This Ipe hardwood deck will stand up to heavy traffic, and will not decay. It is naturally rot and insect resistant. As a result, Ipe is longer-lasting than cedar and requires relatively little maintenance. If the homeowners want their deck to keep its original rich tones, they will need to seal it periodically or treat it with deck oil, but unlike softwoods, it will never require staining. If untreated, an Ipe deck will weather to a rich, silver patina.