Types of Rope and their uses Explained

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Sailing across the universe, climbing the tallest mountains, and building monuments would have been difficult for mankind without a rope. The rope has made civilization possible. Despite the use of rope one may have gotten personally in life, you may probably know very little about the functional cords such as the material rope is made of, how it is made, and when one would choose to use one type of rope over the other. Continue reading and be enlightened on some of the existing types of rope and their uses. 


This is a lightweight rope that can withstand a wet climate. Besides, it is resistant to water, oils, and most chemicals. 


Suitable for marine applications since it floats in water. As such it is used to create swimming lanes and also in boating. 

Used in applications that require stretch since it has a low resistance to stretch.  

It is an exercise tool. 

It is used in camping. 

Used to create large nets that can carry heavy construction materials from one point to another. 

Used as a safe and sturdy pulley rope 

Used as drawcord for cable layering. 


Manila is a traditional Ravenox rope that has several uses since it’s flexible and durable. 


Decoration of homes since it’s appealing to the eye. 

Used in landscaping 

Exercising purposes. 


Used to make bags, furniture, carpets, and clothing. 

Sailing and marine use since it is resistant to damage from saltwater. 

Used in swings and children’s playsets 


This is a UV and stretch resistant rope. Unlike nylon rope, the polyester rope can retain its strength when wet. 

             Uses of polyester rope 

Sailing applications or rigging. 

Marine applications. 

Industrial purposes. 

Exercising tool. 


Nylon is wear, UV, and rot-resistant. It can maintain its strength and flexibility. 


Making towing lines. 

Putting up anchor lines. 

Making pulleys. 

Tying of knots. 


Kevlar is a rope that is known for its flame, rust, water, and stretch resistance. 

It can also withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees. 


Used in bulletproof armor 

Applicable in extreme temperatures. 

Applications that need high-strengths. 

Used in non-stretch applications. 

Single-braid rope 

The single-braid rope is a durable rope made to withstand heavy weight pressure. They are made through braiding rather than twisting. With a lock-stitch conformation, the durability of these ropes is assured for fay is a heard off. 


Used to make blocks and pulleys 

Climbing rocks. 

Towing cars and dock lines 

Outdoor swings for children 

Making hammocks  

Constructing a dog leash 

It is suitable for constructing anchor lines 

Plaited rope 

It is also referred to as the square braid rope. This rope has a coarse texture and incredibly flexible as compared to other ropes we have seen before. Plaited ropes are cheap, strong and more elastic than braided ropes. It kinks easily when not properly handled. 



It is also used for dock and tow lines.