Old-growth Cedar vs. Ipe for deck?
We are going to build a medium-sized deck (approx. 16x18) and we had originally planned to use FSC-certified Ipe. Then our GC told us about a shipment of old-growth Alaska Yellow Cedar and Port Orford cedar salvaged from the UC Berkeley stadium bleachers. The cedar boards are almost 100 years old and are 5 inches wide and 2.5 inches thick.
Now we have to decide which wood to go with. In order to make a more informed decision, I need to know some basics:
What are the main differences between cedar and ipe? What are the relative qualities of each as decking material?
We want a deck that's sturdy and won't splinter (good for kids). Ideally, we wouldn't have to do much maintenance on it to keep it healthy. Which wood is better for the "install it and ignore it" homeowner?
We like how ipe weathers to a silvery gray, so we don't think we would need to stain it, but does it require any additional protection?
What sort of maintenance does an old-growth cedar deck require?
Any advice or feedback would be very much appreciated.