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Tarps and canopies are always intertwined with each other. Although tarps are used on their own, canopies rely on them to protect against the UV rays and water. Together, the metal frame of a canopy and a tarp form a shelter that holds up to all types of weather and offers long-term protection.
All canopies, or portable shelters, consist of a powder-coated steel frame and a polyethylene tarp. The frame, once anchored into the ground, withstands winds up to 95 miles per hour and heavy snow. Anchoring is a key point for canopies, however. If the metal frame is simply put in the ground, the strength and coverage will not be as great. As you install a canopy, make sure you set the poles in concrete in the ground or that you use an anchoring kit.
Made out of heavy-duty polyethylene, tarps for canopies are treated to be UV resistant, waterproof, mildew resistant, and rot proof. These properties allow the tarp to protect the investment under from UV or water damage and to prevent moisture, mold, or dry rot from building up.
Canopies may have a valance style. With an open metal frame, a valance canopy has the tarp on top and a small overhang. A common design for carports, a valance canopy is ideal for the vehicle you use every day and lets you easily drive in and out.
Other investments, however, are kept outdoors, without being moved, for several months at a time. If exposed to UV rays and water for several months at a time, these investments, such as seasonal vehicles, are gradually damaged: The UV rays and water fade or crack the surface, and mildew, mold, or dry rot may form. Leaving your vehicle directly outside essentially shortens its lifespan. Enclosed canopies, on the other hand, offer the right amount of protection against water and UV rays. With tarps on all sides, the canopies give full coverage.