What does tarpaulin color mean, or is it just for displ […]
What does tarpaulin color mean, or is it just for display?
When asked to paint oilcloth in your mind, it may be blue, right? After all, this is the most common color of tarpaulin. This is what we see fixed on the roof when the work is completed, or when we are driving along the highway, we see the kind of things piled on the crops in the farmland. But tarpaulins do come in various colors. This does make some people doubt whether certain colored tarpaulins are coded in a particular way. Does the tarpaulin color actually mean anything?
Some companies that produce tarps do use color coding. Different colors of tarpaulin will represent different things. The problem is that most companies use their own internal color coding system. One company may sell red tarps used to cover dangerous materials, while another company may just say that their red tarps are intended to increase visibility. Another may only sell red tarps because they like red.
How about tarpaulins sold on tents and dining tables? Most of our customers work in event and party rental venues, so we provide heavy-duty commercial grade tarps in various colors and styles to better meet customer needs. We do not sell orange tarps because orange is particularly meaningful. We sell orange tarps, so our customers can better use these tarps with bounce houses, inflatable water slides, inflatable barriers, etc.
When colored tarpaulins mean, what do they mean?
There is no uniform industry standard for tarpaulin colors. There are no industry group rules or government regulations that require different tarpaulin colors to be represented. But in general, for most companies, different tarpaulin colors often indicate the same broad standard. We just want to point out again that every company will be slightly different, and some companies (such as ours) do not have a color coding policy at all.
The blue, green and brown tarpaulins used by roofers are usually universal tarpaulins for consumer and light industries. They are very popular among contractors, construction workers, roofers, farmers and gardeners. Blue tarps can easily become the most popular form of tarps and the easiest to find.
Yellow, orange, and red tarps are often used to visually prioritize materials being used by workers, or to increase visibility into hazardous areas. You can use red tarps to warn people that there is hard material underneath, so no one will accidentally hit it with a truck. Or, after you have gone through the yellow first stage and orange second stage materials, you might use red to mean "third stage materials", for example.
White and silver tarps are used to block sunlight. They are also often used as temporary tent roofs. These colorful tarps usually reflect rather than absorb sunlight. White is the best color tarpaulin to reflect heat.
Black and dark gray tarps absorb sunlight instead of reflecting it. This led them to think of applications that needed to keep objects cool without keeping everyone intently looking outside the tarpaulin. Some companies also regard the darkest tarpaulin as their most important duty.