A Canopy Can Provide Protection from the Sun and Rain This Spring

POSTED BY on Feb 27 under Canopies

canopyAlthough it is cold outside right now, spring will be here before you know it, which means outdoor picnics and trips to the beach. A canopy can protect you and your friends and family from the sun’s rays and spring and summer rain storms, which will allow you to enjoy the warmer weather that will be here soon. A canopy also offers protection from the elements for your car, truck, or motorcycle.

Canopies are versatile and can be used at picnics, outdoor flea markets, or in the backyard for a casual barbecue. They are portable and easily collapsible, which also makes them perfect for trips to the beach.
A canopy can also provide shelter for a vehicle. The sun’s rays can make a car or truck hot and uncomfortable, especially in the summer. Protect your car or truck from the heat with a canopy so that you can drive off in comfort. A canopy also offers protection from the rain, which is a concern for motorcycle owners.

A canopy is constructed with a powder-coated steel frame for durability. The polyester cover is treated to resist the sun’s harmful UV rays and is also waterproof. The slant leg design of a small canopy allows it to cover a larger area and provide more shade than other structures. The one-piece folding frame provides much more coverage than an umbrella.

Canopies are available in a wide variety of sizes to match all needs. Whether you are looking for a canopy to protect yourself and your family and friends from the elements for your backyard party, or you want to protect your car, truck, or motorcycle from the sun and rain this spring and summer, you are sure to find a canopy that is perfect for your needs. With its durable construction, a canopy is a smart investment that will continue to pay dividends for many years to come.

Philadelphia Eagles Crew Used Tarp to Protect Field from Snow

POSTED BY on Jan 9 under In the news, Tarps

football field snow removalA winter storm that hit much of the country on Thursday, January 2 dropped almost 10 inches of snow on Philadelphia, home of the Lincoln Financial Field. Groundskeepers at the football stadium had the task of removing an estimated 2 to 3 million pounds of snow from the field, stands, parking lot, plazas, and the rest of the venue in time for the Eagles to play the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

On Thursday morning, before the snow began, the grounds maintenance team decided to cover the field with a tarp to protect it from the snow and help with the removal process. Workers plowed the snow off the tarp every time two inches fell during the storm.

Twenty-eight miles of underground heating coils beneath the field are designed to heat the field and help with snow and ice removal. The coils were set at a temperature of about 60 degrees to help melt the snow off the tarp.

Hundreds of workers from a winter services company and local unions took part in the snow removal effort. They cleared stadium seats and pathways and shoveled the snow into plastic chutes, which carried it down to the tarp. Bulldozers then picked up the snow and transported it to dump trucks, which hauled it to the nearby Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The tarp was removed Saturday morning before the game, after winds had died down and there was less of a concern about blowing snow.

How to Protect Your Leaky Roof with a Tarp

POSTED BY on Dec 11 under Tarps

from property-preservation-reo.comIf your roof needs repair, or if you have a broken skylight that you cannot repair quickly, covering the affected area with a tarp can protect the inside of your home and prevent further damage to the roof. If you cover the area with a tarp, it can protect your home from rain for up to 90 days until you are able to make the necessary repairs.

First, identify the damaged part of the roof. Check for damaged tiles outside and leaks inside the house.

Unfold the tarp just enough to cover the leaky section of the roof. Leave four feet of tarp hanging off the eave, go over the peak of the roof, and leave four feet on the other end. Cut the tarp to fit with a utility knife.

Measure the width of the tarp and add two feet. Cut four 2-inch-by-4-inch boards to this length using a hand or electric saw.

Wrap the end of the tarp near the eaves around one of the boards and nail or staple it securely. Lay the board flush with the eaves with the folded side down to prevent water and leaves from collecting. Place a second board on top of the first and nail them together with 3 ¼-inch nails.

Stretch the other side of the tarp over the peak of the roof. Wrap that end around another board and nail it so the rolled side is down and the nails go through the roof sheathing. Place the fourth board on top of the wrapped board and nail them together. Nail additional 2-inch-by-4-inch boards along the sides of the tarp no more than 10 inches apart to secure it.

This work can be dangerous. If possible, hire a professional to do it or seek help from an experienced roofer.

Sochi Winter Olympics Organizers Store Snow Under Tarps, Just in Case

POSTED BY on Dec 4 under In the news, Tarps

Sochi snowOrganizers planning for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia wanted to make sure they would have enough snow for the skiing competitions, so they decided to save some from last year. They covered several large piles of snow with special insulated tarps to preserve the snow through the spring and summer.

