Premium IPE Decking is virtually indestructible decking that lasts a lifetime, without maintenance. IPE is approximately twice as heavy as oak and four to five times heavier than cedar or redwood. IPE can be stained with a recommended V inhibitive pigmented, oil based sealer to maintain the original color and enhance the natural beauty of the wood. This will also help seal the wood and minimize shrinkage and swelling. IPE can be painted but only with solid color stains to create a painted look. IPE is available in all standard decking and porch flooring profiles and sizes. After installation IPE does not require any sealers to maintain their durability, to resist rot, to resist termites, to prevent cupping and warping, or to keep it from splintering. Without a sealer IPE weathers to a silvery gray. To enhance the stabilization process into your climate, or to retain the original color, a sealer may be applied to the finished deck.