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Flat Bar Cable Railing Posts

-A recent cable railing project in Point Loma showcases our “ultra slim” Flat Bar Cable Railing Posts-

Amazing views call for transparent railings and adherence to the safety standards that are required for elevated decks. One of our recent coastal cable railing installations provided us with a perfect opportunity to maximize a beautiful skyline view. For this project we were able to offer safety and beauty with a minimalist design using flat bar cable railing posts.

Our customer requested a railing that was sleek and modern to compliment his updated hardwood deck and newly remodeled home. In addition, he wanted to preserve as much of the view as possible while minimizing any necessary maintenance. The downtown San Diego backdrop lended itself perfectly to a black powder coated railing frame and stainless steel cables. The gallery photos are a testament to just how transparent a well designed cable railing system can be.

SDCR “ultra slim” spreader posts are a step above most industry competition when it comes to intermediate railing posts. Our posts feature a 3/8″ solid stainless steel flat bar that is available in t304 and t316 stainless. The mounting plates utilize a welded connection which is superior to commonly used mechanically fastened plates. Additionally, our posts can be purchased as bare stainless or with a powder coated finish. Flat bar cable railing posts can be used in combination with a variety of other post options and sizes. They will minimize cable spread, maximize views, and provide lateral stability for your railings.

San Diego Cable Railings offers preferred installation across California as well as professional engineering packages for permitted project submittals. If you would like to request a quote or ask a question about our flat bar cable railing posts; please visit the quote request page.

Many thanks to Phil and kudos to the guys at SD Independent for another beautiful railing installation.

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San Diego Cable Railing Company- FAQ

Cable Railing FAQ’S for Fast Estimates and Easy Installations

In an effort to assist our customers with the most timely and cost effective cable railing estimates we’ve compiled a few of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: Where is SDCR located? Is there a storefront?

A: Our production facility is located at 4182 Sorrento Valley Blvd. San Diego, CA 92121.  Our storefront is primarily online, however we do meet with some of our customers by appointment. If you would like to speak wth a sales associate about scheduling an appointment, please visit the quote request page or call our office at 844-277-7327.

Q: What is the lineal foot cost for cable railing systems?

A: Lineal footage cost estimates can vary greatly depending on project sizing, material type/s and the scope of construction. Typically larger exterior projects carry a lower price point than smaller interior projects. Steel framed cable railing systems are usually more costly than project using wood framing members. The quickest way to get an accurate lineal foot cost estimate is by providing photos and measurements to our sales staff.

Q: How long does it take to get an estimate?

A: Estimates for railing materials and installation are available within 24-48 hours upon receipt of a quote request form.

Q: Does San Diego Cable Railings do installations?

A: We have a network of cable railing installers serving several counties in California. Currently our network services San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Fransisco and Sacramento metro areas. Our sales staff can provide accurate estimates for all of our cable railing product and installation costs.

Q: Do Cable Railing Systems meet building code requirements?

A: Yes! Cable Railings have gained popularity and recognition nationwide as a safe and durable option for residential and commercial guardrails. Our company offers engineering packages and connection details for plan submittals, and our installers have participated in building inspections statewide. As with any remodeling project it is important to check your local codes and standards prior to purchasing or installing any railing materials.

Q: Does SDCR provide instructions or tech support?

A: All of our railing packages include detailed instructions and our staff are available Mon.-Fri. for support calls and technical questions.

For additional information and commonly asked questions please visit our FAQ page .

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Thanksgiving Wishes From SDCR

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

In observance of Thanksgiving our office will be closed on 11/23 and 11/24/2017. We would like to thank all of our amazing customers, contractors and staff. 

If you would like to inquire about an estimate or leave us a message, please visit the quote request page  and we will return all inquiries on Monday 11/27/17.

Thank You All and Happy Turkey Day!

