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Key Terms You Might Need to Know When It Comes to Netting

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Key Terms You Might Need to Know When It Comes to Netting

Netting isn’t the most complicated industry in the world.

But there are a few details that sometimes cause a little confusion.

People often wonder if they should be buying knotted or knotless netting for example, or if they need polypropylene or polyethylene.

If you’re ever stuck, we can always advise you.

Indeed, if you’re ever unsure of what type of material would best suit your specific needs, just give us a call and we can sort it.

Still, figuring out the difference between knotted polypropylene and braided polyethylene can seem complicated.

So, to shed some light on the scene, we thought it would be useful to run over four key terms you often come across when talking netting.


When it comes to twine, the main two types you’ll likely come across are nylon and polyethylene (pronounced ‘poly-eth-eh-leen).

Nylon is hardwearing and very strong. It’s incredibly versatile and is used in fishing, rigging, gardening, crafts…the list goes on.

You can usually tell nylon twine, as it’s pretty rough to the touch. Polyethylene twine is much smoother to the touch and more plastic feeling, but it’s just as strong. It’s mainly used to repair nets made of the same polyethylene material.

We’ll look at polyethylene in more detail shortly, first let’s talk about…


Thicker than twine, by itself rope can be used in situations that need a bit more ‘oomph’ such as lashing boats or in industrial situations or scaffolding, for example.

Its strength is also useful when being used in rope bridges for children’s play areas.

Predominately we use polypropylene rope (pronounced ‘poly-pro-p-leen’). It’s tough. It doesn’t rot. And it’s incredibly versatile. And it’s also relatively soft to the touch.


As the name suggests, this type of netting is identified mainly be the fact that it doesn’t appear to have any knots.

Instead, the different strands are woven together. It gives the netting a soft feel, which makes it ideal for use when it comes to obstacles in children’s soft-play areas.

And it’s interesting to know that we’re one of the few firms – perhaps the only one to our knowledge – who are able to produce this type of netting in multi-colour.


Again, the clue is in the name but the key difference is the type of twine used here.

Whereas polypropylene is softer to the touch and is able to be woven together, when it comes to making nets with the more plastic-feeling polyethylene, the strands must be knotted together, or ‘braided’ as we say in the business.

This technique produces very strong nets, and due to the nature of the polyethylene twine used, it makes them extremely hardwearing.

For example, whereas softer polypropylene nets are used for the obstacles in children’s play areas, knotted polyethylene netting is used for the safety nets surrounding them.

Hopefully that clears things up a bit for you.

But, like we said before, if you were ever unsure of what type of material would best suit your specific needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’re more than happy to talk it through with you and figure out the best option. Just give us a call on 01469 575 804.

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