Economically great, strong and durable, polypropylene webbing (or polypro) is among the most popular webbing material that can be used on repairs and on starting new projects. Polypropylene webbing is a soft, strong, and flexible woven fabric made out of thermoplastic resins. This versatile material is available in many color variants, mildew and rot resistance, and particularly inexpensive, allowing for use in many fields and industries. While heavyweight polypropylene webbing is perfect for withstanding heavy loads, it is even more appropriate for everyday outdoor application. Lightweight polypropylene webbing is commonly used on life jackets, luggage, tents, horse halters, apparel, shoes, belts, bags, tie down straps, sporting goods, child safety, and general purpose straps.
Advantages of Polypropylene (Polypro) Webbing
Polypro webbing comes in a wide range of color including neon colors which are visible in low light conditions. Although it’s not as strong as nylon, even lightweight polypropylene webbing strap has a tensile strength between 500 to 1000 pounds. It is also one of the most cost-effective materials among its type.
Polypro is mildew and water resistant and does not absorb any moisture – making it ideal on life jackets, tent straps, and boat rigging, as the material itself will float. In addition, polypro fibers have a high UV resistance making it perfect for outdoor use.
Polypropylene Webbing versus Nylon Webbing
Aside from the obvious difference when it comes to market price, polypro webbing is stretch resistant and can retain its shape even under heavy load. Polypro is also more resistant to acid, oil, grease, and alkaline as compared to webbing made out of nylon which can be observed mainly on industrial and heavy applications. Because polypro has lesser abrasion resistance as compared to the nylon, it is typically used in fashion and medical industries.
Polypropylene webbing is a multipurpose easy to use material that is both strong and flexible. Polypro can be generally used in many things including do-it-yourself crafts, item/apparel repair, and even for industry-level crafts and production. Polypropylene webbing straps are also water resistant making it perfect for water or humid-based applications that nylon webbing straps just aren’t suitable for. And finally, Polypro is also available in dozens of colors to suit your fashion and style preferences.