The steps leading from the back door to the patio of this home were not up to the building code and did not have a handrail. We replaced the platform and steps with a new set of pressure treated wood steps with a handrail on both sides of the steps. Not only is this system more attractive, it is much safer.
Once the pressure treated wood cures for a few months, it can be stained with either a clear stain or a solid color stain. Pressure treated wood cannot be painted; it must be stained.