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Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount Vs. Undermount

Fascia Mount Railing Post on Deck and Surface Mount post on stairs and balcony

Advantages and Disadvantages

What is the difference between surface mount and fascia mounted deck railing posts?

Surface-mounted posts are mounted to the top surface of the deck, they are occasionally referred to as deck mounts, floor mounts, or even top mounts. Fascia mounted posts are mounted to the side of the deck and sometimes are referred to as side mounts or joist mounts.

What is an Undermount deck railing post?

Undermounted deck railing posts are designed to appear to slice through the surface of the deck and have all the mounting hardware attach the post to the structure below the surface decking.

I always get customers asking me how to attach their railing to their application. While there are many different ways to attach your railing, the most popular methods are mounting to the fascia or mounting to the surface. In addition, many clients opt for the more sleek and modern style of under mounting the posts. 
 

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Use Escutcheon Plates for a Refined Railing Look

Railing Escutcheon Plate
What are escutcheon plates?

By definition, an escutcheon (pronounced es·cutch·eon) plate is a shield, cover, or an ornamental or protective plate. Escutcheon plates are used to conceal something functional like mounting hardware or an unwanted hole.

Use escutcheon plates for a clean, simple, or modern style railing.

More and more customers are looking for a clean, seamless, or modern look for their homes. For interior or exterior railing, whether it’s a cable railing or any other type of railing, the escutcheon plate is a great choice to conceal the hardware. I find that especially with interior applications, you might want all the fasteners and hardware hidden with no exposed bolt or screw heads. Escutcheon plates are a perfect and easy solution. They simply slide over the post, hiding the hardware and providing a more refined look. Our escutcheon plates are typically machined from a solid billet, not the thin stamped sheet metal common in the industry.

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Screen Porch Cable Guardrail Solutions

Cable guard on screen porch.

Adding a screen porch to your home extends your outdoor living lifestyle. Whether your screen porch is used as a dining porch, sleeping porch or just to relax. It allows you to enjoy the fresh air and outside environment without dealing with unwanted bugs and critters.

When deciding on your screen porch design, it is important to understand the building codes in your municipality. Typically, a guardrail is required for an elevated porch of 30 inches or more above ground level. In addition, if the screens extend to within 24 inches of the floor or walking surface, a guard rail is required. Cable guardrails add an extra level of safety to the screens, especially for toddlers and pets that could push through a screen. A cable guardrail maintains the open airy feel while preserving your view and providing an added level of safety protection. Residential guardrail requirements that do not act as handrails are required to be a minimum height of 36 inches.

There are a number of ways to add a cable guardrail to your screen porch while maintaining your view. They include adding it to the outside of your screen porch, to the inside, or using cables lagged into the wood columns. See some unique approaches below.

What is a Screen Porch Cable Guardrail?

A guardrail made with cable or wire rope that wraps the screen of the porch from the walking surface to a height of 36 inches or more. The guardrail must adhere to required safety codes, and provides a barrier from falls through the screen.

Screen Porch with Exterior Cable Guardrail

Raised Deck and screen porch with cable guardrail

The cable railing guardrail for this home was made to complement the architecture and wrap the outside of the porch. The exterior of this home marries a variety of materials including wood, steel, and stone, with modern crisp architectural lines. The desire to enjoy the outdoors and extend the season led to designing a variety of multi-purpose exterior spaces. The covered screen porch was added to this home’s design to provide a functional space that could be used year-round.

The home’s floor plan was designed to easily transition from the interior to the screen porch that overlooks a beautiful pool and golf course. The cable guardrail wraps the exterior of the screen porch and matches the deck and stair railings creating symmetry across the facade. We fabricated this railing in our Ithaca style with an aluminum top rail and powder-coated it oil-rubbed bronze.

Screened Sun Porch with Interior Cable Guardrail

Sun room with guard rail on windows screens

A coastal sunroom is a great place to relax and take in the beach views while enjoying the ocean breeze. With floor-to-ceiling screens, this project required the addition of a guardrail. To maintain the views the owners chose our Ithaca Style cable railing system. We fabricated the cable railing posts to fit in-between the interior of the home’s screened window columns. The posts are anodized aluminum, with the addition of escutcheon plates to cover the hardware and create a more refined look. The cables and fittings are made of 316 stainless steel. To maintain consistency the same cable railing system is used on the exterior deck and boardwalk.

