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QUAKERTOWN, PA – Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests. During Deck Safety Month® in May, experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recommend homeowners Check Your Deck® before starting to plan family activities.
“Our number one priority and message to the public is to ensure that the decks they use are safe,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”

NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to assure they have details available to them to evaluate their decks. The information can be found HERE.

With an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the United States that are more than 20-30 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Consumer Checklist

A key element to enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of your deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. The checklist can be found at http://bit.ly/NADRA10PointConsumerChecklist.

Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. “NADRA provides industry professionals with a Deck Evaluation Form that is available HERE.

Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.

“We recommend ASHI-certified home inspectors or a knowledgeable deck builder for inspections of older decks,” says Beaudry. “Our NADRA member deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements. This brings peace of mind to homeowners using our NADRA members.”

Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience. NADRA offers training and certification for its members along with ASHI home inspectors and others interested in professional deck inspection. For additional information on NADRA certification classes, click HERE.

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. For more information visit www.NADRA.org 

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Decking season is finally underway for 2015 and The Atlanta NADRA Chapter is excited to announce our annual fund raising event will be a Golf tournament this year! The fun filled day will be in conjunction with other NADRA National meetings very close the tournaments very popular Brookfield Country Club, in Roswell Georgia.

When & Why:

The event will be in the afternoon of June 15, 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing our national members that are in town as well as our local members. We will be having all sorts of fun opportunities to network so please invite your fellow trade partners to attend the event as well.  This event is open to all business catering to our growing outdoor living industry.

Details & Sponsorship Info:

Follow the below link to see all the event details and sponsorship opportunities. Please take the time to fill out your attendee/sponsorship quickly. We are expecting the foursomes and sponsorships to fill up fast.

  • Single Player – $150.00/NADRA Member – $175.00/Non-Member
  • Foursomes - $500.00/NADRA Member – $600.00/Non-Member
  • Hole Sponsorships – $1,000 and $1,350 (with a Foursome)
  • Drink Cart Sponsorships – $1,500 (2 available)
  • Luncheon Sponsorship – $750.00 (2 available)
  • Awards Ceremony Sponsorship – $750.00 (1 available)
  • Closest to Pin Sponsorship - $350.00 (1 available)
  • Hole in One Sponsorship - $350.00 (1 available)
  • Practice Range Sponsorship – $250.00 (1 available)
  • Mulligans – $10/each

I want to thank you in advance for your participation is this important event for NADRA. It is a new, fresh, & exciting time to become a member of the nation’s only Decking and Railing Association. So invite your trade partners and let’s have the best attended outdoor living networking golf tournament ever planned!

See you on the course….

NADRA Atlanta Chapter President

James Gunning

 

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May is Deck Safety Month®  

Please join NADRA in promoting Deck Safety Month® by becoming an official Deck Safety Ambassador! GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE & AMBASSADOR Levels are available! DEADLINE: April 17th, 2015. Download the form HERE, or click the “Become a Sponsor!” Button to sign up on line.

 

A Targeted Solution.

NADRA’s Deck Safety Campaign has been created specifically for consumers and outdoor living professionals. Enhancing your presence in NADRA’s 2015 Deck Safety Campaign ensures that your company’s brand and message are delivered directly to those that matter the most to your business.

A Bigger Purpose.

Supporting NADRA’s 2015 DSM Campaign allows NADRA to continue to educate consumers, industry professionals and inspectors about proper deck installation and annual inspections. NADRA is positioned to use this message as a driving force to grow an industry worth billions of dollars.

Affordable.

Interact with your market – NADRA’s 2015 DSM Campaign gives you unprecedented access at an unbeatable price! Each sponsorship level is valued at over double the price you pay! You’re receiving a 50% discount right from the start.

 

From the President:

On Thursday night March 26th the NADRA NJ group had a great meeting!

The chapter was very pleased to see about 25 people in attendance, 7 of which were all new attendees. I took a moment to remind all the value that NADRA brings, especially as it relates to code. Following the introductions and reading of the Anti-trust, Judy, the chapter secretary read January meeting minutes and Gus updated the chapter on a treasurer’s report.

Bob Ottersen from Fiberon was the sponsor for the evening. I pointed out that Fiberon does a nice job of displaying the NADRA logo on their main literature. I reminded all attendees that they should be utilizing the NADRA logo on their paperwork, on business cards, etc.  It is a nice way to always differentiate yourself whether you’re a supplier in the channel or a builder in the field.  Bob did a nice overview of Fiberon and the company and Matt (also from Fiberon) the local representative, went over the new rail profiles, contractor program benefits and the availability of contractor kits.

