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It’s that time of year again!  We are planning our annual NADRA Northeast Holiday party.  Please bring your family and join us!  We ask that everyone bring a dish, whether it is an appetizer or a dessert.  Please list what you are bringing when your RSVP.  We can’t wait to see you all there!

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November 22nd, 2016 UPDATE:

Well, the Deck for a Hero®  project here in Atlanta is complete and it was by all measures a huge success. The homeowners, Andy and Martha Cook and children, are thrilled. Overall, this was a straightforward build, maximizing square footage for the family and offering a wide stair design with a mid-landing and 90-degree turn, something that was very important to the family.  Along with all the premium products donated for this deck build, we also were able to install an under deck system. Together, they now have almost 800 square feet of new outdoor living space!

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to lead this project and have to say thank you to everyone who was involved. Collectively, everyone who participated gave generously to make this project successful. You folks certainly made it easy and it was a lot more fun than work.

Craig Dickerson

DeckSource

November 22nd, 2016 UPDATE from Deck for a Soldier / Hero Chair:

Hi All,NADRA Southeast has certainly given a wonderful family every reason to be thankful this season.  They built an amazing deck for a family who had three children of their own and adopted seven more, totaling 10 children.  Wow, they must be some very busy parents just keeping up with day to day life with all of those kids!  A sincere thank you goes out to everyone involved for your generous labor and material pledges that allowed this build to happen.  Giving back to a person’s community is always rewarding and leaves you with a heartwarming feeling.  A special thank you must go out to Craig Dickerson of Decksource who took on the difficult task of leading this project.  Thank you to all of the manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards and deck builders who all pulled together to make this deck a reality.Following is a list of the builders and companies who were generous enough to make this happen:

Labor Donations:

  • Craig Dickerson- Decksource
  • Steve Matrangos- Decksource
  • Rachel Stevens- Decksource
  • David Felix – Decksource
  • Jose Rodriguez – Decksource
  • Abraham Paz – Decksource
  • Otoniel Campos – Decksource
  • Dave Tibbetts- Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Aldo Bellagas – Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Alfredo Lopez –Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Keith Compton – Compton Sales
  • Dave Raught – Great Southern
  • Joel Mooneyhan – SE Underdeck
  • Kevin Waters- PMC
  • Chipper Cronia- Great Southern
  • Shane Moser- Decksouth
  • Alex Acevesamaya- Decksouth
  • John Rudick – Outback Decks
  • John Hula- Outback Decks
  • Glen Tebo – HidFast
  • Joey Matthews Fiberon
Company Donations:

  • Trex
  • Great Southern Wood Preservers
  • Higginbotham Steel & Engineering
  • HID Fast
  • Fortress
  • Compton Sales
  • PEP Construction services / USP
  • Metro Building Products
  • Southeast Underdeck
  • Dixie Plywood
  • Chick-Fil-a
  • Dumpsters Plus
  • Johnny On The Spot
What a great way to enter the Thanksgiving holiday, with a story like this one.  It gives a new hope in today’s world of people helping people just to do the right thing.  This is where the NADRA phrase fits right in “Doing things for all the right reasons and having fun doing them.”
NADRA ROCKS!!NADRA Deck for a Soldier/ Deck for a Hero Committee Chair

November 16th, 2016 UPDATE:

Day one was yesterday and we demolished the old deck and set the ledger and poured some footings in preparation for today’s (Wednesday) build. Hoping to wrap it up in one day for this deserving family. Things went well. Looking forward to a good day tomorrow with a good head start. I know the family is excited as the kids peered through the windows as we were working. Looking forward to them seeing the final result.

On another note, the city of Peachtree Corners is pretty excited and will have their PR person there and will be taking pictures and publishing something on their community news outlets. Good exposure for NADRA.

