Kya deLongchamps has warmed to the potential of plastic and covers everything you need to know if you’re planning to install a new deck. IF ANYONE had asked me last week about composite decking, I would, without hesitation, have bounded to my environmental concerns. How and ever — today, spattered lightly in walnut-shaded deck reviver with a splinter in my undercarriage and the solid beginnings of a middle-aged back, my green deck ideals are slightly underwater. That said, it’s been about seven years since I tripped the boards, brush in hand. Wood decking has been good to us. We replaced the original wrap around of 18 years, six months ago, and every single pressure-treated board (all perfect structurally) went into the garden of a neighbour in a chicken house, a log store and to clad several raised vegetables beds. Quite properly, none was burned. Only that we left the new deck to green up just too long — a couple of lashes of oil and it would have been ship-shape. Plastics around the exterior of our house and gardens are nothing new —windows, fencing, seating, facias and soffits — we’re in familiar territory. Composite, is a carefully chosen word, as quality faux wood decking ...