Even for decorative uses sometimes there are great qualities: resistance to damage caused by water/excessive moisture or by exposure to chemicals, dimensional stability, a less ‘coarse’ surface, that a natural fiber can’t provide. Now, these decorative uses do not include those where a piece of rope is all that’s protecting you from falling into a moat filled with alligators, or from falling off a cliff. There are times you just have to invest in cable, heavy netting, or other physical, versus visual barriers.
For decorative, nautical look applications, how does our premium ProManila rope stack up versus its competition? Natural manila holds up well to sunlight but not to water or most chemicals. Synthetic manila holds up well to water and most chemicals, but over time, exposure to sunlight can cause surface damage.
There are some tropical or near-tropical locations where the choices are obvious. If you’re in southern Florida or somewhere with a similarly moist climate, or if you have a sprinkler system, spray lawn chemicals that hit the rope as well as the grass, Manila is going to have a pretty short life. On the other hand, if you’re in Arizona and you have heavy sunlight and little moisture, natural fiber Manila may well outlast the synthetic.
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