2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Re-Used Vinyl Billboard Signs Make Strong Tarps
"We have farmers that use them to cover hay bales, silage piles, and all types of equipment" says Matt McConville, co-owner of Billboard Tarp Warehouse. "Others use them for pond liners, to cover houses and barns under repair, or to serve as wind/vapor barriers. We sell tens of thousands every year for hundreds of applications. There is no tarp on the market that will outlast this vinyl tarp at our prices - not one!"
Many of the large billboards that you see driving down the highway are made of an industrial strength material called Flex Vinyl. This material is 3-ply with PVC vinyl on the 2 outside layers and a polyester mesh material in the middle. The billboard vinyl weighs 13 to 16 oz. per square yard. (The typical polyethylene blue tarps weigh 3 to 4 oz. per square yard). These also have a UV protective layer and are anti-mildew. The material is waterproof and is designed to withstand years of hot, cold, wet and dry weather. The middle mesh layer makes it tear and fray resistant. "These are really tough pieces of vinyl that have many applications."
"The UV protective layer is the key to stopping the damaging affects of the sun and allows the vinyl to last for years," he says. "I know farmers that purchased some to cover hay 5 to 6 years ago and they are still using them. The billboards were used for only a short period of time outside, and there is a ton of life left in the material."
There is an advertisement on one side of each tarp while the back side of the tarp is blank and is either white or black. All tarps must keep the advertisement side face down so only the blank side is showing.
All of the tarps have 3-in. channels that run along all four sides so you can insert pipe, cable or rope to fasten them down. McConville also says that since the pieces have channels, there are no grommets needed. However, you can easily add them with a grommet kit from your local hardware store.
"Due to the high quality of the material, these vinyl tarps originally cost about $600 to $3,000 to manufacture, depending on the size. We sell them for only a fraction of that cost. Nobody can beat our prices. Also, by re-using this material, you can lower your carbon footprint by eliminating additional energy needed for manufacturing new product. You also lower the harmful emissions associated with it. It's great to find alternative uses for the material instead of throwing them into a landfill. It is a win for the customer and a win for the environment."
Billboard Tarp Warehouse has many sizes to choose from. Some popular sizes are: 14 by 48 ft, 28 by 48 ft, 20 by 60 ft. They can also custom make any XL sizes you need. Some popular XL sizes are 40 by 60 ft, 56 by 96 ft, 100 by 100 ft, and even 200 by 200 ft. Please call or email with the size you need at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit the company's website at www.BillboardTarps.com to see all of sizes and for more information. You can order off the site or call 612-722-1200.
Contact information: Sky Group, Inc. (DBA Billboard Tarp Warehouse), 2450 Minneahaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404 (ph 612-722-1200; fax: 612-722-2229; email@example.com).
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