 

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Aluminum Cable Railing Systems

San Diego Cable Railings Offers Aluminum Cable Railing Systems By Feeney

SDCR is an authorized retailer of Aluminum Design Rail systems for interior and exterior railing applications. Design Rail is a high strength aluminum framing system most often combined with stainless steel cable infill. These systems feature several aesthetic profiles and are also available with glass panels and vertical aluminum pickets. Aluminum Cable Railing Systems are DIY friendly and come in a variety of powder coat colors and style options. Feeney products have become a welcome addition to our in house product line of stainless steel railing posts, hardware and do it yourself cable assemblies.

Feeney Inc. has a 60 year history as a pioneer and leader in the architectural railing industry. In addition to Design Rail Systems, SDCR also stocks a variety of “Quick Connect” fittings. The one way self locking mechanism inside these type of fittings allows for the installer to simply cut the cable and push in into the fitting. Quick connect fittings are an awesome choice for fast easy installations with no crimping tools or special equipment necessary. Additionally, the installer has the ability to release the fitting if necessary. We are happy to feature high quality products by Feeney and offer pricing that will meet or beet industry standards.

For customers who desire a turnkey sale and installation platform; SDCR offers expert assistance with all of our Feeney products. Our preferred installers have years of specialized experience with aluminum cable railing systems. Currently our network of installers services the following counties: San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and San Fransisco. If you are interested in aluminum cable railing products or would like a quote for cable railing installation, give us a call at 844-277-7327 or visit the quote request page

 

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San Diego Cable Railings In the News

October 2017 – San Diego Cable Railings featured in DeckBuilder magazine and SD Home and Garden

San Diego cable railings, deck builder cable railings, cable railings for deck builders, cable railings deck builder magazineDeckBuilder magazine is a National trade publication that offers articles and tips from industry pros as well as reviews of popular tools and products. In this months issue they ran a before and after article on “Upgrading a Cable Railing“, which was a process piece based on one of our recent cable railing projects in La Jolla, CA.

DeckBuilder’s featured article outlines the procedures performed by our preferred installers to correct a substandard coastal railing installation. Several pages of photos and construction details illustrate the recommended techniques for post and top railing connections, material selection and cable tensioning. Kudos to the guys at SDIC for an awesome railing replacement; our customers could not be happier!

Check us out in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine

San Diego cable railingsSan Diego Home and Garden magazine is an industry leading publication for construction and design trends, as well as landscape and architectural design. SDCR was previously featured in San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles for an article we published about redwood and cable railings. We are proud to be working with such an awesome publication that strives to stay on the cutting edge of our industry and products. 

San Diego Cable Railings pros are available from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday to assist you with questions, products and services related to interior and exterior railings and fencing. Toll Free 844-277-7327

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Kids Love San Diego Cable Railings

Keep Your Children and Pets Safe Without Spoiling the View!

We recently launched a new page on our website addressing some popular questions on the topic of cable railings and child safety. Children and parents alike love our railings because of the sleek aesthetics and sturdy construction. Animals love cable railings because they have the ability maintain a safe barrier without making our pets feel contained or confined.  Here are some additional reasons to consider an SDCR cable railing system for your indoor and outdoor living spaces:

  • Stainless Cable Systems Offer a Modern Look and Feel
  • A Wide Variety of Design Options, Colors and Materials Available
  • No Glass to Clean! No Little Fingerprints 
  • Safe, Code Compliant and Engineered Products for Permit Submittals
  • T316 Stainless Offers Unmatched Durability and Corrosion Resistance
  • Cable Railings are DIY Friendly!

SDCR team members are always available by phone or online to answer questions and provide estimates for your project. We have DIY packages available, as well as expert preferred installers if you prefer a turn key railing project. For more information about why kids love San Diego Cable Railings, give us a call at 844-277-7327 or visit the quote request page.

