Cable Railing Post and Top Rail

Once you’ve decided to move forward with a cable railing system, you have several options when it comes to the frame (the posts and top rail) of that system. Below are several options with more details on each post type and top rail option to accompany the cables; they are listed from the typically least expensive to most expensive (this can vary by project).  

Wood Frame

Wood frames are most commonly found on existing railings where cables are replacing the existing wooden pickets, eliminating the need for additional posts and top rail. Typically the least expensive option, even if starting from scratch, wood frames usually require more maintenance than their metal counterparts, as they require more frequent painting and staining. We do not install wood frames, but we can install our cables on your existing wood frame or provide cables for you to install on your already built wood frame.

Click here to see the recommended frame size for the cable railing to meet code and to be safe. 

To get a quote for cables only on a wood frame, click here, or visit our store to order the components separately.

If you would like to see more pictures of wood frames with cable rail, click here to go to our gallery.

AFCO Powder Coated Aluminum Frame

We are an AFCO dealer and offer their powder coated aluminum posts and top rail system. AFCO kits come in 6’ sections and have 3x3 posts. Instead of a bottom cable, they come with a metal kick rail that matches the top rail; the kick rail provides more strength and a solid place for your feet to rest. AFCO railings typically work best on level decks with minimal stair railings; with this system, stair posts would have to be drilled on-site instead of pre-drilled like the level sections. AFCO can be made in black, bronze, or white. We can install these railings or provide these railing kits for you to install yourself.

To get a quote on AFCO cable railing, click here.

Click here to see more pictures of AFCO aluminum powder coated cable railing.

 

 

Painted Carbon Steel Frame

We custom-make carbon steel railings that can be painted in almost any color that Sherwin-Williams® offers. Since these are made in-house, there are more options available: they can be made with or without a kick rail in place of the bottom cable, they can be 36” (minimum) or taller, they can be top-mounted or side-mounted, and they can be made with 1x3 or 1x2 top rail. We also offer custom gates. Due to the welding required on-site, we cannot provide our painted railings for you to install unless you have the capabilities to fabricate metal on-site. These railings will also require touching up, as anything painted will eventually wear and fade. We do not repaint railings; we only paint them the first time, so any touch-up or repaint jobs will require hiring a professional painter (usually every 3-5 years, pending your location and wear).

To get a quote on painted steel railings, click here.

If you would like to see more pictures of our painted carbon frames with cable rail, click here to go to our gallery.

Stainless Steel Frame

Stainless double gate

We also make custom stainless steel railings that come in a T304 mill finish. Since these are made in-house, there are more options available: they can be made with or without a kick rail in place of the bottom cable, they can be 36” (minimum) or taller, they can be top-mounted or side-mounted, and they can be made with 1x3 or 1x2 top rail. We also offer custom stainless steel gates. Due to the welding required on-site, we cannot provide our stainless railings for you to install unless you have the capabilities to fabricate metal on-site. Stainless is our longest-lasting, most versatile railing; if you dislike maintenance, this is the railing for you.

To get a quote on our stainless steel railings, click here.

If you would like to see more pictures of our stainless frames with cable rail, click here to go to our gallery.

Feeney® Powder Coated Aluminum Frame

Photo was taken directly from Feeney®'s website. Photo credit: John Ripley

We are a Feeney® dealer and offer their powder coated aluminum posts and top rail system. Feeney® offers a variety of cable railing and picket railing options. These systems can be built with or without a metal kick rail that matches the top rail; the kick rail provides more strength and a solid place for your feet to rest. Feeney® railings can also be made for stairs and can include custom-made gates. In addition, Feeney® offers over a dozen color options for the posts and top rail. We can install these railings or provide the railing kits for you to install yourself.

To get a quote for Feeney® railings, click here.

To see more Feeney® powder coated aluminum cable railing systems, click here.

Quick Comparisons

Wood

AFCO Powder Coated Aluminum

  • Least expensive
  • Pre-drilled kits
  • More maintenance - Frequent painting/staining
  • Can be installed by American Cable
  • Not installed by American Cable
  • Kits can be installed by you
  • Any configuration
  • Best for level decks
  • Limited layout options

Painted Carbon Steel

Stainless Steel

  • Custom-made by American Cable
  • Custom-made by American Cable
  • Paint touch-ups every 3-5 years
  • Longest-lasting & least maintenance
  • Installed by American Cable
  • Installed by American Cable
  • Requires more equipment and expertise for you to install
  • Requires more equipment and expertise for you to install
  • More layout options
  • More layout options
  • Stair layouts & custom gates
  • Stair layouts & custom gates
  • Many color options
  • Limited color options

Feeney® Powder Coated Aluminum

  • Cable rail & picket rail options
  • Can be installed by American Cable
  • Kits can be installed by you
  • More layout options
  • Stair layouts & custom gates
  • Over a dozen color options

Get a Quote

If you would like a free quote on any of the railing systems described above, please head on over to our  Quote Page  and fill out our online form; we'll get back to you as soon as we can!