Cable Railing with wooden handrail and metal posts by the ocean

Cable Railing Cost Comparison

A whole cable railing system, including posts, handrail, cable, and hardware, costs about $80-$150 per linear foot. The price of cable railing will vary greatly depending on what type of material you use, whether you use wood or metal posts, and the number of corners and runs of cable you need.

Black powdercoated posts and cable railing on the water

Medium brown wood posts with matching wooden handrail and cable railing system

Wood Cable Railing Cost

Cable railing can use both metal and wood posts. Wood cable railing systems can use pre-existing or purchased wooden posts, which can make this a budget-friendly cable railing option. Products like DriveTite allow you to drill into your wooden posts and tension runs of cable to form the cable railing system. Using DriveTite to create Wood Cable Railing (without purchasing posts) will cost about $75 per linear foot.


Viewrail custom makes every post for your individual project. These posts come pre-cut, pre-drilled, and ready to install. Viewrail designs posts to be sleek. Their hardware is hidden, and the weld seams are covered. Each post can be powder coated and finished to achieve your ideal look.

Aluminum posts and handrail cable railing system near beach

Aluminum Cable Railing Posts

Using aluminum for your cable railing system will cost about $75-120 per linear foot, which is about 30% less than using stainless steel posts. Using aluminum cable railing posts is a great way to save money when your project doesn’t require the extra strength and security that comes with stainless steel. Plus, aluminum cable railing posts are suitable for indoor and outdoor* use.

*Outdoor use only recommended in low-stress and non-corrosive environments

Stainless Steel Cable Railing Posts

Using stainless steel on your cable railing system will give your railing extra strength and durability. Viewrail offers 304 stainless steel and 2205 duplex stainless steel posts. 304 stainless steel is a great option for outdoor projects that are not near the water. 2205 duplex stainless steel posts are ideal for the toughest environments. This is the same material that is used on deep sea oil rigs, high-traffic tourist areas, and other saltwater locations. Stainless steel cable railing posts will cost about $150 per post for 304 stainless steel, and $200 per post for 2205 duplex stainless steel.


Corners Add Cost

A general rule of thumb for planning out the cost of your cable railing project is that corners add cost. If cable simply runs through a post, it will cost less than a corner post which holds the tension for each line of cable. Since corner posts tension the runs of cable, they require hardware which will increase your total railing cost.

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Next Steps

Adding a finish option to your metal posts will affect the cost of your cable railing, as will choosing between metal or wooden handrail. The height of your railing will also change your price because more height means more materials, which means more cost. There are many factors that will make getting an accurate estimate for your project nearly impossible without a formal quote.  Follow the link to build your project and get a quote.

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