Cable Guardrail Attached to Porch Columns

Screen Porch with floor to ceiling window and cable guardrail

This cable guardrail protrudes through then lags into the existing wood columns, so it does not require additional posts. Living near the forest is a wonderful place to enjoy the serene tranquility of nature. Since the objective was to bring the natural outdoor environment closer to the living space, a screen porch was a perfect choice. To maintain a minimal aesthetic and implement the required guardrail this customer chose a cable lag system. Our unique cable railing fittings are available with lag hardware that screw directly into the wood columns. The deck railings on the exterior of the home feature our curved Keuka Style cable railing system.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality. Take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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Inspiring Hamptons Stair and Railing Projects

Living room with modern floating spindle stairs and window wall

Modern stairs and railings crafted for Homes in the Hamptons

The Hamptons located on Long Island is made up of a variety of beach towns and award-winning vineyards with a rural atmosphere, and historic charm. Widely known as an exclusive summer destination to escape from the city, and viewed as a summer playground, or a place to relax and enjoy the pristine waters. The architecture of the area boasts a variety of charming homes from traditional colonial styles to modern mansions. We have designed and fabricated a variety of stairs and railings for homes in the Hamptons. These projects will inspire your next renovation or new build. See something you like? Let us know.

East Hampton

Floating Spindle Stair and Railing Project

Quarter turn stairs and railing project with pencils spindles

A work of art this floating staircase flows elegantly between floors with a continuous oak handrail. The steel stringers appear as if they float in thin air, and each spindle is perfectly placed. This streamlined railing is constructed of powder-coated steel with thick white oak treads and handrails.

Floating stairs with pencil railings.

Placed directly in front of a two-story window the vertical lines of the staircase balustrade blend beautifully with the modern aesthetic of this cube-style home.

Bridgehampton

Black Cable Railings

Timber frame structure with floating staircase and cable railings in center of home.

A truly unique stairwell design combines rustic and refined elements in this modern farmhouse. The reclaimed wooden beams add a weathered texture, contrasting with the smooth white oak treads and handrails. The cable railing is made with black cables and fittings. The Ithaca Style railing posts are a custom powder-coat color to match the home’s window trim.

Modern farm house with black cable railing system on floating stairs and balcony.

Striking in its simplicity the slim straight balusters and linear design of the railings accent the home’s neutral pallet.

Stainless Cable Railing

Covered master bedroom deck with stainless steel cable railing system and gray posts overlooking pool area.

The crisp clean lines of the master bedroom balcony railing with thin railing posts provide the required functionality while seeming to disappear from the view. The cable ends are attached to the home’s structure with our unique fittings eliminating the requirement for additional posts. The same railing style is used for the interior and exterior creating synergy in the design of the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Montauk

Exterior Stair and Balcony Cable Railings

Cable railings for entrance stairs and upper level balcony.

The design objective of this modern home with floor-to-ceiling windows and a distinctive wide main entry stair was to maintain the open views. Cable railings were chosen to ascend the stairs and wrap the porch and balcony. The Ithaca Style railing is made with thin posts and a wood top rail which maximizes the views.

Glass Interior Stair Railings

Glass railing balustrade on floating stairs.

A free-standing modern straight staircase with glass railing balustrades and metal posts gives this railing a transparent appearance. Placed adjacent to the window it seamlessly brings the outdoors, indoors and allows for streaming sunlight throughout. The posts include escutcheon plates to hide the mounting hardware. The glass balustrade is mounted to the posts with stainless steel clamps.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality. Take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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Cable Railing Systems for Decks

Deck with surface mount railing

Whether you’re building a new deck or remodeling an existing one Keuka Studios offers a variety of cable railings systems for decks. There are six standard post styles to choose from and many accessories and materials available to suit your home and your style.

What is included with a cable railing system for decks?

