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​How to Match the Right Rope with the Right Job

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At QNR, we offer dozens of different kinds of rope. With such a varied selection, it can be difficult to determine how to match the right rope with the right job. To help, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide outlining different kinds of rope and their different properties and uses.

Take a look to see how to match the right rope with the right job:

Polypropylene

When you need a rope that can withstand a wet climate, polypropylene is a good rope to consider.

Strengths

Polypropylene is a lightweight rope that does not absorb water. It is resistant to oils, mold, mildew, and most chemicals.

As such, polypropylene is an ideal rope for certain marine applications. For example, because this rope floats in water, it is often used to create swimming lanes.

Weaknesses

Polypropylene rope is an effective, economical choice for many projects. However, it does have certain properties that put restrictions on its applications.

Because polypropylene rope melts at a low temperature, it can deteriorate quickly in the sun. It has low UV resistance and low abrasion resistance.

Also, it is important to note that polypropylene has a low resistance to stretch (i.e. it will not return to its original size after being stretched out). However, depending on the nature of your project, this can be an advantage or disadvantage.

Polypropylene rope is available at QNR in numerous sizes and more than five colors. Find the right match for your next job here.

Manila

Manila rope is often what one thinks of as a “traditional rope.” (If you imagine a classic, “tug-of-war” rope, that’s manila!)

Strengths

Manila is an effective rope for many jobs because it is both durable and flexible. Unlike many types of synthetic ropes, it does not have a tendency to haphazardly snap. Manila rope is also strong in that it will not melt easily.

Consider using manila rope for projects like pulling or landscaping.

In addition to its industrial strength, manila rope is also very visually appealing. It is common to use this rope for home decoration and DIY projects.

Weaknesses

To match the right rope with the right job, it is not recommended to use manila rope for marine applications (polypropylene is a better choice!), as this kind of rope will shrink when wet.

Also referred to as jute, you can shop for manila rope in five different sizes here at QNR.

Polyester

There are many different kinds of synthetic ropes. But for many projects, polyester rope may have a leg up on its counterparts. Here’s why.

Strengths

Like some other types of synthetic ropes, polyester rope is UV resistant and abrasion resistant. However, it has one strength that polypropylene rope and nylon rope lack: stretch resistance.

Also, unlike nylon rope, polyester rope retains its strength when wet. As such, polyester rope is often used for sailing applications, such as rigging.

Polyester is the best all-around winner for UV stability, abrasion and rot resistance along with cost. And, the largest amount of solid colors available for industrial grade fibers is polyester.

Weaknesses

Polyester is an all-around very effective choice of rope for many different project. Keep in mind, however, that polyester rope does not float.

For your next job, find the exact polyester rope you’re looking for. At QNR, polyester rope is available in over a dozen colors and eight different diameters. Browse our selection here.

Nylon

Polypropylene and manila are the desired ropes for many projects, but if you need a rope that is stronger than both of them, look to nylon.

Strengths

Nylon is wear resistant, UV resistant, and rot resistant. Moreover, one of nylon’s greatest advantages is that it can maintain its superior strength while still being very flexible.

Nylon rope can be the right choice for countless different projects, but it is especially practical for making towing lines, anchor lines, or pulleys.

Weaknesses

If you’re looking for a rope for marine applications, you’ll want to go back to looking at polypropylene. Unlike polypropylene, nylon rope sinks in water and its strength becomes compromised when wet.

Also, take caution with certain projects because nylon rope is susceptible to degradation in high temperatures.

At QNR, you can browse twisted or solid braid nylon rope in a variety of different sizes. Find which kind of nylon rope you need here.

Kevlar

If you’re looking for a rope that is stronger than all of the rest, kevlar might be your preferred choice. In fact, this rope is used in bulletproof armor!

Strengths

Kevlar rope is most noted for its superior strength. It is flame, freeze, rust, stretch, water, and chemical resistant. It can also withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees before it starts to weaken.

In fact, kevlar rope is so strong that it is stronger than steel, pound-for-pound.

Due to its immense strength and its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, kevlar is an excellent choice for applications at land or at sea.

Weaknesses

When it comes to kevlar rope, it is important to keep one thing in mind: kevlar has great tensile strength, but poor compressive strength. This means that kevlar can withstand an intense pulling force, but it cannot well withstand an intense pressing force (i.e. it is not resistant to “being squished”).

By itself, kevlar offers poor UV resistance - so we cover it in polyester! The NASA-grade fiber is very light weight and has low stretch.

Do you have a job that requires a super strong rope like kevlar? Find your desired size and color kevlar rope here at QNR.

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For great success with your next project, it is important that you use a rope ideally suited for the task. Matching the right rope with the right job will ease the process and improve the final result.

At Quality Nylon Rope, you can find the right rope for any one of your next projects.

Looking for polypropylene, manila, nylon, polyester, or kevlar?

Head to QNR to check out our extensive selection of ropes.

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