Help Choosing Rope

If you know what you need, then browse our main menu of products to the left. But if you want a bit of help:

Link to Ropefinder - our easy to use guideLink to Things to Think About
Link to Key Properties of RopeLink to Our Resource Library

 

Rope Finder - select a picture and we will help you choose the rope you need

Home, Interiors

Rope for home and interior design

Garden, Outdoors

Rope for gardens

Crafts, Hobbies

Rope and cords for crafts and hobbies

Marine, Yachting

Rope and cord for marine and yachting

Sports, Leisure

Rope for sports and leisure

Events, Marquees

Rope for outdoor events and marquees, etcetera

Pets, 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, 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

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. The diameter. We advise you wait for your rope to arrive before cutting or drilling posts etc, because rope can vary in diameter ever so slightly. And if you are feeding rope through a post, you should always drill a much larger hole - for example to feed a 32mm decking rope through a post, we would drill a 36mm hole, otherwise the rope will 'bunch' up as you try to feed it through.
     

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

 

Other:Resistance to many chemicals

 

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: Excellent UV and abrasion resistance

Other: Soft/hairy finish, excellent grip (ie for knots)

HMPE (High Modulus PolyEthylene)

(Dyneema is one well known brand of HMPE)

Melting point: 135-145°C  (max working temperature 80°C)

Water:  Does not absorb water

UV resistance/ abrasion: Good UV, excellent abrasion resistance

Other: One of the strongest ropes you can buy, enabling you to use thinner diameters than other ropes.

 


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