Clean and sleek interior designs are making their way into homes across the country. Instead of ornate wooden banisters with complicated designs some of the newest homes are making use of interior cable railing systems for a aesthetically pleasing appearance that is easy to clean and maintain. In fact, some wire railing assembly designs are so versatile that they are used both inside large lofted homes as well as outside on backyard decks.
Without the need to stain or repaint like wooden banisters and spindles, interior cable railing systems are virtually maintenance free and easy to keep clean with a simple cloth. Cable railing components may have first made an appearance on the outside decks of homes, but they are now also used to make a strong interior statement as well. Consider some of these statistics about why stainless steel is such a versatile material and how and why it is used in a variety of residential and commercial projects:
- Stainless steel is a generic term for a range of corrosion resistant alloy steels. They all contain at least 10.5% chromium.
- Cable railings require extremely rigid frames and are typically constructed of stainless steel, extruded aluminum, or wood. The majority of building code requirements indicate that the cables must be rigid enough to prevent a 4? sphere from passing between them.
- It is generally recommended that the spacing between the these posts be no more than five feet. Some manufacturers go so far as to require three feet to the center.
- Stainless steels contain at least 12% chromium and is able to form a thin, invisible, protective, corrosion-resistant, passive film on most surfaces.
- With over 150 grades of stainless steel, the alloys? compositions differ depending on the final intended application.
- Attractive to many environmentalists, stainless steel is 100% recyclable into the same product without a reduction in quality. Raw material for stainless steel is sourced from recycled scrap metal. In fact, 90% of all new stainless steel is produced from recycled scrap metal. Additionally, at the end of its life, 92% of the stainless steel used in architecture, building, and construction applications is recaptured and recycled again.
As the warm days of spring turn to the hot days of summer, many home owners are looking for a way to upgrade their outdoor living spaces. For some, this means tearing down an old and dated wooden deck and installing a stainless steel post and wire railing to surround a maintenance free composite surface. These versatile stainless steel posts and wire cabling systems are so pleasing to the eye and so easy to maintain that some home owners copy this look and install interior cable railing systems inside their home.