DECKING OUT A CONDO IN THE CITY BY THE BAY: AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS

DECKING OUT A CONDO IN THE CITY BY THE BAY

It isn’t every day that Steven and Brucie Schneider, of San Rafael, California-based construction company Schneider Construction, are asked to build a deck on TOP of a building. Fortunately, when that does happen, which seems to be a new trend in the San Francisco area and beyond, they are more than up to the task.

Condo Rooftop in San Francisco

And that’s just the challenge the dynamic duo of Steve and Brucie recently faced when they were tasked with solving a condo association’s challenge of expanding a rooftop area that was once the site of a rotting, wooden deck. Keeping that deck failure in mind, they wanted to provide the owners with a low-maintenance and durable option for the new deck. The revamped outdoor space will serve as a common area for condo residents, while providing a gorgeous, bird’s eye view of the San Francisco skyline.

AZEK Deck on Condo Rooftop in San Francisco

Inspired by its rich color and superior durability, as well as its Class “A” flame spread rating, Steve and Brucie selected AZEK Deck’s Vintage Collection in Mahogany. According to Steve, they have worked with AZEK Deck for several years because of its aesthetic appeal and it’s easy to transport. They also really like it for roof top installations because it’s lightweight, won’t add unnecessary weight to the building and AZEK’s Vintage Collection carries the Class ‘A’ Flame spread rating, which many buildings in California require.

“We specifically chose AZEK Deck for the 10th Street Lofts because we wanted to create this space with materials that are sustainable and low maintenance,” Steve said. “The condo association and homeowners already dealt with a wood deck that needed to be replaced after only seven years. We knew that AZEK products would look beautiful, and are also engineered to last far longer than traditional wood decks. And AZEK Deck’s 30-year fade and stain warranty and limited lifetime warranty are major benefits to the homeowners.”

But first, in order to bring this project to life, the Schneiders had to figure out how to get all of the materials onto the rooftop since the interior elevator access wouldn’t accommodate the long lengths of decking. The solution? Use a heavy duty crane to hoist all the materials from a nearby parking area onto the residential rooftop. This coordination took a herculean effort from the builder, the city and nearby residents to ensure the project got off the ground without a hitch. Pun intended! Everything worked as they planned and they were soon off to the races!

For this project, Schneider’s team also had to develop a unique understructure solution for the decking that would fit the space constraints below the condo’s rooftop access doors. Steve engineered the one-of-a-kind deck support with steel to provide a stable base for the decking and railing.

In the end, the project was completed on time and offers a gorgeous view for residents to enjoy the San Francisco skyline – during the day or into the evening – and everyone is thrilled with the new low maintenance deck. But don’t just take our word for it. Watch the entire project unfold right before your eyes.Completed AZEK Rooftop Deck

NOTE: The Class “A” Flame Spread Index rating is based on results of testing per ASTM E84, recognized by the International Building Code (IBC) as a standard method for testing flame spread.

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Leadership: Have haters? You’re on to something!

Every great idea, and those who will implement them, will be faced with cynics, skeptics, doubters and critics. We have all heard those famous words, “That will never work” or “I don’t know why they are trying that?” This comes with the territory of change management, promoting a different way of thinking, challenging the norm and just being excellent in your field or craft.

So shoulders back, head up and charge forward into greatness! Haters have been around since the beginning of time. I know, it feels like they have recruited, organized and gained momentum over the years. However, as true leaders, we must see these things for what they are and never let their negative energies pull us into fear, self-doubt and/or negativity.

Here’s five quick things to consider when dealing with dream-crushers:

  1. Keep your dreams close to the vest until it’s time to spring it on them! Be careful how much you share about your intentions. This will add another layer of protection to those who will steal your idea, share your idea or begin the secret discrediting of your future plans.
  2. Let them fuel your focus! Discipline and focus will ensure that you don’t get off-course. You must believe in yourself and your work more than your haters disbelieve. If not, they win, and you lose 100% of the time! If you get weary, refuel by visualizing that your goal has already been achieved. The euphoric sense of winning will keep you going in the tough times!
  3. Distance yourself from negativity and find a tribe that will encourage you! Always remember that every negative and discouraging comment does not require a come back. Safeguard your sanity! Brush your shoulders off and align yourself with those who share positive thoughts and vibes. A tribe that will encourage you in good times and in bad times are worth their weight in gold.
  4. Let them be a ridiculous source of motivation for you! Always show your grit, not your sweat or discomfort! You are keenly aware of what you can do and what needs to be done. So go for it! Make it happen! Stay hydrated and motivated until you reach your final destination!
  5. Outsmart the naysayers and prove them wrong over and over again! They may talk louder than you or more than you, but that means nothing! A winner’s move is practiced, tested and calculated. When they go low, use what you know. There is a reason why you are on the cutting edge of something amazing. And here’s a little secret, your naysayers know it as well. That’s why they hate your idea, your passion, your purpose, your vision, your future opportunities and your potential!

