Tarp Mounting Ideas
Toggle Tarp Fasteners
By far the most popular method for securing tarps. These fasteners requires no pressure to open or close and look very professional once installed. They work with our round grommets unlike twist lock fasteners which need a special oval grommet. You can also use a 5/16" flat washer to better hold the tarp if you have too much slack. Available from many sources. Here is one Sailright
Adhesive hooks are good to use when attaching to Aluminum and Vinyl surfaces. You don't want to drill into aluminum framing as it can leak water into your frame and the same goes for aluminum siding. As such, using a stick on adhesive hook can work well for hanging your tarps. These hooks are rated for almost 25lbs each of holding force. You can find many versions on amazon.
Sleeve Expansion Anchors
Another popular method for hanging your tarps is by using a sleeve expansion joint. Basically you drill a hole and then when you tighten the bolt down it expands the sleeve holding the bolt/tarp tightly. Like the toggle fasteners these can stay in place all year until its time to once again install the tarps. Available from local hardware stores and many online stores.
Eye Lag Screws
One of the simplest ways to keep a tarp in place. The eye lag screw screws into your structure through the grommet and then you put a small piece of material through the opening of the lag screw so the tarp can blow off. Available from local hardware stores and many online stores.
Another simple tarp hanging method. The cornice hook screws into your structure through the grommet and then you just point the L shape head upward to hold the tarp. Available from local hardware stores and many online stores.
Magnetic Curtain Hangers can support 65lbs for each hook. They are a versatile option for hanging curtains that don't require any drilling. They also allow you to quickly take them down when not needed. You would only need a few of these to support a long stretch of curtain.
Tarp Bungee Cords
A tarp bungee cord has an elastic cord that stretches and a ball that keeps it in the grommet. This method of hanging tarps allows you to attach to objects that might not be right next to the tarp. For instance attaching to a bracket around a corner. Readily available from Amazon.
You can hang your tarp using aircraft cable, S-hooks, and cable turnbuckles to tighten the cable. The S-hooks go through the tarp grommets. Not supplied by AKON but readily available from most hardware stores and online stores.
When you don't have grommets in a place where you need to anchor down your tarps you can use a tarp grabber. These mechanisms pinch the edge of the tarp and the harder you pull the harder they grip. They come in two versions. One that punches the tarp with a spike and locks or a version that simply pinches the material. If your tarp has webbing use the version that pinches. Readily available on Amazon.
Aluminum angle and Tek screws hold the tarp up. The angle is clamped to the joists or anchored into your roof deck. Then self taping Tek screws (not supplied by AKON) are screwed into the angle through the tarp grommets with a washer to pinch the curtain to the angle. This part is sold by AKON.
The I-Beam clamps allows for mounting to any flange such as joists, purlins, and of course I-Beams. The eye hook then goes through the grommets and into the bottom of the clamp. This is part is sold by AKON.
If you need more grommets or are simply missing them then you can use a grommet punch to quickly install them. The kit includes a die, a punch, and of course grommets. You can view how this works on this Youtube Video.
Ground Anchors / Wind Webbing
Floor Anchor With Clip
If you need to anchor your tarp to the ground then you can use AKON floor anchors in conjunction with a snap hook carabiner. The hook clips through the grommets and onto the D-ring of the floor anchor. This allows the tarp to be secured but also unhooked when needed. You can also use this method on the vertical edges of a tarp. AKON supplies the floor anchors but not the clips.
Bolt Down Anchor
If you need to anchor your tarp to a solid surface when it is not very close to the ground/deck then you can use floor anchors in conjunction with a tie down strap through the grommets. This allows the tarp to be secured but also unhooked when needed. AKON supplies both the floor anchors and the strap.
If you need to anchor your tarp into dirt or sand then you can use GroundGrabba spikes in conjunction with a tie down strap or snap hook carabiner hooks through the grommets. This allows the tarp to be secured but also unhooked when needed. AKON supplies anchor straps if the tarp is not near the ground.
Curtains can be damaged by strong wind and this increases with the size of the curtains. There is a lot of stress on the grommets and floor anchors as the wind blows. A great way to increase the life of your curtains is to use straps that take the load. Simply use "tie down straps" with "D-Rings anchors" at the top and the bottom. Both are available from Amazon.
If you need to connect your tarps together then one method is to use a snap hook carabiner. The hook clips through the grommets and are easy to operate. Make sure you have edge webbing or the material is opaque in color. If the material is just clear material it may rip the grommets out under wind stress. Also you must inform AKON to line the grommets up on the vertical edges.
You can connect multiple tarps together using zippers. In addition to connecting the tarps together, many customers use the zipper splits as door options for entry. When being used as a door option, we generally stop the zipper just short of the top of the tarps webbing.
Tarp Bungee Cords
Tarp bungee cords are great for connecting tarps together and are especially useful when the grommets do not perfectly line up. Just pull the cord through both grommets and then tuck it around the ball portion of the cord. Easy to attach and un-attach as needed. Make sure you have edge webbing or the material is opaque in color. If the material is just clear material it may rip the grommets out under wind stress. Also you must inform AKON to line the grommets up on the vertical edges.