Guide to choosing rope

Help Choosing Rope

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But if you want a bit of help:

 

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Home / Interiors

Rope for home and interior design

Garden and outdoors

Rope for gardens

Crafts and Hobbies

Rope and cords for crafts and hobbies

Marine and Yachting

Rope and cord for marine and yachting

Sports and Leisure

Rope for sports and leisure

Events / Marquees

Rope for outdoor events and marquees, etcetera

Pets and livestock

Picture of rope for pets and livestock

Fish, Farms, Forestry

Leaded polysteel rope, often used on fishing boats

Natural Products

Natural products

Construction, Groundworks

Blue polyester rope, often used in construction work

Utilities and Industry

Ropes used by utilities companies and in industry

TV, Film, Theatre

Rope and cord for TV, film and theatre productions

 

Things to think about

Different ropes have different properties – depending on their construction and the materials from which they’re made – and some are better suited to certain applications than others.

Before you buy rope, it’s a good idea to read the product description carefully and consider how it will meet your needs:

  1. Where the rope will be used (i.e. indoors or outdoors)

  2. What day-to-day conditions it will be exposed to (i.e. UV rays, water, abrasion)

  3. How strong the rope needs to be

  4. How you would like it to look (i.e. colour, texture)

  5. Your budget

 

Be Inspired

tying a knotThere’s brilliant real-life knowledge and advice in our section called “Be Inspired”, with articles to help you select an appropriate rope.

You’re also welcome to contact us. Our team have fantastic knowledge of all the products for sale and we’ll gladly advise on the best rope size and style for your requirements.

 

 

Key Properties of Ropes

Rope type

Properties

Sisal, Hemp, Manila, Flax

Melting point: Smoulders or burns

In Water: Sinks, absorbs water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Fades in sunlight, susceptible to abrasion

 

Other: Natural product (plant fibres)

 

Cotton

Melting point: Smoulders or burns

In Water: Sinks, absorbs water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Fades in sunlight, susceptible to abrasion

Other: Natural product, soft to handle.

Polypropylene

Melting point: 165°C

In Water: Floats, does not absorb water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Good UV resistance, Moderate abrasion resistance

Other: Lightweight, economical all-rounder

Polyester

Melting point: 260°C

In Water: Sinks, absorbs water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Excellent UV and abrasion resistance

 

Nylon

Melting point: 215°C

In Water: Sinks, absorbs water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Very good UV and abrasion resistance

Other: Absorbs shock well

Polyethylene

Melting point: 140°C

In Water: Floats, does not absorb water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Good UV and abrasion resistance

Other: Resistant to many chemicals, low-stretch

Polysteel - blend of polypropylene and polyethylene

Melting point: 165°C

In Water: Floats, does not absorb water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Good UV and abrasion resistance

Other: Stronger than polypropylene

Staplespun (spun polypropylene fibres)

Melting point: 170°C

In Water: Floats, does not absorb water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Good UV and abrasion resistance

Other: Soft/hairy finish, excellent grip

 


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