Following the Fiberon presentation, Michael Beaudry took the floor and discussed the benefits of constant contact and the new member Deck Safety Toolkit that will be ready before Deck Safety Month®. He summarized all of the benefits and marketing tools that are available to members, and encouraged the group to utilize these opportunities that NADRA offers.

Our committee updates went well but were brief due to missing some committee chairpersons.  We discussed the upcoming deck awards and I asked by a show of hands who would be participating. We had a good number of hands go up so I reminded everyone without support this event cannot happen. All attendees were in favor to move forward and agreed they would support the event.   April 8th the competition will open for submissions.

I also explained we might do a contractor interview table program in conjunction with the deck awards. This would give the manufacturers’ time to interview all builder attendees with specific questions. The tables would have an allotted amount of time then the builders would move on to the next table. Everyone seemed good with that idea. Again I emphasized we need 100% support to make this event happen.

I also updated everyone on new member committee by explaining that Judy & I had done a beefsteak with Excelsior lumber where we promoted NADRA to over 70 attendees. In addition, I had the opportunity to speak at The Morris County building inspectors lunch meeting last month where I promoted NADRA to over 20 building inspectors.

Thank you Fiberon for sponsoring our meeting! See you all soon!

 

Lainie Sleppin

NADRA NJ President

Last weekend was a beautiful one in Atlanta, Georgia for the Spring Home Show at Cobb Galleria. By all accounts, it was the most successful Spring Home Show ever, with record attendance and more vendors present than ever before. It certainly did not hurt that the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, and inviting, when the weather is great, people start thinking about being outside. When they do, they turn their attention to those projects they have been dreaming about all Winter.

Ask any member of NADRA, and there is a growing sense of excitement about what the rest of the year holds as a result of the turnout this past weekend. NADRA Atlanta members agree that the turnout was encouraging, with more motivated buyers and more successful follow-ups than ever.

Bryan Miller of Outback Decks has said that feedback from appointments booked at the show has been positive. “It certainly appeared that buyers were more serious,” he said, “we will have to see the outcome, but we view the show as a success.”


There also seems to be more confidence in the economy. People are spending more money, investing in their homes, and starting to dream. Frank Pologruto, President of Decks and More, observed that many people feel more comfortable spending their corporate bonuses than have in a while.

What this means for NADRA members and the industry in general is that more and more opportunities are arising to do what we love, helping people turn their outdoor spaces into new, exciting extensions of their homes.

And as members of NADRA, we have a unique opportunity to help and be helped by each other. Bryan Miller noted that he received at least two direct referrals from other members of NADRA. At Southeastern Underdeck, we also received several referrals from our friends at NADRA. Even more than the prospect of making money, the knowledge that we are all working together to move forward is the most encouraging takeaway from the Spring Atlanta Home Show.

Where the next year taskes us will be exciting to see. If this past weekend is any indication, we are all in for a great year.

See y’all outside!

Joel Mooneyhan
Sales Representative for
Southeastern Underdeck Systems
Buford, Georgia

**** For Immediate Release ****

Duradek Introduces the Natural Choice for Deck Surfaces with
Duradek Ultra Legacy PEBBLE BEACH

Surrey, BC- March 11, 2015-Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and

Legacy - Pebble Beach Vinyl

colours for outdoor living space in its latest addition to the LEGACY line with the all-new “Pebble Beach”designer aggregate pebble look in a 60 mil vinyl membrane.

 Inspired by Nature…

Designed to Withstand It

Duradek, the most trusted brand of pedestrian traffic waterproof membranes has perfected the  trend of a natural stone look on low maintenance vinyl outdoor walking surfaces by introducing Pebble Beach, the latest addition to the ‘Legacy’ line of PVC membranes.

Pebble Beach brings a remarkable aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low maintenance waterproof protection you have come to rely on from Duradek.

 

 

 

About DuradekDuradek is the premier walkable waterproofing membrane for decks and flat roofs. After 40 years of leading our niche industry, Duradek continues to set the bar from coast to coast for superior product and installation techniques for the specialty trade of deck waterproofing. Duradek is installed exclusively by trained and authorized applicators.

www.duradek.com

 

Duradek – A Legacy of Leadership 

For high resolution images from full press release, contact:

Duradek Marketing Manager

Jennifer Ogilvie Brackett

jennifer@duradek.com

Duradek Canada Ltd.

8288 129 Street, Surrey, BC  V3W 0A6

duradek@duradek.com

1-866-591-5594

Duradek U.S. Inc.

