Regal ideas Inc. Wins 2019 National Deck Competition Awards and Launches DeckStars

Aluminum Railing Leader joins forces with Top Deck Builders at National Deck Competition

For more information contact:
Andrew Pantelides
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
Regal ideas Inc.
Tel: 905-929-7155
andrew@regalideas.com

(Delta, BC) – Regal ideas Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of Aluminum railing systems joined forces with top builders Dr Decks and Neighborhood Fence and Decks, to create some of the winning entries at the 10th Annual North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) National Deck Competition.

Regal ideas Inc was recognized by a panel of judges with the following awards:

• 1st Place – Limitless Creations in partnership with Dr Decks
• 1st Place – Alternative Deck in partnership with Dr Decks
• 2nd Place – Manufacturer Product in partnership with Dr Decks
• 3rd Place – Illumination in partnership with Dr Decks
• 3rd Place – Closed Porch in partnership with Neighborhood Fence and Deck

This recognition is especially meaningful to us as an organization. Seeing our products being used and showcased by so many builders across the country is a humbling and honorable feeling.” states Andrew Pantelides, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Regal ideas Inc., “We will continue to raise the bar with innovation, safety and ease of use.

Pantelides was also recognized at the awards gala by NADRA for his commitments and involvement to growing the association.

NADRA held its National Deck Competition in Louisville, KY. “This year marked the 10th anniversary of the National Deck Competition. With members in Canada and the United States, we had a 65% increase in submissions over last year. Our industry has had significant growth over the last few years and from what we are seeing will continue to grow strong in 2020. ” states Heather A. Marchand, Director of National Programs and Marketing at NADRA. NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards and represents the deck, dock and railing industry.

Along with the NADRA awards, Regal ideas launched their newest program called DeckStars at the DeckExpo. Joe Jacklin, Director of Marketing and Contractor Development was brought on board to lead this new program. “We are developing North America’s largest pro deck builder network, offering the right tools, training and networking to deck builders and contractors.” Jacklin also mentions.

DeckStars now completes our turn-key merchandising, marketing and go-to-market programs that connects consumers to certified installers and Authorized Dealers. The program is designed to drive business to local Dealers and contractors.

Deckstars.com officially launches November 25, 2019 with program features, training dates and locations. The consumer sections of DeckStars.com will launch early 2020 featuring local certified DeckStars across North America.

About Regal ideas Inc.
Innovation runs deep at Regal ideas. Over 30 years ago, the company opened its doors with one product line, Regal Aluminum Railing. Today, Regal Railing is the largest selling brand of Aluminum railing in North America. With a wide range of innovative products designed to make life easier for homeowners and contractors alike, Regal ideas is an industry leader on both sides of the border and across the globe.

Regal ideas spends a considerable amount of time researching and evolving its product mix adding LED-lit railing systems, frameless glass systems and Aluminum stair stringers, just to name a few, to its portfolio of innovative building materials. Regal ideas is not just building materials! Regal ideas is also the inventor and manufacturer of the most innovative and comprehensive line of engineered climbing products – Telesteps
(telestepsworldwide.com). The Telesteps brand provides a full range of automatic telescopic ladders for use around the home as well as professional grade equipment for trades and commercial use.

For product information visit www.regalideas.com

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 for more information.

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NADRA Code Update: What Happens in Vegas…

By Glenn Mathewson, NADRA Technical Advisor

…doesn’t stay in Vegas, at least not when it’s about deck code!  Here’s a recap of what to expect in your 2021 International Residential Code from the ICC Public Comment Hearing that occurred in Las Vegas last week.  This information is as fresh as it gets, because NADRA members don’t chase behind future codes, they are part of their creation.

Proposals that did not receive any public comment disputing the committee decision at the first hearing in May are lumped together in a “consensus vote” and these are as good as done.  Here are the proposals the committee approved and will be in the 2021 code.