When you’re deciding to purchase a cable railing system for your deck it is important to understand what is included with our system:
-Design and rendering service. Unless your project is a simple, level rectangular deck, your probably going to need some custom designed posts. During this process, we work this all out and can provide renderings showing optional styles and colors to help you visualize the finished project. We are particularly good at making your project look cohesive and elegant. Just look at our Deck Railing Gallery and I am sure you will agree.
-The individual railing posts. There are different posts available for end posts, intermediate posts, and stair posts. All are available in either a surface or fascia mount.
– All the cables with fittings required to complete the project. These can be for 1/8th-inch or 3/16th-inch cable. 3/16th-inch cable is more common on commercial ailing systems.
-All mounting hardware for installation. 18-8 stainless steel is standard, 316 stainless is optional (for coastal applications).
-The top rail (optional). Available in wood, steel, or aluminum.
-Keuka cable railing fittings including a fitting installation kit.

What accessories are available for my cable railing?

We offer a variety of additional accessories for cable railing systems that include: posts and rails, custom-designed to accommodate LED lightingEscutcheon Plates to hide mounting hardware, and nut caps to hide hex lag screws. In addition, we can custom design a matching gate for your project.

What styles of posts are available to choose from?

We offer 6 standard cable railing designs. The KeukaIthacaChicagoTokyoKauai, and Prairie. Each style offers a different look and feel to complement your home’s style. We can also make a custom design where your imagination is the only limitation. Each post style can be purchased in a range of materials with associated costs relative to the material chosen. Available materials include Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel. Available finishes are:

What types of finishes are available for metal deck railing posts?

Depending the type of metal, the railing posts can be powder-coated, galvanized, galvanize with powder-coat, anodized, brushed or polished.

– Powder-Coating, available on steel, aluminum or stainless steel.
– hot dipped galvanized, available on steel only.
– hot dipped galvanized plus powder coat, available on steel only.
– Clear Anodizing, available on aluminum.
– Brushed or polished finish, available on stainless steel and aluminum.

cable railing designs.

Keuka Style Curved Deck Railing Post

Our signature Keuka railing post style has a curved profile and can be made to be fascia mounted or surface mount. This railing style beautifully complements architecture with curved roofs, decks or balconies.

Keuka railing post

Ithaca Style Sleek Stainless Steel Deck Railing

The Ithaca style cable railing has sleek thin posts to be the least obstructive to the view beyond. This railing can be surface mount or fascia mounted. The Ithaca style railing looks sleek and streamlined on modern homes and blends simply into almost any architectural style.

Industrial style mountain home with cable railing

Chicago Style Industrial Deck Railing Post

Unique to Keuka Studios the Chicago Style cable railing boasts an industrial edge. Our clients have installed this railing on modern and industrial architecture with exposed beams to add a sleek contemporary look.

 Chicago style cable railing

Tokyo Style Slim Deck Railing

The Tokyo Style cable railing has sharp lines and a sleek profile. The corner posts have a unique style with thin square bars that add an Asian influence.

Tokyo Style cable r

Kauai Style Cable Railing For Decks

The Kauai Style has slender intermediate posts with double-bar end posts connected with round stainless steel standoffs between the corner posts. This style works well with modern and contemporary architecture and allows for vista views.

Kauai Style

Cable Railings System for Decks with Prairie Post

The prairie posts are reminiscent of an I-beam with a unique motif design on each of the posts. This style complements an industrial look as well as prairie-style architecture including homes with low roof lines. This look can be designed without the motif cut-out resulting in a more traditional I-beam appearance for an industrial aesthetic.

What type of top rail are available for decks? Top rails are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and materials including wood, aluminum and steel. There are several factors to consider when choosing top rails. Depending on the railing style of choice some top rails will work better than others. Each top rail will have an associated cost depending on size, material, and finish of choice.

Let us help you customize a cable railing system of your choice for your deck to suit your home’s style. Wondering how to install a cable railing on your deck? We have an easy step by step guide.

Call us for a quote 585-487-6148


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Rooftop Deck Cable Railing

Contemporary Martha's Vineyard summer home with complete cable railing system

Whether you live oceanside, in a bustling city, deep in the woods, or at the peak of a mountain, the best way to achieve a 360-degree view from your home is with a rooftop cable railing deck. Cable railing is nearly transparent and has a modern aesthetic. If you have a flat rooftop, you can utilize cable railing and turn your roof into the ultimate outdoor living space. A rooftop deck makes a great addition to your home or business.

