Differences Between Cable and Wood Railings

Differences Between Cable and Wood Railings

Chris Baker

The goal of a homeowner is to have a welcoming residence, both inside and outside of the house. When renovating the backyard space, installing a deck railing can add personal safety and aesthetic quality. But what are the differences between wood and cable railings?

Cable vs. Wood Railings

Choosing between cable and wood railings depends on many factors, including your preferences and safety. Let’s look at their differences to determine which is worth the costs and upkeep.

Railing Costs

One considerable difference between wood and cable railings is the cost. While cable railing is more expensive than wood, the design and installation can help reduce the overall cost due to fewer maintenance needs. Furthermore, interior cable railings don’t require as much cable as exterior railings because they often include fewer corner posts.

While wood railings are more affordable, their upkeep can cost more in the long run. They require sanding, staining, and repainting to preserve their appearance. Additionally, you’ll have to replace the boards over time; such repairs can eat away at your budget.

Railing Benefits

Cable and wood railings provide many benefits. First, cable railing maintenance is minimal. Thanks to this railing system’s sturdiness, you only need to clean and tighten the connections. The railing consists of marine grade stainless steel, which resists corrosion. This is especially valuable for installations in coastal environments.

Wood railings require regular maintenance. As stated, they need stripping, sanding, and staining or paint to preserve their appearance.

Another benefit is that cable railings are aesthetically pleasing on decks. They give off a sleek, minimalist design that doesn’t obstruct views. They also pair nicely with modern décor. However, wood railings offer an inviting, warm environment that fits many home designs.

Meeting Code and Safety Rules

Cable and wood railings must meet the same building safety codes. However, you might have difficulty meeting safety regulations with cable railings because of their flexibility. When choosing cable railings, consider the spacing of the cables and posts and the cable diameter. The cables should prevent someone from slipping through, and the posts must be secure. Thankfully, most contractors understand these requirements and can ensure a strong, safe railing that meets safety codes.

PanoRAIL® offers high-quality cable railing system parts and kits to create beautiful, eye-catching railing systems for interior and exterior applications. Our stainless steel cable for decks is manufactured with 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel to hold up against corrosive environments. Contact us today if you have any questions about our cable railing systems.