At Rocky Mount Awning & Tent Company, we are an in-house fabricator of custom awnings, canopies, and signs. Our goal is to make your storefront or home front dreams a reality. We create, install, and service our signs, awnings, and canopies. Our awnings and outdoor canopies can improve the look of residential, storefront, or business buildings while adding protection from the sun, saving you money, and advertising all at the same time. We also make and repair custom tarps and covers.

One of the most common questions we get is how to decide what kind of tarp material will work best for your needs. This isn’t a simple answer! It depends on many different criteria. Keep reading to narrow down what kind of tarpaulin will satisfy your needs:

Once you identify the purpose of your tarp, you will be able to analyze specifications that are important to that particular application. Specifications of tarps are listed below, which may further help you to select the suitable tarp.


If you want to provide protection to something from moisture and rain, a water-resistant tarp would be suitable for you. Different types of water-resistant tarps provide a distinct level of protection, ranging from little resistance to being completely water-proof.


The strength of a tarp determines the ability of tarp to hold together under force. The strength depends upon the material used in the construction and the type of weaving method. A tarp with high strength would resist breakage or tear from fierce winds.

Corrosion Resistance

Considering how resistant a tarp is to corrosion from sunlight and other foreign materials like acids, oils, mildew, and greases. Special coatings can be used to offer resistance to different types of degradations.

Abrasion Resistance

It is the ability of a tarp to resist splitting and tearing due to sharp edges. Vinyl tarps and canvas tarps are highly resistant to abrasion as compared to the polyethylene tarps.


Before buying a tarp, you should always consider the features it has. Features include rope construction, grommets, special coatings, and accessories. In some tarps, ropes are sewn and sealed to borders for providing enhanced tear resistance and strength. Grommets are metal or plastic eyelets in a tarp that help in securing tie-downs. As for coating, tarps are usually coated with special materials such as flame-retardants, or corrosion resistant materials. Some tarps come with accessories such as anti-mildew treatments, replacement grommets, ropes, and tarp-tie downs.

For all of your awning, sign, canvas, and tarp needs in the Rocky Mount and Greenville, NC areas, contact Rocky Mount Awning and Tent Company today! We can’t wait to work with you to make all your storefront dreams a reality.