Decking handrails failing so want replacement materials

Have existing decking with failing hand-rails, cracking and affected by Cockeys chewing up wood. Possibly Oregon rails. Want to know something more durable to replace the existing hand-rail timber with.

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Thanks for your question.

There is a wide range non-timber alternatives  plastic/timber composites, metal (stainless steel etc.) and vinyl to mention a few  all have their pros and cons but they generally won't be affected by insects.  

If you'd like to stay with timber, have a read of this article that gives you a good rundown on H level treatments.The 'H' stands for 'Hazard' and applies to hazards affecting the expected lifetime of the wood. These include things like susceptibility to fungal growth and insects.

Hope this helps,

The BUILD Team.