When searching for event rope or barrier ropes for crowd control stanchions, it is interesting to note that a significant number of people often use the term “velvet ropes” to describe what they are looking for. However, it is essential to understand that this narrow term severely limits their options, as there are numerous rope choices available besides velvet, which is, in most cases, actually velour.
While it is true that velvet (or velour) event ropes have their rightful place, particularly in upscale indoor venues, using them outdoors is a common mistake. Velvet ropes used in outdoor settings tend to quickly fade and have a significantly shorter lifespan compared to our specifically designed outdoor ropes. Our outdoor ropes, on the other hand, not only maintain their vibrant color but also offer years of reliable service.
Therefore, when selecting the appropriate rope for your needs, it is crucial to consider how you plan to use it. By broadening your horizons beyond just velvet ropes, you can explore a wide range of rope options that cater to various environments, durability requirements, and aesthetic preferences. Whether it be for indoor or outdoor use, we offer a diverse selection of ropes that are specifically designed to meet your specific needs and ensure long-lasting performance.
Take these following factors into consideration:
- PRIMARY USE: Will these ropes be used outdoors or indoors? Since our Stanchion Masters® outdoor ropes will last for years outdoors, they may outlast your career at your venue when properly maintained.
- FREQUENCY OF USE: How often are you going to handle your ropes? Keep in mind, handling is different than usage. Setting them up daily or weekly may shorten the life of the rope and especially the rope ends depending on the rope end type and the manufacturer. Not all ropes and rope ends are created equal. If you set the ropes up and leave them our for weeks or months at a time, this should not be an issue as long as you are using indoor ropes indoors. This is not a factor for outdoor ropes.
- COLOR THEME: If you search for “velvet ropes”, you most likely found limited color options such as red, black and blue. If you searched for “decorative stanchion ropes” and happened to find Stanchion Masters® decorative ropes, you are now aware that you have been missing out on other options and colors.
- EVENT TYPE: Nightclubs, parties, VIP events, outdoor and children’s events all have their own unique rope challenges. Depending on the venue and attendees, these crowds may be well behaved, aggressive, hands on or have sticky hands. Sticky hands and velvet ropes are not a good combination.
- Velvet – As mentioned, these are normally velour and should be used primarily indoors.
- Naugahyde – Naugahyde is an artificial material designed to resemble leather, made from fabric coated with rubber or vinyl resin. Naugahyde ropes are rated for outdoor use. Naugahyde ropes are normally, readily available in common colors with other colors available to be custom ordered with a substantial minimum order requirement.
- Vinyl – These are smooth attractive ropes available in a variety of colors but should only be used outdoors on a limited bases. Direct sun and rain will shorten the life span of these ropes.
- Polypropylene – Most polypropylene crowd control ropes are 3 strand twisted ropes available in tan (manila), black, yellow, red or white. Polypropylene ropes are ideal for outdoor use as they are weather resistant. However, polypropylene ropes have a somewhat plastic appearance and rough texture. Some rope manufacturers offer nicer looking rope than others. Red may also fade quickly.
- Polyethylene – An excellent choice for long term outdoor and indoor use. Currently, we believe we are the only company to offer twisted polyethylene ropes. Our black polyethylene ropes, available through Boulevard Supply with our Stanchion Masters® and Luxe Stanchions®, offer a high-end luxurious appearance and are much smoother to the touch than polypropylene ropes.
- Poly Dacron – A very strong yet soft to the touch rope and another excellent choice for long term outdoor and indoor use. Current, we believe we are the only company to offer twisted poly Dacron ropes. Our black poly Dacron ropes, available through Boulevard Supply with our Stanchion Masters® and Luxe Stanchions®, offer a luxurious appearance and are smoother and softer to the touch than polypropylene ropes.
We use poly Dacron for the core of our decorative sleeved ropes. Poly Dacron is probably the strong stanchion rope available beside chain. Then when we add our colorful braided sleeves over the ropes, this not only enhances the appearance but adds a layer of abrasion resistance. The braided sleeves also make the ropes a breeze to clean up.
The construction of event ropes involves several key factors that significantly impact their overall quality and durability. Apart from the material quality, which was mentioned earlier, two other crucial aspects are the rope end quality and the method of installation.
If you have ever purchased cheap ropes in the past, you are well aware that not all stanchion and event ropes are created equally. The rope ends play a vital role in determining the overall reliability and longevity of the ropes. Some companies opt for a hasty approach by simply attaching the ends to the rope using small screws with bulky heads. Unfortunately, these cheap quality ends tend to break easily or corrode over time.
At Boulevard Supply, we understand the importance of quality when it comes to rope construction. We have carefully selected suppliers who provide us with superior ropes and rope ends. When you choose our 1.5″ diameter Stanchion Masters® ropes, you can rest assured that you are getting the strongest hook end available. We utilize 304 stainless steel, known for its resistance to weather, corrosion, and rust. Additionally, we secure the end to the rope using stainless steel set screws, avoiding the use of cheap screws with bulky heads.
Prior to installing the rope ends, we take extra measures to enhance their durability. Firstly, we wrap the end with premium electrical tape to provide an added layer of protection. Then, we fuse the end to prevent fraying. Finally, we employ stainless steel bands and crimp them onto the rope, further reinforcing the attachment.
It is important to note that rope construction and quality can vary significantly depending on the manufacturer and supplier. While cheap ropes may suffice for very limited use situations, it is evident that well-constructed ropes made from high-quality materials can extend the lifespan of a cheap rope by more than three times.
In conclusion, when it comes to event rope construction, the material quality, rope end quality, and installation method are pivotal factors to consider. By investing in ropes made from quality materials and utilizing proper installation techniques, you can significantly prolong their lifespan and ensure reliable performance for your events.