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To understand the pros and cons of the materials being compared, let's first define how the tarpaulin differs from synthetic tarpaulins.

Differences between tarpaulin and synthetics

The specificity of the production of a tarpaulin canvas determines the following features:

Natural, environmentally friendly raw materials (flax, cotton, jute).

High strength due to the density of the weave of the threads.

Twisting technology to prevent the fabric from getting wet.

Do not let light through.

It does not slip.

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Additional impregnations enhance Water-resistance. Due to its density, the material hardly transmits light, which is an advantage in many applications—the lack of slipping even when wet gives additional convenience during transportation, connection, and fastening.

Advantages of tarpaulin over synthetic awnings

The advantages of tarpaulin are at the same time the disadvantages of synthetic materials:

Sufficient breathability that creates a comfortable atmosphere.

Refractoriness reinforced with special impregnations. (Most synthetic fabrics are highly flammable and change their structure when exposed to elevated temperatures.)

Lack of toxic substances during combustion.

Wear resistance at the points where the eyelets are attached. (In places of the greatest tension, the tarpaulin is not easy to tear and pierce, which cannot be said about synthetic canvas).

Unlimited shelf life.

Resistant to sunlight. (Under the influence of ultraviolet rays, the structure and strength of synthetic fabrics are destroyed. Even PVC fabrics begin to "crumble" after 5-7 years of intensive use).

Cons of tarpaulin awnings

The main disadvantage is the large weight of the material. Working with such awnings requires additional labor for installation or movement. With prolonged contact with water when used as a row cover, tarpaulin tends to absorb moisture, which increases its weight, and after use, requires drying. Such an awning needs special storage conditions.

Tarpaulin-the need of every industry

With the development of industry, tarpaulin became simply irreplaceable. At the moment, this fabric is used to produce a heavy-duty tarpaulin awning, canopy, cover, awning, overalls for welders, builders, installers, all kinds of structures for machine building, oil and shipbuilding companies, and many other products. You can also order canopy and other tarpaulin products from the manufacturer's warehouse on our website.

Tarpaulin is a unique, very dense material. Previously, it was made exclusively from natural threads - flax, hemp, and cotton. Today, the composition has changed somewhat, and this is not surprising because synthetic fibers have appeared in the production, which have undeniable advantages. What type of tarpaulin to buy is up to you personally.


Having correctly evaluated the awning canvas's operating conditions, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of various materials, you can choose the most suitable version of the awning for each case. Poly tarpaulins are covering an increasing number of applications. But tents and awnings for military needs are made only of high-quality natural tarpaulin.

The Tarp Co. is a quality canvas tarps manufactured in the USA. Tarps manufactured by The Tarp Co. are both versatile and durable. If you want to know more about us please visit our online store:
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