IPE exotic Brazilian hardwood is a fantastic material for decks, as well as screened porches and open porches. These Shawnee, KS, homeowners chose long-lasting IPE flooring for their screened porch, which will allow them many years of worry-free enjoyment. IPE decking has a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, and can be a low-maintenance choice for decks and porches. These homeowners can choose to periodically oil their porch floor, or to allow it to age naturally with no yearly maintenance. IPE also has fire retardant properties, which can be a consideration when building a porch or deck.