Cable railings or wire rope railings are safety rails that use horizontal or vertical cables in place of spindles, glass, mesh etc. for infill. Cable railings are often desired in place of traditional pickets to achieve nearly unobstructed views as the cable is much thinner than traditional pickets. It is also a more modern aesthetic and is often chosen for that reason. If you are interested in such railings, it’s high time to have a look at the ideas and find out some pros and cons to decide if you want to install them or not.
The view is preserved as your eyesight focuses beyond the cable rails toward the view, the cables trick the eye and disappear. Your interiors will look much more spacious because the cable railing is unobtrusive. Cable railings are also compatible with most, but not all, architectural styles.
Cable railings are easy to install, they won’t break the bank. The fittings and cables are made out of marine grade 316L stainless steel, so they are practically maintenance free and are sturdy enough to last a lifetime. Compared to other railing types such as wood that requires regular and extensive maintenance, cable railing systems is low-maintenance that when you add up the maintenance cost savings over the years, the total cost of ownership is dramatically lowered.
Such railings are a real hazard for families, especially with small children and pets, who may slip through cable. An idea that can partially solve the problem is install vertical cable railings instead of horizontal ones for more safety.
Cable railing will easily turn your space into a chic modern one, it will eliminate all the borders and won’t prevent the spaces from merging into one. Vertical options may become an eye-catchy space partition, if you want that. Cable railing works great for many styles: modern, rustic, minimalist, industrial and so on.
a classic switchback staircase is made modern by integrating sleek cable railings
a combination of metal and cable creates a railing that borders the staircase in this contemporary living space
a powder-coated aluminum stair rail system visually expands the home's usable space
05 all-metal bannister and cable railing
aluminum and stainless steel cable railing for a minimalist space
dark wood and cable railing with white steps look chic and modern
blackened steel posts, wood and cable railings that look unobtrusive
black steel posts, white wood and cable railing for a sleek modern look
classic white and dark wood staircase is made more modern with cable railings
combine the modern sleek look of cable railing with a wood and stainless steel baluster for a fully-customized look
light-colored floating stairs with metal and cable railing
light and warm-colored wooden staircase with black metal and neutral cable railing
if your interior is industrial, you may go for pipes and cable railings
dark wood and cable railing
rustic stained wood staircase and railing with cables used just for a graphic and more modern look
walnut stairs with stainless steel cable rails and wooden posts has a modern yet rustic look
vertical cable railing gives a unique look to this staircase and separates it from the rest of the space
vertical cable railing for a statement in this modern space
steel cable railing staircase looks very modern and edgy yet cozy and natural
modern floating staircase with metal and vertical cable railings
ultra-modern yet a bit rustic light-colored reclaimed wood staircase with dark metal and cable railing
warmcolored wood staircase and wood and cable railing to give it a fresher modern look
warm wood staircase with metal posts, metal and cable railing, which loooks almost invisible
open modern staircase with wood, metal and cable railings and light-colored steps
natural wood and cable railing for a rustic home
modern wooden staircase with metal posts, wood and cable railing
modern whitewashed and dark wood staircase with white cable railing looks wow
Use cable railing for your decks and backyards to maximize the view and not prevent yourself from seeing it while sitting. It will also make your outdoor spaces seem larger because it’s unobtrusive and of course a chic modern flavor is guaranteed. Go for steel or aluminum posts to make them more durable, wooden are less durable ones. Look at the ideas below to get inspired!
aluminum posts and cable infill for the deck decor
cable railing is ideal for houses with a view not to prevent you from seeing it anyhow
33 deck railing with posts and vertical cables
metal and cable railing to get maximum of the forest views
metal, wood and cable railings let the outdoor spaces merge and look bigger than they are
outdoor deck with warm-wood posts, cable railings
seaside deck with white wood and cable railing to enjoy the views at all levels
simple white posts and horizontal cable railing for a beachside cottage
white wood posts and wood and cable railings for a cozy preppy look
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Cable Railing Made from strong and weather resistant 1/8" stainless steel cable, it is excellent for exterior rails and fences, yet sleek and elegant for interior railings. The special easy-to-use fittings are hidden in the end posts.
Your Clear Choice
Combining long lasting aluminum alloy posts and railings, with either tempered glass panels, aluminum pickets, or stainless steel cable; each railing system is strong, durable, weather resistant, and nearly maintenance free. This makes CrystaLite railing systems perfect for any application.
