Ipé has a teak-like appearance and is a genuine Brazilian hardwood (Brazilian Walnut). In its natural state, it is highly resistant to termites, fungus, rot and decay. IPE is a Class A fire rated product and is in a category of its own when it comes to strength and density. IPE will withstand the rigors of heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions. It may be stained to retain the rich warm color of the wood or left natural to turn a silvery gray. Pre-drilling is generally required but alternative fastening methods are available in stock at Adobe Decking Center (i.e. Headcote ProPlug System and Camo-Tool). It is 100% clear all heart Brazilian Walnut and has a 20 year limited warranty.