-Craig Dickerson, Deck Source

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November 8th, 2016 UPDATE:

NADRA Family,

NADRA Southeast Regions Deck For A Hero®  build is just one week away.  We wanted to take this time to invite all members to participate in this great cause.  We have a great family that needs and deserves a safe and fun outdoor living space. Feel free to contact Joey Matthews with any and all questions. The Cook family story is below.

We are still working on lunch for build day, if you would like to contribute please fill out the official pledge form found here.

Teardown Day:

Monday 11-14-16

Build Day:

Wednesday 11-16-16

Address: Peachtree Corners, Ga 30092

Contact Joey for complete address. Contact: Joey Matthews, 678-478-1637

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October 26th, 2016 UPDATE:

NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program is proud to announce its’ latest endeavor with an all new Deck for a Hero® build in Georgia! The recipients are a family who had three biological children and adopted two more children. They have just recently adopted five more children who lost their parents and their church was planning to send them to three separate homes. These kind people, who run a non-profit organization to help Orphan and Foster children, could not find it in their heart to allow this to happen. Please help NADRA build a fairly basic deck and stairway which will allow these ten children and parents some additional outdoor space.

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Meet the Cook Family

They are a family of ten – 7 adopted and 3 biological.  Andy and Martha are the parents and several years ago Andy left his job of teaching and coaching to head up a Non-Profit Ministry called Promise 686.  He has devoted his life to helping meet the needs of Orphans and Foster children. He and Martha have a God directed heart toward this ministry that they exhibit in their work and at home.  Late last year they adopted 5 beautiful children to add to the 5 they already had.  I’ll let Martha’s sentiments from her family Blog of November 2015 tell you what that was like for them:

 

Typically when a family like this crosses our path through Promise686, we share with many others and watch it unfold for various people, but this one in particular did not keep going. They are 17(girl), 14 (girl), 12 (boy), 10(boy), and 2(boy). When we learned of them, their mother was dying of cancer, and their community church had a plan in place for these children to go to three different homes. The mother wanted her children to stay together but after looking for a family for them, she knew as she passed away that there were a few families who were willing to take them, but there wasn’t one where it would work to keep them all together daily. As you can imagine, for us having five children already, the story resonated, especially imagining if I died, and then picturing all of our children being split into various homes. We also imagined what it would be like for them to be separated from the 2 year old that they have helped care for the last two years while their mother was so sick. Their mom passed away six weeks ago and the children are being cared for by two great families within their church as of today. The decision was made on Monday for them to all come to our home in two weeks and for the 2 year old to come on Sunday…….

Our next step is to get our home ready for these children. Also, we’ll be figuring out the short term legal details of guardianship along with the long term adoption process. There’s a lot that has to happen with time.

We invite you to partner with us in any way you feel led. We could not say yes to a life altering decision such as this, without knowing we have people like you, layer upon layer behind us. It feels like an army to us where we know that when we are need, you all are right behind us holding us up.

 

The Cook family has experienced a tremendous blessing throughout the last year and with God’s help they are all beginning a lifetime of becoming a family.  Their needs on a daily basis are many.  But one need that we can help them with is a new Deck.  Their old one is falling apart and needs extensive repair or replacing.  I am hopeful that we as NADRA can come alongside them and offer a Deck for A Hero.

November 16, 2016 Deck for a Soldier® Update:

The New Jersey Deck for a Soldier® build is for a young soldier who served in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 – 2011 and was in the Inactive Reserve from 2011 – 2015.  A little over a year ago, he was on his way to work one morning as an electrician apprentice on his motorcycle when he was hit by an elderly gentleman.  He was in a coma for 45 days and was left with nerve damage in his eyes and right leg.  He lost part of his left leg.  His mom had to quit her job to help take care of him.  Friends all joined together to donate money to help him buy a house, but it only has a front entrance and no outdoor living space.  We are planning on installing a sliding door in the kitchen and a deck on the rear of the home to give them a second entrance, as well as, a place to enjoy the outdoors.