Stay the course! Your haters are here to stay. Use them as a source of inspiration to take yourself, your teams and your organizations to the next level. You got this! I’ll be watching!

Kevin D. Jackson

The Positivity Guru – ThePositivityGuru.com

Deck Safety Marketing Resources are Available to Help Outdoor Living Industry Professionals

May is Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.

The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.

  • 10-point consumer checklist
  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA. We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help you do just that. If you have any questions, please reach out. You can contact the team at NADRA by calling: 215-679-4884 or sending an email to: Info@NADRA.org

Just a small sampling of the many marketing resources available in the members section of NADRA.org: 

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Four Best Practices of A/R Automation That Cut Costs

My family has a clear, giant flower vase—I’m talking 2 feet high—that sits in the corner of the dining room. Every day, family members put any spare change we accumulate into the vase rather than bury it in dresser drawers or lose it. These quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies are both valuable and somewhat of an afterthought at the same time. In December each year, our kids love going to the local grocery store where we can dump the vase

intthe change vase where we save our spare changeo the Coinstar machine. The clink of the coins going in the machine is like a slot machine in reverse and the kids’ eyes are glued on the digital display rapidly rising with each pour of the vase into the machine. Every time, we’re flabbergasted to find our daily change amounts to hundreds of dollars. It feels like free money and quickly turns into a new book, a new toy, or new apps for their Kindles.

Most companies try to increase profitability by selling more or cutting expenses or both. Usually, expense cuts are about taking something a

way, which can often hurt customer experience, add to risk, or make the task of winning new customers more difficult. Your A/R program, however, is a gold mine of opportunity to delight your customers while saving you money in the process. It’s your own giant vase of hidden money.

The key to unlocking the money is to make it easy for your customers to pay you quickly. The following four best practices of A/R automation will lead you to significant savings while delighting your customers:

Enable Self-Serve with Online Customer Account Tools

online account tools help customers be more efficient

Your customers should have the ability to view purchases, download statements, dispute charges, and yes, pay online. It’s old hat for consumer purchases but strangely uncommon in the B2B world. Every action a consumer can take to self-serve means you aren’t paying someone to answer the call, research what they need, mail a statement, etc. By enabling them to pay online, you make life easier for your customer’s AP or bookkeeper, and you’ll get paid more quickly. By making all of their purchase and payment detail available 24/7, your customers will never be able to hide slow payment behind “I never got the invoice”. Finally – any question that can be answered within the customer portal means they’re not using your sales reps for help. And that’s where they often go first, isn’t it? Keep your sales reps selling, not doing customer service.

Accelerate Collections with Automated Notifications

Everyone has an email address and a smartphone. We look through these dozens of times a day. Why are you relying on the US Postal Service to drive your payment collection process? Set up automated email notifications to let your customers know what’s due and when. These can be statement due reminders, past due notices, account alerts, etc. With a click of a button, you can do for every customer what would take hours or days with phone calls. If you include a link to online account tools where they can pay – you made it simple to do what you need. An email isn’t intrusive or confrontational the way a collections call could be and it’s viewed by most as a helpful reminder. For those that don’t like them, make notifications configurable.

Improve Risk Reads and Account Set-Up with Online Instant Decisioning

Most merchants have a manual, judgmental underwriting process for B2B customers, if they do credit screening at all. The customer fills out the application and then someone manually pulls a credit bureau file, evaluates whether the applicant is creditworthy, and then decides whether to grant credit and how much. The whole process can take hours to days. Here’s an important insight: the vast majority of all applicants can be more effectively risk evaluated, instantaneously, with the right credit risk scoring models. Think of how much easier it is for the customer and less expensive for you to have the customer complete the application online in 3 minutes, get instantly approved, and have the account ready for any purchase right then and there.

