Fibre Rope; Man-Made Synthetic Ropes & Natural Fibre Ropes

Fibre rope is used from seafaring activities, straight through to construction; the range of nylon rope we have available at Rope Services Direct Ltd guarantees the utmost safety and reliability. Our ropes are available in an extensive variety of man-made materials, as well as natural materials so you are sure to find the right product to meet your needs.

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Man-Made Or Natural Fibre Rope?

Rope Services Direct can supply most kinds of fibre rope, in any length direct to you, whether it is a natural fibre rope or a man-made fibre rope. Below we highlight some of the main properties, advantages and disadvantages of each type to help you to decide upon the best type of fibre rope to suit your intended purpose.

Rope may be produced from many different fibres. There are 2 major groups that are; natural untreated fibres and oil based synthetic or artificial fibres.

Some natural fibres are, sisal, cotton, jute, manila and hemp, these days nevertheless, the bulk of fibre ropes are manufactured from oil based synthetic fibres for instance nylon and polypropylene.

The primary distinction between both groups are that natural fibres will rot if saturated over an extended time period, resulting from  the action of micro-organisms. Even though man-made fibres are more powerful than the strongest natural fibre ropes and won’t be spoiled by micro-organisms, they are going to deteriorate in bright sunlight and melt at a lower temperature than the natural fibres.

Man-made Fibre Rope

Manmade ropes have overtaken natural fibre ropes in recent years due to their strength, reliability and cost.

POLYESTER rope may be found in use all-around dockyards, for mooring ropes, fishing nets as well as rigging, however they are in addition frequently observed on vehicles, for towing purposes as well as in factories as rope slings for lifting objects.

As polyester rope is created from petroleum based chemical substances, which can be heated to an extreme temperature producing a chemical reaction, this will then produce polymers/strands which can be made into the desired materials. Polyester is excellent at resisting sunlight, is simple to clean and is quick drying; polyester rope has the benefit of good resistance to chemicals and oil, mould and mildew and abrasions.

Polyester rope possesses little stretch and so is not going to fare well with shock loading; although has excellent strength qualities, which isn’t lost when wet. This rope is soft to handle and is simple to splice with various end fittings.

POLYPROPYLENE rope, or polyprop as it can often be referred to as,  is perhaps the most commonly utilised, all-purpose,  man-made fibre rope nowadays, particularly within the marine, boating, and seafaring industries, including water sports. It’s the only rope which will float, is lightweight, flexible and will not shrink. Polypropylene is also especially resilient to oil, acids and other chemicals. In spite of this polypropylene rope can deteriorate in sunlight however a UV stabiliser may be added to alleviate this.

Polypropylene rope is generally the least expensive man-made rope which makes it enormously popular, and is utilised for just about anything.

Polypropylene is also produced from heat treated chemicals to create polymers which can be then manufactured into either fibres or plastics.

NYLON rope is tremendously strong, and excellent for absorbing shock loads, because it may stretch, nylon has the benefit of returning to normal when the load is detached. Nylon creates a strong rope that  in general outlives nearly all other ropes, since it is resistant to sunlight and chemicals

Nylon rope is often used for towing, fishing, climbing or lifting but is utilised in countless more areas besides.

Like the other manmade fibre ropes, Nylon too is produced from chemicals that have been super heated to create a chemical reaction, which leads to molten nylon, this subsequently undergoes an additional procedure whereby it’s forced through a spinneret, which when the molten nylon hardens creates thin strands/fibres, which  may be made into the desired material, in this case rope.

Natural Fibre Rope

When utilizing natural ropes, bear in mind that since they are a natural product and they will stretch when wet and tighten when dry, shrinkage is about 8-10% as a result this ought to be taken into account when purchasing, and it is highly recommended to pre shrink the natural rope in water overnight prior to use. Natural ropes appear in countless different thicknesses from 2mm twine to 40mm ropes, and can typically be found on reels with lengths of up to 220 metres long for the larger ropes, so there should be something available to suit your needs. Natural fibre ropes are commonly used as decking rope and for defining other garden areas.

COTTON rope is extremely popular in handicraft work because it may be dyed to a specific colour without difficulty, additionally it is utilised for packaging, picture hanging and sash cords on window blinds. Circus artists occasionally utilize cotton ropes for their trapezes as well as climbing ropes. Cotton rope, twine as well as cord is incredibly soft and comfortable to work with, it’s lightweight as well as stretchy, however it isn’t resistant to oil, chemicals and water and so unsuitable for some purposes.

JUTE rope is produced from the vegetable fibre (corchorus olitorius and corchourus capsularis) the fibres are taken out from the stem plus external skin by using a method known as retting, this is where bundles of the fibres are submerged in water after which it is stripped of the non-fibrous material, fibres are next pulled from the stem. Nowadays Jute is utilised primarily for fabrics, for example sacking and hessian, however it continues to be utilised for twine and ropes for stairs, towing, boating and handicrafts. Jute is strong and rough in texture, so could be harsh on the skin if handles frequently.

SISAL rope is made out of fibres belonging to the agave plant, the plants typically possess a life-span of 7-10 years, every sisal plant will churn out about 200 leaves within its natural life, from which the fibres are taken, and each leaf may give 1000 fibres. The leaves are crushed as well as beaten until only the fibres are left, these are then dried. Sisal is tough and durable and possesses the capability to stretch; sisal is additionally resilient to salt water. Sisal twine is frequently utilised for handicrafts, furthermore the rope is regularly used for architectural purposes, and decking rope, Sisal however will not last as long as manila, however is lighter in colour. 

MANILA rope is the most extensively utilised natural rope, the fibres are extracted from the manila hemp plant, known as abaca, it is related to the banana plant  (not true hemp)  however the fruit is inedible .The long fibres from overlapping foliage are removed after the plant has matured and cut down. Manila fibres are strong and hard-wearing, the finer fibres are utilised for fabrics and paper goods whilst the stronger, thicker fibres are utilised for twines and ropes. Manila is resilient to salt and sunlight which makes it popular within the marine industry, it is in addition regularly utilised for decking ropes, stair ropes, and also in construction and agriculture.

When utilizing natural ropes, bear in mind that since they are a natural product and they will stretch when wet and tighten when dry, shrinkage is about 8-10% as a result this ought to be taken into account when purchasing, and it is highly recommended to pre shrink the natural rope in water overnight prior to use.

Natural ropes appear in countless different thicknesses from 2mm twine to 40mm ropes, and can typically be found on reels with lengths of up to 220 metres long for the larger ropes, so there should be something available to suit your needs.