There are many just who love the innate beauty of weathered materials. They show character and quietly make the statement: "I stood up to all that Mother Nature and Father Time could throw at me and still, I stand." So it's no wonder we pave our walks with bricks made to look weathered or cover our roofs with shingles that look like weathered wood. Yet, as soon as our decks get a little grey and splintery and cracked we rush out to the local Home Depot to replace the boards with new wood . . . which we immediately coat with a finish to give it "the weathered look." Does anyone else see the irony in that?