Lacing Line: Another critical link in the chain is the lacing line. With lacing line the critical considerations are strength, durability under UV exposure, elasticity, and the frictional coefficient.
Standard safety factors show that the line should have a breaking strength of 5 times the anticipated loading, and it is certainly OK to exceed this design factor significantly (we usually do). For UV exposure, it is critical to
understand that UV exposure can greatly reduce the breaking strength of any materials in a surprisingly short period of time. Our tests have shown that unprotected materials lose 30-50% of their strength with just one year of sub-tropical
solar exposure. All materials (even steel) stretches to some extent. With lacing line, selecting materials with lower elasticity will allow your net to stay tighter for a longer period of time. With any lacing line
you will want to re-tighten the lacing line several months after the installation as the net gets broken in, however, subsequent tensioning is reduced if you have a lacing line with low elasticity. With regards to the coefficient of
friction on the lacing line, lower is better. The lower the friction the easier it is to pull the line tight through the lacing points... and thus get a tight net faster when installing. Additionally, the lower the friction - the fewer
"squeaks" you will hear during the use of your net.
We provide two tiers of lacing line for our customers. For any standard-sized net (< 200sqft) we supply either 5/32" Dyneema or a 3/16" polyester double braid line. The polyester line does the job in most cases, but the Dyneema
is better on all major variables and we do recommend it as the ideal choice if budget allows.