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Understanding Lumber Tarp Sizes: A Guide to Choosing the Right Protection for Your Cargo

Understanding Lumber Tarp Sizes: A Guide to Choosing the Right Protection for Your Cargo - Tarps4Less

David Harris |

When hauling lumber, the right tarp is not just a necessity—it's essential for safeguarding your load against the elements and ensuring compliance with transportation regulations. Lumber tarps, designed to cover and protect lumber during transit, come in various sizes and specifications. At Tarps4Less, we provide a variety of sizes to meet diverse transportation needs. Here's what you need to know to select the perfect tarp for your lumber.

Standard Sizes of Lumber Tarps

Lumber tarps are typically large, designed to cover loads of varying heights and lengths on flatbed trucks. The size you need depends on the specific dimensions of your cargo. Here are some common dimensions available at Tarps4Less:

  • 16' x 27' with a 4ft Drop: Ideal for smaller loads, this tarp covers a standard flatbed load and provides four feet of vertical drop, sufficient for stacks that don’t extend too high above the flatbed.

  • 20' x 27' with a 6ft Drop: Offering a bit more coverage, this tarp is suitable for slightly larger loads. The six-foot drop accommodates higher stacks of lumber, ensuring that the sides of the load are completely protected.

  • 24' x 27' with an 8ft Drop: This size is perfect for covering very tall loads. The eight-foot drop is essential for full coverage, protecting the cargo from all sides against weather and road debris.

Each of these tarps is equipped with D-rings along the sides, spaced to provide optimal security, ensuring that the tarp stays in place even under harsh weather conditions.

Choosing the Right Size Tarp

Selecting the correct size lumber tarp is critical for effective load protection. Consider the following factors:

  • Load Dimensions: Measure the length, width, and height of your cargo to determine the necessary tarp dimensions. Ensure the tarp you select provides ample coverage for both the top and sides of your load.

  • Type of Lumber: Depending on whether your cargo is rough lumber, finished products, or engineered wood products, you may need additional protection or different tarp sizes.

  • Weather Conditions: For routes that involve severe weather conditions, opting for larger tarps with substantial drop lengths can provide the added protection needed.

Why Choose Tarps4Less?

At Tarps4Less, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality, durable tarps at competitive prices. Our lumber tarps are made from heavy-duty materials designed to withstand the rigors of road transport and exposure to the elements. Here’s why customers choose us for their tarp needs:

  • Quality and Durability: Our tarps are crafted from top-grade materials with excellent craftsmanship, ensuring long-lasting use.

  • Variety: We offer tarps in various sizes and specifications to match any load requirement.

  • Affordable Prices: Get the best value for your investment with our competitively priced tarp solutions.


Choosing the right lumber tarp size is crucial for protecting your cargo effectively. At Tarps4Less, you’ll find a range of tarp sizes that cater to different needs, ensuring your lumber reaches its destination in top condition. Browse our selection today at to find the perfect tarp for your next shipment.