The customer wanted distinctive railings with stainless-steel aircraft cable. Once tensioned, these would bow and dimple standard aluminum posts, ruining both the looks and the structural integrity of teh system. We accommodated this need, first, by doubling the thickness of our “standard posts”. We use 316 stainless steel aircraft cable, tensioned with the highest-quality stainless-steel grommets and fittings made in Germany. Each cable is 1/8” diameter, and they were spaced every 3 ¾” apart to meet opening-size requirements. To keep the system set apart from the rest we use 3/8”x5”x5” baseplates, connected to the posts with continuous fillet welds. We fastened each baseplate down with four 4”x3/8” stainless steel lag bolts, exposing the heads and washers for the industrial look the client was after.
The railing system successfully accomplished every aim the client had: a clean view to their amazing backyard space, a safe environment for wildlife, almost nothing to clean, and no compromise to the “industrial” look they so desired. Our system can be altered to suite your individual design needs. We can change post style and cable thickness, and even make it all stainless steel. In this case the client wanted black posts to accent trims of their home. But as we all know in today’s changing building products, one size doesn’t fit all. When you’re on the hunt for something unique, please make sure to check with a qualified railing manufacture for your custom railing needs.