Not only do cable railing systems offer a sleek, modern aesthetic, but they also come with a range of finish options that cater to different styles and environmental needs. Moreover, the durability and low maintenance of these options make cable railings a wise investment in the long run when compared to the penetrating finishes, Polyurethane, and lacquer methods that accompany traditional railing systems.

The Advantages of Cable Railing Systems

Cable railing systems are designed from top to bottom for longevity and ease of maintenance. They are suitable for various environments, including coastal areas thanks to their resistance to corrosion and weather-related damage. This durability means fewer replacements and repairs, ultimately saving money over time.

What is the Best Finish for Railings?

Stainless steel cable railings are compatible with a variety of finishes that offer an additional layer of protection from the elements while enhancing their clean lines and aesthetic.

  • Brushed or Polished: Typically applied to stainless steel, a polished finish offers a highly reflective surface. Polished finishes are durable and sleek and have gained longstanding popularity in marine settings due to their corrosion resistance. Alternatively, a brushed finish features a grain that runs in one direction, providing a subtler, textured look that complements a variety of design preferences while maintaining the material’s integrity and resistance properties.
  • Powder Coated: Commonly used on outdoor metal fixtures, powder coating is electrostatically charged and applied to a surface at a high temperature, creating an opaque, yet smooth, protective coating. Known for its practicality and cost-effectiveness, powder-coated finishes offer a wide array of color choices. This robust option enhances the metal’s resilience and longevity.
  • Mill: For homeowners who appreciate a minimalist metal appearance, mill-finished stainless steel stands out. This finish offers a neat, unrefined surface that maintains the original texture of the metal. Mill finishes yield a simple yet striking aesthetic, perfect for design schemes that emphasize purity and straightforward elegance without additional embellishments.
  • Stained: For cable railing systems with wooden posts and handrails, stained finishes can maintain the material’s natural beauty, while offering a bit of color to your investment.

An Aesthetically Pleasing, Low Maintenance Investment

The low-maintenance nature of cable railings offers a significant advantage. Unlike other, more traditional railing materials that may require frequent staining, painting, or repairing, cable railings with the proper treatment can withstand the elements and daily wear with minimal upkeep. This not only saves time but also reduces your long-term costs while offsetting your initial investment.

Perhaps more importantly, cable railings provide an unobstructed view and a sense of openness, making them perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. Their sleek lines and various finish options can complement a range of architectural styles.

Cregger Construction understands the importance of combining aesthetic appeal with reliable functionality. We can help homeowners choose a proper finish for their home improvement project that looks great and withstands the test of time. Reach out to our team today to get started.