Your Handy Guide To Roping Materials - Renco Nets Ltd

Your Handy Guide To Roping Materials

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Your Handy Guide To Roping Materials

There are such a wide variety of roping materials that you may struggle when it comes to selecting the ideal type for your purposes. Apart from the cost, you should consider factors such as the material strength, grip, and feel. The wrong choice could put you and your prized possessions at direct risk. However, you’ll be able to take confidence in your roping selection after reading this helpful guide.


Lightweight and durable; polypropylene roping is commonly preferred for marine applications. It offers a reasonable amount of resistance to UV and abrasion. And it will not be affected by exposure to petrol, diesel, lubricants, or cleaning agents. Polypropylene roping is a suitable choice for everything from the anchoring of boats to the division of swimming lanes. It can also be used for the secure ground-attachment of tents, given it’s resistance to extremes of weather.

Poly Hemp

Also referred to as Hardy Hemp, Polyhemp, or Hempex; this roping material combines the durable properties of polypropylene with the appearance and feel of natural hemp. The material softness makes it ideal for everyday purposes. UV resistant and waterproof; polyhemp is a similarly excellent choice for marine applications. Other common uses include the construction of rope swings, garden bridges, and handling of cargo.


Polyethylene (PE) roping comes in such lightweight and high strength varieties as Dyneema and Spectra. Just like the other synthetic varieties it offers a high level of resistance to abrasion and UV. Maintaining its strength and shape upon exposure to water, Polyethylene is used for a variety of outdoor and marine purposes. The most common applications include fishing, sailing, and gardening.


Resistant to extremes of temperature, Aramid ropes are different to the other synthetic varieties. Branded under well-known names such as Kevlar and Nomex, Aramid has a particularly high level of strength and stiffness. However, it does have a number of drawbacks, including sensitivity to UV exposure and high risk of damage as a result of shock loads. The Kevlar and Technora varieties are commonly used for the replacement of steel in winches and cables.


Also known as Polyamide, nylon roping is stronger than the polyester variety when dry. However, it does weaken by up to 10% on exposure to water. The stand-out advantage of nylon roping is its 30% stretch-to-break; making it a great choice for high-energy absorption. Similar to other synthetic roping types, nylon offers a high level of UV and abrasion resistance. Typical uses include the anchoring and towing of heavy loads. It is also a good choice for the secure attachment of pulley systems and winches.

Contact Renco Nets

We hope that this blog has helped to clarify the suitable selection of roping materials. However, you can always give us a call on 01469 575 804 or email for further guidance.

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