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Benefits of Cable Railing vs. Traditional Railing
One of the primary benefits of cable railing is ease of installation. You usually need only a few easily obtained tools (if you do not already have them on hand), and you can often customize the installation process itself. Most of the time cable railing for stairs and decks can easily blend into your doors, windows and frames, giving you the sleek, minimal approach you are aiming for. In addition to this, cable railings can add value to your project with the pleasing design it offers.
Cable railing does have several benefits over traditional railing systems. Cable railing on decks and outdoor stairs allows for uninterrupted line of sight from the outside. The design of the building itself does not have to compete with the railing; in fact, the railing tends to enhance the homes natural aesthetics.
Most of the time cable railing for stairs and decks can easily blend into your doors, windows and frames, giving you the sleek, minimal approach you are aiming for.
Cable railings are typically made of materials that are resistant to corrosion, keeping your stair and balcony railings looking great through rain, snow, sun, etc. For instance, our systems are made of beautiful stainless steel, highly resistant to corrosion, rust or fading of any kind. This allows for easy cleaning or polishing, if necessary. Also, it saves you on maintenance and replacement costs.
Some Things to Know About Cable Railing
Some important things to know about cable railing for decks, stairs. In general, the idea behind cable railing Is once the cable is installed the correct tension must be applied to it. There are a lot of factors that influence the tension including spacing of the posts, the type of material of the railing and the posts, etc. This requires rigid framing in comparison to many traditional railing types. Cables generally have strong tensile strength, which can be good but also requires roper care in installation to not put undue strain on the rest of the components. If this is not carefully monitored or balanced, this can deform the rest of the components of the system and/or even break railing or posts. Stainless steel is often the best choice for creating your railing system due to its strength and ability to hold up to the tension required. Stainless steel is durable, beautiful, and easy to care for.
There are other reasons why stainless steel should be the material you choose for your project. Those would be that often cable railings (and even hand railings) can be curved. Stainless steel provides strength for this. However, stainless steel is flexible enough to bend where and when needed and is relatively easy to use for this purpose. It’s important to hire someone familiar with these needs to make sure your system is up to code. We can’t stress that enough. Make sure you are hiring someone that knows how to do this properly or risk being out of code and potentially having to do the same work over again.
Important Cable Railing Tips
- Cable railing tension is critical
- Damage can occur if not careful with tension
- It is best to use experienced installers because of the above
- Stainless steel is the best material to use for cable railing
- Installing cable railing is not hard to do, but can be time consuming.
- Some cities do not allow horizontal railing options; be sure to check local regulations before deciding on it
- Cable railing has the potential to increase the value of your structure
- Cable railing can potentially be more expensive than traditional railing systems
Cable Railing Offers Unobtrusive Views
Cable railing systems are typically made of narrow, horizontal cables that are spaced evenly for a symmetrical view. This space between the cables creates an unobtrusive view in stairways, decks and balconies creating that beautiful, low-key look in your building space, no matter what building that might be. In fact, the use of cable railing in any space can make that space look bigger by providing a way to separate areas without anything obstructing the view.
Modern cable railings are easy to install and even easier to maintain in comparison to more traditional cable railing systems. They offer a low-profile look while maximizing your view of the environment. They easily complement different building styles and provide artistic, minimalist visual appeal. By choosing cable railings for your building design, you are choosing the hottest trend in railing of the past several years, potentially adding value to the building itself.
In closing, make sure you purchase quality cables from a reputable company to provide your project value and durability that will last for the life of the building.
Morse Architectural offers high quality stainless steel railing system cable sets, replacement fittings and cable stoppers. Complete cable sets are available in various lengths. Give us a call for more information.
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