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3 Features To Look For When Investing In A Tarp System

by Kayla Bates

Transporting heavy loads from one place to another is a lot easier with the help of a semi-truck. Unfortunately, flying debris can pose a real safety risk when it comes to transporting your loads. Any items that come loose from your load during transit are your responsibility, and you could be held legally liable for damages that occur as a result of your flying debris.

Investing in a quality tarp system will help ensure that all items stay safely inside your trailer during transit. Knowing what makes a quality tarp system will help you find the tarp system best suited to meet your transportation needs in the future.

1. Aluminum or Stainless Steel Frame

The first thing that you need to pay attention to when shopping for a tarp system is the material used to construct the frame. Your tarp system's frame will be exposed to the elements once it has been installed on your trailer.

You don't want a frame that will corrode or rust when coming into contact with moisture, as this could compromise the function and durability of your tarp system. Frames made from aluminum or stainless steel are capable of withstanding exposure to the elements while retaining their integrity and tensile strength.

2. Appropriate Tarp Material

You must also consider the type of material that the tarp itself will be made out of when investing in a new tarp system. Most manufacturers offer tarps made from either vinyl or mesh. You need to take into consideration the types of loads that you transport on a regular basis when selecting a material for your tarp.

A mesh tarp will allow moisture to penetrate through the tarp and into your trailer. This moisture can interact negatively with dirt and organic debris, increasing the weight of your load. A solid vinyl tarp is a better option when you haul loads that should be kept dry. If moisture penetration doesn't matter, then a lightweight mesh tarp will do.

3. Automated Crank

Securing your loads with a tarp system can be a daunting task. Manual cranks require a lot of time and effort, so you should look for a tarp system that features an automated crank.

This type of crank allows you to simply push a button, and your tarp system will automatically unroll across the top of your trailer. These automated systems are easy to use and help speed up the process of loading and unloading your trailers. To learn more, contact a company like Glider Systems Inc