Blog Category : Cable Railings

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 color choices.

Which is more important to you?

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 or 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 dark color of railing posts blend in with the trees

 

cable railing color on deck with water front view

light colored posts blends in with 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 calming 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 color?

It is important to look at color samples in the area that it 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 surface. 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.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project!

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Pool fence blocking your view?

Stainless steel pool fence.

Love the view from your new pool but don’t want to block it with a pool fence, consider cable railings/fences.

If you’re looking to open up the view beyond your pool, consider these pool fence ideas. Most local building codes state that pool fences or railings pickets need to be vertical. Vertical cable railings can meet these requirements while preserving your view beyond your pool.  Cables are thin compared to larger wood or metal pickets. Cables will disappear while allowing you to enjoy the view. Whether its the sunset at your beach house, a sweeping mountain vista or a  backyard oasis.

Important requirements to consider for railings and fences around pools:

Pool railings and fences should be at least 48″ high to prevent unintended access by children. See illustration below. Gates should open out from the pool and should be self-closing and self-latching. The height of the gate latch mechanism should be set at of 54″ high.

pool fence heightCost Considerations:

-Vertical cable fences are more expensive than other types of fences. There are several reasons for this.

-Since each cable assembly is short there are many end fittings. These end fittings act as turn buckles to keep the cables tight. End fittings are high grade (type 316) stainless steel. Since there are so many of them, the costs can add up.

-Frames must be rigid to be able to handle the combined tension load of the cables.

-Since pool chemicals are corrosive, it is common to use non ferrous metals for this type of application. Stainless steel, aluminum and galvanized steel are the best choices. Stainless steel is much more expensive than aluminum and galvanized steel. Steel is stronger than aluminum so the frame can be more slender.

Conclusion:

If your view from your pool is important, than a vertical cable railing could be for you!

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vertical pool fence

 

 

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Cable Railing Post Material Choices

stainless steel cable railing.

One of the most important decisions you will ever make when choosing your cable railing is selecting the correct hand railing and cable railing post material for your environment. Although the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, the choices are many for post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials it can be very difficult to know whats the best choice for you. Here is a guide to help you understand materials and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Where Do You Find Cable Railings Used?

Green cable railing posts with wood hand rail.

Once in a while I have a customer who contacts me and they say “I found your cable railings online and I love them”! They follow up with “I have never seen a railing like this in my area, where can I find examples of your work”?

Since we manufacture and ship our railings all over the country . . . our work can be found everywhere. With that being said there are certain areas in particular where cable railings are more popular than other areas.

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Top Rail Selection

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. You will notice that when you look at our company’s website many of our railings are shown with a wood top rail. Many of our customers prefer wood top rail and here is why you might want to consider a wood top rail for your application as well.

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Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount

Fascia mount and surface mount cable railing posts.
I always get customers asking me about how to attach their railing to their application. There are many different ways to attach your railing although the most popular methods are mounting to the “Fascia” or mounting to the “Surface”. Fascia mounting is also sometimes referred to as a “side mount” or “joist mount”, while surface mounting is occasionally referred to as a “deck mount”, “floor mount”, or even a “top mount”.

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