1722 Iron Street, N. Kansas City, MO  64116

duradekus@duradek.com

1-800-338-3568

 

At last…spring should be in the air for our next NADRA meeting. I am excited for the line-up we have for the entire year and this event is no exception. As we all know choosing the right products to use on an outdoor project is criterial, John Paulin with Tailored Wood will be talking about how to choose some of those products: from wood -to- connectors and fasteners and everything in between. Thank you, Tailored Wood for your sponsorship- we look forward to learning about your company!

We are also excited about April’s Keynote speaker, Elyse Jordan from Houzz. As we all know, Houzz is a huge influencer on design and techniques in our industry. Join us to learn how Houzz can help you and your business by attending our 2nd meeting of the year We look forward to seeing everyone!

When:

Tuesday April 21, 2015 from 6:30 PM
Add to Calendar 

Where:

The Ivy Buckhead
3717 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 3034

 

 

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
NADRA Atlanta board and President, James Gunning

 

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap      

February 2015

The year started off with a successful meeting this February despite power outages and ice storms in the area with the first Atlanta NADRA chapter meeting of 2015 on February 17th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  There were 36 members and guests in attendance. Thank you Nyloboard and Joey Matthews for sponsoring this meeting!

During the meeting we caught up on the minutes from the last two meetings due to postponing minutes in December at our Christmas Dinner.  We were able to get an update from some exciting things going on at our National level from national board member Bobby Parks.  Time was spent discussing our upcoming chapter meeting schedule for the year and planning for our Deck for a Soldier project as well as our first annual Golf Tournament.  Joey Matthews will be chairing the build for Deck for a Soldier and is currently looking for an optimal candidate that we can serve.  Mike Reasons gave a brief overview of the details for the golf tournament on June 15th at Brookfield Country Club.  Currently we are looking for hole sponsors from vendors and companies who want to participate.  This will be our main fundraising effort for 2015.

Financial Progress as of 1/31/15:

  • Income: $0
  • Expenses: $600.20
  • Balance: $3104.79

A special thanks to Joey Matthews of Nyloboard for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Joey gave an interesting presentation on the history of the company as well as what makes Nyloboard unique in the market of alternative decking.  He also reviewed the product line and its features and benefits.

Brian Pierce of Catalyst Wealth management gave a very practical presentation of some helpful financial tools.  He was able to speak to some key action items that each of us should be doing with our financial plans and ways to set our business and family up for success.  He also provided leave behind material and some takeaways to follow up on.

Our next meeting will be held on:

  • Tuesday – April the 21st at the Ivey  in Buckhead.
  • Our sponsor for the meeting is Tailorwood and our guest speaker will be from Houzz.

Respectfully Submitted,

James Gunning

Chapter President

 

For Immediate Release

East Coast Cable Solutions Receives US Patent on Vertebrace Support Posts

Save Time, Simplify Deck Installations, Get Off the Job Faster.

Thurmont, MD  February 5, 2015 – East Coast Cable Solutions a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum cable railing systems, recently received patent approval from the United States Patent Office (US20140299829 A1) for its innovative “Vertebrace” Support Post. Designed to save time on deck installations using composite or PVC sleeves and traditional wood posts.

The Vertebrace replaces the wood post with an aluminum post with pre-threaded receivers for most cable railing hardware—saving a great deal of time by eliminating the drilling required on wood posts. Installation is easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Fasten Vertebrace Supports
  2. Cover with your composite shell & connect handrail
  3. Fasten & tension cables                                                                                   

“General contractors and custom deck builders will love the ease of installing the Vertebrace over traditional wood posts. They will also love how much they save on labor by getting their sub-contractor or crew off the job a day or more earlier.” –JR Garcia, Director Sales & Marketing, East Coast Cable Solutions.

Based in Thurmont, Maryland, East Coast Cable Solutions is an innovative manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum deck & stair cable railing systems since 2009. Learn more at www.eastcoastcablesolutions.com #IBSVegas

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

JR Garcia, Director Sales & Marketing

East Coast Cable Solutions

(240) 288-8050 jr@eccsolution.com

As we are nearing the end of this cold and snowy winter, we are all frantically gearing up for business to boom come springtime.  Showrooms are taking shape, crews are being prepped and trained, and home-show displays are looking good and getting a lot of action. If you are not yet a member of NADRA, now if a great time to invest in your business and in the industry. Join NADRA. Display the NADRA logo. Print and pass out the benefits flyers at your shows. Talk about Deck Safety Month.® Print and frame the NADRA Code of Ethics, or even add it to your portfolio. Set yourself apart!

If you want to learn more about NADRA, whether you are a current member or on the fence to join; reach out to us. Your team at NADRA Headquarters lives and breathes this association and the industry it serves every. single. day.

At your service,

Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive Vice President 
Direct: 215.679.4884