Composite decking is a specific type of decking where the material used is composite plastic. These days, many manufacturers are supplying hardware stores with composite decking planks, which are sturdy and have the tendency to survive harsh elements. Composite decking is a low maintenance type of decking, as the composite material only requires cleaning for a few times each year and it will be good to go.
One important thing to note about composite decking is that cleaning it will require certain chemicals in order to properly clean. The cleaning chemicals are used with a good sturdy brush in order to kill the mold and clean out the entire deck. These products used to maintain composite decks might not sit well with home owners who are into green living. After cleaning with the chemical cleaners, composite ecks are left looking powdery.
Composite decks are usually also made to look like wood. Manufacturers of composite materials for decking try to emulate the natural grain and color of certain types of wood in order to make their materials a lot more pleasing to the eye.
Composite decks cannot be refinished in the same manner as wood. For composite decks, hoe owners really should replace the planks after about 5 years, as by then they will be full of scratches and stains.