Tape Yarn vs. Monofilament

Tape Yarn vs Monofilament

When it comes to textiles, your customers may not know the difference between tape yarn and monofilament. Each product has different characteristics and benefits, which may mean they are better suited for certain applications.

When your customers ask you, “What’s the difference between tape yarn and monofilament?” here’s what you can tell them:

Tape Yarn

  • Flat in shape. To get a good idea of what it looks like, picture cutting a sheet into a lot of thin strips.
  • Can provide more coverage with less yarn because of its shape. In short, it can provide more shade coverage than monofilament.
  • More susceptible to UV damage than monofilament.
  • Cheaper than monofilament.

Want to see it in action? Our privacy / sight barrier is made of tape yarn.

Please note that while other companies may offer 50% shade made of tape yarn, it will likely not last very long because of UV degradation. This is why we have chosen not to offer that as an option.


  • Shaped more like a thread, rounded or oval.
  • Long-lasting and durable material.
  • Stronger material than tape yarn.
  • More expensive than tape yarn.
  • Fishing line is an everyday example of a monofilament.

Want to see it in action? Our 50% knitted shade is made of monofilament.

We are here to help you find the right fabric for your products and your customers’ needs. If you have questions about any of these materials, please don’t hesitate to contact us.