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Tarps: A Versatile and Economical Solution for Winter

Summer’s heat is gradually diminishing into the cool of autumn. Soon, the crisp but harmless coolness will give way into winter. In many parts of the United States, this means frost and frozen dew lining a car’s exterior windows every morning and snow blanketing the ground. Although frost on a car window may be inconvenient, it harms plants and crops. Any resulting water gathers on top of a vehicle or similar item placed outdoors and can attract mildew or dry rot. Rather than taking such risks with your investments, having multiple tarps on hand is recommended.

What are some of the uses for tarps in winter?

Covering a Car

Snow and frost transform from annoyances to time-wasters in winter. What may involve a bit of scraping in the morning becomes a full-on dig-out session after a storm. Tarps eliminate or reduce time spent cleaning off a car. While a path may still need to be dug down the driveway, a tarp covering a vehicle just needs to be removed, taking all snow, frost, or ice with it.

Protecting a Seasonal Vehicle

In spring and summer, boats, RVs, and ATVs offer innumerable options in the outdoors, be it for a longer trip, a week of traveling, or an afternoon on the lake. Unfortunately, as soon as the weather cools, none of these vehicles are particularly useful and need to be placed in storage. How a vehicle is stored, on the other hand, determines the overall amount of usage you get out of it. Tarps, with their UV-resistant and waterproof composition, effectively keep out elements that damage a vehicle left outdoors long-term. UV rays are known for cracking the surface, and possibly interior parts, of a boat or RV, while water results in additional damage, attracting dry rot and mildew in the process.

For using one of the tarps, measure the vehicle first in order to find the precise fit. Secure the tarp with bungee cords or clips.

Repairing a Damaged Home

Storms, be it a Nor’easter or timely blizzard, have potential to damage a home or building. Snow, building up on a roof, can cause a ceiling to crack or cave in, while windows may break from strong winds. Tarps, although not for permanent repairs, can temporarily cover the damaged areas. Attached over any cracks or damage with two-by-fours and nails, the tarps prevent UV rays, moisture, and rot from entering and further causing damage to your home’s or building’s interior.