At Heavy Duty Tarps, about 90% of our business is making custom tarps. We ship all across North America and no job is too big or too small. Whether we are making a little tarp to fit a utility trailer or a huge tarp to cover a soccer field we take great pride in producing a high quality product. Here we list some of the characteristics that define what we mean by custom tarps.
Even if you order a standard sized tarp this is hand made just for you so there is no advantage to ordering say a 10' x 10' tarp versus 9' 5½" x 10' 3" (or whatever size works perfectly for your application). Therefore, before placing your order be sure to take accurate measurements of what you plan to cover so that you order the exact size that you need.
We can make round tarps, octagon tarps, triangular tarps or just about any shape that you might need. Here we show a cone shaped custom tarp with a side flap that we built recently to keep the rain out of a circular boat.
We are able to make very large tarps in any size required. Obviously, the larger the tarp the heavier it is so always check to make sure that the tarp you wish to order is not too heavy for you to handle. When you obtain an online quote for your desired tarp size we provide an estimate for the total weight of the tarp. When choosing your material, for solid vinyl tarps, 18 oz material is a good starting point. If the total weight of the tarp in 18 oz material is more than you can handle consider going with a 14 oz material of even a 6 oz poly tarp if necessary.
Combining Different Materials
Sometimes it makes sense to weld two or more different materials together to create the ideal tarp. Here we show how we have combined our solid vinyl material with our mesh material to create a custom tarp that is waterproof while still allowing air flow to prevent mold. Another example of this is when solid tarps are used to close in a porch or as a wind barrier. You might want to consider welding a clear vinyl window into the solid tarp to let some light through or to provide visibility.
Precise Grommet Spacing
Sometimes it is important that the grommets in your tarp exactly line up with pre-existing hooks or fasteners. We can usually accommodate whatever grommet spacing you require. To space grommets at specific points use a tape measure starting from where the edge of the tarp would be and record the distance to the center of each grommet. Include these distances in the comments field when you place your order. Here we show a custom tarp that we made to protect a car seat from dog hair and foot prints. In this case, the grommets exactly align with the headrest holes in the front and back seats to form a sling that can be easily installed and removed as needed.
Our most common fastening method is to add grommets (brass reinforced holes) around the perimeter of the tarp but we offer lots of other fastening options including D-Rings (shown here) and zippers, Velcro, marine snaps and "common sense" (twist lock) fasteners. Even gravity can be used as a securing method (we actually add channels on the edges of the tarp where you can add a bar or other weight).
Sometimes it may not be possible or convenient to use grommets or some other fastener on the lower edge of your custom tarp. In such cases, your best option might be to install a pocket or channel on the edge of the tarp so that you can weigh this edge down by inserting a bar or 2x4 into the pocket. Another use for pockets is to enable rolling mechanisms such as those used on truck roll tarp systems or custom roll doors.
Another common requirement involves adding cutouts to tarps to accommodate obstructions, learn about Tarps with Flaps.
The Sky's the Limit
There is almost nothing our team can't do so if you can imagine it we can likely build it. Whenever possible, please provide detailed drawings with the exact shapes and measurements you need. Computerized drawings are ideal but we can also work with hand drawings or sketches that lay out your custom tarp specifications.