Are you looking for a low-maintenance deck and also for a genuine wood deck? Ipe Brazilian hardwood is a terrific option. Ipe is tremendously dense hardwood that is as beautiful as it is strong. Each board is unique with subtle variation changes. You have a couple maintenance options to keep your hardwood deck looking the same year after year. Some homeowners choose to oil their deck allowing the natural wood characteristics to be visible. Other options include staining and allowing the deck to gray over time.