 

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San Diego Cable Railings Photo Gallery

Awesome Ideas and Project Inspirations Inside the San Diego Cable Railings Photo Gallery

Whether you’re planning a deck project, fence or an interior/exterior remodel; SDCR has a collection of professional and user submitted job photos to help. We are frequently adding new jobs and updating our portfolio to showcase the versatility and wide variety of applications that our railing systems provide. In addition to the San Diego Cable Railings photo gallery, our pro page at Houzz.com is an awesome resource for company history, awards and customer reviews.

What makes our images and products unique?

  • Preferred Installers Many of our job photos come from jobs completed by our preferred installers. The feedback and experience from each project enables us to constantly improve our products and services. Our preferred installers frequently pass actual building inspections utilizing exclusively SDCR products.
  • Engineering and Testing– SDCR offers engineered cable railing packages for project submittal all over the state of California. We do in house testing on our products, as well as field visits and site evaluations on finished projects. Code compliant, proven products are showcased throughout our website and photo gallery. 
  • Testimonials- A review of our testimonials will showcase the level of customer service we provide. We take great pride in this; and we are passionate about our products and services. Our cable railing pros combine decades of specialized deck and railing experience. 

In addition to our online resources, our sales staff has hundreds of application photos for all different types of cable railing projects. Each project can have unique factors, and we believe we have solutions for every applicable scenario. If there is something you would like to see or have a specific question about; give us a call at 844-277-7327. One of our sales staff members will provide information and photos that are job specific and may be of great assistance with your cable railing choices.

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Landscape Lighting for Decks and Railings

San Diego Cable Railings and Highpoint Offer Landscape Lighting for Decks, Railings and Fencing

Energy efficient and attractive, todays landscape lighting options can take your outdoor living experience  to the next level. When dealing with the elements and exterior construction projects, quality is of the utmost importance. For this reason we’ve teamed up with Highpoint Deck Lighting in order to offer sleek and attractive lighting options that are built to last.

Much like the product line at SDCR, Highpoint lighting has been designed with the installer in mind. With LED options for both wooden and steel post systems, we can customize your railing posts or top railing selections for awesome outdoor lighting. Deck lighting can be installed by pros, or DIY installers. Whether your project calls for a sleek downlight for a vertical post installation, hidden keyhole light, or a strip for backlighting your top rails, we have what you need.

Landscape lighting for decks and railings can add a finishing touch to any outdoor living project. A multitude of lighting options as well as the number of lights selected will determine the ambiance. Fewer lights will offer accents and maintain an intimate feel. Larger lights and a greater number of lights will provide illumination for entertaining and group settings. Outdoor lights can be mixed and matched as well as adjusted via the use of a dimmer to increase or decrease brightness.

At SDCR we have post lighting options for both steel posts and wooden railing posts. Steel post lights are sleek and smaller in size; while wood post options will typically be larger. A variety of color options make customization simple. Additionally, we can make your installation a breeze with pre-drilled, accurate hole locations for easy mounting. Lighting packages contain all of the necessary parts required for a complete installation (transformer, wire, lighting, and exterior wire nuts). If you have questions about landscape lighting for decks and cable railings, contact our pros at 844-277-7327.

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Cool Curves and Radius Railings

Installing Radius Railings and Curves Using    Stainless Steel Cables

radius railings, curved railingsIf you ask an experienced craftsman about creating curves with straight materials like lumber and steel; they will likely tell you it is a labor of love. Radius Railings take time and a good bit of patience, but the finished results can be spectacular and unique. Curves can be achieved on cable railings and cable fencing projects; here are some expert tips on how:

Preparation- A scaled drawing is a great way to get an accurate vision of the curve you are creating. Softer curves will almost always be less difficult than tight curves. For example; many deck builders will encourage a minimum of 12′-16′ for a radius application. A scaled radius can be created on simple graph paper with the help of a protractor.

