Indoor and outdoor clotheslines can be made from different materials. The poles and stands are commonly made from metal, but the lines itself are usually of varied materials. Below are three of the most common materials used as lines as well as the pros and cons of each.
Some clothesline cords are made from extruded PVC or some other similar material. Some may even have a reinforced stretch-resistant core to give them low stretch features to keep them from sagging. In addition, these types of clothesline cord will fit most indoor and outdoor clothesline reels.
There are plenty of benefits to using these types of clothesline cords. For one, they are water-resistant and doesn’t absorb moisture from your wet clothes. They are also pretty easy to clean and are very affordable. The only downside to these types of clothesline cord materials is that they are thin, thus making it more challenging for the clothespin to hold the clothes to the line (especially when we’re talking about heavier clothes or fabrics like jackets, blankets, etc.).
Nylon is another common material used for clothesline cords. Many people like using nylon because they are lightweight but very strong. When it comes to clotheslines, they are one of the strongest materials available and can carry heavier loads. They are also waterproof and are resistant to mildew growth.
The only thing you need to worry about when it comes to nylon clothesline is longevity. Although nylon is tough, constant exposure to the sun and outdoor elements tend to weaken its fibers. When this happens, individual fibers or strands will fray. This does not only leave you with a weak clothesline, but one that doesn’t look good, too.
There are still some manufacturers who make cotton cords for clothesline. However, they are not your ordinary cotton fibers since these are coated and treated to withstand exposure to outdoor elements and excessive moisture. However, they are not completely waterproof like plastic and nylon cords.
Some cotton cords are pretty strong, some manufacturers even claim that their cotton cords are just as strong as nylon. Regardless, cotton cords are expensive, and the price doesn’t often justify its usage.
There may be some other materials that are used as clothesline like steel wires and others; however the three mentioned above are the most commonly used ones. If you need more information or need help with your clothesline installations, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.