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Steel Tarps

What are Steel Tarps?

Steel Tarps are flatbed tarps specifically built with shorter 4-foot foot drops to protect cargo loads from harsh environmental conditions on the road. As the name states, these tarps were designed with hauling steel in mind. The high density of steel results in shorter loads and shorter drops on this style of flatbed tarp.

We offer a Steel Tarp with Tail and Steel Tarp without Tail made from heavy duty 18 oz. vinyl with 4 foot drops.

These flatbed tarps are typically purchases in sets of two by haulers to fully cover a load. These tarps have either 2 rows of triple-sewn Dee-Bands that can be adjusted to fit a variety of loads. All of our flatbed steel tarps are water and heat resistant to ensure that your cargo gets to its destination safely.

What makes a Steel Tarp?

There are several key components to these tarps, which we define as:

Heavy Duty PVC Coating

Our steel tarps are made from pure 18 oz. vinyl to prevent the tarp from fraying over time. This material is guaranteed to keep your load safe and dry through harsh weather conditions on the road.

Optional Steel Tarp Tail

At Harp’s Tarps, we bar weld each tail on our American-made steel tarps with tails to ensure longevity. The tarp tail is optional on steel tarps and haulers typically choose it if they are going to haul other material in addition to steel.

Dee-Bands and Dee-Rings

Our Steel Tarps will feature 2 rows of Dee-Bands along the side and tail of the tarp. Dee-Bands are triple sewn onto the tarp in 24 inch intervals up the side length.


Rust-resistant brass grommets are placed every 2 inches to allow haulers to secure the tarp with rubber bungees to the flatbed.

Why choose a Steel Tarp?

There are many benefits to choosing this style of tarp. A main benefit is that these tarps are built to be smaller than your average lumber tarp. These tarps weigh less than lumber tarps, which means they’re easier on your back. These tarps are easier to fold if you don’t have a tail, but can catch on sharp edges if you are not careful. We strongly advise using corner protectors or edge protectors when hauling with this kind of tarp.

We also offer tarps with tails to support the strain of the load caused by a truck’s forward momentum. We bar weld the tail on these tarps to ensure a longer life for the tarp.

This style of tarp is mainly used to haul uncoiled steel in stacks. If you are looking for a steel coil tarp to haul coiled steel, click here.

Variations of Steel Tarps

There are two different styles of that we offer, including:

Standard Steel Tarps

Our Standard Steel Tarps that are made from heavy duty 18 oz. vinyl on the top, sides. No tail or end flap is included in our standard tarp model.

Steel Tarps With Tail or End Flap

Our Steel Tarps with Tails are made from 18 oz. vinyl on the sides and tail.

Domestic or Import Steel Tarp?

The answer will vary from buyer to buyer. We offer both domestically produced and import tarps to give you the most options.

Advantages of Domestic Tarps

    • Domestically-produced for high quality

    • More customization options (Color, Logo Stencil, Stainless Steel Dee-Rings)

Advantages of Import Tarps

    • Lower cost for hauling on a budget

    • Pre-made, meaning shorter turnaround time

How do you use a Steel Tarp?

If you’re just getting started in the hauling business, we highly recommend you read our Flatbed Tarp Guide.

While your tarp keeps your load protected, you also have to make an effort to protect the tarp itself. In our guide, we talk about the necessary tools for the flatbed business and how to get the most mileage out of your tarp.

Why choose Harp’s Tarps Steel Tarps?

Because we are a small, family-owned business that has been supplying haulers across the United States since 1976. Our domestically-produced flatbed tarps are:

    • Made in USA

    • Last longer

    • Built using quality materials

We know how hard you work for your money and we want you to get the most value from your purchase.

Read more about our story here.

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