Quickly and Accurately Allocate Payments with Algorithms

Matching payments to specific purchases occupies a TON of manual effort and cost for most merchants. It doesn’t have to be that way. Build algorithms to help match payments received to the lockbox with the proper customer and invoice they belong to. Over 80% of payments will likely be matched through this automation. Another win-win. These best practices will find advocates in the CFO, the credit manager, and the sales and marketing teams. They work in favor of what everyone wants, rather than desired by some and resisted by others. All of these best practices can be built yourself if you want to spend the time upfront to do so. Better, in our view, is to take advantage of the solutions that already exist in the marketplace and tailor them to your needs. Some are software providers where you can plug in modules compatible with your ERP. Others, like BlueTarp, build your customized program and manage it for you. Whatever you choose, I’m confident you’ll find that incorporating automation in the right areas will save you a lot of money while attracting new customers and keeping existing ones.

BlueTarp Financial

About the Author: 

BlueTarp helps B2B suppliers fund the growth of their business by paying them upfront for their sales and protecting them from credit risk. Customize your program by choosing to manage customer interactions as you do today, while we stay behind the scenes. Or, select a full-service option where we handle customer service and collections for you.

Learn more about NADRA members, Blue Tarp here

Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso) Concludes Annual Meeting By Issuing Statement on North American Operations

For Immediate Release                          

April 24, 2018

Hangzhou, China: Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso), one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of bamboo products worldwide, issued a statement from its headquarters that may have a significant impact on the bamboo exterior decking industry in the United States and Canada. The announcement came after several days of meetings at the company’s world headquarters in Hangzhou, China during the week of April 16, 2018, with many high-ranking board members, executive officers and corporate representatives from Dasso, as well as Dasso’s expansive group of subsidiaries and affiliated entities, in attendance. A major topic discussed at the company’s board of director’s meeting concerned a former, terminated factory manufacturing and selling counterfeited exterior bamboo decking product to distributors, who then mislead consumers, suppliers and dealers by claiming that the counterfeited product is manufactured at a Dasso contracted factory.

Of particular note, the statement released from Dasso identifies MOSO International, BV’s (MOSO) as one of the distributors involved in the scheme of purchasing counterfeited exterior decking product directly from Dasso’s former factory and importing the counterfeited product into the United States and Canada, beginning in 2017. According to Lin Hai, the founder and Policy and Technical Advisor of Dasso, “It is of great importance that customers, distributors and dealers of our patented exterior decking product in the United States and Canada understand precisely where we, as a company, stand on these issues.” The statement released by Dasso is a “buyer beware”, and notifies and warns consumers, dealers, distributors and retailers that the product being sold by MOSO in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme is counterfeited product being manufactured and produced at an unauthorized and terminated former factory. The statement also makes clear that Dasso has not merged with MOSO, is not doing business as MOSO and is not selling product as or under the MOSO brand, including MOSO Bamboo-X-treme, in the United States and Canada markets.

Steve Shen, Dasso’s Vice President, was quoted as saying: “In June 2017, MOSO’s President, Rene Zaal, made multiple trips to China and requested permission from Dasso to enter into the U.S. and Canada markets as an authorized distributor of Dasso’s patented exterior decking product sold by MOSO in Europe as MOSO Bamboo X-treme. After Mr. Zaal’s request was repeatedly denied, Mr. Zaal struck a backdoor deal with a Dasso contracted factory and began buying Dasso’s patented product directly from the factory without authorization or consent, which violated the factory’s contract with Dasso, as well as MOSO’s restricted distribution contract with Dasso. When the factory refused to allow Dasso’s representatives into the factory for safety and product inspections and refused to cease selling the patented exterior decking product directly to MOSO, Dasso terminated the factory’s manufacturing agreement on September 18, 2017. Despite its termination, the factory continues to illegally manufacture exterior bamboo decking product using Dasso’s patented processes and Dasso is pursuing the former factory owner for criminal prosecution and civil damages in China. Further, MOSO continues to purchase the counterfeited exterior decking product from the terminated and former factory in violation of the laws of China, the United States and Canada. We, as a company, cannot allow a former factory to continue manufacturing counterfeited product in violation of Dasso’s patent rights; nor can we allow a distributor to strike a deal behind our backs with a now-former factory and claim the counterfeited product is genuine.”   

The statement released from the company also includes a direct quote from Dasso’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Xu: “Our biggest concern is, first and foremost, for the safety of each end-user of our patented products. Our entire company’s philosophy is built upon the customer’s experience and satisfaction. Secondly, it is imperative that Dasso’s patented product is manufactured in strict accordance with our patented processes to ensure the safety, integrity, dependability and reliability of our products sold worldwide. Each factory that manufactures our patented product is contractually required to adhere to stringent manufacturing guidelines, inspections and onsite visits. This is non-negotiable and strictly enforced. Dasso’s product warranties only apply and extend to genuine product manufactured by an authorized contracted factory and does not apply to counterfeited products being sold in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme. In those markets, the only genuine, authorized and approved exterior bamboo decking products that carry Dasso’s product warranties are sold under the DassoXTR brand by our U.S.-based affiliate, Easoon USA, LLC.”

