If you are looking for a rope that is low-stretch and has a circular shape, reach for braided rope with a core. For easier knotting, a braided rope without a core is best. If you can get by with simpler rope construction, the twisted rope is a good choice.
When choosing a rope, it is important to look at the material it is made of. Each material has different properties:
- HIGH STRENGTH POLYETHYLENE (HMPE) - floating ropes with extreme strength, excellent abrasion resistance and very low elongation. Suitable wherever you need a small diameter, but extreme strength.
- POLYPROPYLENE - ropes resistant to weather and chemicals, do not soak up water. Suitable for buildings or gardens.
- POLYESTER - strong ropes with high tensile strength, weather resistant. They can come into contact with water, yet still retaining their softness. Suitable in construction for lifting heavy loads, for garment manufacturing.
- POLYAMID - strong ropes with high elasticity. Suitable as tie ropes, lifting ropes or pulling ropes. They are used in shipping and land transport, in agriculture or in industry.
- NATURAL MATERIALS - although they do not excel in strength or resistance to the effects of the environment, they are great for decorative purposes, but also for the garden. They do not slip in the hands and are ideal for climbing or tug-of-war.
If the ropes or cords are to be used outdoors, it is also necessary to focus on their UV resistance. Well-chosen materials will keep both their properties and appearance for a long time to come.