  • RB187-19:  The organization of footing depth and frost protection provisions have been modified for better comprehension.  Frost protection for decks, previously in the foundation chapter, are now located alongside other deck provisions in the deck section 507.  An added bonus for the free market is a new method for frost protection: “Other approved method of frost protection”.  This will help new innovations that provide protection equivalent to digging a deep hole to have a better chance of being evaluated and approved for use.
  • RB188-19:  A minor change in wording makes it clear that a multi-ply beam must be fastened “together”.
  • RB189-19:  A minor change in wording clarifies that allowable beam cantilevers beyond an end post are based on the actual adjacent span of the beam, not the allowable span.
  • RB190-19:  Many don’t realize that the maximum allowable beam spans, based on the joist spans they carry, are actually sized assuming the joists are cantilevered beyond the beam by their maximum allowable distance.  When not cantilevering joists past a beam, this left beams significantly oversized.  A new modification footnote is now added to the beam span table to allow adjustments based on various percentages of joist cantilever and zero cantilever.  No longer will a beam span be limited based on loads that don’t exist.  This is a huge win for prescriptive deck designs to be closer to the actual design and not a “one-size-fits-all approach”.
  • RB191-19:  With the increase of deck designs and patterns in the industry, many decks are built with decking supported by only two joists and having only one span.  However, decking is not tested or evaluated for performance in this manner, manufactured or wood.  Technically speaking, they are not allowed to be installed in that manner without alternative approval, such as from an engineer.  To support decking designs with validated spans for “single span decking” the maximum joist spacing for wood decking table has been expanded.  5/4-inch wood decking is now provided single span limits of 12 inches for perpendicular installations and 8 inches for diagonal.  Those may appear as new limitations in deck construction, but they are actually new allowances.  What has been being done was never actually supported by the code.  Now it is.  It’s important to note that for manufactured decking, this change can’t be done in the IRC.  The testing standard must be changed.

Three of our proposals were turned down at the committee hearing, and we wrote public comments to give them a second chance.  Another one that was approved received an outside comment and thus needed reconsideration.  The results from the membership vote at the final hearings last week are not the final votes.  Governmental members will still have time after the hearings to make an online vote.  This can change the outcome, but here’s how those proposals currently stand.

  • RB46-19:  Guards and handrails are like peanut butter and jelly.  Just because they can be in the same sandwich, doesn’t mean they are the same thing.  Both are required to resist a 200 lb. concentrated load in “any direction”.  While handrails are meant for someone to purposefully brace themselves while ascending or descending obstacles, like stairs and ramps, guards are only meant to barricade an accidental fall over the edge of the deck.  This proposal changed the loading direction for guards to be only outward and downward and argued that guards don’t need to resist an inward or upward load of that magnitude.  The committee turned this down at the last hearing and said it was the decision of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The ICC membership at the hearing last week disagreed, and through their professional experience in analyzing guards in backyards across this county, decided to make the decision.  The IRC has now broken away from the singular power of the ASCE to allow a wider diversity of professionals to develop residential codes.  There is value here far beyond this one proposal.  Much like rallying NADRA involvement in development of deck codes, no single group of professionals should be making any rules in our private homes.  That is the beauty of the transparent ICC development process.  Though the final vote is given only to governmental members (a single group of professionals), they are the only group free from financial interest or professional gain from the results.
  • RB184:  This was our biggest proposal and with modifications, the ICC membership voted it with a 98% approval!  That’s a great way to start the online voting and a good sign this will make it in the future code.  Here are some bullets of what this large proposal offers.
  • Design tables are increased for 50, 60, and 70 psf snow load regions, making the code more useful to more builders in the country and reducing the need for specific engineering.
    • The absolute minimum diameter footing was reduced from an excessive 14-inch diameter to as low as 8-inch diameter when supporting deck areas up to 5 square feet.  (consider a small stair landing with four footings/piers)
    • The post sizing table was expanded and based on the actual loads the post is carrying.  No longer are there single limits for post height based only on the heaviest possible loading.  Like with beams and joists cantilevers, previously mentioned, it’s no longer “one-size-fits-all”.
    • The joist span tables have been revised so that maximum cantilevers of joists are no longer based on the maximum allowable span of joists, but by their actual span.  Like other modifications, this allows design limits to be based on the actual deck design.
  • RB185-19:  This proposal was approved by the committee in the first hearing but received a public comment that fixed an oversight in the first proposal.  It was then approved by the membership.  New provisions prohibiting the notching of 4×4 guard posts at the connection point were included alongside language requiring guard post connection to tie into the overall framing of the deck, and not just a single side joist.  Without limiting guard design and construction methods and without providing any specific graphics, this proposal will support better guard construction without a loss in architectural freedom.
  • RB301-19:  Of all our proposals and all our testimony to other proposals, this was the only one that we didn’t win.  Turned down at the committee hearings, this proposal would have provided specific details for guard post connections in an appendix chapter.  An appendix chapter is optional and must be individually adopted by a government.  Though our industry fears pictures in the code (think…lateral load anchor), the compromise with others who don’t share this fear was to put them in an appendix.  The details provided engineered methods of resisting a 200 lb. load on a single post using either metal hardware or only commodity fasteners.  Through much debate and mutual compromise, the Deck Code Coalition was still unable to provide unified testimony in support of this proposal.  The membership did not approve it.