Post Spacing- In order to maintain a curve, the distance in between railing posts must be shortened. As the cables exit the railing posts they will create their own angle towards the next railing post. Typically a 4′ post spacing call out will be shortened to 30″-36″. The tighter spacing will help create the illusion of curved cables.radius railings

Skill Level- Radius Railings as well as curved decks can often require the skills of a professional. Bending pipes, bars, and/or creating curved wooden members can sometimes mean special equipment. Sometimes curved steel railing sections will be fabricated in one single piece to be attached in place at the job site. Do it yourselfers may consider having a curved top railing member professionally fabricated. A single piece of pre made top rail could then be attached to the DIY post and cable system.

Safety- An important structural note about Radius Cable Railing applications is that every post included in a radius is under a tension load. On curved railings the cables are contacting every post perforation as well. Mixing dissimilar metals is not advised for curves. A stainless steel cable on stainless steel post contact is the best choice for radius railings.  Additionally, the use of engineered railing posts that are designed to sustain cable tension loads is an important consideration for curved cable railings.

Questions about curves??? Talk to one of our pros at 844-277-7327 or use the quote request page!!

Selecting Cable Rail Fittings

Choosing the Right Cable Rail Fittings for Your Project

“Fittings”, “end hardware”, “tensioners” and “terminals” are all commonly used names for the stainless steel parts that terminate and tension cable runs. The quality and functionality of the fittings that are selected for each project will be an important safety factor. Additionally,  properly selected cable rail fittings will ensure that re-tensioning or tune ups down the road will be simple and productive.

Function vs. Flare-

Years of field experience and feedback from contractors and installers have taught us a lot about cable hardware. When it comes to tension longevity or passing an inspection, we opt for functionality over flare. Trying to use the most concealed or low profile fittings may not always serve the project at hand. It’s important to remember that the individual technical factors of each job should dictate the fitting selection; not just the aesthetic considerations. Low profile and hidden fittings are sleek and attractive, however at times they offer little room for adjustment.

On several occasions our preferred installers have been called out to inspect and repair cable railings that are “slacked” or “loose”. Typically the fittings or assemblies have been purchased on “eBay” or some other retail or online outfits that just sell the products.  The cables have malfunctioned because the fittings selected did not provide enough tension capability. Upon installation they may have seemed tight; yet over time or due to acclimation they became loose, and provided no room for future adjustment. Many times these cables must be cut and new fittings must be purchased and installed. At SDCR all of our DIY cable assemblies are designed with strength and longevity in mind. We are happy to recommend cabling and hardware specifically catered to the job.

Swaging vs. Crimping vs. Self Locking Fittings-

Swaging is the process of joining pieces of metal together. A “machine swage” is usually done by the manufacturer via a hydraulic press. A machine swaged fitting to cable connection functions like a cold weld and is the strongest way to join cable and fittings.  Most often, one end of the cable assembly receives a machine swaged fitting. The other end will be completed in the field by hand crimping or utilization of a self locking fitting which allows the installer to cut and install at exact length. 

Hand Crimped Fittings are installed in the field using a crimping tool which compresses the fitting on to the cable. Hand crimped cable rail fittings are the least expensive option; however crimping only provides about 70% of the strength of an actual swage. Crimping has been a cable rigging practice for decades and proven cost effective and durable. An approved cable crimping tool should always be used for architectural railing installations.

Most recently Self Locking Fittings have become popular due to the ease of installation, with no need for crimping or swaging tools. Users can cut their cables and insert them directly into the fittings in one direction, while pulling in the other direction causes the fitting to grab tighter and tighter as tension is applied. Self Locking Fittings carry a premium for the convenience with the highest price point; however for DIY installers it can be well worth the cost. Another added benefit for the DIYer is the ability to release the self locking fitting if necessary. 

At San Diego Cable Railings we offer a large selection of cable rail fittings. Treating each project individually and assessing unique job factors, our pros can help you select the right hardware for the job. If you have questions about any of our DIY cable assemblies or stainless steel hardware; give us a call at 844-277-7327 (SDCR) or visit the quote request page.

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