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What Are Cable Railings?April 26th, 2021 | by Admin Deck Experts | in Custom Deck Building | 0
Before we talk about cable railings, let’s first define railings.
What’s a railing?
A railing is like a barrier or barricade. A railing is intended to prevent someone or something from moving from one area to another, but it is not as large or strong as a fence. Railings are often used along staircases or landings to prevent someone from falling off the edge.
What’s a cable railing?
A cable railing is a type of railing that is made of a series of cables which are suspended firmly and prevent someone or something from moving through the railing. The cables (or thick wire) can be strung horizontally or vertically.
The idea behind cable railings is that while a cable railing performs the task of any other type of railing, the cables give it an airy feel, so it looks almost invisible—and contemporary.
Depending on the jurisdiction, cables have to be strung a minimum distance apart and at a prescribed tautness. If the cables have a lot of “play” then they would not prevent someone (or a child) from falling through them. Obviously, relevant building codes from the particular jurisdiction will apply.
In the case of a cable railing, there will still be some other rigid materials required such as metal or wood to act as the framework for the cables.
There are kits available to install cable railings, however, the building codes are more complex than, say, for a wood fence, and you may prefer to use a professional for their installation.
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