The Growth of Aluminum Cable Railing

Little did we know going into 2020 that the COVID-19 pandemic would annul all the forecasts and surveys conducted in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. Like many others, our industry had to pivot, and the good news is that manufacturing is a bright spot for the supply and demand markets.

As we learn and adapt how to work from home, school from home, all while living at home, we find ways to make our spaces accommodate what may be the norm for months and years to come.

Home Improvement Spending on the Rise

According to The Home Improvement Research Institute, it’s no surprise home improvement spending has increased almost nine percent in 2020. Contractors account for about four percent, while consumers represent the most extensive increase spending at nearly 11 percent.  

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports “thanks to the pandemic, the front porch is enjoying a new golden age.” The porch allows people to meet face-to-face, masked of course, and still feel like they have the best of both worlds — an inside and outside feeling.

The porch and the backyard living concept continue to drive residential decking and railing demands. As predicted by Principia Consulting (Q3’20), the projected growth rate shows a 4.1 percent growth rate through 2022, with restoration and remodeling driving the market.

Adapting to New Buyers

LBM dealers see an increase in sales to DIYers, many of which are avoiding the home improvement warehouse (Home Depot, Lowe’s, and others) crowds. Many of the pro dealers surveyed in a recent report by Home Innovation Labs™ said they see increases in treated lumber and decking products. Unlike the big box stores, LBM dealers don’t carry a wide selection of SKUs most DIYers are used to seeing.

Growing the Railing Footprint

These days, we are all looking for small victories or silver linings, and the outlook is bright for essential outdoor (and indoor) products to enhance or improve our at-home experience. A recent report by Webb Analytics interviewing suppliers across the country found the appetite for cable railing is growing beyond the West Coast. Powder-coated aluminum railing is also seeing a surge in growth and could outshine PVC in the near term.

According to supplier feedback, there are too many railing options and it’s overwhelming, so some have significantly dropped SKUs. Instead, they rely on manufacturers to have what they need in stock and available with a 48- hour turn in some cases. In some parts of the U.S. aluminum cable railing is new while others have been selling it for years. Of the markets supplying aluminum railing, powder-coated black aluminum is still the number one choice.

Solutions You Can Count On

This all bodes well for us here at RailFX. We make it turnkey for our customers — suppliers, builders and installers, and yes, even DIYers.

At RailFX, we manufacture an all-in-one railing solution for any project. The RailFX aluminum railing system is an easy, affordable, and practical choice with personalized design options, including cable, glass, or picket infill.

We make ordering easy. Fill out a quote request, and we’ll turn it around within 48 hours. We’ll ship your order within three to five days and have it to the job site.

  1. Choose an infill option.
  • CableFX: offers a modern, wider viewing design in 1/8-inch 316 stainless steel cable (recommended for residential applications) and low maintenance. There are two concealed cable options, the Professional  Series and Basic Series.
Aluminum Cable Railing for Decks
  • GlassFX: an excellent windbreak with an unobstructed view, we offer ¼-inch tempered glass in stock or custom designs.
  • PicketFX: a classic and economical design choice available in 5/8″ x 5/8″.
2. Choose a top rail option
  • Post-to post-rails available in round top or square top, or
  • Over-the-post rails in flat, elliptical, or if you prefer, add a wood top, sold separately

3. Choose a post mounting style
  • Surface Mount: used for direct surface mounting to the deck, patio, floor, or stair tread.
  • Fascia Mount (with bracket): for side mounting directly to fascia or rim joist when decking or flashing extend beyond the fascia board.
  • Flush Mount (no bracket): post is mounted directly to the fascia when no deck board or flashing overhangs the fascia board.
  • Core Mount: the post is set in a hole in concrete and grouted in place with non-shrinking grout.

4. Choose a finish color
  • We offer stock colors in black, white, bronze, silver. Custom color options are available for an additional cost and longer lead time.

At RailFX, we’re always building better ways to support you. Lean on us.

More and more homeowners are looking to install cable railing in a home.  It’s not hard to see why. When it comes to railings, you want to know you’re getting a high-quality product that will be durable and reliable, keeping you and your family safe.

When you are choosing a railing system, look beyond function and let it add to the beauty of your home — right down to the last detail. The railing will perform the required safety functions and become an integral part of your home’s design.

