Product Focus: 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
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.

Comments (12)

  • 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?

    May 31, 2019 at 9:37 am
    • admin 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

      June 3, 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.

    May 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    • admin 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!

      May 18, 2020 at 11:07 am
  • Steve Reply

    Hi do you have an outlet in Cape Town looking for a length of light rope rail extrusion

    August 25, 2022 at 6:38 am
    • Shea Reply

      Hi Steve,

      Unfortunately we do not have a branch in CT. The only solution we can offer is for you to get a courier to bring you one from our Edenvale branch.

      Best regards,

      February 20, 2023 at 7:27 am
  • Tony Bredenhand Reply

    Hi how do one bend these extrusions 90 degrees?

    September 19, 2022 at 7:47 am
    • Shea Reply

      Hi Tony,

      Bending these extrusions requires specialised machinery to avoid the extrusion from breaking. The rope rail is extruded in an alloy with high temper (T6) this means the alloy is made with extra strength in mind as opposed to being easily formed (bent 90 degrees). Your best option would be to weld two pieces together at 90 degrees.

      November 14, 2022 at 8:21 am
  • James Paxton Reply

    Where can i purchase the awning rail piping or awning rail beading.
    I am from East London, E.Cape

    September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm
    • Shea Reply

      Hi James, if you are prepared to send a courier we can cut the extrusion into your own desired lengths for you. We are planning on selling these extrusions in shorter lengths for delivery in the future but we are not quite ready yet.

      November 14, 2022 at 8:38 am
  • Allan Reply

    Good morning

    I would like to inquire what the pricing will be for the aluminum rope rail please
    either per Meyer or as mentioned above a 6 meter length will work too .would you be able to courrier it in 2 meter sections?
    thank you kindly

    October 17, 2022 at 5:20 pm
    • Shea Reply

      Hi Allan, you will need to please call or email the sales department for pricing. The extrusions are sold only in 6 meter lengths with an option to cut them to any desired sizes. We do not offer courier services as yet but you are welcome to send your own courier to collect it for you.

      November 14, 2022 at 8:45 am


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