- Top Rails6 Profiles Available
- Posts3 Sizes Available
- Colors6 Colors, 5 Wood Finishes
- MountingDeck Mount and Side Mount
TESTED & CERTIFIED
CrystaLite railings are structurally designed and stamped by an independent structural engineer. CrystaLite railing systems have been rated to accommodate high wind loads and exposure ratings set forth by local building codes. CrystaLite will select the appropriate post size and spacing to meet code requirements, exposure criteria, with wind speeds up to 120 mph.
Built to Last
CrystaLite railing systems feature the thickest walled posts and rails on the market; while maintaining narrow sight-lines for maximum visibility. Known for strength, weather resistance, and long lasting performance, aircraft grade 6063-T6 aluminum alloy is used in all posts and top-rails.
The latest technology is used in applying a baked on gloss finish to our six standard colors, or any custom color selected.
Colors: White, Almond, Silver Gray, Bronze, Green, Black
Patented image-bonding technology, compliant with strict AAMA 2604 standards. This new technology has enabled us to combine the beauty of natural wood with our weather resistant aluminum railing.
Colors: Knotty Pine, Clear Fir Natural, Clear Fir Medium, Hemlock, Cherry
Color Configuration Preview
CrystaLite Railing is available in multiple types, styles, top rail profiles, post sizes and colors which adds up to hundreds of configurations possible. Use this tool to visualize what your railing system may look like, based on the options you choose for your unique configuration. Note that these colors are approximates, be sure to visit a dealer location to see physical color samples.
This is our 'standard' railing configuration. It utilizes our smaller top rails to pass over our intermediate posts and butt to the sides of larger end posts. Installations done in this manner have far fewer cuts required and allows for the most flexibility.
Post to Post
Post to post is just that, our top rails run and end at each post on a run. This is often chosen for aesthetic purposes.
Over the Top
Our smaller top rails can run over the top of our intermediate posts; likewise our larger top rails can run over the top of our 1-3/4" and 2-1/2" posts, with field mitered corners. The result is a smooth continuous line that is a very popular form of installation.
Double Top Rail
This is an attractive utilization of our railing system which combines our method of going post to post with going over the top.
We offer 3 sizes of vertical posts: 3.5" (9060), 2.5" (9006), and 1.75" (9005). CrystaLite will select the appropriate post size and spacing to meet code requirements, exposure criteria, with wind speeds up to 120 mph.
Mechanically fastened with stainless steel screws for maximum strength. Grooved bottom surface allows for a greater area for wet seal to adhere to for applications that require sealant; such as water-proof membranes.
A bit more time required for installation, but side mounted installations maximizes the footprint of your deck.
Allows for single post in the corners of side mounted installations which reduces materials needed, thus cost; and allows for desired aesthetics of a single post. Bracket designed for 0 - 1/2" spacing. Accepts custom angles.
Ramp / Stringer Mount
Custom pitched base plates are available for slopes and ramps (such as stair jacks) when required.
CrystaLite gates utilize the finest quality latch and hinge hardware on the market to ensure your gate will be strong and secure. We have a large variety of hardware to accommodate any installation need; such as pool enclosures, yard fencing, and security gates. Shown are our most commonly utilized gate hardware.
The 9020 Grab Rail system is constructed with the same aircraft grade 6063-T6 aluminum alloy as the primary railing system. We have developed a clean and sleek set of accessory components to allow for easy field attachement; including seemless splice connections for long runs and rotating angle mounting brackets.
Our new Adjustable Pivot provides complete flexibility for field installations, while creating near seamless transitions and connections. The Adjustable Pivot allows for any angle to be created for transitions between stairs and flats; as well as rotate around corners. This Adjustable Pivot is not a bulky "knuckle" but rather a near seamless spliced connection in-line with our 9020 Grab Rail.