Modifications to these proposals can no longer be made in this cycle, as all that is left is the final online vote by the governmental members. 

By the end of this year, the 2021 IRC will be decided.

To help NADRA continue our work in the code arena, please consider contributing to our code fundraising initiative. Click here to learn more and to support our efforts.

Presidential Proclamation on National Forest Products Week, 2019

DONALD J. TRUMP

Our Nation’s forests and woodlands provide millions of Americans with an abundance of job opportunities, goods, and recreational activities.  During National Forest Products Week, we pay tribute to the forest products industry for the important contributions it makes to our society and economy, and we recommit to keeping our wooded landscapes vibrant and strong.

Ninety-six percent of the industrial wood used in the United States comes directly from domestic supplies, making the forest products sector a truly American industry.  The millions of acres of forests across our country supply the resources for paper and packaging materials, lumber for our homes, renewable energy materials, and countless other products.  In addition to the tremendous impact the forest products industry has on our economy, businesses in this sector are at the forefront of conservation efforts, practicing responsible resource management and maintaining a strong commitment to preserving our abundant forests.

My Administration is working to protect our Nation’s forests so that the forest products industry can continue to manufacture goods for domestic and global markets.  Last year, I signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing responsible forest management and coordinating Federal, State, tribal, and local assets to prevent and combat the wildfires that have sadly devastated parts of our Nation’s woodlands.  I also signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which will help preserve the health of our forests and increase economic opportunities for the entire forest products sector.  This bipartisan legislation promotes active management of natural resources, including our forests, and maintains strong rural development and research initiatives that benefit communities where the forest products industry drives local economies.  It also promotes using America’s forest materials, like cross-laminated timber — a strong, resilient product — as an innovative approach to constructing tall wooden buildings.

This week, we recognize the importance of the raw materials our forested lands supply for the production of goods throughout our country and around the world.  We also pledge to support the proper management of our forests and woodlands so that they can continue to help power our economy and provide recreational opportunities for Americans for generations to come.

Recognizing the economic value of the products yielded in our Nation’s forests, the Congress, by Public Law 86–753 (36 U.S.C. 123), as amended, has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday in October of each year as “National Forest Products Week” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 20 through October 26, 2019, as National Forest Products Week.  I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities and to reaffirm our commitment to our Nation’s forests.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

NADRA Code Update: Should Decks be Built Like Stairs?

October 2019 Update

By: Glenn Mathewson

Some believe they should.  Stair treads must resist the same uniform load as decking, but with an added requirement to resist a 300 lb. concentrated load at mid span.  Consider the impact your feet place on treads as you come running down them. This extra requirement is not without consequences, as spans allowed for composite decking are often reduced when used for stair treads.  Many products require minimum 12- or 10-inch stringer spacing. This could be the future for joist spacing. Do I have your attention?

