Key-Link Cable Railing System used on an A-frame

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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link American Series Sample Kit
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Stainless Steel Cable Stainless Steel Cable for Railing | Key-Link
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Post Cap Textured Black 2-1/2" Post Cap | Key-Link
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    Deckorators Stainless Steel Cable with Pre-attached Threaded Stud | Deckorators
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Stainless Steel Cable Cutter
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Gripping Pliers for 1/8" Cable | Key-Link Railing
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link Grip Adapters for 10R Vice Grips
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Tension Gauge for 1/8" Cable | Loos & Co.
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    Deckorators 2-1/2" Classic Solar Post Cap | Deckorators
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    2-1/2" Classic Solar Post Cap | Deckorators
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    INSO Supply Cable Release Tool | Deckorators
    Cable Release Tool | Deckorators
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link Cable Threading Neeldle
    Key-Link Cable Threading Needle
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    Deckorators Deckorators Aluminum Railing Installation Template
    Deckorators Aluminum Railing Installation Template
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link American Series Vertical Cable Gate
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    Simpson Strong-Tie Simpson SDWS Timber Screw (Exterior Grade) 5/16"x4"
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    Key-Link Fencing & Railing 4.5 oz Touch Up Paint for Key-Link Railing
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    INSO Supply Level Line Deckorators Contemorary Continuous Top Rail Brackets
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Cable Release Tool | Key-Link
    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Cable Release Tool | Key-Link
    Key-Link Cable Release Tool
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Aluminum Post Key-Link American Series Crossover Post
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    Key-Link American Series Crossover Post
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link External Cable Rail Level Fitting 2 pack
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Key-Link Surface Mount Post, Capt & Trim Bundle
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    Key-Link Fencing and Railing Tools Key-Link Vertical Cable Railing Tools Bundle
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    Key-Link Vertical Cable Railing Tools Bundle
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    Key-Link Cable Railing System used on an outdoor deck

    Cable Railing for Decks, Stairs and Balconies

    Our Cable Railing systems are highly durable enhance the appearance of your space. Feel secure knowing that we only offer high-quality cable railing products from industry leading brands such as Key-Link and Deckorators. Choose between Horizontal Cable Railing, Vertical Cable Railing, or DIY Cable Railing Solutions for your preferred view and installation satisfaction. Additionally, we provide a variety of cable railing post options to complete your cable railing system.

    All of our cable railing systems are corrosion resistant. They are designed to withstand various weather conditions, promising longevity and reducing maintenance costs. Additionally, they seamlessly blend with nearly any architectural style or interior decor. Choosing the right cable railing system and components can be challenging. That's why we offer a Railing Design Service to help you make the best choice for your space. Our team of experts will provide a personalized quote based on your specific needs and preferences. Whether you need a porch railing, stair railing, or deck railing, our design team has you covered! Take the first step towards transforming your space today. Reach out to us for a free consultation and let's bring your vision to life. Our team is ready to assist you in designing a safe, stylish, and stand-out space.

    What are the benefits of cable railing systems?

    Cable railing has numerous advantages that make it an attractive option for outdoor environments. Thanks to its modern, minimalist design, stainless steel cable railings give you unobstructed views, low maintenance and easy installation.

    The cable provides a near transparent view. The slim design of the post and rails help you maximize the space on your deck, patio, or balcony. Our collection of cable railing systems all feature powder coated metal posts and railings that are easy to install and maintain. They are a good option for those who want low-maintenance alternatives to wooden railing systems.

    Man standing on a deck featuring key-link horizontal cable railing system

    What are the different types of stainless steel cable railing?

    Horizontal Cable Railing

    Horizontal cable railing systems are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a modern, minimalist look. This cable deck railing style adds a modern look to your outdoor area and allows you to see beyond your railing. Horizontal cable deck railings have a slim design that saves space on your deck or balcony, without being visually obtrusive. Horizontal cable railing utilizes posts with custom stainless steel components that allow you to route the cable through the posts, around corners and down stairs.

