Cable Railing incorporates a range in style of handrail, and railing material. Cable Railing uses stainless steel fittings and wire to complete the railing infill. Posts, Rails, and Intermediate Pickets are made from reinforced aluminum or wood which can stand up to the cables tension. Cable Railing must be properly tensioned to in order to pass code requirements, typically a limitation specifying that a 4 in. spear cannot pass through the cable or railing. This results in a need for quality fittings and termination options. Cable Railing is available in Horizontal Cable Rail, and Vertical Cable Rail. Some cable rail is sold in panel kits such as 36" VertiCable Kits, while others are sold in packs and work with cable kits such as DesignRail Kits - Rail Kits.
Horizontal Cable Railing
Horizontal Cable can be used with aluminum, iron, or wood, posts and rails. Aluminum type Cable Railing seems to be most popular, and is a great choice for low-maintenance cable railings. In Horizontal Aluminum Cable Railing, cable wires are installed to posts with specialized connectors to ensure tension. Termination posts, at the end of runs, are where the cables attach to. Intermediate posts in the middle of the rail allow cable to pass through, giving horizontal cable the ability to stretch as far as 50' in one cable run, or set of 9-13 cable wires. Fittings are the most costly part of Horizontal Cable Rail. If possible, make turns at posts, as opposed to terminating. It can save a bunch of money.
Feeney is a favorite brand when it comes to cable railing. DesignRail Kits is an excellent value option and can even be installed via Do It Yourself! While DesignRail is a more comprehensive system with an astonishing amount of options. Some other aluminum horizontal cable brands are AS&D, a complete railing system with Ultra Cable, and Atlantis fittings. Learn more about Feeney Fittings on the Build Your Own custom quick connect fittings page, or learn about pre-swaged CableRail Kits for easy cable wiring through metal or wood posts.
Vertical Cable Railing
Vertical Cable like VertiCable C80 by is an excellent option. Vertical Cable Rail is similar in profile to aluminum railing, but still allows for non-obstructed viewing. Vertical Cable Railings are harder to climb than horizontal cable, and may be better suited for homes with small children. Vertical cables, pre connected to aluminum rails to forming a panels, are field-cut and installed between aluminum posts. Some of the available systems using a vertical cable railing are VertiCable C80 by Westbury, a top choice aluminum system. V-Series by Fortress, vertical cable railing with iron rails and posts. Iron balusters allow for more cables between. DesignRail also has an option for vertical cable.
C80 Vertical Cable Rail
Horizontal Cable Rail w/ Metal Posts