Wood Framed Systems
Wood framed cable railing systems consist of wood framed structural members and stainless cable railing infill. Most commonly 36” or 42” height systems are constructed for residential and commercial applications. Common types of wood framing consist of Douglas Fir, Cedar, Redwood, and South American Hardwood species such as Ipe’ and Mangaris.
Wood framed railings are the most common among installations and also the most cost effective way to construct a cable railing. All cable railing systems require structural considerations pertaining to spans and tensioning. Soft woods require more consideration than hardwoods. At SDCR we have constructed and installed cable railing systems from all of the above mentioned species. We have conducted strength tests in our production facility on all systems and common railing heights and recommended cable spacings. We have even incorporated composite materials into wooden framed railing systems when applicable. Wooden systems are a great option for deck and stair railings; and also a great option for fencing. Fencing installations are becoming more and more popular among our hillside and coastal residential clientele.
Wood framed railings can be made to look rustic or modern, painted, stained, or left to weather naturally. Our preferred method of installation is with the use of South american hardwood species as they are more durable, maintain cable tension, and are much stronger than soft wood systems. Special hardware and fittings are used with wood framing systems to guarantee that the cable will not bite into the wood and that tension will be maintained. Re tensioning may be necessary with wood framed systems and should be done by a professional, or someone who has been educated about tensioning sequence and approved loading.
At SDCR we have the ability to furnish wood framing kits with pre cut and drilled posts and several finish options. In addition, we can provide full scale installation or consultations for those who desire to install or purchase a wood framed system.
Due to call volume and demand much of our estimating is done on line via the SDCR website, email, or by phone. Site visits and consultations are available per request and by appointment only. Please visit our product page for more information and pricing on wood framed cable railing systems.