Many composite decking companies have beautiful brochures with images of elaborate decks of different colours and looks, but many of these companies will not show you the deck several years later when it is faded from contact with the sunlight. Wood decking can fade too, but you can re-stain wood. There are some products out that claim to restore the composite decking to near new conditions, however their efficacy is unknown.
No matter what material you choose for your deck, it’s going to need maintenance — a minimum of one annual cleaning. Most composites and plastics need a regularly applied finish (once or twice a year) to keep from fading, but most decking wood can be left finished or unfinished. While wood is more susceptible to rot and warping, mould spots are more difficult to remove from composite and plastic decking. In contrast, a stone deck requires very little to no maintenance – it’s as easy as hosing it off in the spring!