Why Cable Railing?

What’s the point of a rooftop deck if the required railing blocks the view? Cable railing solves this dilemma. At Keuka Studios, we design railings with 1/8-inch or 3/16-inch diameter stainless steel cable infill that blend right in with their surroundings and are easy for the eye to ignore. When it comes to railing post design, our Ithaca Style railings, in particular, pose minimal interference to your panoramic views.

Another option is our Keuka Style post with its curved form that adds an artistic feel as it beautifully wraps a curved or rectangular roof top. Our railing posts paired with a flat top rail allow for an unimpeded view of your surrounding cityscape, landscape, or waterfront.

Need Ideas for Your Rooftop Deck?

Now that you’ve decided on cable railing for your rooftop deck, you might need a little inspiration for how to make the most of your new space. Rooftop decks are perfect for lounge areas, dining areas, outdoor kitchen, bars, gardens, and even pools.

1. Martha’s Vineyard, MA – Modern Rooftop Lounge

View of ocean from Martha's Vineyard rooftop deck
Deck railing over a garage.
Apartment Complex Recreational Rooftop

4. Sea Bright, NJ – Oceanfront Rooftop Deck

New jersey Cable Railing and Stairs

5. Danbury, CT – Modern Rooftop Deck

Roof top deck cable railing over glass porch on cube style home.

At Keuka Studios, we take pride in building craftsman-quality residential and commercial-grade cable railing systems. Every Keuka Studios custom railing is built specifically for your space. As a result, our products fit perfectly with your home or business’ existing architecture, both in terms of structure and style. To learn more about how each project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process.

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Design Trend: Blackened Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for cable railing with the durability of stainless steel but aren’t a fan of the metal’s bright luster, then blackened stainless steel may be the perfect material for your new cable railing. Here at Keuka Studios, we now offer stainless steel cables and fittings with a black patina made from Type 316 marine grade stainless steel.

With the black stainless steel, appliance trend still gaining steam, our product carries this unique look beyond the kitchen. By incorporating black stainless steel cable railing into interior staircases or balconies, you can create a sleek, cohesive look throughout your home. If you want your space to have a minimalist, rustic, or urban-modern interior design, blackened stainless steel will give an understated look to your railing system. Plus, the blackened metal will seamlessly match dark or muted hues on your walls or within your decor.

When it comes to exterior staircases and decks, black stainless steel cable railing can heighten transparency, depending on the location. If your home or business has a naturally dark environment, for example, if your deck overlooks a wooded area, black stainless steel blends into the background and thus doesn’t distract from the view.

Interested in black stainless steel cable and fittings for your railing? Buy black cable fittings online.

Black cable railing in mountain home interior.
Open-tread stairs with black cable railing
Log home with wood railing posts and black cable stair railing

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade cable railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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6 Mountain View Cable Railing Decks

A home tucked away in the mountains that overlook vast forests and valleys is any nature lover’s dream. With an organic mountain vista all around you, the architecture of your home shouldn’t stand in the way of the view. Rather, it should enhance it. By installing cable railing on your deck or patio, your mountain home can have both a modern design and a natural, unobstructed view.

Keuka Studios has created cable railing systems for homes in mountain ranges across the U.S. To name a few, we’ve designed railings for clients in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Also, we’ve designed railings for clients in Canada. For example, we crafted a custom railing for a client in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. All of our railing systems arrive at their destination ready for assembly.

If you need design ideas for your future railing system, take a look at these cable railings we’ve crafted to help maximize aerial views.

Mountain View Cable Railing Inspiration

Timber deck with cable railing

1. The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Located near Biltmore Lake, this mountain home with a large timber frame incorporates Keuka Studios Ithaca Style railing. The railing has “Raven Black” powder-coated steel posts and a Brazilian walnut top rail.

San Francisco deck with dining table and cable railing

2. San Francisco, California

For our client in San Francisco, we designed a cable railing that preserves this amazing overlook. When they dine on the deck, the homeowners have a panoramic vista of the whole city. The railing features a wood top rail and steel posts powder-coated in “Raven Black.”