Though NADRA has been involved in the International Residential Code modification process, there are many other organizations and processes that affect the codes and standards of the decking and railing industry.  The American Society of Civil Engineers is one such organization. They develop the ASCE 7 standard, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, which establishes the minimum design loads historically copied into the International Code Council’s (ICC) building and residential codes.  

In the ICC hearings, NADRA has supported a proposal to adjust the loading direction required of guards that was submitted to the International Residential Code (IRC) development process this year.  At the ICC hearings, the committee did not approve the change and requested it first be made in the ASCE 7 standard. We will contest this at the IRC final hearings this week, but we also turned our attention to the ASCE standard development process.  Last week, by luck, the ASCE committee was meeting in Denver, and with a short drive and NADRA support, I was able to attend.

Though I was going there for the guard proposal, another one came up, and my concerns for guards were quickly replaced with decking.  A proposal was received to require all deck boards to resist a 300 lb. concentrated load at mid span, just as is required for stair treads.  The committee discussed the reasoning, that ladders can place a concentrated load on a single deck board upwards of this magnitude. Prior to closing their discussion, they invited comment from guests. .

I shared concerns of proposals that place additional loads on decks different than inside a house, where ladders could similarly be used.  I explained how composite decking spans are reduced when used on stairs and subjected to a 300 lb. design load. I asked if they had the data on how wood and manufactured decking product maximum spans would be affected by the proposal.

It appeared this analysis was not included with the proposal, but the committee was interested.  They turned the question back to me—to NADRA… Now the ball is in our court to answer. How will this affect our industry?  Will current composite decking formulations on the market require a reduction of joist spacing to support this load? Will manufacturers “simply” change formulations and retest in order to maintain current spans?  Will joist spacing for wood decking require reduction?

We are working on some of these answers, but you should be too.

Because this could become the new rule.

Deckorators® Booth to Host “The Ultimate Deck Podcast” at DeckExpo 2019

Popular podcast for deck builders coming to booth 1019 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 1, 2019 – Deckorators® a leading manufacturer of composite decking, deck railing, balusters, post caps and related products, will host The Ultimate Deck Podcast in booth 1019 at DeckExpo 2019, Nov. 7-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hosted by Shane Chapman, Wade Laurent and Justin MacRae of The Ultimate Deck Shop in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, The Ultimate Deck Podcast discusses the deck-building industry, its people and the insights North American deck contractors need to be successful. The popular podcast will be recorded live in DeckExpo booth 1019 on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Chapman, Laurent and MacRae will capture their conversations with fellow deck builders, manufacturer representatives and other show attendees for their listeners on Podbean, Apple Podcasts and other podcast streaming services.

Guests expected to appear on the podcast to discuss new products, tips and trends include:

  • Sean Collinsgru, owner of Premier Outdoor Living LLC, Palmyra, New Jersey.
  • Leif Wirtanen, integrator and operations manager at Cascade Fence & Deck, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Joe Hagen, founder and president of All Decked Out, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Additional Deckorators Certified Pros, industry personalities and representatives from manufacturers such as CAMO.

“The Ultimate Deck Podcast hosts give contractors and dealers an honest, inside look at the decking industry,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director, marketing for Deckorators. “As members of the building industry themselves, they offer listeners valuable opinions and ideas. We’re excited to partner with The Ultimate Deck Shop to bring the conversations of DeckExpo to those in the industry who are not in attendance.”

In addition to hosting the podcast, Deckorators will launch several exciting new products at the annual show, which is co-located with the Remodeling Show. Deckorators will also host an Instagram MeetUp (InstaMeet) at 2 p.m. on Thursday in booth 1019 for the growing community of deck builders on the social media network.

For more information on Deckorators, visit www.Deckorators.com/DeckExpo or visit booth 1019 in Louisville. For more about The Ultimate Deck Shop, visit www.ultimatedeckshop.com; listen to The Ultimate Deck Podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts and other podcast streaming services; and watch The Ultimate Deck Show on YouTube.

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in decking, railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative decking and railing products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinctive products allows both DIYers and builders to bring the personal creativity of interior design to outdoor living.

To learn more about Deckorators decking and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.

