HWRS offers a variety of polyester and polyester blended ropes, which are stronger and are more abrasion resistant than nylon rope. Unlike nylon rope, polyester has a low stretch factor. This is characteristic that makes polyester a popular choice for boating and marine applications. Another property of this rope is that it is UV resistant. Below is a list of the traits of polyester rope.
Advantages of Polyester Rope
- Very strong
- Little to no stretch
- Retains strength when wet
- High melting point
- UV resistant
- Excellent abrasion resistance
- Non conductive to electricity
- Good resistance to alkalis and acids at room temperature. As the temperature increases, the resistance decreases.
- Excellent resistance to petroleum based products, bleaches and solvents. However, this does not mean it is not affected. polyester ropes will weaken if soaked in strong bleach for a long period of time.
With all of the advantages of polyester rope listed above, there are also a few disadvantages to consider.
Disadvantages of Polyester Rope
- Polyester rope does NOT float
- Some braids of polyester rope are considerably stiffer and will not work in blocks
- Since polyester does not give like nylon rope does, polyester rope is not suitable if the load is subject to jerking.