Cable railing is a modern and stylish railing system that is becoming increasingly popular for both residential and commercial applications. This type of railing provides an unobstructed view making it ideal for spaces where aesthetics and visibility are paramount. Unlike traditional railing systems, the slender cables create a minimalist look that complements a wide range of architectural styles.

At Fencing and Railing Solutions, we are often asked if cable railing can meet ADA compliance requirements. To answer this question, we must first discuss the ADA handrail standards. 

When Does Handrail Need To Be ADA Compliant?

All commercial buildings and new construction in the United States must have ADA-compliant handrails. Here are the requirements for handrails to meet ADA standards:

  • Height: Handrails must be installed between 34 and 38 inches high, measured from the top of the gripping surface to the walking surface. For handrails intended for children, the height must be no more than 28 inches.
  • Clearance: There must be at least 1.5 inches of clearance between the handrail and any obstruction, such as a wall or post. This allows people to grip the entire handrail without their hands hitting the obstruction.
  • Continuity: Handrails must be continuous along the full length of each stair flight or ramp run. This means that there should be no gaps or breaks in the handrail.
  • Bi-lateral: Handrails must be installed on both sides of a stairway or ramp. This allows people to use the handrail regardless of which side of the stairs or ramp they are on.
  • End: The ends of the handrail must be rounded or returned smoothly into the floor, wall, or post. This prevents people from catching their clothing, bags, or jewelry on the ends of the handrail.

Can Cable Railing Meet ADA Handrail Standards?

Yes! As long as cable railing is installed per the above conditions, this type of railing does meet ADA standards. 

Our online store offers cables made from marine grade 316 stainless steel. This stainless steel offers maximum corrosion resistance and durability, especially in environments where the railing may be exposed to salt water.

The cables are installed using aluminum posts. The Chesapeake Series offers a top rail made of premium plastic lumber, an attractive addition that can match the boards used for a deck. 

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