With cable railings, like those from RailFX, you get the best of both worlds: the durability of aluminum matched with modern design elements that will transform your space. Cable railings are extremely versatile, ready to be installed in both indoor and outdoor locations.

Better yet, cable railings are an affordable option, which makes them a great solution for a variety of projects.

Want to install cable railing in a home? Here are our top 10 places to install cable railing to inspire your next project.


A raised deck in your backyard provides the perfect spot to enjoy nature, fire up a BBQ or relax with your family and friends. To keep your deck safe and code compliant, you’ll have to install a railing system.

Cable railings ensure minimal obstruction of your view, making it a natural choice. And if you’re looking to complete this project yourself, systems like RailFX are ready to install with basic tools—meaning you’ll be ready to get back to relaxing in no time.

cable railing in a home
deck cable railling


Another great spot to consider cable railings are on your patio. If you want to landscape or redesign your yard, bordering your patio with cable railings can help define and separate different areas of your garden design. With RailFX, you have a wide range of design options to complement any look, including the ability to install with wood, composite sleeve, aluminum or stainless steel posts.


Cable railings can add a beautiful, modern look to the front of your home by enhancing your curb appeal.

When it comes to installation, RailFX offers different options to meet your needs. You can purchase a complete railing system including pre-drilled posts, fittings and hardware, all ready to go or if you prefer to work with your existing posts, you can purchase from a full range of RailFX fittings to install stainless steel cables within your current structure.


indoor cable railing


When people think of the benefits of cable railings, they often think of outdoor applications because cable railings offer beautiful, unobstructed views. However, cable railings can also provide a stunning, sleek, modern aesthetic to the interior of your home. Update your internal stairs by adding a cable railing for a contemporary look.


Give your balcony a beautiful look with cable railing which are suitable for a wide range of climate types, making them a great choice for your balcony. With minimal upkeep required, you won’t be spending endless hours winter-proofing or cleaning your balcony railings, leaving you more time to kick back and enjoy the view.

Outdoor Pathways and Steps

There are many spots where railings can provide stability and enhance safety, especially for those with mobility issues. Adding railings to outdoor steps or pathways (particularly those on an incline or rough terrain) can improve the safety of your home — and depending on your location and type of home, may already be required by building codes.

When you choose to install cable railings, you can turn a safety feature into a striking design choice. If you already have cable railings in other areas of your outdoor space, such as your deck or patio, consider completing the look by using cable railings on outdoor steps and paths.

cable railing for stairs


If you’re pursuing an airy, open-concept look, consider opening up your loft space with a cable railing system. The virtually invisible design of cable railings means you can create a safe loft space, without sacrificing the open loft concept of your dreams.

What’s more, with cable railings you can achieve a high-end look without the high-maintenance upkeep. Cable railings require an annual maintenance check for the tension of the cables and can be kept clean with readily available household cleaning materials, letting you enjoy your home without worry.

cable railing for loft


Looking out to the dock at your home or cottage, you want a space your whole family can enjoy. Because docks tend to be long, and sometimes have one or more sets of stairs, you should incorporate railings on either side to ensure the safety of anyone using the dock.

However, you don’t want to ruin the beauty of your waterfront view. Cable railings ensure both safety and beauty for your waterfront property.


Roof Terraces

If you’re in an urban area and short on outdoor space, a roof terrace can expand your footprint. By adding cable railings, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the bright lights of the city skyline.

If adding a roof terrace is a project you’re considering, you’ll want to look for the best value for your money. Cable railings are an economical option, without long-term maintenance costs, making them a great investment.

roof terrace cable railing

Home Pools

A home pool can be an oasis in the middle of a hot summer. In order to keep your pool safe, it’s important to make sure it’s enclosed. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a home pool should be fenced in on all four sides.

Cable railings can preserve your peace of mind while balancing your design vision. When planning your pool design, be sure to check your local state and city safety regulations to make sure you’re code compliant.

pool with cable railing


Considering cable railings for your next home improvement project? RailFX systems provide lasting safety matched by outstanding design and are ready for use, indoors or out. 

Learn more at RailFX’s website, or get your personalized quote within 48 hours.