Corner to Post
Transition with Stairs
Specs and PDF/DWG Details
- 05 73 00 Decorative RailingDOC
- 05 73 13 Glazed RailingDOC
- 05 73 16 Wire Rope RailingsDOC
- 05 15 19 Stainless Wire RopeDOC
Cable Railing | Deck Mount
1.75" Post - 9005
2.5" Post - 9006
3.5" Post - 9060
Cable Railing | Side Mount
1.75" Post - 9005
2.5" Post - 9006
3.5" Post - 9060
Railing Documents & Resources
- Quote / Order SheetPDF
- Installation ManualPDF
- Side Mount WorksheetPDF
- Care & MaintenancePDF
- Railing WarrantyPDF
- IRC Handrail InfoPDF
- Glass Measure SheetPDF
- Tips for Stair GlassPDF
- Universal Glass ClampsPDF
- Cable Fasteners InfoPDF
- Cable Assemblies Order FormPDF
- Install - Field Swag ToolPDF
- Infinity Quote SheetPDF
- Infinity Installation ManualPDF
- Infinity Glass SheetPDF
- Infinity FTL Glass InformationPDF
- Universal Glass ClampsPDF
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Are Horizontal Railings Allowed in Ontario?
Jay Fencing is Toronto and Southern Ontario’s most trusted home improvement contractors, encompassing railings’, deck, pergola, fence, abor, and gazebo installation. Contact us today to discuss your project.Book an Appointment
Under the Ontario building code, horizontal railings that are used as deck, ramp, or stair guards are illegal. All guards must be vertical, unless, of course, the raised building platform is less than 36 inches above grade.
Besides the top handrail, there only needs to be one horizontal railing at the bottom of the stair guard. That bottom railing should not be more than 4 inches from the floor.
Horizontal guardrails are a child safety hazard
Though attractive, due to their ladder or ‘climbing effect’, horizontal guardrails are dangerous to children. Their ‘climbable’ nature can entice children to climb over to the top handrail, risking injuries and fatal falls.
The horizontal guardrails referred to in the building code can be anything from metal piping to wood batten members that are run horizontally to the floor or stair.
Horizontal guardrails contrast with vertical balusters that make it difficult for children to climb, although they also should not leave wide spaces that children can easily slip through and fall.
Are cable railings legal in Ontario?
How to childproof cable guardrails
Let it be clear that when you childproof cable guardrails, the intention shouldn’t be to get around building code restrictions. Cable guardrails, even when childproofed, are still illegal under Ontario law if the raised platform on which they are installed is higher than 36 inches.
You will have to convince the building inspector that your childproofing solution fully removes the ladder effect of the horizontal guardrails you have installed. In our experience, than is more trouble than the actual aesthetic benefit gained.
Parents concerned with child safety may still want to install some kind of guard even when a stair is only a couple of risers high, or where the deck does not sit too high to be affected by building code requirements. This, of course is perfectly understandable.
Where the stair or any raised platform that present a falling risk rises more than the 36-inch limit stipulated by the Ontario building code, you will have to devise a way of childproofing the stair guard if you insist on using horizontal guardrails.
Use plastic film to remove the ladder effect from horizontal guardrails
The only way of childproofing horizontal stair guard rails is making it difficult for children to use the guardrails as a ladder to climb over. How do you do that?
You use transparent glass or plastic sheeting that allows the aesthetic qualities of horizontal guardrails to show through while preventing climbing access for children.
If you use the type of glass recommended for stair or balcony guards, the horizontal guardrails will only exist as a decorative feature that does not have to pass code.
Be sure the glass stair guard is secured tightly so it remains firmly in place all the time. Also make sure the botton horizontal railing sits not more than 4 inches from the floor.
At the top of the stair guard the childproofing transparent glass can extend all the way, or it can terminate with the securing horizontal railing that – again- shouldn’t be more than 4 inches from the top railing.
Other homeowners will use baby gates as a way of stopping children from using stairs with horizontal guardrails unaccompanied by an adult. But it is important to remind each other that the actual stair guard will still not meet building code requirements.
In the event that an adult leaves the baby gate unlocked, the horizontal stair guardrails will still pose a child safety hazard.To avoid accidents, at Jay Fencing we discourage using horizontal stair guards entirely for all residential buildings.
The Ontario building code exists to ensure the safety and structural integrity of all buildings
The Ontario building code’s primary purpose is to set minimum standards for building safety. The code exists to make buildings safe for all users and occupants, including small children and the physically challenged.
So if any part of the building structure presents a possible safety risk, it is highly likely that it will not get approval, whether you are in Ontario or any part of Canada.
