There are few materials which serve agriculture and industry as well as tarps covers. Tarpaulins have long been used as a convenient and low-cost method of protecting cotton and grain from the elements and to create shade and waterproof housing for animals.
However, the development of strong and resilient synthetic fabrics has enabled this cost-effective synthetic fabric to be used for a much wider range of applications.
Poly fabrics can now be produced to customer's requirements, making it possible for custom machinery covers to be easily and cheaply manufactured. Tarps covers can be easily constructed to match the dimensions of factory or industrial equipment, to provide protection from the sun, wind, rain, and dust.
New welding techniques have been developed to join sections of poly fabric easily and securely. Seams in tarpaulins were traditionally a major weak point and required regular monitoring and repairs to maintain full weatherproofing.
However, modern seam welding techniques make it possible for sections of fabric to be joined with little reduction in overall tensile strength. These techniques have allowed poly fabrics to be manufactured for even the largest scale projects such as dam liners when total waterproofing is required.
Advances in construction techniques have also allowed tarps covers to be constructed to protect grain from pests and weather damage for large scale farming operations. The material has proved to be a cost-effective choice for many farmers at harvest time when permanent storage facilities are not available or are too costly to construct.