Stainless Cable Rail vs. Dekorators Balisters

MarkwagzFebruary 20, 2011

Finalizing specifications for a 900 sq. ft. composite custom contemporary deck. Getting mixed feedback among 3 bidding contractors regarding railing. One option is composite railing with bronze Deckorators classic balusters. My preferred option from an appearance standpoint are 316 stainless cable rails, preferably strung on composite posts and top-railing - no bottom rail. None are familiar with cable rails. Two say more expensive and one says to string on cedar posts. Open to any guidance/advice from the experts on this blog.

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composite and aluminum baluster cost = $13-$14 lf stainless steel cable rail is about $100.00 lf
What state are you in?
steve scholl

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 3:42PM
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dooer

I doubt that you can string SS cable on composite posts. Too much tension.

Using identical wood framework, the SS cable materials are easily 3x as much as aluminum balusters. Labor is about equal.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 6:04PM
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Markwagz

Thanks for the insights. I'm in Michigan

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 6:14PM
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www.thedeckbarn

me too. metro detroit?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2011 at 6:35AM
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