Many members of the media laughed at the idea, but it has proven to be successful. About 500,000 cubic meters of snow, enough to fill about 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools, remain under the tarps. That will be enough to allow the skiing competitions to take place, even if the snow-making machines or the weather don’t cooperate.

Mikko Martikainen, who is in charge of snow production for the Winter Olympics, came up with the snow-saving process a dozen years ago and is excited that it is being used on such a scale. He also hopes for large amount of snowfall in Sochi, a subtropical region that lies in the Caucasus Mountains, one of the highest ranges in Europe. He said it was even possible that the warm air off the nearby Black Sea, combined with the cold air from the mountains, could create an overabundance of snow.

Sochi is located in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, near the border with Georgia. It is one of only a few places in Russia with a subtropical climate. The city is located about 996 miles from Moscow near the border between Europe and Asia.

The XXII Winter Olympics will be held from February 7-23, 2014.

Tension Fabric Buildings Offer a Multitude of Uses

220px-Tension_Fabric_BuildingTension fabric buildings consist of a rigid frame, which may be made of timber, steel, rigid plastic, or aluminum, and a sturdy fabric outer membrane. The fabric cover is stretched over the frame and tensioned to provide a tight cover that serves as the structural support for the building.

Tension fabric buildings offer several benefits over traditional buildings. They generally have lower operating costs and lower energy costs. They are quick and easy to install and have flexible foundation design options. They also offer natural light, resist corrosion, and can be relocated.

There are many possible uses for a tension fabric building. On farms, they can be used for hay and feed storage, protection of livestock, and horseback riding arenas. They can also be used for commercial purposes, such as manufacturing and warehousing. In addition, tension fabric buildings can be used to store sand and salt for road maintenance, for environmental management, or for storage of boats or airplanes. They can also be used for government or military purposes, or as emergency shelters.

Tension fabric buildings can be up to 300 feet wide and almost any length. The fabric membrane can last 20 to 30 years, depending on environmental factors, such as sunlight, temperature, wind, air quality, and humidity.

The fabrics currently used are made of PVC or polyethylene. Some are translucent, which provides for natural interior lighting. They are designed with computer-aided design (CAD) to customize the buildings and make sure they meet load and service expectations. 

Consider a tension fabric building for any of your long- or short-term storage needs. They are a convenient, economical, quality solution.

Homeless Philippines Typhoon Survivors Need Tarps for Shelter

POSTED BY on Nov 15 under Uncategorized

typhoon photo 2Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 7, caused catastrophic damage, utterly decimating whole cities. People who were left homeless in the aftermath desperately need tarps to provide improvised shelters, in addition to food, water, and medicine. Relief supplies have been slow to arrive.

Hundreds of thousands of residents of the Philippines were left homeless following the storm, and over half a million were displaced. Those left homeless have been left with nowhere to turn to escape the elements. Many have been sleeping in the rubble of collapsed buildings or outdoors.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is asking billboard operators and outdoor advertising agencies to donate used tarps to construct makeshift shelters for families left homeless in the wake of the storm. Since tarps are flexible and waterproof, they can be used to construct improvised tents. Such temporary shelters would provide much-needed protection from the rains that have continued to plague the region.

In the wake of Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, authorities sent tarps confiscated from non-compliant advertising companies in the Baklas Billboard operation to the hard-hit areas of New Bataan, Compostela Valley and Cateel, Davao Oriental to construct improvised shelters. Prior to that, thousands of people had been sleeping exposed to the elements.

Since Haiyan struck, residents of several cities and villages, including the hardest-hit city of Tacloban, have begun receiving some tarps, water, and food donated by companies, international charities, and the local government. However, the need for aid far outweighs the supply, and authorities and charities are appealing for international help for the hundreds of thousands desperately in need of shelter from continued rain and storms.

Kentucky Students Pitch Tent Record

POSTED BY on Oct 8 under In the news, Party Tents

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Students at the University of Kentucky pitched tents, lots of tents, to show their support and school spirit for their basketball teams. Nearly 700 tents were pitched around the area of Memorial Coliseum during the first week of October.

Students camped out for the chance to buy tickets for the first men’s and women’s basketball practice of the season. That’s right. Not the first game. The first practice.

People in Kentucky take their basketball very seriously and the event known as Big Blue Madness draws such a crowd that the University asked students to camp out no earlier than 5 a.m. Wednesday morning for tickets that went on sale Saturday morning. 650 tents were already up by 9:30 Wednesday morning and there was no sign of a slowdown. Sure enough by Wednesday afternoon, the record-number of 690 tents had been set. The old record of 595 tents was set just last year.kentucky tent city two

This is a tradition. Hundreds of students and Kentucky fans spend three days every year in tents, braving the elements, in hopes of getting a chance to attend the first practice. It’s sort of a kick-off (or tip-off) to the new season. Campers who got prime real estate had the greater chance of getting up to four tickets for the event on Friday night, October 18th.

