This planter is totally non-toxic, nothing can leach into the plants growing in these planters. The color is embedded in the material so there is nothing to maintain. You can paint or stain the planter to match your deck or patio. The internal floor panel has openings for drainage. Will not fade/oxidize to silver gray like wood assembles in 10 minutes with no tools. Will not rot,warp, or get infested with insects like wood 18"x18"x15"