Here are a couple photos of 2 cedar decks we built on a house. The deck is framed with pressure treated lumber and decked in cedar. These decks were rebuilds from the original treated decks built when the house was new. We manufactured the handrails in our shop and pre-finished all the wood as well. This made for a low impact on site installation and no finish was required once the deck was built. The other advantage to building the handrails in the shop was being able to set up a system for assembly which saved time (money) and increased the ability to deliver a higher quality product. These decks are stained with Sikkens oil stain with a cedar pigment. With proper care and maintenance these deck should last for many years to come.
Here is another deck we recently upgraded for a customer. This project consisted of replacing the perimeter decking with a new darker composite deck, installing new vinyl lattice skirting, and installing the handrails. As you can see from the first few pictures the old grey decking was removed, the customer had a real problem keeping it clean. We installed Trex Transcends around the perimeter and on the steps. Once completed we installed the vinyl lattice to improve the looks and add protection against creatures being able to go underneath her deck. The handrails are made of stainless steel flanges and galvanized exterior steel piping. The posts are pressure treated with a vinyl post wrap complete with footing and cap. This type of handrail allows for great transparency, a stylish look and low maintenance. I think it makes for a nice looking easy to maintain and enjoyable outdoor living space.