Rope is a versatile tool, made by twisting fibres of, typically, hemp, sisal or nylon together to form a strong cord. Cromwell stock a range of different types of rope in various different lengths from brands like Kendon Rope and Twine, Matlock and many more.

What are ropes?

Rope is the name given to a bundle of fibres, twisted or braided together to increase its overall strength. Its primary function is pulling or securing objects. It has been used since prehistoric times and still performs some of the tasks that it was incorporated in since its creation.

Why ropes?

Rope is an extremely strong, easy to use versatile tool and a material that can be used in a variety of different industries and applications.

When are ropes used?

Ropes are used for many different applications that include pulling, carrying, lifting, fastening, attaching, and climbing. Some of the more traditional uses come in the form of seafaring, where rope is used to hoist sails and secure items to decking. Other uses include sporting endeavours like outdoor pursuits and climbing, and construction where rope is used in conjunction with pulleys and winches to hoist objects up when working at height.

Types of ropes

Hemp/Manilla - Hemp is naturally strong and was a staple in rope making until the birth of synthetic rope fibres. It offers very little stretch and has good UV resistance.
Cotton - Cotton is a softer material than hemp and is easier to handle as a result. However like all natural fibres it is susceptible to rot and mildew, and as a result can lose strength over time.
Polyester - This type of rope is strong and features minimal stretch, it is also highly resistant to water so can retain its strength when wet.
Nylon - Strong and durable and has an amount of stretch in it which allows it to absorb shock loads, that could break other ropes. Nylon has a high abrasion resistance, although it does absorb some water and will loose some strength when wet.
Polypropylene - Polypropylene is a great option for use around water as it is buoyant and strong. However it lacks the strength of polyester and nylon in comparable tests.

Considerations when choosing ropes

Strength - The strength of rope you require will be determined by the application.

Natural or Synthetic - Natural fibres have a better resistance to UV however they are usually affected by water absorption in wet conditions. Synthetic fibres are less resistance to UV but overall have better resistance to water absorption.

Length/Thickness - Selecting the right length and thickness for the application is paramount. For heavier duty applications a thicker rope will be required.


What rope has less stretch?

On average polyester has less stretch than any other type of rope, with the exception of Kevlar.