging from military bags to tires to motorcycle clothing to luggage and more. It has become the go-to fabric for industries where water resistance, strength, and durability are crucial. You can learn more about Cordura here.
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