Woven Strapping Materials
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Polyester strapping material is used to wrap bundles of lumber.
What if you had a material that was strong, flexible, came in a roll, and you could use it for nearly anything (no, its not duct tape)? Polyester and similar woven materials provide these characteristics and more.
Potential uses of woven and non-woven materials in homebuilding could include use of these products as hangers for plumbing or ductwork, or depending on the tensile strength and durability, they may be useful to structurally tie a building together. For example, they may be a suitable alternative to metal tie downs or they could supplement the structural integrity of the building if wrapped around the building as strips or sheets.
Current Status of Technology
Polyester strapping is a commercially-available product. Polyester strapping is used as an alternative to metal strapping for bundling construction materials during distribution and job-site delivery. According to the manufacturer, polyester strapping is also used in some agricultural applications to secure vines and other plants and keep them off the ground. The product can be woven or non-woven and can be manufactured to meet a wide range of tensile strength requirements.