Close up of silver powder-coated post and aluminum top rail

3. Bear Mountain, California

Keuka Studios designed cable railing for a California home that looks out on Big Bear Lake. This home near the popular Bear Mountain ski resort features a concrete curved deck with our Keuka Style cable railing. The photo below is a close up of the railing’s “Silver Vein” powder-coated steel posts and matching aluminum top rail.

 

Slate deck with cable railing

4. Soquel, California

Our Ithaca Style cable railing preserves the view from this slate deck overlooking a California hillside. The railing features “Dazzling Pewter” powder-coated steel posts that match perfectly with the slate. In order to create contrast, the homeowner chose Brazilian Walnut (IPE) for the wood top rail.

Keuka Studios cable railing on deck that faces snowy Vermont mountain

5. Central Vermont

Located near one of central Vermont’s majestic ski mountains this modern craftsman chalet has our Kauai Style cable railings on the interior and exterior.  The vision for this deck was to have a place to entertain and enjoy a drink and the view after a fun day of skiing. So we integrated an aluminum shelf into the deck railing.

Deck Railing with mountain view

6. Carson Range, Nevada

Located in Clear Creek near the eastern slope of the Carson Range this home is surrounded by millions of acres of forest. The dramatic mountainside setting creates a perfect mountain retreat. Since the objective of the project was to maintain the view, our curved Keuka Style cable railing was chosen to complement the architecture, steel channel structure, and curved rooflines of the home.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality. Take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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5 Considerations For Choosing Railing Color

Cable railing image in the evening light.

Part of planning your outdoor deck project is thinking about what the railing color should be. This can be perplexing or lots of fun! Your home color is a personal choice, and your railing color will be a personal choice too.

Here are some things to consider when selecting your cable railing colors.

Which is more important to you?

Is it the look of your deck and railing from the outside of your house, or how it will look from the inside of your house?

deck railing color from inside and outside
Looking at the home from the outside vs. from indoors.

Which railing color will best blend in with your view? 

Dark colors generally blend in better with a forest view and stand out against a water view. Lighter colors blend in better with ocean and lake views.

deck railing with forest view railing color blends in
Notice how the dark color of the railing posts blends in with the trees.
cable railing color on deck with water front view
Light-colored posts blend in with the water view.

What type of experience do you want while enjoying your deck?

One way to think about railing color is to establish a theme for your deck space. Should your space provoke a specific feeling or mood? Do you want it to feel Zen-like, nautical, rustic, or modern?

More passive or neutral colors can give a soothing Zen-like feeling to your outdoor space. Silvers, whites, and stainless steel can look more nautical or modern. Browns and greens can feel more rustic and blend in better with a backyard garden space.

Did you know light conditions can greatly affect the appearance of railing color?

It is important to look at color samples in the area where they will be used. Whether you’re planning an outdoor deck railing project or an indoor staircase, look at color samples in natural light. Direct sunlight is best. Observe the railing color sample during the daytime and evening. Observe the railing color in the environment that the color will be used. The eye perceives color differently on vertical surfaces than it does on horizontal and curved surfaces. If the color is being applied to a vertical surface, be sure to look at the sample on a vertical surface. This will give you a better perspective on how the color will actually look.

Should the railing color match the outside of the house or accent it?

Many times we are asked by customers, “should the railing color match the house color, window trim, or accent color?” These are important things to consider. Contrasting colors can be used to accent or draw attention to the railing, making the railing a focal point. Similar colors can make the railing posts appear to blend in with the home. See these example images below showing different railing color variations. These images may help you visualize how your completed project will look.

wood rail vs metal rail
Wood top rail vs. metal top rail.
matching the trim or the siding
Railing matches siding vs. trim.

Why choose just one color for your railing?

You can create contrast or similarity depending on the aesthetic and architectural style you are trying to achieve. The top railing can be powder-coated in a contrasting color to the railing posts, or they can be the same color to create more uniformity.

