Project Value vs. Cost

For more than 30 years, Remodeling magazine has issued a cost vs. value report that measures the average cost for remodeling projects and the value they retain when a home sells. This report highlights both interior and exterior renovation projects, including additions and replacements of decking, siding, roofing, kitchens, baths, and more. It is an excellent industry-standard tool to help contractors assist their customers in making essential decisions on home remodeling projects.


A hot housing market coupled with a strong remodeling market means homeowners will continue making improvements and upgrades to their homes for the foreseeable future. Guiding a homeowner through a remodel project can be tedious, particularly when it comes to product selection. While cost may be the first thing that sways a product decision, there are several other cost considerations.

 Indirect costs

Cost will always play a significant, if not most important, role in any project. Aside from the exchange of currency, there are other indirect costs to consider:

  • Callbacks: today, remodelers and builders choose products they know and trust to reduce and even eliminate callbacks. Callbacks don’t always add to the homeowners’ cost but can take away from a contractors’ bottom line.
  • Maintenance: consider choosing products that require as little maintenance as possible in the overall cost. Virtually “low maintenance” may be of great value to a homeowner, and the cost — whether it is affordable or pushing the upper limits — is justified.
  • Replacement: homeowners want assurance they will not have to replace a product on a bigger ticket like siding or decking materials anytime soon. Warranties will play a significant role in guaranteeing their product choices will last.

“I liked the simple design, pre-drilled holes, and it was easy to install.” Jeremy Bower, Big Foot Decking & Services

 Leading with value: 4 valuable components to consider

Maximizing a homeowners’ investment is critical — no matter the cost — while delivering quality products and the final project. Yet, instead of starting with costs, consider leading with the value it brings to the home and future resale or long-term viability.


We’ve listed 4 valuable components to consider when choosing products for your project:

  1. Durability: one of the most critical characteristics of building materials is durability. How it is engineered and manufactured are key ingredients to a well-designed product that stands the test of time, weather, and use.
  2. Longevity: properly installed products will usually endure a long service life if installed as instructed by the manufacturer and used as they are intended with ongoing care and maintenance. In fact, a survey by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) found that 74% of home buyers would spend more on key features and finishes that last longer.
  3. Sustainability: most homeowners today are choosing materials that are durable, long-lasting, and sustainable. The same NAHB survey cited above indicates that homeowners are likely to invest in sustainable (green) products because of the annual cost savings, which bodes well for remodelers and builders.
  4. Aesthetics: it’s likely that most homeowners — as well as remodelers and builders — choose a product based on the look and feel first, followed by cost and value. With so many options to consider today, whether it’s siding and decking or finishing touches like paint and railings, aesthetics are a key component in product consideration.

Before you start a new project with a homeowner, begin the conversation on what the homeowner’s goals are, including resale or enhancement for personal enjoyment. In addition to your craftsmanship the products you choose together will help them understand the overall value, then talk costs.


“RailFX layout sent to us, noting the components for each section of the deck, made it simple.” John Kirch, Kirch Improvements

RailFX Cable Railing: Built to Last

Cable railing systems are increasingly a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor uses. Cable railing systems work with the most common post materials — wood, steel, aluminum, and composite sleeves — and are lightweight and easy to install.


When it comes to strength and durability, steel, mainly stainless steel, is one of the strongest materials available. While cable railings can be one of the most expensive railing materials, they are virtually maintenance-free and corrosion and rust-resistant, even ideal for ocean environments, making them an excellent choice for long-term value. 


RailFX products and systems are fabricated with the highest-grade materials available on the market. In addition to being corrosion and rust-resistant, our products are finished with a wet coat applied with technology that meets AAMA 2605 standards. 

"We've never seen railings and posts that are as solid as theirs, they're engineered so well, made from quality materials, and they have great customer service." Shane Berg, Berg Construction.

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.

Homeowner, Mark Cockrell built his original wooden deck in the early 90s. After more than two decades of exposure to the elements, his outdoor escape needed some attention.

Home Deck Materials for Long-Term Design Solutions

Mark kept up with regular maintenance on his cedar deck over the years. His deck’s original posts, beams and joists were still in good shape, with just the handrails and decking requiring replacement.

Mark sought out high-quality, high-performing materials for his home’s new deck system. His priority was finding a solution that wouldn’t need much upkeep. “In order to minimize future maintenance — I’m 62 years old — I researched many decking and handrail alternatives,” explains Mark.

For the deck’s new handrails, Mark wanted a system to complement the new wood decking and provide a view of his home’s surrounding landscape. “We wanted an aluminum post and rail system with stainless steel cables to help minimize view obstructions,” he said.

Mark also needed a system that wasn’t impossible to install, since he’d be tackling the project himself.

Low maintenenace deck solutions
RailFX cable railing system

Smooth Installation and Less Deck Maintenance

Mark Cockrell spent considerable time researching available railing systems and decided on the RailFX cable railing system solution.

He completed the installation entirely by himself. “The assembly instructions were very helpful and intuitive,” says Mark. And the installation kit also included cable sections with an additional 3 feet in length. “That takes care of a lot of measurement errors.”

The RailFX cable rail system’s successful engineering also offered Mark plenty of solutions. These include durable and long-lasting aluminum posts and stainless steel hardware, and an easy-to-install mounting system.

Mark used the Professional 224 series cable kit, with the Invisiware® receiver and Pull-Lock®, two types of hardware that conceal the fittings inside the posts. This allowed for a beautiful, clean final look.

DIY deck project

Anyone who’s ever taken on a DIY project knows how unexpected issues can cause  delays. But working with a dependable brand that’s dedicated to solutions for customers made this DIY project easy. When Mark lost a few parts and damaged one of the cables in his kit, RailFX had solutions readily available.

“There were real people answering the phone, who could direct you to actual installers that know the product,” said Mark, “And tech support sent me new parts the next day!”

Compared to his original deck rail system, he found the RailFX cable railing system superior, and it helped provide his home with an exterior design he describes as “elegant and impressive.”

Solutions for Your Future Deck System

Mark completed his deck installation and is now enjoying the results of his handiwork.

“On the whole,” said Mark, “I am very pleased with the final product and would highly recommend it to others without reservation.”

Planning your next DIY home deck project? Check out RailFX’s host of hardware solutions, or you can contact us with any questions about your project.

Before and after DIY deck project