Key-Link Railing Common Questions (FAQ)

We've gathered the most commonly asked questions about Key-Link Railing. If your question isn't answered here, you may also contact us with any questions you may have.

Common Questions

What Key-Link railing styles are available at DIY Home Center?

DIY Home Center offers Key-Link’s American Series and Outlook Series railing systems. Both are aluminum rail systems that create a 36” final rail height and are available for both level and stair applications. The American Series has infill options of aluminum pickets, horizontal cable, or vertical cable. It's offered in Gloss White, Textured Black, Textured Bronze, and Textured White. The Outlook Series has aluminum pickets for infill and is offered in Gloss White, Kona, Textured Black, Textured Bronze, and Textured White.

How difficult is it to install Key-Link aluminum railing?

Key-Link aluminum railing is designed with the installer in mind and can be installed by anyone.

What type of warranty does Key-Link aluminum railing come with?

The aluminum railing system comes with a Key-Link Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Does Key-Link Railing meet residential and commercial codes?

Key-Link Railing has been tested and approved for code in most areas, though it is up to the installer to determine if code is met in that specific area.

How do I clean Key-Link aluminum railing?

The best way to keep your Key-Link aluminum railing looking new is to occasionally wash it using a solution of warm water and a non-abrasive, pH-neutral detergent solution such as 409 or Windex.

Does Key-Link aluminum railing rattle when I walk on the deck or when it’s windy?

Key-Link aluminum railing is completely rattle-free. Full-length PVC inserts in both top and bottom rails create a tighter fit for rattle-free enjoyment.

What is the typical picket spacing?

Typical picket spacing is 3.75 inches between each picket.

What type of finish is used on the rails?

Each aluminum railing piece is sprayed with AAMA 2604, a powder coating formulated with durable polyester resins to ensure lasting color and gloss retention for years after installation.

Will Key-Link aluminum railing rust?

Aluminum is naturally rust-resistant and all of Key-Link’s railing products come with a limited lifetime warranty against corrosion.

What is the maintenance like on Key-Link cable railing?

Key-Link’s cable railing system is virtually maintenance-free. It is recommended to hose down the railing 1-2 times per year to help prevent the buildup of particles that could harm the railing system.

Why do I need the center balusters with my cable railing?

Center balusters are used to ensure cable spacing meets applicable building codes. They are placed no further than 36” from the nearest post. Center balusters are included in cable railing kits.

How long can my cable run be?

The maximum cable run is 100 feet. If cable extends past 100 feet, the tension becomes too great on the end post. For runs longer than 100 feet, you will need to start a new run.

What is 316 grade stainless steel cable?

316 grade stainless steel cable is the recommended stainless steel for exterior projects, as it’s known for its durability and resistance to rust.

Do I need to assemble the cable fittings on the posts?

Each Key-Link post comes pre-assembled with all cable fittings installed.

Are there cable fittings for wood or composite posts?

Yes, Key-Link makes cable fittings for wood or composite posts.