Roughneck 6-Oz. Extreme-Duty Black/Silver Poly Tarp - 12ft. x 20ft.
Good for price
We are using these tarps to cover sections of a 40' trimaran sailboat under construction. They shelter us from rain and sun while we work. We screw them to a wooden frame of 2x4's and batten strips on two sides, with 1 1/2" pvc lashed to the other two edges to control the flapping caused by wind. One of the sides with a wood support is screwed to 2x6x12 uprights that are attached to a Big Top shelter (industrial pvc fabric over aluminum frame) covering the middle of the boat and the other side is supported with X bracing and a center post (we use two 20' tarps end to end to cover the entire side of the boat). Heavy lines are then attached to anchors buried in the ground to keep everything in place. We install extra grommets along the edges attached to the pvc to spread the tension more evenly. Since we are on the ocean, the conditions are extreme - strong winds, UV and rain destroy any tarps we have used. These seem to last about 4-6 months before they rip. In contrast, the cheaper tarps rarely last more than 3 months. Once they start ripping, there is no way to limit the tear that we have found - tapes just don't stick for long. That said, we can replace the tarps more cheaply than purchasing the industrial pvc ones. My suggestion would be to determine how long you are going to use the tarp under tension or in bad conditions to decide if you are better off investing in the pvc version. Had we known more, we would have done just that. For those using the tarp as a cover where it is not being abused, it would be a good choice. We would have been better off going with the pvc tarps, but spent a lot of years figuring this out, so at this point we will continue to use these tarps. **One more note - we have noticed that the last tarps we purchased seem to have thin spots (light shines through) where the folds were, so I'm wondering if they have reduced the amount of coating lately. We are waiting to see how long these last, compared to those purchased last year.
September 21, 2014
Read reviews on this product and was convinced to buy. Had purchased this type of tarp in the past from Northern and was pleased with the durability. This tarp did not last 3 months. Used it to cover a boat and found it split down the middle today. Will not buy again.
August 31, 2014
I needed a weatherproof cover for a large generator. The material in this tarp is very impressive and substantial. I expect it to last years in the weather. I am not sure if it is breathable - time will tell. I will ventilate under it very well. The price was excellent considering the quality of the tarp. I am very pleased with it.
August 13, 2014
Purchased this item to cover my boat. It has been perfect at keeping rain, pine needles and sun form getting at the boat. Strong tie-down points allow easy attachment.
August 9, 2014
I'm using this tarp to cover my boat. Very nice quality and unlike the thin blue tarps, then one looks like it'll last a good while, but weight has been kept down. Highly recommended.
July 5, 2014