A tarpaulin, commonly called a tarp, has many uses in a number of industries. In the construction industry, it is common to need things covered when not in use. For this purpose, a blue poly tarp is usually chosen for a number of reasons.
Blue poly tarps come in a wide range of sizes from as small as 3 feet by 5 feet to as large as 100 feet by 100 feet. It is possible to have one custom made to a specific size. These tarps are 100% waterproof and are manageable in extremely cold temperatures (called Arctic flexibility). Due to their light weight and flexibility, blue poly tarps are commonly used on construction sites heavy duty tarpaulin.
Many items can be covered on a construction site. Machinery that is not in use may need to be kept covered. Materials that cannot be wet, lumber, bricks and many others are included. Even tools and scaffolding can be kept away from the weather by a tarp cover.
Materials and machinery are not the only concerns in the construction industry. Sometimes, if a certain project goes overnight, the work that is completed may require a covering until it can be finished. Some examples are roofing, ventilation, window work and mortar between bricks that needs to dry. I am sure you have seen freshly laid concrete covered by-guess what?-a blue poly tarp.
Blue tarps are not only waterproof, but they also hold heat in, which becomes a necessity in winter. Most are fireproof as well-another concern in the winter months. Most machinery used on these sites run on diesel. In addition to the plug in for the glow plugs, a tarp could cover the machine and a heater could be run beneath it to keep the machinery operational and easier to start.
Mainly, blue poly tarps are very inexpensive and can be repaired easily if ripped accidentally. The better ones are rope reinforced around all the edges and have metal tie off rings every few inches. The low price and ready availability make these the most common choice where tarps are needed. Usually a new tarp can be found immediately (except in the case of a custom size/shape).
Aside from being a relatively inexpensive piece of material, blue tarps are also very light weight and can be easily handled by a single man/woman. When calculating job costs, this alone can mean a substantial savings on manpower. As we all know, every penny counts, right?
One last thing about these blue tarps is that they are rot resistant. No matter how wet they get or how long they are “in the weather”, blue poly tarps will not succumb to dry rot, waterlogging or mildew. What they are covering will be protected 100% as long as the tarp is in place and secured properly.