What’s polyethylene sheeting?

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Polyethylene tarps are lightweight, tear-resistant, and come in various colors and sizes. They are versatile and can be used for many applications, from covering woodpiles to protecting floors in gymnasiums. Polyethylene is a popular plastic used for different items, including grocery bags and bulletproof vests.

Polyethylene tarpaulins or tarpaulins are lightweight, tear-resistant plastic tarpaulins with excellent wear-resistant, low-moisture and stain-resistant properties. This makes them a superior choice for many uses over traditional canvas tarps.

Most people are familiar with the bright blue poly tarp with aluminum grommets at each corner. Grommets are also placed at intervals along the edge so that the tarps can be tied with a cord or secured with bungee cords. While blue is the most common color, they also come in other colors including silver or gray, white, green, clear, and black. Thickness or density also varies, as does size, and some polyethylene tarps are UV-treated to provide extended life in constant sunlight, while silver tarps deflect heat.

Polyethylene tarps can be used for so many applications that the list is virtually inexhaustible. Homeowner uses range from covering woodpiles, barbecues, lawn equipment, and boats; to camping uses such as providing clean ground cover, a shade canopy, or a tent fly. Pool covers are also made of polyethylene which is characterized by its ability to float.

Commercially, huge polyethylene tarps are used to cover tennis and baseball fields in the rain to keep the ground from getting too wet to play. They are also used to protect floors in gymnasiums and basketball courts. Truckers use poly tarps to cover trailers, pallets, hay and other payloads. Special heavy-duty insulating tarpaulins have a polyester fill to keep out heat and cold.

Polyethylene is one of the most popular and versatile plastics in the world. Different grades are used for different applications, from branched or low density polyethylene, called LDPE, to linear polyethylene or HDPE. The former is much stronger than the latter, but low-density polyethylene is cheaper and easier to produce. Grocery bags, squeeze bottles, freezer bags, children’s toys, wire and cable insulation, pond liners, and even bulletproof vests are a few examples of items made with different densities and textures of polyethylene.

Mildew and rot resistant, strong and long lasting, whether you need something dry or sheltered from the elements, whether you need shade or protection, a polyethylene tarp will do the job!

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