    Shown: Key-Link Horizontal Cable Railing System

    Vertical Cable Railing

    Vertical cable railing offers a relatively simple installation, making it a popular choice for both residential and commercial settings. One of its standout features is the prestrung cables, which simplifies the setup process and saves time.

    Vertical cable railing is an excellent choice for families concerned about child safety. The vertical orientation of the cable makes it difficult for children to climb, providing an added layer of security. This feature offers parents peace of mind, knowing that their little ones are less likely to engage in risky climbing behavior.

    Shown: Key-Link Vertical Cable Railing System

    Drink Railing

    For those looking to entertain friends and family, you may want to consider cable rail system with a drink rail. A drink rail system allows you to attach a wider surface, often a deck board, to the top of the rail. This feature saves deck space by using the railing to hold plates and drinks instead of needing tables.

    Shown: Key-Link Chesapeake Series Drink Railing

    DIY Cable Railing

    DIY cable railing hardware is an easy way to transform your existing wood railing or create a custom rail. This system consists of bulk cable, cable fittings and line post channels. This system works with pressure-treated wood posts, composite posts, or metal posts. DIY cable railing is an attractive and cost-effective way to add cable to a variety of different railing materials.

    Shown: Key-Link External Cable Fittings

    Is cable railing safe?

    Yes, cable railing is a safe and secure choice for your outdoor space. When properly installed and maintained, cable railings generally provide safety and meet local building codes and regulations. People commonly use them in homes and businesses for decks, balconies, staircase railing. However, it's crucial to follow any manufacturer installation and maintenance requirements to ensure ongoing safety.

    Does cable railing meet building code?

    Yes, our cable railing systems meet building codes for safety and structural integrity. Our offerings are made from high-quality materials that have been tested to meet stringent building codes and safety standards.

    For more information see our article on code compliance.

    How to install cable railing?

    A pre-designed horizontal cable railing system provides an easy install for your railing project. Below is a brief step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

    Step 1: Installing the Posts

    Start by installing the posts, which typically come in various types such as end posts, line posts, and corner posts. Ensure that they are firmly secured in place to provide a sturdy foundation for the railing system.

    Step 2: Installing the Rail Sections

    Once the metal posts are in place, proceed to install the rail sections. These sections connect to the posts and provide structure and support for the handrail. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to securely fasten the rail sections to the posts.

    Step 3: Stringing the Stainless Steel Cable

    After installing the rail sections, it's time to string the cable through the posts and rail sections. To begin, insert the cable into the first post. Next, continue threading it through each metal post and rail section until you reach the end. Depending on which cable railing system that you're installing, your stainless steel cable may terminate differently.

    Step 4: Tensioning the Cable

    Finally, tension the cable runs to ensure they are taut and secure. You can typically achieve this by using a set of gripping pliers and tightening the cable fittings of the end posts. Follow the recommended tensioning guidelines provided by the railing system manufacturer to achieve the desired level of tension.

    How do I install vertical cable rail system?

    Installing vertical cable rail systems is simple and shares features with standard aluminum railing kits. Unlike its horizontal counterpart, vertical cable railing doesn't need special posts or intricate cable stringing and the cable infill is presinstalled. Here's how to install it:

    Step 1: Anchor the Posts

    Start by anchoring the posts securely, as they will serve as the main support for your railing system.

    Step 2: Insert Support Rods

    Next, insert stainless steel support rods into the vertical cable rail sections. Cut the desired cable and insert the support rod into the rail section. Hand-tighten the flange nuts to lock the support rods in place.

    Step 3: Attach Rail Sections to Posts

    Attach the rail sections to the anchored metal posts. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines to ensure you fasten the rail sections securely, achieving proper fit and alignment.

