When we moved in on March 1st, we had to paint or stain the deck in order to not have any interruption in home owner's insurance. As we started that small project, we found that a ton of the supporting pieces of wood were rotting away. We had to rebuild the whole deck. It was bittersweet - we were able to do what we wanted in regards to the materials but unless we wanted to pull building permits, we had to keep the layout the same.
I really wanted the black poles instead of wooden railing but the pipes were about $30 for 4 sq. ft. We decided to do a little DIY and bought conduit piping and cut all the pipes with a handheld pipe cutter and then spray painted them matte black. They didn't take long to dry either!