Whilst horizontal cables are more common, vertical cables are another alternative to glass. There are many occasions where horizontal cables will fall foul of building regulations, but vertical cables will be passed. Approved Document K, BS5395 Part 1 & BS6180 requires that there are to be no gaps in the balustrade large enough for a 100mm sphere to pass through. There is also a requirement that guardings must not be climbable in areas where children under 5 are likely to be. So even if all the gaps in the horizontal cables are under 100mm, it can still fall foul of regulations by being deemed climbable. Therefore vertical cables can be a viable solution, with a similar overall illusion to horizontal cables, but safer for small children.
Cables are very low maintenance, and our cable railing range has been specifically designed for balustrading, rather than simply adapted from marine rigging. This means the whole range is easy to mix and match and combine to create the best possible solution to your requirements.
One important thing to check when installing vertical cables into a floor or ceiling, is that the substrate is strong enough. Once tensioned, each cable will exert considerable force. In the same way a handrail is recommended when using posts and horizontal cables to prevent the posts being pulled together, vertical cables will try and pull top and bottom together if they’re isn’t sufficient strength.
Depending on the design, there is very little installation tolerance in vertical cables. Accessibility for installation must also be considered, so as to make the installation as simple as possible. If you’re unsure what solution is best for the situation, give us a call and we’re happy to discuss your project and advise. Our technical team has extensive practical knowledge, and are on hand to offer bespoke solutions.