CABLE RAILING SOLUTIONS
What’s Cable Railing and Why Should I Consider Cable Railing for Decks, Balconies & Stairs?
The use of cable railing has become increasingly popular in both commercial and residential settings. Cable railing systems are designed for professional results but are also friendly to the do-it-yourself enthusiast. If you’d like to learn more about the ins and outs of cable railing systems to see if it’s right for your project, simply read on!
WHAT IS CABLE RAILING?
Cable railings (also known as cable railing systems and wire rope railings) are a low maintenance alternative to traditional wood or metal railings. Quite simply, they are guard rails and hand rails that use horizontal cables in place of traditional spindles, glass, mesh, etc. for infill.
TYPES OF CABLE RAILING
There are a variety of cable railing options to choose from. This section will explain a bit more about what those are.
HORIZONTAL CABLE RAILING OPTION
Horizontal cable railing (in which cables run horizontally to the deck base or floor) is the most prevalent form of view enhancing railing available. A great view is enhanced tremendously by removing balusters and other obstructive material from your railing while still proving safety and aesthetics. A top rail is always necessary when building a cable railing system as are structural post so you want to optimize the small amount of hardware used by making it stainless steel. The top rail should always be installed in a way that allows the top rail to absorb and deflect the pressure applied when the cable is tensioned. It is a best practice to secure the top rail by bracing it between the posts rather than simply placing the rail on top of the posts.
Comparison of metal vs. wood cable railing system
As long as rail posts can handle the necessary tension, either wood or metal may be used. It simply depends on which look is desired. Wood gives a warmer, earthier feel, while metal provides a more industrial vibe. Atlantis Railing offers several systems that combine wood and stainless steel cable including our HandiSwage™, RailEasy™, Spectrum, and SunRail™ systems. We encourage creative cable railing designs that enhance the stainless steel railing components.
Code Compliant Cable Railing
At one time building code restrictions limited the use of any horizontal railing for general use, which would include cable railing. In 2001, the International Code Commission (ICC) removed this “ladder law” restriction from the International Residential Code (IRC). Though there is nothing stated in the IRC or International Building Code (IBC), any state or municipality has the right to write in their own code and to interpret existing IRC and IBC. With cable railing you should always consult the local code enforcement official with your plans first. Gain approval before the installation, not after.
Cable Railing Maintenance Tips
Stainless steel cable railing systems should always be made of marine grade 316L stainless steel in order to hold up well in harsh environments, maximize durability and provide low maintenance. Stainless steel can discolor under normal environmental exposure, including salt water. If some ‘sprucing up’ is needed, a simple car wash soap can be used to clean the metal. If the metal surface scratches or discolors, a passivating fluid may be used to neutralize any possible contamination of the stainless surface. See our cleaning products here.
Basic Cable Railing Install the RailEasy™ Way
Step 1: Plan your project
Step 2: Measuring
Step 3: Install
Atlantis Railing Cable Systems
Cable railing systems or stainless railing systems are available in a variety of styles and configurations. They are easy to install, low maintenance, and can be used for both indoor and outdoor cable railing applications.
RailEasy™ Cable Railing System
CABLE, HARDWARE AND OPTIONAL COMPONENTS TO USE WITH YOUR WOOD
The RailEasy™ Cable Railing System combines the natural beauty of wood with the streamlined look of patented RailEasy™ fittings and cable. These fittings and cable are made from the extremely corrosion resistant type 316L stainless steel to add years of long term value. Atlantis Rail does not provide the wood, only the cable, hardware and optional vinyl components. A bottom rail is optional.
Spectrum Stainless Steel Cable Railing System
STAINLESS STEEL SQUARE RAILING WITH HORIZONTAL CABLE INFILL
The Spectrum System is an easy to use, universal cable guard railing product. It utilizes fascia mounted or surface mounted square posts and horizontal cable infill of HandiSwage™ studs. It is designed for use with a customer supplied hard wood top railing. Universal posts are used for corners, ends and mids, allowing for a truly off-the-shelf guard rail solution. Choose from the stock colors of black or metallic silver or the special colors.
RailEasy™ Nautilus Cable Railing System
STAINLESS STEEL CABLES WITH STAINLESS STEEL RAILS
The RailEasy™ Nautilus System design combines the view enhancing look of stainless steel cable railing and our polished or brushed stainless steel rails. All of our stainless steel railings are designed for professional results but perfect for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. The RailEasy™ Nautilus cable railing with stainless steel rails will provide years of unobstructed views.
HandiSwage™ Cable Railing System
CABLE RAILING SYSTEM UTILIZING HAND SWAGE FITTINGS
The HandiSwage™ Cable Railing System is an easy-to-use cable railing product utilizing fittings that are an adaptation of traditional swage fittings. They can be attached to cable using Atlantis Rail’s hand swage tools. The HandiSwage™ System combines the aesthetic appeal, quality and durability of the RailEasy™ cable components with the convenience and economy of 1/8” or 5/32” cable.
SunRail™ Nautilus Cable Railing System
STAINLESS STEEL CABLES WITH STAINLESS STEEL POSTS AND RAILS
The SunRail™ Nautilus stainless steel cable railing design combines the modern look of stainless steel cable railing with our polished or brushed stainless steel posts and rails. Our stainless steel cable railing is perfect for interior or exterior; commercial or residential applications where clients require sophistication and a unique look. You will enjoy years of low maintenance use and the rich look of stainless steel.
Nova II Cable Railing System
CABLE RAILING WITH POWDER-COATED ALUMINUM POSTS AND RAILS
The NOVA II System features powder-coated aluminum posts, handrails and foot rails and horizontal cable infill. The cable infill utilizes HandiSwage™ fittings with 1/8″ cable. The NOVA II System is offered in black, white and bronze color options. The HandiSwage™ cable infill features a line of stainless steel hand swage fittings and 1/8” cable, making it one of the simplest and most economical cable railing systems available.
SunRail™ Latitude Stainless Steel Cable Railing System
STAINLESS STEEL CABLE RAILING WITH WOOD HANDRAIL
The SunRail™ Latitude cable railing with wood handrail (customer supplied handrail) is comprised of mechanical swage tensioners riveted to 2” outer diameter stainless steel posts to allow for cable railing infill. The top rail mounting plate offers easy installation with virtually no hardware obstruction and allows customers to select their desired flat top rail. There is an adjustable top rail mounting plate which is prefect for stair applications.