Pier and Dock Rope Rails

Selecting rope to be used as a hand rail on a dock or pier isn’t like choosing a product to be used as a visual barrier or decorative fence or landscaping element.

For these decorative applications, natural fiber Manila is an appropriate choice. You can compensate for its tendency to shrink in length when it rains by leaving plenty of extra droop. No big deal.

But a rope handrail is there to provide stability. It must be installed tightly enough to be functional, so a lot of droop means a wobbly unstable rail.

For this application our premium UnManila is a better choice.

Outdoor pier and dock rails

This is the house on Ono Island in Orange Beach, AL  where I installed your 1 1/4″ UnManila rope.

Todd

unmanila rope dock bridge rails

This is the house on Ono Island in Orange Beach, AL  where I installed your 1 1/4″ UnManila rope.

Todd

UnManila as Decorative rope

Our UnManila rope doesn’t shrink or stretch, so it can be installed more tightly.

And it’s waterproof and UV stabilized for long life, even in locations where it seems like it’s always pouring rain and it’s always intensely sunny.

There are other synthetics that can work – polyester, nylon, polyester composite – but they are expensive, generally white in color (when new – dirty gray before long), and don’t have the nautical look that our premium UnManila rope has.