Infographic: Fascinating Facts About Your Wood Deck


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This infographic was submitted to us by Rick’s Fencing, who also provided a description:

This infographic by Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking provides interesting facts about the history and uses of popular materials used to build wood decks in the Pacific Northwest. With summer here, so many people will be relaxing and hosting BBQ’s on their deck and will appreciate it a little more knowing the ancestry of the wood it is made from. Did you now the tallest Port Orford Tree stands 229 feet tall? Learn more amazing statistics on beautiful woods such as Mahogany, Tigerwood and Ipe. Residents in the pacific northwest love their decks, so we wanted to spread the love by sharing some cool facts about the wood that makes them.

This is an interesting way to let people know more about the wood they’ve chosen (or wound up with, if they moved in) for their deck. There are some cool facts and a few good stats, and it covers a wide array of woods. The aesthetic and color scheme seem appropriate to the topic, as well.

While there are lots of great numbers, I’d love to see them used a little more creatively in places. For example, for the Port Orfard Cedar, I love the comparison that the growing area of the tree is about equivalent to the size of New Jersey. I’d like to see some sort of comparison, point of reference, or data visualization for the size of the largest Port Orfard Cedar.

There are also places where the text could be reduced a bit so that the pictures can do a little more of the talking.

In all I’d give this infographic a B — a little less text, a few more relatable references/instances of data viz would make it great!

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