All truck tarps are not created equal. Choosing the right flatbed tarp for the job can mean the difference between a successful haul and a trouble-filled trip. Flatbed trucking tarps are designed to protect against harsh elements you may encounter on the road, including rain, snow, wind, sun, and even road debris.

All US Cargo Control tarps are made from a durable, tear-resistant PVC-coated polyester waterproof material. This material is available in two different weights (14 oz. and 18 oz.) for flexibility in choosing the right tarp for your application and preferences. The professional-grade PVC-coated tarp material delivers strong UV- and mildew-resistance. Other features include reinforced edges with an abrasion-resistant pad beneath each of the D-rings for added protection when securing the tarp using S-hooks, Rubber Tarp Straps, Rubber Rope, and other tie-downs.

What types of truck tarps are available?

US Cargo Control several different styles of flatbed truck tarps for you to choose from, including Lumber Tarps, Steel Tarps, Machinery Tarps, Smoke and Nose Tarps, Roll & Dump Truck Tarps, Coil Tarps, and 3-piece tarps. We also offer a custom tarp option.

Lumber Tarps

A flatbed lumber tarp is a versatile load tarp intended for specialized lumber hauling but can also be used as an all-purpose cover to protect a variety of loads like hay, pallets, and other bulky cargo. These are generally larger sized tarps and feature a flap at the end to cover the ends of lumber units.

Steel Tarps

Steel tarps are a lot like lumber tarps but without the end flap. These flatbed trucking tarps are designed to protect flatbed loads of steel rods, sheets, cables, and other low-profile materials.

Machinery Tarps

Machinery tarps are designed for covering and securing large, irregular-sized loads such as manufacturing or machine equipment during transport. This style of semi tarp can also be used to cover wood or steel products such as plywood, cables, rods, or sheets on a flatbed truck.

Smoke and Nose Tarps

Smoke tarps, also known as nose tarps, are smaller than lumber and steel tarps and used to cover the front of a load to protect it from exhaust smoke, dirt, and soot. They also do a great job of shielding the cargo from bugs and road debris.

Roll and Dump Truck Tarps

Roll tarps or dump truck tarps quickly and reliably contain payloads and create a safer work environment for drivers, especially those in the construction and agricultural industries. A roll tarp is great for grain trucks, grain carts, wagons, dump trucks, fertilizer tenders, and hopper trailers.

Coil Tarps

Coil tarps, also known as coil bags, are a style of truck tarp commonly used to protect steel or aluminum coils or other round-shaped items during transport. The upper half of the tarp is fitted to match the coil’s rounded shape, allowing it to slip on more easily without as much excess material that needs to be folded and strapped down before hauling.

3-Piece Tarps

A three-piece tarp splits the weight over three tarps instead of two when covering a full load on a standard flatbed trailer. Less weight per piece makes for easier physical handling. You can use each section individually or combined to cover a larger load.

Custom Tarp Options

Looking for something we don’t have listed on our site? We manufacture custom truck tarps and will work with you to design a tarp that will meet your exact specifications. Use our custom tarp request form here or call our team for more information.

Tarp Usage and Care

Tarping a load properly is an important and inexpensive way to help protect your tarp investment. Minimizing the abrasion of the tarp against the load will help extend its life. Tarp StrapsRubber Rope, Shock Cord, and Bungee Cords are the most common methods for securing tarps, but the best choice will depend on your specific application. For more information, see our Bungee Cord & Rubber Tarp Straps page which highlights each type of tie-down.

Our 1/4" Diamond Braid Polyester Rope is also a popular option with some drivers because the strong braided configuration of the tough polyester fabrication is ideal for lacing through the tarp's grommets and the rub rails or hooks on the trailer. See all of our rope options in our Rope and Cordage category page.

Corner Protectors

Protecting tarps from sharp edges and corners on cargo is easy with corner protectors. The rounded corners of the durable, flexible plastic protector allow for the tarp to curve along the edge of a load rather than be pulled tightly.

Many different styles and sizes of these strap protectors are available, see our Corner Protectors category for a full selection.

How to Repair a Truck Tarp

Even the toughest heavy-duty truck tarps can sustain damage from wind speeds if not secured properly to the truck. Our truck repair kits are available in three different colors:
Black Tarp Repair Kit
Red Tarp Repair Kit
Blue Tarp Repair Kit

Begin by cutting a patch slightly bigger than the tear. Smooth tarp on a flat surface, with the underside of the tarp facing up. (Patching the underside of the tarp will reduce the chance the patch will peel off since the edges will not be exposed to wind and weather.) Apply a heavy layer of adhesive to one side of the patch and place over the tear. Using a roller, smooth and remove any air bubbles. Allow three hours to dry.

If you have an old tarp, use that to cut patches, and simply purchase the HH-66 Vinyl Cement separately. We also carry large rolls of 18 oz. PVC-Coated Tarp Material which can be useful for larger repairs.

How to Clean and Truck Tarp

In addition to regular inspections, keeping a flatbed tarp clean and in good working condition can also lengthen the life of the product. Clean your tarp every three to six months to remove the build-up of dirt, mud, grime, mold, and mildew. These elements can add to the overall weight of the tarp, as well as trap chemicals that will degrade the tarp’s protective coating over time. Use a mixture of soap and water and scrub with a brush (try using a long push broom). Avoid using stronger cleansing soaps or solutions, which can weaken a tarp over time. For step-by-step instructions, see our blog post: How to Clean a Truck Tarp.

More Flatbed Products and Accessories

Different truck tarps will require different equipment and accessories. We carry all the flatbed truck equipment you need and take pride in having the best customer service in the trucking equipment industry. Like our flatbed tarps, all our flatbed trailer products are priced to offer the very best value in the industry. Click over to our other flatbed trailer equipment category pages including transport chain & binders, winch strapsratchet straps, winches, and much more.

Flatbed Starter Kits

If you’re a new driver or looking to expand your fleet, our flatbed starter kits are a great value and an easy way to pick up all the essentials (tarps, tie-downs, etc.) in a convenient equipment package. Options are available for lumber or steel applications, as well as a deluxe starter kit which includes both lumber tarps and steel tarps.

Flatbed Tarp Bulk Pricing & Quantities

If your company is in the market for several tarps or other equipment, we can help. Our sales team is always happy to create custom price quotes for bulk quantities and bulk pricing on tarps, tarp tie-downs, and any other equipment you need to run your flatbed hauling safely and efficiently.

Contact our team of product specialists today online or on the phone with any product questions or help to place an order. We’ll work together to get you the right flatbed trailer products for your application.