Dasso’s CEO concluded the meetings by reviewing the company’s financials. According to Mr. Xu, Dasso, including its many subsidiaries and affiliated companies, is financially strong and viable and continue to exceed projections and expectations. In fact, 2017 was Dasso’s most profitable, with the current year’s first quarter already outperforming last year’s first quarter in revenue and sales. Mr. Xu outlined and detailed several new innovative products currently being developed, and updated the company on new products ready for production and distribution. With the annual increases in revenue and profitability, the company unanimously voted to establish a committee to begin the process of becoming a publicly listed company in the near future. After a week of meetings, factory tours and a celebratory dinner, the future looks bright for Dasso.

Dasso’s Board of Directors

Standing from left to right: Tony Wong, Vice President of International Sales; Qingwei Hu, Vice President of Greater China Sales; Frank Xu, Chief Executive Officer; Giovani Xue, Vice President of Product Design; Hongzheng Liu, Vice President of Technical and R&D; Xubo Zhen, Chief Financial Officer.  

Seated from left to right: Scott Hoopes, Board Member and General Legal Counsel; Larry Lin, Founder and Policy and Technical Advisor; Avery Chua, President of Dasso’s U.S. and Canada Operations; Steve Shen, Vice President of Legal and General Administration.

AZEK Building Products Joins with NADRA to Encourage Homeowners to Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

SKOKIE, Ill.May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Now that spring is here, everyone will want to enjoy their decks as much as possible.  However, older decks or those with structural issues could be at risk for collapse, causing serious injury to you and your loved ones.  The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is partnering with AZEK Building Products during Deck Safety Month® in May to promote deck safety.  AZEK, a world leader in decking with the AZEK® and TimberTech® brands, recommends homeowners Check Your Deck® before those fun outdoor barbecues.

Contractors can use a different color edge board to show a change in elevation as an extra safety measure. Shown: TimberTech Antiqua Gold with Antigua Palm accent.

“Our first priority is homeowner safety,” says Bruce Stanhope, Vice President, Research and Development, AZEK Building Products.  “Because decks are exposed to extreme weather and temperatures over the years, they need to be inspected by a professional home inspector for structural integrity to ensure they are safe and strong.”

NADRA’s Michael Beaudry, executive vice president, agrees. “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired,” he says. “Consider the snowfall from the past year– the heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to re-evaluate.”

Special attention should be placed on older decks built before codes and safety were enforced. “AZEK is dedicated to consumer safety at all levels, so we have an entire department devoted to code compliance,” Stanhope noted. “Homeowners should make sure their decking meets residential code listings and that railings are strong and certified for load bearing.”

“AZEK and TimberTech brands are protected with capped technology for resistance to weather, and for high-performance and low-maintenance,” says Stanhope. “However, you never know what is happening within the substructure, so the Check Your Deck® reminder helps to ensure a safe deck season.”

Check out NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” for tips on making decks safer at www.NADRA.org.  Or, to learn more about AZEK Building Products, visit www.azek.com.

About AZEK® Building Products:
AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK® Company, is a leader in the development of premium, low-maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, our product lines span AZEK® Deck, Rail, Trim, Moulding, Porch, Pavers, and Adhesives, as well as capped wood composite decking and railing under the TimberTech® name. Both brands, synonymous with quality and innovation and made in America, lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining entire product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com.

About NADRA:
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck buildersinspectorsmanufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

SOURCE AZEK Building Products

National Nail’s CAMO® Supports NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® in May

Grand Rapids, MI, May 02, 2018 – Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about deck building and life outdoors.  To help keep homeowners safe, CAMO is joining the efforts of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) during Deck Safety Month® in May to promote deck safety.  National Nail’s CAMO deck fastening systems include revolutionary CAMO Edge Fastening that drives the fastener into the side of the boards and the joist, as well as face fasteners and clips for a variety of ways to fasten the substructure and deck boards.

