Product Focus: Rope Rail Extrusion

Rope Rail Extrusion
Aluminium Rope Rail Extrusion with core and fabric inserted in the channel

An Aluminium Rope Rail is an aluminium extrusion designed to secure fabric to a hard surface. In South Africa is used predominantly for securing a bakkie tonneau cover at the base of the cover by sliding a piping core attached to the tonneau material into the extrusion. The core is usually made from extruded PVC, or similar elastic material to allow flexibility. The core is then wrapped in the desired fabric, which usually has exposed fibers on the outside to allow the core to easily slide into the rope rail. The rope rail extrusion is designed for strength and will bend only over a very large radius.

Installation of the Rail

Installation of the rope rail is simple. Typically, the rail is fixed to the relevant surface with screws. It is recommended to drill holes for screws every 10 to 20 cm through the center of the rail with at least one screw next to each end of the rail.

Other Uses for an Aluminium Rope Rail Extrusion

A rope rail can also be used to hold signage, sails, and tarpaulins in place, or they can be fixed to the side of a caravan to secure extended tent panels to the caravan. An Aluminium Rope Rail is also known locally as a rope track or sail track and internationally as a sail rope rail, edge reinforcement, hem rope rail, awning track or welting rail.

Other products that make uses of the Rope Rail Extrusion include:

  • Banners
  • Tents and Awnings
  • Fabric Structures
  • Industrial Curtains
  • Tarpaulins
  • Pool Covers
  • Marine Products
  • Truck Side Signs
  • Shade Cloths & Blinds
  • Upholstery
  • Marquees, Sails
  • Any Textile Cloth in Tension
Awning On A Trailor
Rope Rail extrusion being used with a camping trailer awning

For further information or sales inquiries for our aluminium rope rail feel free to Contact Us.

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Comments (14)

  • Hein Reply

    I would like to model this in my CAD for a small application.
    May I please have the datasheet for dimensions?
    Also, I would like to know what this costs per meter?

    31st May 2019 at 9:37 am
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi Hein,
      We sell these extrusions in 6 meter lengths. We do have more than 1 rope rail extrusion type, for pricing and a data sheet please send us an email at [email protected] as we don’t publicly publish pricing on the internet.
      Best regards,
      The AT-Group Team

      3rd Jun 2019 at 9:59 am
  • De Wet Strydom Reply

    Good day

    I would like to know in what lengths do the rope rail extrusion come in?
    Can you quote me on this please.
    We are a shade net company in Windhoek Namibia and will definitely make
    use of this product.

    14th May 2020 at 2:15 pm
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi De Wet,

      The extrusions all come in 6m lengths.

      There are 3 rope rail extrusions:
      AXROPEHEAVY 60 A – Heavy Duty Rope Rail Section
      AXROPELIGHT T6 60 A – Light Duty Rope Rail
      AXROPESTONE 60 A – Stone House Rope Rail

      Please contact us via email for further info or to place an order. We can provide more info on the 3 extrusions if you require.

      Thanks for your interest!

      18th May 2020 at 11:07 am
  • Jaco Dorfling Reply

    Good day,

    Will you please be so kind to forward to me a price list of the three types of extrusions.



    7th Jul 2020 at 1:08 pm
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi Jaco,

      Sure thing. We don’t publish pricing online unfortunately so please send us an email and a sales representative will be in touch.

      Best Regards,

      13th Jul 2020 at 2:56 pm
  • Dirk Reply


    Can you please indicate the mounting orientation. Is the rope section at the bottom or top? “b” or “P” if that makese sence.

    26th Aug 2020 at 10:59 am
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi Dirk,

      The mounting of the extrusion is application specific so it depends on your use. As long as the tonneau is still able to do its job you will be just fine.

      27th Aug 2020 at 10:55 am
  • Jacques Bronkhorst Reply

    Hi would like to know your rope rail prices

    8th Oct 2020 at 8:03 am
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi Jaucques,

      Please request from the sales team via email: [email protected]. Or give them a call on (011) 457 7200

      Thank you!

      8th Oct 2020 at 9:23 am
  • Melanie Reply


    Where in Namibia can I get this?


    12th Nov 2020 at 12:47 pm
    • Shea Bethell Reply

      Hi Melanie

      We don’t have a store or warehouse in Namibia. You would probably need to courier the goods. Please speak to the sales team to confirm as I have not dealt with cross border transactions and I don’t want to over or under-promise you anything.


      19th Nov 2020 at 11:21 am

    Could you please give dimensions of rope rail. The OD AND ID as well as the width of the fixing flange

    25th Mar 2021 at 9:57 am
  • Mr.Ray Sadie Reply

    Please send sizes and prices for your aluminium light,heavy and storehouse rope rail extrusions.

    8th Jun 2021 at 5:36 am

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