If you are unsure whether your proposed staircase or deck design meets the province of Ontario’s building code guidelines for railings, kindly consult the experts at Jay Fencing.Book an Appointment
Cable Railing Code & Guardrail Requirements
Whether you are installing cable railing on a deck, staircase, or balcony, it’s important to make sure that your railing system is up to code. There are specific requirements for each aspect of the railing system, such as handrail height, the amount of pressure that the system must be able to withstand, and how far apart the posts must be spaced.
In general, cable railing code requirements come from two different sources:
- The IRC (International Residential Code)
- Local, city, or state codes (For example here is California’s Guardrail Code)
Is Cable Railing Safe?
When built to code, cable railing is a very safe option for railing. However, building code can be a challenge to navigate. Within this page, you’ll find helpful information about horizontal railing codes, and how Viewrail cable railing products are designed to exceed those code requirements without sacrificing on beautiful aesthetic and design.
What are the Codes Affecting Cable Railing?
A number of code stipulations will apply to your project given its environment: residential or commercial. While there are some standards for railing for both residential and commercial projects, local code presents minor differences that are important to consider. We always recommend verifying your project details with a local code official before finalizing a project. Most often, horizontal railing systems are subject to the Sphere Rules, Handrail & Guardrail Height Requirements, and Load Requirements.
In any guide to cable railing code, you’ll hear reference to the 4 inch Sphere Rule. Additionally, if stairs are involved, you will hear the 6 inch Sphere Rule referenced.
What is the 4 inch Sphere Rule?
The 4 Inch Sphere Rule refers to naturally occurring gaps and spaces within a railing system. The rule states that a 4” sphere should be unable to pass through any gap in a railing system. This is why Viewrail posts are drilled with holes 3 ⅛” center-to-center, to avoid any deflection exceeding 4 inches.
6” Sphere Rules
The exception to the 4 inch sphere rule is the gap created between the bottom run of infill and the 90 degree angle created where the rear of a stair tread meets a stair riser (consult the diagram above for reference). The rule states a 6 inch sphere should be unable to pass through this triangular gap.
Handrail & Guardrail Height
Handrail & guardrail are commonly confused as being the same component of a railing system.
Guardrail refers to the structural railing element that sits atop a railing system. A guardrail is typically required for stairs with 4-or-more risers, or for a deck or balcony with 30 inches above grade. Code requires guardrail in residential structures be a minimum of 36 inches. Some areas require taller guardrail. Be sure to check with your code official regarding your area’s guardrail height requirements.
Handrail refers to a graspable element of a railing system designed to assist you in ascending or descending a staircase. Code requires handrails be mounted between 34 and 38 inches. Code also requires handrails return into a wall or structural member of the railing system. This allows everyone from homeowners to first responders to safely traverse a staircase without snagging clothing or equipment on a handrail and falling down a staircase.
Force & Load Requirements
Another common code requirement you’ll hear about during a horizontal railing project covers load requirements, or a certain amount of pressure either applied to a specific point of a railing system or distributed throughout the system by linear foot.
Handrails and guardrails and structural members of a railing system are required to withstand 200lbs of concentrated force in any direction. Intermediate structures are only required to withstand 50lbs of concentrated force.
At Viewrail, we’ve tested each part of our system to a 4x safety factor to ensure our systems are as structurally sound as they are aesthetically pleasing.
What is the spacing for cable railing?
To ensure your system performs as well as designed, be sure to space structural posts no more than 4ft apart center-to-center. If you’re using a wood post system, you’ll need a structural post every 8ft with intermediate (non-load-bearing posts) spaced every 4ft between structural posts.
This measure also ensures your cables will remain properly tensioned and deflect as little as possible.
What is Proper Tensioning?
Following deck cable railing code will allow you to create a safe and sturdy system. Once your system is installed, another vital element is proper tensioning. Following cable railing code is essential to a cable railing system that will perform optimally for years to come.
Pro Tips for Proper Tensioning:
- Measure twice, cut once . This an old adage for a reason. The more precise your cuts, the less likely you are to bottom out the threads on your tension receivers.
- Always crimp your cable railing components twice.
- Follow the tensioning diagram, beginning with your center-most run of railing and alternating towards your outer-most runs at the top and bottom of your posts.
- Be careful not to tension your cable railing too much. In some instances, this can bow handrail.
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