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Podcast 31: Glass and Stainless Steel Cable Railing Ideas

With Guest Kevin Harris,
Director of Sales and Marketing for AGS Stainless









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Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo ags stainless logo Glass and stainless steel cable railings offer solutions no other railings can match. Steel cable railings give you clean lines that are almost invisible, give you an unterrupted view, are very low maintenance, and can withstand harsh enviroments.

Glass railings offer beauty, can protect you from the wind, and also offer a virtually transparent view.

Mary and I have learned from our friend Kevin Harris at AGS Stainless, the benefits, options, and ease of installation these innovative railings offer. Whether you use them on your porch, deck, or interior of your home, we know you will enjoy learning just how versatile these railings are and how they can add immense aesthetic value to your home.




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Before - Traditional Wood Deck Railings


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After - Steel Cable Railings




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Program Notes: Glass and Stainless Steel Cable Railings



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We warmly welcome Kevin Harris, Director of Sales and Marketing, at AGS Stainless. AGS Stainless builds custom-made, all-stainless steel railing systems. Many thanks to Kevin for speaking to us about these wonderful railing options.

Program Highlights

  • Why stainless steel is superior to aluminum when it comes to porch and deck railings


  • The pros and cons of glass railings and when they are better suited than cable railings


  • Railing options to consider when it comes to pets or small children


  • The ease of installation for the homeowner or the builder


  • A story (true one) about how to keep puppies safe from alligators




Excerpts of Our Interview with Kevin Harris

  • Code Compliance: "One of the things we offer is a number of different infill options. We have glass infill, bar infill, and special panels for building officials who are not comfortable with cable railing. There are a lot of different options so any homeowner can get a full stainless steel railing system using one infill or another".


  • Aesthetics: "When you put stainless steel out on your deck or porch everyone who drives by your home notices it. Your neighbors will come up and will ask where did you get these railings from!"


  • DIY Ready Rail System: "And with Ready Rail you order today, we ship it out the very next day. So what you are able to do as either the homeowner or the builder, instead of waiting for 12 weeks for a custom-made stainless steel railing system, you can order the Ready Rail product and basically be installing it within a few days. It's a huge game changer in the railing industry".


  • Combining Cable And Glass Panels: "So although you don't want to be cleaning glass all the time, you'll primarily want to use cable to minimize the obstruction of your view, you might also want to have glass infill on the side with prevailing winds".










  • Glass and Stainless Steel
    Cable Railing Ideas



    stainless steel railing kit by ags stainless installed on deck
    Create An Unobstructed View with Steel Cable Railing


    Kevin states, "You can have cable, glass, horizontal bars or even special infills. For example, if your outdoor space is on top of a building rooftop and you don't want to have people in the next building looking over into your area, you can have inserts that have color and texture to obscure the view.



    glass panel inserts and railings system by ags stainless for deck
    Use Glass Panels to Block the Wind




    Kevin explains that one of the reasons why cable rail has become so popular is because it has very minimal obstruction of your view. So typically when you're kind of putting together designing your outside living spaces, you don't want to be struggling to look through the traditional wood pickets or big solid wrought iron bars.

    Typically, you're trying to open up the space so that you can look out from your porch, deck or patio and just really enjoy the surrounding area. There are a couple of options if you really want to minimize obstruction.

    Glass offers very little obstruction of your view but the down side is that you have to keep it clean. Cable offers very little obstruction but with a lot less maintenance. Stainless steel cable is very thin and it almost disappears.

    That's one of the reasons it has become so popular for exterior spaces.



    interior stainless steel cable system by ags stainless
    Use for a Multitude of Interior Uses Also




    Thanks to our Guest

    With sincere thanks again to our guest, Kevin Harris, of AGS Stainless for taking the time to share his expertise and passion for stainless steel cable railings and glass panels.



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