Types of RopeIt can be overwhelming to choose the right type of rope to fulfill your purpose. Over the years, there have been thousands of ropes that have been manufactured and this work of developing innovative ropes is still going on. Some of the ropes have excellent strength and durability while others are lightweight and stretchy. Some have been constructed to perform work that involves strength while others have just been made for craft purposes. From sailing ropes to climbing ropes, towing ropes to decorative ropes and many other ropes are present that have completely different properties because they are made from different materials.




Polypropylene ropes are synthetic ropes that possess a variety of unique qualities. They are specifically constructed for use around water as they do not rot due to water. These ropes have resistance to mildew. You may find them in a variety of color options making it a common choice for boats, yachts, golf course barriers, parks, or even power plants. As polypropylene floats, it is also used to entitle swimming lanes in pools. As already mentioned that it is used in boats, it has become a common choice of commercial fishermen to use it in crab and lobster lines. It can also be used for aquaculture, buoy moorings, and net lines.

  • Positives: floats, water-resistant, lightweight, low-cost, UV resistant, dielectric/insulator, color variety.
  • Common Uses: Workaround electric lines, marine applications, and swimming-lane barriers.


Manila rope consists of all-natural hemp fibers that create an aesthetic appearance. That’s why it is also known as decorative ropes as it is used for decorative fences or other landscaping purposes. These ropes are susceptible to liquid absorption and UV decay. This makes it necessary for the users to be careful of sustained tension on the rope.  Manila has an excellent absorbing quality that makes it the first choice for many physical activities like tug of war, climbing, obstacle courses, or stage rigging. It absorbs sweat giving a better grip. This rope will not dangerously snap back when broken just like other synthetic ropes do. If you are looking for a quality rope that is artistically beautiful and safe for active handling, the manila rope should be your first choice.

  • Positives: Visually appealing, snap-resistant, low-cost.
  • Most Common Uses: Pulling, rigging, decoration, landscaping.


Those who are looking for a rope that has superior strength and remarkable stretching abilities, then nylon is the rope made for you.  It is stronger as compared to both manila and polypropylene as it has been found pulling the heaviest loads and carrying the most weight. Having higher strength, nylon also preserves a smooth surface. Its abrasion-resistant property makes it perfect for winches or pulley systems. Also, it is commonly used in different fall protection systems and construction of rescue line assemblies. Its strength and elasticity have proven highly beneficial for a variety of purposes.

Positives: Strong, UV resistant, smooth, abrasion-resistant.

Most Common Uses: Towing lines, winches, tie-downs, anchor lines, pulleys, fall-protection systems.


Polyester is one of the best general-purpose ropes and top choices when there is a need for a tough heavy-duty rope.  Polyester rope is an ideal rope for general industrial applications along with rigging applications. It performs well in the outdoors and stays absolutely safe in the tough elements of nature. It can be seen being used for holding back boats or lines to tie down in marine applications. Some of the common uses of this rope include dock rigging, blocking, winches, or simple household applications. It can also be mistaken as Nylon many times with many fine details in differences. The biggest difference between the two is that Polyester is resistant to chemicals.

  • Positives: Rot and UV resistant, abrasion resistant and retains strength when wet or dry.
  • Most Common Uses: Rigging, winches, general household uses.


Kevlar was invented in 1965 and is a product of DuPont™.  It is one of the remarkable innovations in the past century. Among its many uses, Kevlar materials are basically used for bullet-proof armor and flame resistant material. The rope constructed from Kevlar is no less remarkable. It is so far stronger than steel and doesn’t rust. For this reason, Kevlar rope is used as mooring lines on ships and oil rigs. While nylon rope has some definite elastic capabilities, Kevlar rope has a very little stretch, making it a brilliant choice when there is a need for complete stability.

Positives: Strongest rope, freeze-resistant, water-resistant, stretch resistant, cut resistant, flame resistant, chemical resistant, UV Resistant Coating.

Most Common Uses: Winch lines, temperature extreme situations, mooring lines, helicopter slings.

Apart from categorizing ropes by material, there is another way through which you can categorize these ropes. These include:

  • Double Braid Rope
  • Four Strand Rope
  • Hollow Core Rope
  • Kernmantle Rope
  • Single Braid
  • Three Strand Rope
  • Utility Braid

Braiding and splicing are important processes that a rope has to go through. Choose the best and the most suitable braid type to increase rope strength and serve the purpose. An emergency situation is not the right time to try tying one of these knots. It is always suggested to be prepared by practicing these knots before you actually use them.