How Much Do Cable Railings Cost?

The best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to send us a drawing with some dimensions so we can put together a personalized quote. When pricing your deck or stair project to be outfitted with cable railing.Click here to for the request a quote page and submit your drawing today.

Are you just in need of some “ballpark” numbers for your project? Belowyou will find some informationto help you calculatesomerough pricing to determinehow much your cable railing project is going to cost.

Unlike many other types of railings, cable railings are very difficult to price per linear foot. There are many different variables that can cause the pricing to fluctuate one way or another. Some of these variables include…

  • The size and shape of your project.
  • The material selection of the posts.
  • The material selection of the top rail.
  • The style/design of the posts.
  • The total railing height. Example: 36” vs 42” vs custom height.
  • The diameter of the cable. Example: 1/8” diameter vs 3/16” diameter.

How Size & Shape of Deck or Project Impact Railing Cost

Let’s start by discussing the first and most important factor which causes cable railinglinear foot pricing to fluctuate, “the size and shape of your project”. While project size is important due to the fact that we will occasionally offer additional discounting for larger projects, the shape of you project can have the most dramatic influence on the cost.

Corners add cost. A general rule with cable railings is that the more corners/transition and stairs you have the more expensive the railing will be per foot. Cables should always terminate on 90 degree corners. This means that you will need a termination post (such as an end post or a corner post) along with all the necessary hardware to stop the cables and then start them again in the next direction. In general the cables just do a better job of holding the proper tension required to meet code whenthey are kept a nice straight line. When you try to bend the cables around a corner or multiple corners they are less likely to reach proper tension or become more problematic (constantly coming loose over time). Here are examples of two projects with the exact same railing design and the same total linear footage of railing. The total cost per foot is dramatically different due to the shape and complexity of these projects.

2 Examples of 50 Linear Foot Cable Railing Layouts

2 Different Deck Railing Layout Patterns: Deck A has lots of corner and end posts. Deck B is cheaper per linear foot because it’s a straight layout and uses fewer posts.

Cable Railing Materials and Price

Selecting the Right Material for Railing Posts

Material selection can make a huge difference in pricing. Each material has its own price point and generally you can expect them to be in the following order from least expensive to most expensive …

$ Powder Coated Steel
$$ Powder Coated and Galvanized Steel
$$$ Powder Coated Solid Aluminum
$$$$ Brushed and Clear Anodized Solid Aluminum
$$$$$ Stainless Steel

Without careful consideration of the different material options for cable railing posts and their pricing structure one might request stainless steel posts unaware that they had requested our most expensive option.

Selecting the Right Material for Railing Top Rail

Top rails come in a variety of material choices as well as different sizes and shapes. Each top rail material has its own pricing and typically you can expect them to be in the following orderfrom least expensive to most expensive …

$ Wood
$$ Aluminum
$$$ Stainless Steel

Larger diameter, wider and thicker top rail will cost more per foot than smaller diameter, narrower and thinner ones. Adding complexity to the top railing will also add to cost. Custom profiles, curved top rail and custom made to fit stair transitions are considered adding complexity to the top rail.

Design and Style of Railing Posts

We offer a variety of cable railing post designs. Cost will vary depending on the complexity of the design. Our simpler looking designs require less material and are less labor intensive to manufacture. Our more unique designs require more material and are more labor intensive to manufacture. On average our cable railing post designs will be in the following order from least expensive to most expensive…

$ Ithaca Style
$$ Tokyo Style
$$$ Chicago Style
$$$$ Keuka Style
$$$$$ Prairie Style

Thinking of submitting a request for a quote but not sure which style cable railing post you like the best? Feel free to request a multiple quotes and compare pricing.

Total Height of the Railing

The cable railing height can have an influence on the overall cost per linear foot. Our standard heights are 36” and 42”. We can also make custom heights. While a standard 36” tall cable railing uses11 qty cables and a 42” tall cable railing uses 13 qty cables. You can expect a 42” tall railing to cost approximately 18% more per linear foot than a 36” tall railing. A taller post will require more cables, more cable fittings and additional post material.

Diameter of the Cable in the Railing

Cable diameter can have an influence on the cost of your cable railing project. Generally this is one of the smaller expenses. On average you can expect to spend around $.50 per linear foot for 1/8” diameter stainless steel cable and around $1.00 per linear foot for 3/16” diameter stainless steel cable. Multiply this time 11 qty or 13 qty cables and you can expect to spend $5.50 – $11 or $6.60 – $13 per linear foot for the cable alone. 1/8” stainless cable fittings and 3/16” stainless cable fittings share the same pricing. Specialty fittings are also available for larger diameter cables such as 1/4” and 5/16” upon request.

Deck and Cable Railing Pricing Examples

Below you will find a few example projects and their associated costs. Notice how each project is different and how the linear foot pricing fluctuates dramatically depending on the application.

Cable Railing Pricing Tool - Example Railing A

Example Railing Project A

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style
Cable Railing Pricing Tool - Example B

Example B: No stairs, rectangular layout, fewer posts needed

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style
Cable Railing Pricing Tool-Example Railing C

Example Project C: Simple layout, fewer posts

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style

Custom Stair Railing Pricing: Example Layouts

Stair Railing Pricing: Straight Stair Example

Custom Stair Railing Example A: Straight Stair

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style
Stair Railing Pricing Example: L Shaped Stair

Example Stair Layout B: L-Shaped Stair, more posts needed

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style
Stair Railing Pricing Tool: U-Shaped Stair

Example Stair C: U-Shaped Stair, End and Intermediate Posts Only

 
 
 
Cable
Railing
Post
Style
Cable Railing Post Material
Powder Coated
Steel
Galvanized and
Powder Coated
Steel

Machinized
Solid Alumunium
Stainless
Steel
Ithaca Style
Tokyo Style
Keuka Style
Chicago Style
Prairie Style

Discounts and Minimum Orders

Discounts available for tradesman. Standard 15% discount offered to builders and architects; further discounting available for large projects. Request a quote today for more details.

All cable railing projects subject to a $5,000 minimum order.