These two woods are very similar. Both styles are highly dense making them incredibly durable and reliable. Both are resistant to scratches, wood burrowing pests and rot. Red Balau offers a bit more versatility, allowing the owner to achieve a weathered look if they’d like, while IPE maintains a classic and timeless look. That being said, this decision is more about what you prefer! Both being from our exotic hardwood stock, no matter which one you choose, you’ll end up with top-notch quality lumber. So come down to our yard and we can help you determine which one you’ll choose for your new deck!