My house is old. It needs repairs. But I still love it, especially my porch, and I can’t imagine why nearly all of my neighbors have replaced their wood railings with brick or iron. I think if I had the money I would ask a craftsman to come in and repair/replace my railing exactly as it is. Sure, the honeybees like making their home in it. Sure, it takes a beating from the sun and the highway in front of our house. I don’t care. I love my porch. Dirt and sawdust and all.