All the tents filled with hundreds of students in one general area make for the establishment of a tent community. This is why the area is known as Tent City. Some of the basketball players and coaches wander into Tent City to visit with students and maybe sign a few autographs. kentucky coach autograph

Lots of schools hold similar events this time of year. The events are often called Midnight Madness. The NCAA stipulates that college teams can hold their first organized practice six weeks before the first regular season game.

Boots Made From Fenway Park Tarp

POSTED BY on Oct 8 under In the news, Industrial, Tarps

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Sports fans love to get their hands on a little piece of history. That’s why it’s a thrill to catch a foul ball at a game or get the autograph of a star player.

Now, two New England institutions, The Boston Red Sox and L.L. Bean, are teaming up to give Sox fans a chance to get a pair of boots laced with history.

L.L. Bean is making 100 pairs of limited edition boots that feature material from a tarp used to cover Fenway Park during rain delays.fenway ll bean tarp

The boots will not be sold in stores. 50 pairs of the tarp boots will be given away as part of a contest on the L.L. Bean Facebook page. Fans will be asked share their favorite memory of Fenway Park. Winners will be picked at random and notified on October 21st. The other 50 pairs of boots will be given away at colleges in the Boston area.

L.L. Bean produced the handcrafted tarp that protected the Fenway infield during 2012 season, which was the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park. The contest is being announced the first week of October, to coincide with the Sox’s first playoff series of 2013. Plus, the boots will be made and distributed in time for winter. And New Englanders know the importance of good winter boots.

This is not the first time L.L. Bean used the material from the tarp in a product. Last month, the company sold out of limited edition tote bags that were made with pieces of the tarp.

L.L. Bean points to a rich history of the Red Sox as a big reason for this partnership. The Maine-based company’s founder, Leon Leonwood Bean (what a great name) was an avid Red Sox fan and a season ticket holder.

There are many benefits provided by a quality tarp or canopy. L.L. Bean is proving one of those benefits is quality winter footwear.

The Oakland A’s are Removing Tarps to Increase Seating for Playoffs

POSTED BY on Sep 23 under Tarps

Oakland A's Tarps

The Oakland Athletics dominated the AL West this year and have clinched the division. Now that the team is guaranteed a playoff spot, they are already selling playoff tickets. The stadium sold out so fast that they decided to remove the tarps over the third deck to create more seats.

By removing the green tarps that cover up the third deck from left to right field, there are around an extra 12,000 seats available. In total, the sellout number for the stadium will increase from 35,067 to 48,146. The tarps that cover up the Mt. Davis section, however, will not be removed.

The decision to uncover the extra seats was made after the tickets for the three possible AL division series games were sold out in two hours. The tickets for the first home playoff game alone sold out in under an hour. If the A’s should make it past the first round, Oakland officials have not yet decided if the tarps will stay off.

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Tennis Tournament Experiments with Tarps

POSTED BY on Aug 12 under Tarps, Uncategorized

Rain caused a delay in play at the Citi Open in Washington. The playing surface is a hardcourt and tournament groundskeepers used a different strategy than normal to keep it dry. Normally hardcourts are dried using blowers, towels, and rollers when a hardcourt surface gets wet. For the Citi Open, they used a tarp to block water from affecting the playing surface.

Normally, tarps are only used to cover tennis courts that are made from clay or grass. It was a sponsor’s idea to use the unconventional method on the hardcourt in Washington. The chief executive of American Summits, Philip Lajaunie, convinced the tournament organizers to use a tarp to cover the tennis court. tarps cover tennis courtLajaunie said he was always astonished by how long rain delays could be for a tennis match. When a lot of rain comes down, it could take up to an hour to dry the court and get players back into their match.

The director of operations for the tournament cleared Lajaunie’s idea and they tried it out. Much like when a baseball team covers the diamond with a tarp, groundskeepers rolled out a large white tarp over the tennis court. The groundskeepers did a few dry runs to see how long it would take to set up the tarps and roll them up. When rain hit the tournament they covered the court with the tarps and it worked great.

The reason more hardcourts don’t use tarps is because many are built with a one percent slope. This causes the water to drain naturally and prevent puddles, negating the need for tarps. When the tarps were used at the Citi Open, drying time was shortened by up to 40 percent. While the court was bone dry when the tarps were taken off, everything else around it was wet. They plan on trying the tarps on the hardcourt surface again, but after they do some more experimenting with the process.

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