Deck with railing top rail different than post as compared to Deck with top rail the same as the posts
Railing contrasting top rail color vs. railing with uniform post and top rail color.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project! For more color options see this page on our 6 signature colors. There are thousands of custom colors available for metal railings so you can create a style you’ll love.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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5 factors to consider when selecting a top rail for your deck railing

Keuka style corner post with IPE wood top rail.

When choosing the right top rail for your railing project, there are many factors you should consider, including:

Style

Shape

Material

Color/Finish

Lighting


What is a railing top rail?

A top rail is a horizontal member across the top of the railing system that is typically affixed to the vertical posts and acts as a cap to the railing. The top rail is different than the handrail (which is meant to be graspable)

What style top rail do you want for your deck railing?

When you’re thinking about the style of your top railing consider the style of your home and your personal taste. Do you prefer the simplicity of a square or rectangular top rail for a modern touch?  Or a rounded profile that is smooth to the touch and rounds out the hard edges of the deck design? 

Take a look at these projects for ideas on how this can work with various home styles.
Log Style, Modern Craftsman, Contemporary, Modern, Tropical, Colonial

What to consider when deciding on the shape?

The variety of the shapes of the top rail are reliant on the type of material to be used. Wood has the most flexibility of shape as we can custom mill it to nearly any shape and size. There are however limitations on how small the cross-section can be in order to maintain the structural integrity.

Metal rails are available in a somewhat lesser variety of shapes due to the relative difficulty in machining shapes into them. Typically metal top rails are made from tubing, extrusions, flat bars, and pipe.

Another consideration is whether you want the shape to act as a shelf allowing for guests to set their drinks on it?  Or maybe you would prefer the top rail to be rounded to discourage items from being placed on the railing?  
Is the view the most important aspect to you, then maybe a thinner top rail is the best choice to be the least obstructive to your view.  

Some examples of wood and metal rail profiles shown below:

What type of top rail materials are there?

When choosing a top rail for exterior applications there are many wood and metal options. Wood is the easiest material to install since it’s the easiest to cut drill and miter. Since the top rail is the only section of the railing you will consistently put your hands on, wood is typically softer to the touch than metal. Wood will not fluctuate in temperature as much as metal. Metal rails can get very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. If choosing wood we typically recommend IPE (Brazilian walnut) for your outdoor application. IPE (pronounced ee-pay) is a very strong wood that is considered to be part of the “ironwood” family. IPE requires some maintenance and should be oiled once or twice a year. 

A metal rail is, of course, the lowest maintenance selection.  There are solid or tube metal options available in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. We provide a splice plate system that easily attaches to the railing posts for finish fitting on location.

What color or finish should I choose for the top rail?

For metal railings, there are a variety of finishes available. All metal rails can be powder coated in a wide variety of colors. If you find choosing a color daunting see these links for help.
5 considerations for choosing color
6 Popular cable railing color options

Steel railings have the option of being galvanized before painting or if you prefer the look of galvanized metal this could be the option for you. Stainless steel rails add glitz and shine to your railing system without paint, and has the added benefit of standing up well in a coastal environment. And yes, stainless steel can also be painted. Aluminum is a great choice and can be anodized to have a more natural look, or can be powder coated also.

The first image below shows an aluminum top rail powder coated to match the railing post.
The second image below shows our curved Keuka style railing post powder coated black with an aluminum rail powder coated sparkle silver.

Do you want LED lighting built into your top rail? 

If you think concealed LED lighting is the way to go, we recommend a tube (round or square, or rectangle) type top rail that can easily hide the electric wires within it. Hiding the wires in the post as they run back to the LED drivers can be a bit more challenging, however, we have options to accomplish this.
See more pictures of the Sequoia project with concealed lighting here.
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Whichever top rail material and style you choose for your railing applications, please make sure it works with the type of railing you have chosen. If you have a cable railing system there are force factors involved that most railings do not have. Therefore, it is imperative that the top rail be very sturdy since it’s a key component of the entire railing system.

In addition to the top rail, your project may also need handrails that comply with ADA requirements and ideas. Handrails are required on commercial projects and add an extra element of safety to any stair railing. See this link for more information on ADA compliance requirements

If you still need help, our team of experts can advise you on the available options, to reach your desired result.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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