DuraGrip Brand vs. VELCRO ® Brand Products

A lot of our customer interaction involves teaching the customer all about hook and loop. One of the first things we explain is that the product is hook and loop. We also explain that there are different manufacturers and different brands of material. At HookandLoop.com, we stock two hook and loop brands: our DuraGrip Brand, and the VELCRO® Brand. Each brand offers different advantages.

Advantages to the VELCRO ® Brand products include that it is manufactured in the USA which produces a very consistent, softer, more pliable product. Advantages to the VELCRO® Brand products include that it is manufactured in the USA which produces a very consistent, softer, more pliable product.

Product Price

VELCRO® Brand products generally cost more than our DuraGrip Brand products for a few reasons. First, the material is manufactured stateside versus overseas. Second, there is a premium on the brand name. Third, it is much easier to find VELCRO® Brand products.

Product Selection

VELCRO® Brand products are available in the standard industrial strength hook and loop just like the DuraGrip Brand. However, there are a ton of other product options available in the VELCRO® Brand in addition to the standard hook and loop fasteners. These products include the low-profile hook and loop options, various mil-specs, VELSTICK® products and more. While some of these items have a DuraGrip Brand alternative, most of them do not.

Manufacture Location

Our DuraGrip Brand material is manufactured mostly in Taiwan and sometimes in China. With most distributors of overseas goods, there is a lead time of 10 – 12 weeks for these goods. However, since we work with a number of distributors, we can receive product in 1-5 business days. This means we always have a revolving stock of our DuraGrip Brand products.

While VELCRO® Brand products are manufactured in the northeast United States, the lead times can vary. Most products are received within 3 – 10 business days, however some specialty products can take up to 6 weeks to ship. An added benefit to being made in the USA, is that all mil-spec material is Berry amendment compliant.

Material Strength

Both DuraGrip® and VELCRO® Brand provide great products that work well in many different applications. DuraGrip® Brand material is made of a thicker monofilament which provides a sturdier closure strength and stiffer material. VELCRO® Brand products are softer, more pliable, and still provide plenty of strength for most applications. The adhesives used on both brands of material also have minor differences such as operating temperature ranges.

Both hook and loop brands provide great products that work well in many different applications. Offering both DuraGrip® and VELCRO® Brand provides our customers with more options based on their individual use and needs.

6 thoughts on “DuraGrip Brand vs. VELCRO ® Brand Products”

  • Chantelle

    hello, if i only need the loop side (2 in wide about 50 feet), does it matter if my existing hook side is velcro or dura grip. The item is a gazebo roof made of material and sticks to the frame with hook and loop. I don't need the side that is on the fabric roof , i just need the side thats on the frame. I am assuming since thats not the fuzzy side then the side i need is called the "loop". I just need to know if it matters whats on the fabric material already as i have no way of knowing what brand it is and it does not need replacing.
    Also since what I am purchasing will be open to the elements (winter/rain/sun etc.) when we remove the roof for the season does that impact which brand i should purchase. I am hoping to get dark brown to match color of the frame. While existing is held up with screws on the frame, I was thinking of purchasing the peel and stick to make it easier to put up and then we can reinstall the screws but I am not sure if the glue would make the material decay faster when its exposed, if so we won't purchase that one. Thank you for your guidance

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    • Stephen Ira

      Hi Chantelle,
      Thanks for commenting!
      Here's the scoop on our products:
      The DuraGrip Brand material should work fine with VELCRO Brand material.
      The rough, scratchy side is called the hook.
      We offer a dark brown peel and stick in our DuraGrip brand with Rubber adhesive backing, though for your application the acrylic adhesive would work better.
      The acrylic adhesive is available in black and white.

      I hope that helps!

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  • Brenda Shue Naumann

    Hello,
    I used to be able to buy a product called fastac hook and loop. Conso made it. It was wonderful. I can't find it anymore and I thought maybe the duragrip would be similar. I just did a project with other hook and loop ( from Rowley company) I was disappointed. I know the VELCRO disappoints me. Do you ever send out a small sample. I work mostly with 3/4 inch goods-sometimes with self adhereing. If you do send out small samples, please send to Brenda Naumann, 2806 Old Spartanburg Road, East Flat Rock, NC 28726
    Thanks in advance

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  • Pat terKuile

    I love Velcro and have used it for many projects over the years. However, I have had more than a little trouble with the adhesive backing that holds the strips, circles and patch-like pieces of Velcro on plastic, fabric, and metal objects. They initially adhere well but over time the entire Velcro pieces pull off when I try to (for instance) open the object to which I've applied it. Can you suggest what I might be doing incorrectly when I apply the Velcro to various surfaces? Regards, Pat terKuile

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    • Stephen Ira

      Hi Pat,
      Thanks for commenting.
      So there are two different kinds of pressure sensitive adhesive available for hook and loop.
      There's a rubber based adhesive and an acrylic based adhesive.
      The rubber adhesive is good on a variety of substrates like plastics, metal, glass, wood, etc. It's a high tack adhesive and sticks well to rough surfaces too.
      The acrylic adhesive is a medium tack adhesive that holds up better to chemicals, moisture and higher temperatures.
      That said, the issue can be related to the substrate (the material you are sticking it to) or they could be impacted by the environment.
      The best bet is to call us and speak with one of our experts to discuss what might be the best solution for you.

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