How to Choose the Right Webbing
Webbing can be a bit of a mystery for any DIYer. Webbing is made from materials like nylon, polyester and more, and they each have a different set of qualities. These qualities make them suitable for different uses. No wonder it can be confusing figuring out what kind you need for your project! But don't worry — picking the right one is actually a lot simpler than it may seem.
Sailrite® offers various types of webbing. To make it easier for you to make the right choice, we've created this guide to help you understand the webbing types and what you should look for when choosing a webbing. We've also created two helpful charts explaining the properties and recommended uses of each webbing. Let's jump in!
Understanding Webbing Types & Materials
First, let's briefly talk about webbing materials. Sailrite webbing options are made from six different materials. Some material offerings have a few varieties to choose from, while others are only offered in one standard or heavy duty variety:
- Cotton/polyester blend webbing: Heavy duty variety.
- Dyneema® webbing: Standard variety.
- Nylon webbing: Standard, heavy duty and tubular varieties.
- Polyester webbing: Grosgrain, standard, super heavy duty, tubular and seat belt varieties.
- Polypropylene webbing: Standard and heavy duty varieties.
- Sunbrella® acrylic/polyester blend webbing: Standard variety.
Most of these webbings are available in multiple widths and colors, so you can customize your project as much as possible.
In addition, webbing comes in both flat and tubular forms. We offer flat versions of all our webbings. You can also get tubular webbing in nylon and polyester. Tubular webbing is hollow, stronger than flat, and able to hold a rope or cord. Using rope or cord with tubular webbing is not required though — it can be used the same as flat webbing.
Key Webbing Features to Consider
Not every webbing can be used in every project or environment because of the different fibers used to make them. Knowing the properties of each webbing is crucial to picking the one that best fits your project. Before you decide, think about these important factors:
- UV resistance: Will your project be fully indoors, fully outdoors or a combination?
- Abrasion resistance: Will your webbing be used in a high-traffic area or exposed to high levels of rubbing or chafing?
- Buoyancy: Do you need webbing that floats on water?
- Water absorption: Do you need webbing that stays mostly or completely dry when exposed to water or other liquids?
- Breaking strength: Do you need webbing for a weight-bearing application?
- Heat resistance: Do you need webbing that can withstand high temperatures?
- Stretch: Do you need webbing that has some give or that resists stretching?
Another major factor to consider is sewability. Some webbings might be too much for a basic home sewing machine to handle. So if you don't have a heavy-duty machine, you may struggle to sew webbing. This is especially true if you are folding the webbing in half to sew loops or handles, or if you're adding webbing to two or more layers of fabric.
If you're not sure that your home machine is up to the challenge, check out Sailrite's proprietary lineup of heavy-duty and industrial machines. Our machines are engineered to sew thick or tough assemblies (including webbing) with ease.
Webbing Selection Simplified
Once you've answered the questions above, use these charts to determine which webbing type has all the properties you're looking for. These free resources allow you to search by either the project you want to make or the type of webbing you have. By using both charts, you can be sure you're choosing the webbing that meets all your project needs.
Watch the video below for a quick informational breakdown of our webbing inventory.
Once you match your project with the right webbing, check out these Tips & Tricks blogs for expert instructions and advice on using this notion.
If you still have questions about webbing, don't hesitate to reach out! You can call, email or use the chat option on our website to connect with our knowledgeable customer support team. We're always happy to help you find what you need to turn your DIY dreams into reality. With Sailrite in your corner, there's no limit to your project possibilities.
This blog was updated in August 2023 to include cotton webbing and to give more detail on important considerations when selecting webbing.