There are many choices in decking materials. In fact, there are so many choices, it can be dizzying. In days of old, the options included pine or perhaps a slightly upgraded wood. Now, one option upgrade is Brazilian hardwood of which Ipe is the most popular. This hardwood has several exceptional qualities. Visibly, the look of Brazilian hardwood is exquisite. Each board is different ranging in rich dark shades creating a mosaic of browns and reds that is absolutely stunning. Ipe is also incredibly strong. Importantly, it’s strong and can last up to 50 years or more on your deck. You’ll see the most popular commercial boardwalks are built out of Ipe because of it’s strength, durability and the number of years it continues to look the same as it did when installed.