Driveway protector tarps, also called reinforced groundcovers, are thick mats designed to shield asphalt and concrete pavement from damage caused by the sun, weather, precipitation, and other environmental factors. This Tarpaulin is made from durable, UV-resistant materials that can withstand extreme temperatures without cracking or degrading.
How do driveway protector tarps extend pavement life?
Asphalt and concrete driveways require protection from the elements to stay in good condition for many years. Driveway protector tarps provide this protection through several mechanisms:
Prevent Weather Damage
Constant exposure to rain, snow, ice, and sunlight breaks down pavement over time. Tarps form a barrier that blocks precipitation from penetrating and damaging the surface.
Defend Against Thermal Cracking
Daily temperature swings cause the pavement to expand and contract. Unprotected surfaces may develop small cracks which allow water penetration and accelerate deterioration. Tarps insulate against this thermal cracking.
Shield from UV Rays
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun chemically degrades asphalt and concrete surfaces, leading to fading, oxidation, and surface deterioration. Heavy Duty Tarpaulin reflects UV rays before they can cause photo-degradation.
Spills and Stains
Gas, oil, and other chemical stains are difficult to remove from pavement and can seep into cracks over time if left unprotected. Tarps prevent absorption and stains from occurring.
Benefits of using driveway protector tarps
There are several key benefits to using reinforced driveway protector tarps:
Extended Pavement Lifespan
On average, tarps can extend the life of a driveway by 5-10 years by protecting it from weathering and damage over time. This can save homeowners thousands in resurfacing costs down the road.
UV radiation from the sun is one of the major causes of pavement deterioration as it leads to fading, oxidation, and surface cracking. Tarps block over 98% of harmful UV rays to prevent photo-degradation.
Insulation Against Temperature Changes
Daily temperature fluctuations cause asphalt and concrete to expand and contract, which can lead to small cracks. Tarps insulate surfaces and significantly reduce thermal cracking caused by these temperature swings.
Stain and Chemical Resistance
Tarps create a barrier that prevents stains from oil, gas, and other chemicals from being absorbed into the pavement surface where they can continue to damage it over time. Stains are also easier to clean if caught early.
Constant exposure to rain and moisture seeps into cracks and accelerates pavement deterioration. Tarps shield surfaces and do not allow moisture to penetrate and damage them from below.
Snow and Ice Protection
Heavy snow and ice can crack and buckle pavement. The insulating barrier of tarps significantly reduces frost heaves and ice damage that occurs in colder climates over winter months.
Once installed, tarps protect driveways with no additional sealing or coating required compared to bare pavement that needs reapplication every 1-3 years. Tarps save effort and cost long-term.
Materials used in driveway protector tarps
There are several durable material options used to manufacture reinforced driveway protector tarps:
An economical, lightweight material that is flexible and withstands moisture relatively well. However, polypropylene tarps are less puncture and tear-resistant than other options.
A very common tarp material that is flexible, soft yet dense. It provides good resistance to tearing, punctures, chlorine, and impact. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) offers even greater tensile strength.
Known for its high tear and tensile strength even in harsh weather conditions. Resists mold and mildew growth. Often used in composite tarps for extra reinforcement.
Many professional-grade tarps feature a composite or blended construction combining materials like polypropylene, polyethylene, or polyester for optimal durability.