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Commercial and domestic rope for sale. Our stock is available by the coil or can be cut to custom length and can also be spliced. For more bespoke requirements, please get in touch.

Cheap Rope Suppliers

Below are the most popular types of our rope supply.  All are sold by the meter and can be cut to the length you require.

Our Services

Shipping & Returns
  • Next Day Delivery Available
  • No Quibble Returns

Splicing Service
  • Join them together
  • Add an eye at the end
  • Add a stopper at the end

Cut to Length

All items that we stock can be cut to the specific length you need.

FAQs

Below is a list of commonly asked questions from our customers. Specific product related questions can also be found on the category pages. If you need further information, please get in touch – we’re always happy to help and give guidance.

Outdoor Suitability

Which type of rope is best for outdoor use?

A synthetic (man-made) rope is favoured for outdoor use because of its resistance to rot, abrasion and chemicals.

Natural fibres can still be used outdoors but will have a reduced lifespan when compared to synthetic material.  They are biodegradable and will, therefore, rot over time.

How long will rope last outdoors?

It is not possible to guarantee a lifespan.  How long it will last will depend on the following factors

  • The amount of exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation (UV).
  • What it is being used for
  • How long the rope is exposed to water/damp allowing it to rot. For example, you will find that rope used for barriers will rot quickest in the hole of the post where it stays damp the longest

 

Given normal weather conditions, we have outlined approximately how long you can expect some of our more popular ranges to last.

Which rope floats?

Polypropylene

  • Least expensive
  • Low resistance to UV light
  • It has a hard surface so it not very comfortable to handle
  • Can slip from metal surfaces like cleats so is not good for dock lines
  • Often used for safety lines, ski lines, swimming lane barriers where you need to see the rope above the water.

 

Polysteel

  • Strongest option
  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Easy to handle
  • Often used for mooring and general working lines.

 

Synthetic Hemp

  • Looks great / most decorative option
  • Feels nice to touch
  • Often used for garden decking, barriers, kids play areas, tug of war, boat fenders, mooring lines or even rigging lines on traditional boats.

Which ropes are UV resistant?

The following ropes are the most UV resistant.  However, it is important to note that all materials will be affected by UV light over time. It is difficult to predict resistance of any one rope as the length and intensity of exposure will be key factors.

Natural Sisal

  • Strong resistance to sunlight
  • Decorative hairy feel
  • Often used for home and garden uses
  • This rope will sink and it has a poor resistance to chemicals and abrasion

 

Synthetic Hemp

  • Stong resistance to sunlight
  • Soft to touch
  • Great for handrails or any application that requires handling
  • Good resistance to chemicals and abrasion

 

Polysteel

  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Easy to handle
  • Often used for mooring and general working lines.

 

Strength & Break Loads

What type is the strongest?

The strongest all-around that we stock is Nylon.

It will absorb greater shock loads that would break other types of rope.  It is also very durable and strong making it a preferred option for mooring, safety lines, towing vehicles, etc.

Which rope is the softest to touch?

The softest rope we stock is cotton rope

It is commonly used for handrails, rope swings, play areas, obstacle courses and other applications that require handling of the rope.

Stretch & Elongation

What type does not stretch?

They will all stretch to some degree depending on the tension that it is under.  The following will stretch less than others;

Polysteel

  • Least stretch
  • Used for mooring lines, lifting, etc

 

Synthetic Hemp

  • Low stretch
  • Used for rope ladders, children play areas, etc

 

Sisal

  • Low stretch
  • Used for cat scratch post, decking, etc

 

Shrinkage

Do all ropes shrink when wet?

No, natural fibres will shrink but synthetic fibres will not.

  • The following will not shrink: Nylon, Polysteel, Synthetic Hemp, Polyethylene, Polypropylene
  • These following will shrink: Natural Sisal

Why do ropes shrink when wet?

When natural fibre ropes absorb water they swell increasing their width.  This increase in width reduces the length.

When buying natural fibre rope it is important to add an extra 20% to the length to account for swelling.

How much shrinkage should I allow for?

This depends on the absorption of the material and how wet it is likely to get.  However, as a rule of thumb, we suggest accounting for 20% shrinkage to be on the safe side.

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