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Are cable railings expensive?

Last Updated: 12th June, 2020

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Cable Railing Costs. The average price for a cable railing is $60 per linear foot. Installation runs about $25 per linear foot while materials make up most of the project cost at $35 per linear foot. A stainless-steel frame is around $110 per linear foot, while an aluminum frame is approximately $75 per linear foot.

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Also to know is, is cable railing more expensive?

Cable patio rails are going to be more affordable than other modern deck railings such as glass railings, provided those cables aren't attached to stainless steel or comparably expensive posts. However, while the installation process is also quite easy and straightforward, it's a bit time consuming.

Secondly, what is code for cable railing? In most states, the residential code is 36” high. There are some exceptions though like in California the required height for residential railing is 42” . On the other hand, the commercial International Building Code requires the railing to be at a minimum of 42” height.

Also question is, are cable railings safe?

Vertical stainless steel cable is a safe, easy-to-clean railing style that's perfect for homes with children. Fortunately, modern building codes are mandating railings be built with child safety in mind. There are also railing options that eliminate the risk of entrapment between railing balusters.

How much does it cost to install a composite railing?

The average cost of composite decking ranges from $20 to $38 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $5,821 and $10,826 to install a 12' x 24' composite deck with railings. In comparison, a pressure-treated wood deck costs $15 to $25 per square foot while a cedar wood deck starts at $30 per square foot.

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Beverley Gerweck

Professional

Do cable railings rust?

Cable railing is a minimalistic solution that requires little maintenance since all you have to do is wipe. Additionally, quality railings are able to withstand harsh weather and wear in addition to being corrosion resistant. They can also stand up to hundreds of pounds of force without breaking.

Danika Viner

Professional

How far apart should cable railing be?

CABLE RAILING SPACING
Our standard cable spacing is 3″ on-center running the length of each post. Cable railing requires support (mid posts) every 4 feet to maintain cable spans with minimum deflection. If you wish to maintain 3″ spacing for cable sections that span over 4 feet (max.

Mareme Togores

Professional

Is glass railing expensive?

The average price of a glass railing system ranges anywhere from $140-270 per linear foot —the price varies depending on the type of glass system you choose. Although glass railing can be pricey up front, it often may be less expensive than other railing types in the long run.

Allie Chappell

Explainer

How much does it cost to install cable?

The average home will run these cables roughly 200 feet each, but they could be shorter or farther depending on your needs. The cables themselves cost roughly $200 for 2,000 feet, making the total around $700 for basic installation.

Niceta Billi

Pundit

How much does it cost to install a railing?

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor. On average, the cost to install wrought iron railings is $2,600. Most people pay between $700 and $4,600 for materials and labor. Plan with $50 to $120 per linear foot for materials, in addition to $300 to $1,000 per project for labor for a banister between 10 and 30 feet.

Benamar Fresan

Pundit

Are horizontal railings legal?

This could pose a hazard for children and possibly pets, so if you're concerned about child-safe balcony or deck railings, choose a vertical baluster system. The IBC does not limit the use of horizontal infills, however, and if you don't have small children, this is likely a non-issue.

Chaouki Mehlhase

Pundit

How much do cable railings cost?

The average price for a cable railing is $60 per linear foot. Installation runs about $25 per linear foot while materials make up most of the project cost at $35 per linear foot. A stainless-steel frame is around $110 per linear foot, while an aluminum frame is approximately $75 per linear foot.

Cordula Feldbrugge

Pundit

What is code for railing spacing?

Balusters, the vertical guards that support the handrail, must be installed close enough that the space between them is no greater than 4 inches. Most city inspectors carry a 4-inch ball with them to test the spacing. Installed balusters should withstand 50 lbs. of pressure exerted over a 1-square-foot area.

Nadjem Bossen

Teacher

Can balusters be horizontal?

There is nothing that prohibits 2x6s from being used as balusters in a horizontal rather than a vertical orientation. You will end up with a railing that resembles a classic farm yard perimeter fence. You may be familiar with that look.

Junyu Zegarra

Teacher

How safe is glass railing?

Glass railings are, in many ways, safer than traditional railing systems. Glass railings, and their stainless steel fasteners, will never lose their structural integrity. They're much safer over time. Fourth, the glass railing installation process is incredibly safe.

Kasha El Bakhti

Teacher

What cable is used for deck railing?

Choosing the Right Cable for Your Cable Railing
For cable railings, you want to use a cable that is as rigid as possible and does not stretch. For most applications, we recommend 1 x 19 construction, type 316 stainless steel strand (cable).

Lamine Zhong

Teacher

How much is deck railing per linear foot?

Installing a composite deck railing runs about $50 per linear foot with $20 per linear foot of this in materials.

Kelvin Smiedoda

Reviewer

Are glass balconies safe?

In many ways, a glass balustrade is also safer than a traditional balcony railing. That's because, with its frameless and solid design, there are no spindles with gaps in between them. Instead, you'll have a solid, durable, and beautiful barrier between your balcony and the wonderful view beyond.

Jessie Pavone

Reviewer

What is code for railing on deck?

What Is Code For Deck Railing Height? The IRC requires guardrails to be at least 36" in height measured from the deck surface to the top of the rail. Commercial decks attached to multifamily buildings regulated under the International Building Code (IBC) require 42" high guardrails.

Yocasta Wery

Reviewer

How far can you SPAN cable rail?

We recommend intermediate posts be placed every 4 feet to maintain cable spans with minimum deflection. Never exceed a spacing of 60” between posts. For each foot over 4 feet that you run cable, you must move your cable 1/4” closer together. For example, the cable spacing would be 2-3/4” for a cable span of 5 feet.

Lupicinia D'Andrea

Supporter

How far apart should deck railing post be?

Maximum spacing of posts is 72 inches on center. Bolts should be vertically spaced no less than 5-1/8 inch apart. For a composite railing system, slide the post sleeve over the wood post, then the post sleeve skirt over the post sleeve; both should rest on the decking.

Dayron Andikoetxea

Supporter

What is the building code for deck railings?

The IRC requires guardrails to be at least 36" in height, measured from the deck surface to the top of the rail. Commercial decks attached to multi-family buildings, such as apartment buildings or businesses, are regulated under the International Building Code (IBC). The IBC requires 42" high guardrails.

Abdelakrim Inaraja

Supporter

What are the disadvantages of composite decking?

Fading and damages
Darker composite deck colors may fade over time. This is an unavoidable process that happens due to UV rays, weathering, and high foot traffic. Other drawbacks include noticeable surface damage. Severe scratches and deep gouges are common issues with composite deck products.

Imram Sarasate

Beginner

How much does a 12x12 deck cost?

The cost of a professionally built pressured-treated wood deck starts at about $15 per square foot, including materials. The cost for an elaborately built deck using costly hardwoods or composite materials can run about $35 per square foot.