Follow Deckorators on Instagram: @Deckorators
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Deckorators
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DeckoratorsProducts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deckorators 

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

Universal Forest Products, Inc., soon to be known as UFP Industries, Inc., is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about Universal Forest Products, go to www.ufpi.com.

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Moso Loses Another Challenge to Dasso’s ‘578 Patent

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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2019

Atlanta, GA.  On September 26, 2019, the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) denied MOSO’s Motion for Reconsideration of PTAB’s Final Decision denying MOSO’s challenge of dasso’s ‘578 Patent used to manufacture dassoXTR Fused Bamboo.  The latest decision from PTAB exhausts any and all remaining legal avenues for Moso to challenge or attempt to invalidate dasso’s ‘578 Patent with PTAB. This ruling is a major blow to Moso, as Moso has repeatedly made representations in the marketplace that dasso’s ‘578 Patent is not valid and, based upon that invalidity, Moso’s infringement of dasso’s ‘578 Patent is lawful and permissible. PTAB disagreed.

Avery Chua, President of dassoUSA, dasso’s exclusive distributor in the U.S., reacted to Moso’s most recent loss by saying, “The decision is a big win for dasso that will significantly influence the litigation dasso has against Moso on its patent infringing activities. The truth of the matter is, reputable developers and architects do not want to associate with bad faith actors in the marketplace. They put their names and reputations at risk when they associate with a company that knowingly infringes on the patent of another and buys product from an unauthorized source, which can result in inferior product flooding the market. The PTAB decision further strengthens the ‘578 Patent in the U.S., as well as the dasso.XTR sister patents in other countries around the world, including China and the European Union. The PTAB decision will be used by dasso to assist in the pursuit against Moso for its continued infringement in other regions of the world. We are satisfied and grateful to PTAB for their careful review, analysis and final rejection of MOSO’s legal challenges of the dassoXTR’s patent.”

Any information or documents concerning the unauthorized and infringing solicitation, sale and distribution of dassoXTR patented Fused Bamboo products in the U.S. market should be sent to info@dassoXTR.com or scott@millshoopeslaw.com.

For more information, please visit:
dassoXTR.com

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NADRA Code Update – We have only just begun.

September 25th, 2019

By Glenn Mathewson

Last year at the NADRA annual meeting, I asked the membership to step up and take the reigns of code development for their industry.  Uncomfortable as it was, I was asking for financial support to NADRA so that I could do this work. Thankfully, many builders and manufacturers heard me loud and clear and decided to be the leaders of their industry.  Click the link here and find out the fellow members you need to thank. They are carrying the industry’s future on their shoulders.

Here is what we have been able to do so far:

  1. Listen, respond, and contribute to the deck code development work being done by the Deck Code Coalition.
  2. Attend a meeting of the Dead and Live Load Subcommittee for the American Society of Civil Engineers where minimum loading and load direction on guards and handrails was being discussed.
  3. Draft proposals for the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC).
  4. Review other’s proposals for the 2021 IRC.
  5. Prepare and deliver testimony at the Committee Action Hearings regarding all deck-proposals, others and ours.
  6. Review public comments attempting to alter the committee decisions.

Now we are preparing for attendance and testimony at the Final Action Hearings in October, the last step to convince others of the value and caution of all the proposals.  After this hearing, the governmental membership will make the final vote through an online process and by early next year, we will have a glimpse into the future code to be adopted across the nation.

While this will close the 2021 IRC development process, the work of representing and defending an industry in codes and standards will never be over.  It requires constant attention, as there are many ways codes and standards are modified and affect our industry. Though we have made great strides in our reputation as an industry leader and in our work in the IRC, we need continued and expanded financial support to keep our momentum.  The list of contributors, provided above, is wonderful, but quite honestly…it should be longer.  The burden of defending an industry as large as decks and railings should not be carried by so few.

Little happens in the world without money driving it and at this time, we can’t address even half of this list below.  We need your help.

