Cable railing systems are often misunderstood. Before you make the final decision about your railing options, you should get the truth about cable railing systems, their construction options, how much maintenance they may need, and where you can use them.Join us in de-bunking the six biggest misconceptions about cable railing systems.
1. Cable Railings Will Block My View
Isn’t glass the best choice if you want to have an unobstructed view? Actually, no. Glass creates reflections and glare from the sun or other lights. Cable railings won’t bounce light back in your face, and the thin cables are easy to ignore and see around. After you adjust, you won’t even see the rails anymore, just the beautiful view beyond.
2. Cable Railings Are for Outdoor Uses Only
You may see cable railing systems outdoors more often than indoors, but they are perfectly suitable for indoor use. Your home’s stair railing and hand railings can be cable railing. In a commercial building, you might use a cable railing system as a boundary on a staircase, or where you have an overlook such as an interior balcony or mezzanine.
3. Cable Railings Are Only Metal and Cannot Be Made of Wood
If you want a wood railing, you can get a cable railing system from us. Tom Salas, co-owner and lead installer at Bay Area Cable Railing, has deep knowledge of metalworking and woodworking. He can create a cable railing system for you that uses wooden posts. One common solution he uses to make mixed material system work is adding sub rails to reduce compression on the top rail. Wood and metal railings are safe and give a natural or rustic touch to any property they are installed on.