IPE hardwood is one of those wondrous materials that is as much a pleasure to work with as it is to look at. IPE is one of the hardest and densest woods on the planet. It actually has the same fire rating as concrete and steel. When properly maintained it can last for over 20 years. When faced with a lot of sun the color will fade over time to a silvery grey and some people like the look of aged IPE. We always suggest resealing your deck at least once per year to keep it looking its best. Of all the hardwoods on the market, IPE is the best for floors.