Tape Yarn vs. Monofilament: What You Need to Know


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Read through this guide (and check out the infographic below!) to better understand the differences between tape yarn and monofilament so you can help your customers recognize the benefits of each and decide which option best fits their needs.


Both of these textiles are made from synthetic fibers. They are both versatile and can be used in a variety of fabric applications, like shade fabric and privacy barriers. However, most of their similarities end there.


Tape yarn is flat in shape, compared to the round, thread-like shape of monofilament. As a result, tape yarn can provide more coverage than monofilament can. However, you’ll want to keep in mind that while tape yarn can cover more with less material, it’s more susceptible to UV damage than monofilament is.

And, monofilament is generally more durable and long-lasting than its tape yarn counterpart. Of course, that comes with a price. Monofilament is the more expensive textile option.

More About Tape Yarn

Tape yarn can be made from polypropylene or polyethylene and can be used in different applications like food packaging, explosives, wallcoverings, and barriers. Acadian’s Privacy/Sight Barrier is an example of this textile in use.

Some companies offer shade made of tape yarn, but it’s susceptible to UV degradation and will not last very long. Because of this, we’ve decided not to carry that option.

More About Monofilament

Monofilament is made by melting polymers and combining with various additives. One of the most common ways monofilament is used is in fishing line, but the possibilities for its use are nearly endless.

It’s used to make sleeves that protect wires and hoses in the automotive industry. And, it’s used to manufacture medical supplies and create different types of apparel. Our knitted shade is made from monofilament, thanks in part to its UV resistant qualities.

As always, we’re here to help you find the right products and materials for your customers’ needs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.