Here is a sampling of the kind of places we still need to offer our attention:

  1. International Building Code (IBC) development.  Crazy as it may sound, the 2024 IBC will be developed in 2021, and that means proposals are due by January 2021.  This code regulates decks on commercial buildings and multifamily residential. These deck may not be the elaborate, outdoor living environments many of our builders craft, but they are still decks.  They are still our industry. Tragic deck collapses that have driven outsiders to propose code for decks aren’t solely in private backyards. The mistakes of the past (many still being done today) that haunt our industry happen in apartment decks and those outside churches, coffee shops, real estate offices, and other other public buildings with outdoor spaces.  As soon as the 2021 IRC process concludes in early 2020, we must immediately start work on the IBC.
  2. International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC).  This is yet another ICC code with a direct affect on decks.  Have you ever read Section 306 of this code? You probably should… its titled “Decks”.   According to this code, if you put a deck around a hot tub or a hot tub on a deck, the deck must be sloped?  Oh? You only build level decks? You Hack! (ha, ha). This code was first developed in 2012, so it hasn’t taken hold across the country yet, but in my experience…government only gets bigger, not smaller.  It would be prudent to assume you will face this code in your future, so perhaps we should be taking part in how it reads.
  3. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  ASCE-7 is the standard where all dead and live loads on structures are determined.  This organization and the committee in charge of the work deals with loads on everything from high rise buildings to vehicular bridges to backyard decks.  With all respect to their membership’s qualifications, quite frankly, decks aren’t where they spend their professional time. It’s imperative that those that do spend their time with decks bring their voice to these professionals and contribute their knowledge and experience.  I’ll be attending their October 17th meeting where guard loads will be discussed for modification.
  4. ICC-Evaluation Services.  New products and ideas hit the market and need to be tested for equivalency to code prescribed methods.  Often new test methods have to be developed and ICC-ES conducts a transparent process to develop Acceptance Criteria (AC).  This criteria then establishes a precedence for how similar products must be tested for approval. Does the deck and railing industry have unique and proprietary products?  Of course! And we need to be sure we are there when the measure of these products, the ACs, are created.
  5. American Wood Protection Association (AWPA).  This organization and their standard AWPA U1 and M4 are the authority on decay resistance of lumber.  Decks got major attention in their 2016 edition of this standard, and the results appear to require ground-contact-rated treated material for nearly every part of the structure, regardless of climate or distance above grade.  This is a big subject, and one we should have an ear to, as the controversy around this is bound to surface. Here’s a video that explains the details…in detail.  You can decide what you think is required from the new language in the standard. https://youtu.be/27Hkb2ktYsM
  6. American Wood Council (AWC).  You may have heard of a document called “DCA-6”…I expect you have.  Before the 2015 IRC recognized decks with specific design provisions, the AWC had already begun to provide them in their document.  Many governments point to this document as their deck standard. While the AWC has contributed greatly to deck codes in the IRC, they still develop this document to fill in the remaining holes.  We have a great relationship with this organization and certainly should be available to assist and contribute to their great work in our industry.
  7. All code is local code.  Have you ever heard this before?  Though the ICC and the organizations above are the highest level of authority, they actually have no authority at all.  The authority is in the governments that adopt these standards as their rule of law. Unfortunately, many of these governments believe they know better and they amend the code prior to adoption.  This is where the rubber meets the road or should I say the code meets the decks. Though we could never attend all the meetings in the tens of thousands of jurisdictions across this country, we certainly could and should take part in state actions and major cities in major deck markets.  The state of Georgia recently finalized their new code adoption for 2020 and the City and County of Denver is running hearings right now for their new code next year. Paying attention to state and local level issues is all a part of what we could and should do. Bottom line…all this attention requires money.

We need you to see the importance of this work and make it important to you. Your future self will thank you.  As always, NADRA and myself have an open line for you to communicate your codes and standards concerns and ideas, but before you do, please click this link.

AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS PARTNERS WITH SNAVELY FOREST PRODUCTS

September 23, 2019 11:46 ET Source: AZEK Building Products

Chicago, Ill., Sept. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium outdoor building materials, has announced a new partnership with Snavely Forest Products. The leading wholesale distributor of building products plans to offer the full lines of TimberTech® and AZEK®Exteriors products in key locations throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

“We are excited to partner with AZEK Building Products, a company that values quality products and prioritizes environmentally conscious manufacturing practices,” said Clark Spitzer, COO of Snavely Forest Products. “It’s well-known in the industry that they’re a first-class company with an outstanding reputation of excellence. Their long-standing commitment to sustainability and achieving the highest level of recycling in the decking industry perfectly aligns with our core values.”

The TimberTech and AZEK Exteriors portfolio of products provides customers with a range of high performance, low maintenance alternatives to wood. The products are made from a majority of recycled polymer to create an eco-friendly product with unrivaled style and versatility.

“It’s an honor to partner with Snavely Forest Products, a company with over 100 years of rich history of providing customers with the best building products in the industry,” said Joe Ochoa, president of AZEK Building Products. “By partnering with distributors who value sustainability and exceptional customer service, we all benefit from the opportunity of an even greater, collective commitment to service and innovation.”

AZEK Building Products manufactures all products in the United States. Snavely Forest Products partners with both domestic and international manufacturers to bring the very best building products to their customers. Together, they are set to partner at distribution centers across Colorado and Wyoming with potential to expand to other locations in the future. 

For more information on AZEK Building Products, visit TimberTech.com and AZEKexteriors.com.

For more information on Snavely Forest Products, visit snavelyforest.com.

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About AZEK Building Products

AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK Company, manufactures home building materials under two divisions: TimberTech® and AZEK® Exteriors. TimberTech offers a premium portfolio of capped polymer and capped composite decking – as well as railing, porch, lighting and paver products – while AZEK Exteriors manufactures distinctly unique trim and moulding. Together the brands present homeowners, builders, architects, dealers and contractors with a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood. AZEK is headquartered in Chicago, IL (with plants in OH and PA) and also owns business operations of Minneapolis-based Ultralox railing systems. For more information visit AZEKCo.com or call 1-877-275-2935. 

About Snavely Forest Products

Founded in 1902, Snavely Forest Products (www.snavelyforest.com) is a recognized leader in the wholesale lumber industry. Delivering superior material, exceptional service and market expertise to both customers and vendors, clearly expresses a commitment to “Building Business for Our Partners”. Snavely Forest Products’ goal is to provide its customer’s access to the world’s best building products at competitive prices.

Tyler Rabel
Two by Four
312-445-4728
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I’d Like to File a Complaint

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“Dear NADRA:

I hope this finds you well.

I need to file a complaint and unfortunately it is about NADRA.

NOT KIDDING.


It has recently come to my attention that NADRA causes anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation and migraines, along with an array of other unfortunate issues.


Ever since we won those awards last year at the annual banquet, we have been forced to raise our credit limit with both our bank and our main supplier.


This has created an additional work load for my wife, Dianna, who runs the office.


As of this week we are only 4 jobs behind the total number of projects we installed all of last year.


My dog doesn’t recognize me anymore since I’m never home. He thinks a stranger is trying to take him for a walk.


My lumber yard is having a hard time keeping product on hand.


My permit office has a daily limit, therefore my trips there have increased.


I’ve actually considered asking them to put in a coffee bar so I can get a couple extra cups while I do my paperwork there.


Our local paper ran an article on us prior to the annual Home Show in March and we had a line 30 minutes long of people waiting to talk to us. My feet and back still hurt from standing all day. My Chiropractor told me he can’t help. People drove from over an hour away to discuss their projects. Ask us for design ideas and options. Other local contractors were stopping by for advice, which I freely provided.


We have gone from a respected local company to ” THE LOCAL COMPANY”.
Even though we aren’t our suppliers largest volume customer, we are one that they now consult with on new products.


I’m getting up every morning between 4:30 and 5. I’m on appointments at 7am several days per week. I’m up doing paperwork til 11 pm. Running on fumes and it’s all your fault.


NADRA has forced me to become far more efficient with my time, pre qualifying leads, planning projects and deliveries as well as forcing me to get a new prescription for my eye glasses. It’s all your fault.


