Let’s talk tarps!
When it comes to kids, families and the home, having a few tarps handy is a must. We tested out tarps as drop clothes, as a makeshift bed liner in a SUV or just outside to go under a pool.
Of course, there are other more serious uses for tarps: as shelter from the weather during camping or for emergency use to keep water from damaging a vehicle or roof.
For this article, our goal is to recommend tarps for various uses.
Let’s start with a budget-friendly tarp that is perfect for light duty use . . . such as a drop cloth inside or outside the home. For this, we’ll recommend B-Air Grizzly Tarps. These blue woven tarps are sturdy and laminated for waterproofing. Here’s more:
What We Liked
• Holds up well.
• Heat-sealed seams.
• Built-in aluminum grommets every 36″.
• Lightweight at 1.4 lbs.
• Waterproof and mildew proof.
What Needs Work
• Best for short-term use. Yes, you can use this tarp to cover a boat or vehicle for a few days or weeks . . . but don’t expect it to survive an entire winter.
• Not great for windy applications. This tarp can provide shelter from light rain or wind. However, it can tear in high winds. To be fair, that’s true for many lightweight tarps. If you need something more heavy weight for camping, we’d suggest the next recommendation!