Are you looking for a specific type of white tarp? Chicago Canvas has several tarp options available in a range of colors and sizes. Whether you need a white tarp for a large mural or want a waterproof white tarp, we have it for sale. We also offer custom sizes on most of our tarps, so we’re happy to work with you to make sure you have a tarp that meets your needs.
Different tarps provide different benefits. A tarp that’s only going to be used inside during renovations doesn’t need to be waterproof. If a tarp will be used outside in heavy rain, it should be waterproof rather than water-resistant. Tarps that provide shade from the sun need to be treated to prevent UV damage. You also need to consider the temperature extremes, average winds, and weight of snow or ice that may sit on top of a tarp that’s used outside.
When you’re shopping for a white tarp, consider the intended use, size you need, and how often it will be used. If it’s a tarp you’ll be using to cover firewood each year, you want a stronger tarp that can be used year after year. If not, you waste money having to buy a new tarp every year or two. To help you choose the right white tarp, check out this listing of what we have available.
Canvas Tarps (Treated and Untreated)
Buy white canvas tarps in both treated and untreated versions. Treated is going to have an odor due to the oil and wax coating that helps the canvas repel water and resist mildew growth. Untreated is best suited for indoor use and should not get wet other than to wash it after use. While an untreated tarp can be used outside, it’s not going to resist water or avoid mold and mildew growth. It should only be used outside on dry days.
Treated white canvas comes in widths of 4, 5, or 6 feet. You must order a minimum of 5 yards (15 feet). Samples are available if needed. This type of white tarp is coated to resist mold, mildew, and water. The water-resistant quality makes them suitable for outdoor use in light rain or drizzle. Water may start to seep through in torrential, long-lasting downpours though.
That water-resistant coating will stain items located under it, so it’s not a good choice for covering a car or boat during winter storage. Here are a few more things to know about treated canvas tarps.
- It’s made from 16-ounce cotton canvas.
- This treated canvas is not fire retardant.
- It’s best for covering construction, farm, and sports equipment that can be stained, outdoor structures like sheds, and for covering cargo.
Untreated white canvas tarps come in 20 sizes starting with the smallest and 5 by 7 feet and going up to 40 by 40 feet. If that’s not large enough, no worries. You can order untreated white canvas tarps in custom sizes. Here are a few more details about these tarps.
- Grommets are spaced 2 feet apart.
- They’re made from 10-ounce cotton duck canvas.
- Use them when painting, for curtains, or as your canvas for large art projects.
Iron Horse Polyester Tarps
Iron Horse tarps are one of the strongest tarps you’ll ever find. They’re twice as durable as a canvas tarp, but they’re also waterproof rather than water-resistant. Even after days of heavy rain, water is still not going to get through this tarp. One other benefit Iron Horse has over canvas tarps is that there is no odor. Use them to cover your car or boat for winter storage without fear of staining or odors.
Iron Horse waterproof tarps have thick hems and grommets placed every 2 feet. The polyester allows air to pass, so mold and mildew growth from condensation is not a concern. Buy white Iron Horse tarps in sizes starting at 5 by 7 feet and up to 30 by 30 feet. If you need another size, contact Chicago Canvas for a custom quote.
- Made from 15-ounce polyester fabric.
- Ideal for use as awnings, canopies, and shade coverings over a patio or deck.
- Silicone coating provides complete protection from water.
Vinyl-coated polyester tarps are one of the thickest tarps available at Chicago Canvas. At 18 ounces per square yard, this tarp is 20 mils thick and UV treated to protect against damage from the sun’s rays. It stands up to abrasion, cold temperatures, and resists tearing, too.
If you need a waterproof tarp that’s good for use in high winds, a white vinyl tarp is a good choice. It comes in sizes starting at 5 by 7 feet and going up to 10 by 20 feet.
Slip and Slide tarps are available in sizes as large as 10 by 100 feet.
- Custom sizes are available.
- A great choice for making awnings and canopies, covering farm crops and hay, and indoor renovations that need non-slip covers for flooring.
- Grommets are spaced 2 feet apart.
White Heavy-Duty Poly Tarps
Purchase White Heavy-Duty Poly Tarps in 10 sizes and a weight of 6 ounces per square yard. The smallest pre-sized tarp is 10 by 12 feet, and the largest is 40 by 60 feet. At 8 mil thick, the tarps are lightweight but designed for heavy use. They’re mildew and water-resistant and have grommets placed about 1.5 feet apart.
- UV treated to prevent damage from UVA and UVB rays.
- Designed for frigid weather making them a good choice for outdoor skating rinks and covering firewood.
- Use them to block wind on your roofed porch or deck, create a car canopy, or cover a roof.
Proper Care Extends Your Tarp’s Life
No matter which white tarp you choose, proper care will keep it lasting for years and years. When you’re done using your tarp, clean it off. An untreated canvas tarp could be washed in a washing machine if needed. If you put it in the dryer, it can shrink the fabric, so it’s best to line dry it. For other types of tarps, use a brush, dish soap, and hose to thoroughly clean your tarp.
When it’s washed and rinsed, hang it on a laundry line or lay flat on a clean driveway or patio. If you have some rope, you could create a temporary laundry line between trees. Your white tarp needs to dry completely.
Once it’s thoroughly dried, inspect it for damage. Loose or missing grommets can be repaired with a grommet kit. Rips in a vinyl tarp can be repaired with HH-66 Vinyl Cement. Allow the cement to cure properly before storing it. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
Ensure the tarp is dry and repairs are completed before you fold it for storage. This is easily done by folding it in half width-wise repeatedly until it’s a manageable width. At that point, fold it in half lengthwise to get it to a square bundle. Store on a high shelf in a dry shed, garage, attic, or basement. If you have a problem with mice, put the folded tarp in a plastic storage container to keep them from chewing it.
Do a couple of tarps fit your needs and you can’t decide which is better? Let our experts help you decide between your top picks. We have more than 70 years of expert knowledge to share. Fill out the handy online “Contact Us” form with your questions or click here to get a custom tarp quote.