Cable Railings and Building Regulations

Cable railing balustrades look amazing, and always add a fantastic detail to an overall project. With our new cable railing fittings, installing this system is even easier. With our White Glove Assembly Service, we supply the posts already assembled and drilled through for the cables.

Many traditional cable railing balustrade systems have been adapted from marine rigging. In contrast, our cable railing fittings have been designed in house specifically for domestic and commercial balustrades. The fixings are discreet and minimal, minimising the disruption to the view.

Post and cable system

Building Regulations

It is important to remember that Approved Document K, BS5395 Part 1 & BS6180 require that for buildings where likely users include children under 5 years of age that:

  • There should not be gaps in balustrades which permit a sphere of 100mm to pass through (this does not apply to the triange formed by the tread and riser, except in dwellings and flats, provided the barrier line is not more than 50mm above the pitch line)
  • That children should not readily be able to climb the guarding

If the balustrade is in an area where children are likely to use, it fails regulations by being easily climbable. There are various ways round it, as seen below.  Having posts that angle inwards (see below left hand image) reduces its climb-ability, and will meet regulations. Another way is to have the top part of the balustrade bend in (see below right hand image).

Have questions about our cable railing system and how building regulations affect it? Contact us today on 03300 414 881 or sales@whitemetal.co.uk.