I have to admit, never in all my life did I think I had a shot at winning a National Award, nonetheless 2 of them. Nor did I ever dream what a ripple effect this would have on our business. I can’t tell how how much I really appreciate everything you, the girls, Mike and all the other members of NADRA have done for me and my family. I over worked myself like a mad man for 38 years, holding the line on sticking with quality and not lowering our standards during the lean economic years. Fought like a guard dog to protect our reputation and my friends would joke that I was like a starving artist and would never achieve acclaim or recognition. NADRA provided that recognition.


In one short evening you guys helped validate those 12 and 14 hour days, slogging in the rain, snow or 100 degree temps. Missing family events to meet deadlines. Then when my body wore out, those long nights of paperwork and sales calls.


You guys ROCK. The value created by these awards has been off the charts, I really want to thank you for everything, I can’t say enough. But do you have anything for my migraine?”


Thanks Again,
Brendan Casey Casey Fence And Deck Setting The Standard In Excellence With Our Pride In Craftsmanship38 Years Experience Nationally Recognized Multi Award Winning Custom Deck Specialist.

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NADRA Code Update – Proposals RB185-19 and RB301-19 Guard Post Connections

August 29th, 2019

By: Glenn Mathewson

The latest 2018 edition of the International Residential Code provides a complete package of prescriptive structural design tables for decks… sort of…  When we think of structural design, most people imagine the skeleton of ledgers, joists, beams, and posts. At this completion, one might be ready for a “rough frame” inspection.  Install the decking and you’ve got a system that will hold people up, but it won’t keep them up. There’s a critical structural component of elevated decks that’s missing.

Guards.

Guards are barriers required at the edges of raised floors that help keep us from falling off.  They can be rails, cables or pipes. They can be wood, metal, vinyl, or glass. They can be benches, planter boxes, outdoor kitchens, or privacy walls.  Architecturally, they can be practically anything that meets the minimum height, maximum openings, and minimum structural capacity. Indeed, guards are part of the deck structure.  Table 301.5 requires a live load resistance of 200 lbs. in any direction along the top of the guard, but stops there. There is no guidance in the code for how to achieve this.

NADRA supported a proposal with others in the Deck Code Coalition to change that.  After many meetings with discussions ranging from a complete detail of guard construction to not adding anything, compromise (which is not a negative thing) and shared perspectives led us to common ground.  The proposal would prohibit a few notorious problems and provide some general language about the load path. This would be a good start. This is proposal RB185-19, and it was approved at the IRC Committee Action Hearing this March.  Here is a brief, bulleted summary of what it includes.

  • Guard posts must be connected into the deck framing, not just the outer joist or beam, where such member can rotate under load.
  • Guard posts cannot be fastened only into the end-grain of lumber.
  • Guard posts mounted on top of the deck (surface mounted) must be done according the manufacturer installation instruction and must connect to the deck framing or blocking.
  • Wood 4×4 guard posts cannot be notched at the point of connection.

While this will reduce the most egregious guard connections and make a big impact on safety, it still doesn’t provide any assurance of any guard construction capability.  That’s what proposal RB301-19 provides.

With such variety of guard design, it’s difficult to specify one method, and it risks all other designs being considered “noncompliant”.  Something common, however, to many guards is a wood post. This second guard proposal provides a handful of engineered methods to attach a guard post to wood deck framing that will meet the loads required by the IRC.  Methods using hardware and methods using only commodity fasteners are provided for design flexibility. These details are proposed for a new appendix chapter in the IRC, so they are not misunderstood as a strict requirement.  Appendix chapters are optional unless adopted as mandatory by a government. They provide guidance, and that is exactly the intent of the appendix we have proposed. This proposal was not approved at the first hearing, but we received good feedback as to why.  NADRA and the DCC members got back together and kept at it. We submitted a public comment in hopes of earning the ICC governmental membership approval this October at the Final Action Hearings.

Please support RB185-19 and RB301-19 and help us develop quality minimum standards for safe deck design and construction, while balancing affordability and freedom.