Lightweight lumber tarps have posed a challenge for manufacturers for years. How do you make a tarp that's strong enough to withstand the demands of flatbed trucking, but light enough to be handled safely by a single driver? Previous attempts have only resulted in thin or weak materials that just end up creating more problems. After researching and testing several options, we decided to try CORDURA®, an industrial-grade woven nylon fabric known for its superior abrasion resistance and heavy-duty performance. The result was a flatbed tarp that was equally reliable but 30% lighter than its PVC counterpart.
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. The fabric is highly water-resistant, but if water is allowed to pool, or if you're driving non-stop through a torrential downpour, it is technically possible for water molecules to pass through, and for that reason, we use 18 oz vinyl on the top, end flap, and rain flaps, and Cordura on the sides. Problem solved. So you can rest assured that your load will arrive safe and dry, and that 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.
Lightweight Cordura Lumber Tarp Specifications:
Standard Vinyl Version of This Tarp
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