Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 24
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wolfbane Works fine
We actually used this tarp to cover a cord wood chicken coop we were building. It worked quite well until our high winds took it off somewhat. It stuck to the sides of the coop, which is made of concrete and cut cord wood slices, so that we could drape it over the whole coop. Even though the wind took it off on one side, it didn't rip or tear - a plus. We'd use this kind of tarp again if needed.
October 31, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by skaizun It's just a tarp
As shown in my photos (taken from my first story roof), it comes very compact, and is easy to open by one person, but, two people is probably easier and safer. It spread easily and stayed down (no breeze during my installation). It has double-stick tape which has a protective strip over it. Rather than remove all the strips (one along each edge), I removed a small part of one strip (see photo), and attempted to stick it to my asphalt shingle. It would not adhere to the shingle for even a second. I attached it to my bare skin, but, it stayed on for only about three seconds. I even attached it to the tarp (i.e., bending it over onto itself), but, it held only for a couple of seconds. Worse, the tape came off the tarp, itself, which, had I removed all the strips, would have been very difficult to clean up, and, probably, would have blown away in even a light wind! Considering the cost of $63 - - triple the price of similar sized, non-adhesive, tarps available through many vendors and stores, both online and brick-and-mortar - - you'd think the UTARPit manufacturer could have come up with a better system. The grommets seem sturdy, but I did not have a need for them, so, I did not test their sturdiness (many tarps that I've used in the past had grommets that separated or tore fairly easily; this one's grommets seem sturdier, but not much better). The tarp can be used for a variety of purposes, other than roofing, such as a floor protector for painting, covering a firewood stack, wintering a picnic table or even an outdoor shed, etc., though its huge size may make it unwieldy or cumbersome for smaller purposes. It would also make a good cover for a flower bed or other gardening purpose, though it would have to be covered to hide the blue color! (some time ago, I used a tarp to cover the bare ground, then put pebbles over it to turn it into a rock garden, with the tarp acting as a weed barrier). All-in-all, if you ignore the adhesion claim, it is a fairly sturdy tarp, but, it is nothing special, and, definitely, way too expensive, especially where there are less expensive alternatives easily available.
November 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sdgiant Very well made, great for emergencies
OVERALL: Better waterproofed than other "blue tarps" I've had. Excellent gromets. Glue sticks very well, and should withstand most winds, great for emergencies.
UTILITY: Glue will probably only stick once, but the tarp is strong enough to reuse for other purposes later if so inclined. Gromets would make tarp reusable tied down.
WATERPROOFING: Ran some basic pooling tests, held water when pulling, bending or shaking tarp. Coating is very solid.
GLUE: Not just a thin tape like layer, thick layer of very sticky glue. As long as the surface is clean, you shouldn't have any trouble getting this stuff to stick.
June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kiki Holds in place very well. Does the job!
I love this tarp because you don't have to use nails! My roof has one small spot that leaks and this tarp is going to keep things dry until the contractor comes to fix it. It has a really wide very sticky border that sticks very well. I like that it sticks all around because it seals the area off, whereas if you had to use nails, water could stll run underneath. I am not the one who went up on the roof but the man who did said it would hold well on many different types of materials. He is just as impressed as me. The material is strong and it appears that it will last so after the leak is fixed, I'm going to use it on my little backyard storage unit to keep the rain/snow out. Made in the USA which is a wonderful thing. I do recommend this tarp.
February 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Girlwithouttools Good and sturdy and has sealing tape
I've used these tarps before because the material is strong and they provide two options: holes if you still want to use a rope to tie it down and glue strips in case you need to tight adhesive that is attached flat all around. When using the strips be very careful. If two sides of the strip touch on the glue side you will not be able to pull them apart and then you just have a ball of stickyness. Therefore be careful and remember that you can only use the strip once. Once it is down it will come up but will take anything loose with it. However, if you don't have need of a strip it works like a regular tarp only it is stronger and doesn't tear as easily as most. I used it to cover a pile of outdoor furniture that are each covered in a flimsy cover. The size provided a good cover for a swing frame, two stacking chairs, two arm chairs, a coffee table and two loveseats. The glue stick also stuck to my concrete patio but I didn't want to try it on my cedar shake so i also used the holes with string.
November 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fizzie Durable, thick, cloth-like tarp
Right off the bat the feel of this tarp was more like a cloth than the standard tarp we are all use to. It is thick and you can feel its weight and durability right out of the package. A true quality product that will be protecting my cord wood this season. If you need a durable, flexible and strong tarp this one won't disappoint you!!!!
October 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj When needed, worth its price and then some
This is one of those products that makes complete sense, once you see it. To stick a tarp down, you only need to pull tight and secure the edges. This is traditionally done with nails, a new source of water leaks.
The UTARPit has a sticky adhesive band around the outside of the tarp. With adhesives, you are only as strong as the structure of the surface you are bonding to. So it needs to be fairly clean and secure. I would recommend trying to bond the top edge under your leading shingle, if possible. That will be the edge most attacked with water.
I did not have a hole to cover and tested with a few common roof covering materials (both the wood under layer and shingle top layer.) It was a better stick to a more flat and smooth surface, than the top of the shingle. But I was surprised that it stuck well enough to the shingle to be water tight. I stuck a small width of the tarp to a surface and used a massive amount of hose water flow to look for leaks.
For a water tight seal to a shingle, I needed to do what UTARPit shows in their installation video on YouTube, use a small roller. This makes it easier to tuck around shingle edges, etc. After this is done carefully, I was impressed by the water seal against shingles.
I only tested one side of my tarp, so I can use that for the bottom. This is just too handy of an emergency item not to have around. It is the first thing I'd run to Home Depot to pick up after a massive hail storm had ravaged my roof.
I could see people not being careful to clean a dirty roof prior to installation, or just not being careful, having water seepage issues. It is going to work as good as the quality of install you do.
I do not know how long it will take in the sun to break down the material, but it is supposed to be a temporary fix, so that shouldn't be a factor.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BunnyLover Great for Covering Anything
This product is excellent for covering anything. It keeps your items dry and is very durable. Definitely an asset to your home.
October 27, 2013