Tarpaulins (tarps) made of canvas are some of the most versatile tarps on the market today. These tarps can be flame retardant, water resistant, and mildew resistant. Canvas tarps come in several fabric gauges, from 10-ounce to 17-ounce and up. (The higher the number, the heavier and more durable the fabric.) Prices range from around $10 for small, untreated canvas tarps, to hundreds of dollars for large waterproof and fire-retardant models. The tarps come in countless sizes and can be used for a multitude of purposes from painting to landscaping to camping.
One of the most common uses of canvas tarps is to protect furniture, carpets and other items while painting inside or outside. While canvas tarps are more expensive than disposable plastic tarps, they can be used over and over again. Canvas tarps are heavy and will stay in place without a lot of complicated taping and securing, and fit well over curved surfaces. They are usually less slippery than disposable plastic tarps, so they are also safer as there is less chance of injury due to falls.
Canvas tarps can be used when landscaping as well. Lightweight waterproof tarps are perfect for protecting grass or plants during snowstorms. Tarps have been used for decades to cover baseball diamonds and football fields during inclement weather; the tarp can be removed as soon as the rain has stopped and play can usually resume immediately.
Many of the finest tents are made of canvas. Adventurous and inventive campers can make their own camping accommodations with canvas tarps, straps and a few poles. These structures will provide shade, will be water and wind resistant, and are a fraction of the cost of a regular tent.
Canvas tarps are versatile and cost effective. They can be used in many diverse situations and are sturdy and dependable.