Best Heavy Duty Tarpaulin UK 

By  Enda

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best heavy duty tarpaulins, that are currently available on the UK market. 

A heavy duty tarpaulin is perfect for a variety of uses, both indoor and outdoor such as picnics, camping, fishing, protecting the inside of your vehicle, for use during DIY. Many buyers also use this for protecting outdoor items from the elements - garden furniture, log stores and others use this for covering trailers, cars, boats, bikes, and caravans when not in use.

It is also very useful for building and construction to protect the work area and building materials. Likewise many people use it as a cover for an open trailer.

1. GardenMate 3m x 4m Tarpaulin Waterproof Heavy Duty

GardenMate 3m x 4m Tarpaulin Waterproof Heavy Duty
  • The GardenMate  is a heavy duty tarpaulin made from 90g/m² Polypropylene
  • It is coated on both sides, waterproof, strong and durable,washable, UV stabilised and mould resistant
  • The sheet has metal eyelets at each corner and along the edges for added strength and durability
  • The edges are stitched with double material and all corners and edges are rubber reinforced.
  • It measures 3m x 4m / 10ft x 13ft (12m²)10ft x 13ft  (130sq ft) and in a green blue colour

Water Resistance

Generally speaking most buyers say this is waterproof, and stays like that unless it gets ripped


It is heavy duty and quite large, but all things considered, still light enough for one person.

Value for money

At around £15 or less, this is one of the cheapest on the UK market, and we think about the right price point.

Check Amazon UK for Availability - Price when reviewed £12.72 - 90% customer satisfaction based on 12,000+ buyers

2. Faithfull FAITARP1812 5.4 x 3.6m (18 x 12ft) Tarpaulin

Faithfull FAITARP1812 5.4 x 3.6M (18 x 12ft) Waterproof Tarpaulin
  • This tarp is also very popular and has a tough waterproof cover with a laminate woven polyethylene construction
  • It has also been heat sealed, with a poly rope reinforced hem
  • It is according to the manufacturer tough, durable, tear, stretch and UV resistant, with rust resistant metal eyelets
  • It is reversible between silver and green and weighs 80 grams per square meter.
  • It measures 5.4 x 3.6m/ 18 x 12ft

Water Resistance

Buyers say that this tarp is indeed waterproof, and as long as it isn't damaged works well


It is one of the lightest on the UK market, but still well made and very durable

Value for money

At around £18, this is at the lower end of the price point for a heavy duty tarp

Check Amazon UK for Availability - Price when reviewed £17.42 - 88% customer satisfaction based on 3,000+ buyers

3. Sola Direct  3 x 4 m Green Tarpaulin Waterproof Furniture Caravan Cover Sheet

Sola Direct  3 x 4 m Green Tarpaulin Waterproof Furniture Caravan Cover Sheet
  • This is a durable and lightweight tarpaulin
  • The edges are finished with reinforced bounds
  • There are fixing eyelets (every about 1m) the whole way around the outer edge
  • This model is fully waterproof, mould-resistant and easy to wash.
  • This tarpaulin is been made of polyethylene, which is pretty durable
  • This is a cheap and light model. I would say it's more of an indoor dust cover and although it is waterproof, it wont stand up to a lat of wind or harsh elements

Although this is cheap and gets good reviews, I am tempted to tell you to go for something more expensive. This is not really suitable for outdoor use in British winters.

Water Resistance

This is waterproof so no issue here, it will withstand rain no problem. I wouldn't expect it to last very long in a storm


At about 1Kg this is as light as you will get. It fells light and the material is very thin.

Value for money

At around £12, this is not an expensive buy, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for

Check Amazon UK for Availability - Price when reviewed £11.99 - 86% customer satisfaction based on 17,000+ buyers

ProDec CNT1812 Blue Multi-Purpose Tarpaulin

  • Heavy duty multi-purpose tarpaulin
  • Manufactured from double laminated coated fabric.
  • Strong, fully weatherproof, 100% waterproof, tear and stretch resistant, washable and rot proof
  • Regular, reinforced aluminium eyelets
  • Ideal for all purposes - building, domestic, garden and storage
  • This is a large, cheap model that will give you good weather protection and is strong enough for outdoor use

Water Resistance

This model is totally waterproof so can be used outdoors and will offer full protection from the rain and the elements


Light and reasonable strong so gets good marks in this category

Value for money

This is excellent value for money and although it's quite light, it is reasonably strong and will take some mild abuse

Check Amazon UK for Availability - Price when reviewed £9.99 - 90% customer satisfaction based on 700+ buyers


What is the most durable tarp?

The most popular material that these tarpaulins are made from is polyethylene, which is  mostly recycled plastic that has a woven mesh fabric that's sandwiched between the sheets of polyethylene. They are the most durabile as they are pretty tough, resistant to UV rays, and are chemical-resistant.

Durability is really measured by the weight of polyethylene per metre. So for instance, the strongest and most durable tarp above ( the Soviyas model ) has 150g per sq meter, whereas some of the lighter models will be 100g or less. This is the best way to tell the quality.

Are heavy duty tarps weatherproof?

All these heavy duty tarpaulins are waterproof. If you see one labelled as "water resistant" then keep well away from it as it will be no use to you. In general you will find they are all waterproof and this really isn't an issue for you when you are picking one. As above you should be looking at the weight of poly per meter squared and if it doesn't give you that information on the label then you know for sure that number is low and its a lightweight model.

What kind of tarps do truckers use?

Lorry curtains are in a whole different league to these domestic models. They are manufactured in heavy-duty 900g/m² PVC coated polyester fabric. This material has a larquered gloss finish and UV protection on both sides. It is extremely hardwearing and well suited for use in extreme weather conditions.

These curtains are very strong as you can imagine and you don't want to know how much they cost ! 


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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