    Step 4: Tension the Cable

    Tension the stainless steel cable according to the manufacturer's specifications. Usually, you can adjust the tensioning mechanism within the rail sections to achieve this. Follow the recommended guidelines to ensure that the wire remains taut and secure.

    What components does a cable railing system require?

    Top Rail Kit

    The 'Top Rail Kit' is an essential component of a horizontal cable rail system. Cable railing kits include: a top rail, intermediate balusters, and rail brackets. The top rail serves as the horizontal support and anchor for the entire railing system, providing strength and stability.

    Top Rail Kits: Key-Link American Series, Deckorators ALX Cable Deck Rail, utilize stainless steel cable in specified lengths. These have hardware pre-attached to the cable and come with all the components required to terminate the stainless steel cable at end posts.

    Cable Posts

    Cable rail posts come in a variety of different styles, each specially designed to serve a different purpose. These aluminum posts have pre-drilled holes come in different types including end posts, line posts, and corner posts.

    End post used at the beginning and end of a cable run. Line posts go between the end posts to keep the railing and wire strong and steady. These posts have holes already drilled, so threading cable is easy. Corner Posts allow the cable to bend around a corner without the need for double posting or termination.

    Post options: Key-Link Cable Posts, Deckorators Cable Posts

    External Cable Fittings

    External cable fittings let you attach cables to almost any surface like walls or existing posts. These fittings make your railing secure and give you more design options.

    What tools are required for cable rail installation?

    There are a few special tools required to install cable railing. Cable cutters are necessary for cleanly and accurately cutting the cables to the desired lengths. A cable release tool helps remove a secured cable for adjustments or replacements. A threading needle is handy for guiding the cables through the railings and posts, ensuring smooth and precise installations. Gripping pliers provide a secure grip when working with cables and fittings, making the process more manageable.

    Additionally, we recommend using a tension gauge to ensure optimal tension. This tool helps prevent cables from being over or under tension, ensuring a safe and balanced railing system. By having these tools on hand, you'll have everything you need for a seamless and efficient deck project.

    Can cable railing be installed around corners?

    Yes, cable railing can be installed around corners! While some systems require double posting at corners, we only support horizontal cable railing systems that offer a corner post. With corner posts, it’s easy to make smooth transitions around corners without terminating and double posting.

    How do I tension cable railing

    Tensioning your cable railing correctly is crucial for a safe and balanced setup. Too little tension makes the cables sag and become unsafe, while too much can damage the system and risk injury.

    To get the right tension, you'll need gripping pliers or adapters, a tension gauge, and the right wrench for your system. First, remove any slack from the cables and attach them to the end post fittings. Next, use gripping pliers to hold the cable steady while you tension it. Then, with your wrench, tighten the cable at the end post.

    Use a tension gauge to make sure all cables have equal tension. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines to achieve the proper tension for a secure and balanced cable railing system. For more detailed information, visit our article on tensioning cable railing.

    How do I maintain my cable rail?

    The recommended method is to wash the surfaces periodically with a warm water and non-abrasive, pH neutral detergent solution. Thoroughly rinse the surfaces after cleaning to remove any residue. Use a soft cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush for cleaning, and avoid using a pressure washer exceeding 400 PSI. By following these guidelines, you can maintain the pristine appearance of your aluminum railing for years to come.

    Stainless Steel Cable Infill Maintenance

    Stainless steel cable infill is naturally resistant to corrosion thanks to its protective chromium oxide film. However, you need to perform regular maintenance to keep its shine and durability. Improper care can lead to slight rusting or staining, especially near the coast. Luckily, these blemishes are easy to remove.

    For cleaning, use a rust and stain remover like Boeshield's Rust Free®. Avoid using mineral acids or bleaches on the surface. After cleaning, apply a thin coat of Boeshield T-9® for waterproof rust and corrosion protection. It's important to avoid using sandpaper, steel wool, or scotch pads.

    For more in depth instruction on cleaning your railing, please visit our Aluminum Railing Maintenance Guide