National Nail’s CAMO supports NADRA’s Deck Safety Month(R) to provide tips to keep decks safe. With the strongest fasteners on the market, National Nail features face fasteners, clips and the revolutionary CAMO Edge Fastening (shown here) that drives the fastener into the side of the boards and the joist for added stability.
“Proper, strong fastening and connections are critical to deck safety,” said Greg Palmer, Marketing Director, National Nail.  “The feedback we’ve had from contractors indicate that National Nail has the strongest fasteners on the market and our CAMO Edge Fastening system has been touted as adding stability to a deck time and again because it fastens the board on both sides and attaches the deck board directly to the joist.”

There are some common culprits that can cause decks to become unsafe or even collapse. The experts at CAMO suggest having a professional home inspector check the following to keep your deck in top shape:

  • Check the ledger board connection that attaches the deck to the house and for board splitting.
  • Fastener corrosion
  • Lateral movement, uplift and racking
  • Warped, rotted or loose boards
  • Raised fasteners that present a tripping hazard
  • Hanger/toe nail failure
  • Loose or comprised railings
  • Post and beam failure
  • Ensure the deck is up to current local codes

Palmer also cited older decks as being particularly at risk, because they may have been built before codes were established.  “There are cases where the deck is attached to the house with nails and that is extremely dangerous,” he said.

NADRA’s Michael Beaudry, executive vice president says it’s important to Check Your Deck® for these issues every season to keep you and your loved ones safe. “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired,” he says. Heavy snow, rain, the elements and wear and tear can take their toll on the structure.”

Check out NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” for tips on making decks safer at www.NADRA.org.  Or, learn more about National Nail’s CAMO deck fasteners at www.camofasteners.com. Be sure to “Like”  CAMO at @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram.

NADRA Announces Deck Safety Campaign

This year, Hanley Wood is a Bronze Level sponsor of the trade association’s efforts to make new and existing decks safer.

In the spring, with warm weather slowly spreading northward, more and more people refocus on outdoor living and resume using their decks. That’s one of the reasons why NADRA has designated May as its official Deck Safety Month. The campaign goal is to educate consumers, industry professionals, and inspectors about proper deck installation, and to promote the importance of annual inspections. To help in those efforts, NADRA has set up a deck safety page on its website, where you can find an easy-to-follow 10-point safety checklist for homeowners, a longer deck evaluation form (including an online version) and training for pros and home inspectors, and links to its deck safety ambassador program, introduced last year. By the way, Hanley Wood (the parent company of PDB) recently announced that it is a Bronze Level sponsor of the program. You can learn more about the program and sponsorship opportunities here.

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Deck Safety Marketing Resources now Available to Help Outdoor Living Industry Boost Business this Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


In honor of Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.

Quakertown, PA – “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. This means big business opportunities for deck builders, remodelers, inspectors and contractors to promote deck inspections, ensuring homeowner safety while simultaneously building their own brand.

The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.

“May is Deck Safety Month®-along with prime outdoor living season-and that presents a perfect chance for savvy pros to market their business,” says Beaudry.

The non-profit trade association offers the following resources for building professionals to leverage during Deck Safety Month® and throughout the year, including:

  • The 2018 official deck safety toolkit. This NADRA-member benefit includes:
    • Deck Safety Month® Logo
    • Check Your Deck® Logo
    • 2018 Deck Safety Ambassador Logo (for official ambassadors only) learn more here about the ambassador program
    • 10-point consumer checklist
    • Link to online deck inspection form
    • Social media content for your use
    • Customizable press release templates
    • Customizable flyer all about deck safety
    • Customizable social media, infographics, and web graphics
    • Tips and guidelines to make the most out of Deck Safety Month®
  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources for industry professionals. *You must be a current NADRA member to access the “toolkit”. Join NADRA today.

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Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

QUAKERTOWN, PA – (April 24th, 2018) –The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. Each year, NADRA raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck through a national deck safety campaign.

NADRA’s Deck Safety Campaign creates an opportunity to: Educate. Inspect. Correct; ultimately, helping to prevent injuries and bringing an awareness to the importance of regular deck inspections.

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Consider the snowfall accumulations from just this past year. These heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to evaluate. It’s time to Check Your Deck®!”

Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Educate: 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. NADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Certification Program has educated hundreds of Home Inspectors to help evaluate unsafe structures. Read more about the class here.

Inspect: 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 a map of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. 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. Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

Correct: Through the evaluation and inspection of your deck, repairs and/ or replacement should be addressed. NADRA deck builders adhere to a strict code of ethics and are required to submit proof of licensing and insurance as required by their state. Homeowners can search for qualified deck builders at www.NADRA.org.


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

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