Installing a raised pool deck around an above-ground pool gives you a great way to easily access your pool and is a perfect place to soak up some sun while you lounge poolside. However, your raised pool deck will need safety railings to prevent potentially dangerous falls, and choosing the right railings for your new deck can be difficult.

Cable railings have many advantages over conventional railings and may be the perfect addition to your deck. Here are four reasons to install cable railings on your raised pool deck.

Unobstructed Views

A raised pool deck gives you an excellent vantage point to enjoy beautiful views from your property and can be especially useful if you own a beachfront or cliffside property. Unfortunately, bulky safety railings can become a big visual obstruction. Safety railings with large, thick poles and pillars made of steel or timber can be particularly obstructive.

Cable railings are made from tensioned metal cables, which are strung between vertical support pillars. These slender cables are designed to be as visually unobtrusive as possible, while still providing enough strength and stability to arrest falls and prevent accidents. If you want railings that won't block stunning views of the landscape around your property, cable railings are ideal. 

Compatible With Curved Decks

Many raised pool decks are round or have curved edges, which can present a problem when it comes to installing safety railings. Conventional safety railings usually have to be custom-made to fit rounded pool decks, and these made-to-order railings can be quite expensive. 

Cable railings are much easier to adapt to curved and rounded edges, and are a common sight on curved balconies and stairwells. The support pillars are installed at closer intervals, with the tensioned cables strung between them as normal. This arrangement is slightly more visually obtrusive than straight cable railing, but is still less of an obstruction than conventional railings, and can be constructed using cheaper, pre-fabricated materials.

Rot And Corrosion Resistance

Railings for raised pool decks are naturally exposed to a great deal of moisture and humidity, which can cause problems with rot and corrosion. Timber railings will need to be treated with anti-fungal chemicals on a regular basis to prevent rot and fungal growth, while conventional railings made from steel can be vulnerable to rust. 

The vast majority of cable railings are manufactured using stainless steel, a specialized steel alloy with naturally-occurring resistance to rust and corrosion. These cables do not require any protective coatings and are very easy to maintain. Support pillars made from timber or unprotected steel will still need protective treatments, but this requires much less time and effort than maintaining an entire set of conventional railings.

Attractive Looks

Cable railings are commonly used in modern construction and development because of their sleek, minimalist looks. They can be an attractive addition to any raised pool deck, especially when fitted to support pillars that match your deck's design. Their rot/corrosion resistance and low maintenance requirements also ensure that they will stay beautiful for years to come. 

For more information, contact a company like Capitol Iron Works.