We have the deck framing, decking and railings. We are still in need of:

  • A door, The framing, insulation and trim necessary for the door install
  • Wood posts to support the deck
  • Misc. hardware,
  • Lighting
  • Porta-potty
  • Lunch
  • Monetary donations for small items

If you feel moved to help with this project, please go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the design for this project so far:

October 2016, Deck for a Soldier® Update:

NADRA New Jersey volunteers are still looking for additional material, labor and especially, monetary pledges, for the upcoming Deck For A Soldier® project in New Jersey. We do have quite a few decking material pledges but are still in need of some items like hardware, a sliding door, money for permit fees and builders to help with the labor. This build is for a young soldier who did two tours of duty and was severely hurt in a motorcycle accident after he returned home. We are planning to start this build in mid – late December. We are looking for material and labor donations to help with this project. If you would kindly go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA Deck for a Soldier®/Deck for a Hero® Committee Chair

Press contact:

Chris Camfferman

Director of Category Marketing – Outdoor Living, Home and Décor

616-365-1554

616-304-9400

ccamfferman@ufpi.com 

For Immediate Release

 This Old House names Deckorators® Vault Decking a

Top 100 Best New Home Product for 2016

 

Grand Rapids, Mich., November 3, 2016 – The many unique strengths and benefits of Deckorators® Vault Decking have been recognized by This Old House magazine, which named Vault as one of the Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2016, which are “must-haves” for homeowners.  Deckorators is a brand in the Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI: Nasdaq) family of companies.

According to a letter from the publication’s Editor In Chief Susan Wyland, these Top 100 best new products are “game-changers that we believe will make a difference in the lives of our readers and their families….”

The magazine examined hundreds of products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Home Tech, Finishing Touches and Outdoor Living. Vault was named a best new home product in the Building Products category.

Made with patented EovationsTM technology, Deckorators Vault decking is a revolutionary product that’s stronger, lighter and more stable than other wood-alternative decking products. No other product is made of the same components or process, so no other can come close to offering its many benefits. It won’t mold or rot, it’s virtually unbreakable, and it comes in two beautiful colors: dusk and mesquite.  A third color, hickory, is being introduced in 2017. In addition, Vault is backed by Deckorators’ industry-leading 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty.

“There are few publications as respected as This Old House, and to be included in this list is not just an honor, it is testament to the unparalleled benefits and strengths of Vault,” said Chris Camfferman, director of category marketing for Universal Forest Products, the parent company of the Deckorators brand.  “We have long known that Vault is a shining star in our portfolio. Coming from This Old House, this is the ultimate recognition.”

You can find the “TOH Top 100” at www.thisoldhouse.com/Top100-2016 and on newsstands. For more information on Deckorators Vault decking, including where to buy it, visit deckorators.com/vault.

About This Old House

This Old House is the number one multi-platform home enthusiast brand, serving over 15 million consumers each month with trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine and its inspiration and information-driven digital properties, including thisoldhouse.com. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Concord, Mass. 

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in deck 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 deck railing accessory products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct deck products allows both DIYers and builders the opportunity to express personal creativity on their deck, as they do in their homes. Universal Consumer Products offers a large portfolio of outdoor living products, including wood composite decking, decorative balusters, post caps and plastic lattice.

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

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

EOVATIONS, LLC

Eovations, LLC, an affiliate of Universal Forest Products, Inc., (Nasdaq: UFPI), is a technology-driven company founded to bring patented EovationsTM technology to commercialization in a broad range of applications. Eovations licenses the use of components made with Eovations technology to independent product manufacturers for predefined applications. The company also licenses independent manufacturers to use Eovations technology in their own operations for pre-defined applications. Eovations technology was originally developed by The Dow Chemical Company. Headquartered in Bay City, Mich., USA, Eovations, LLC is pursuing licensing relationships for Eovations technology with leaders in product innovation globally. For more information, go to www.eovationsllc.com.

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries throughout North America, Europe,  Asia and Australia that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial.  The Company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about Universal Forest Products, Inc., and its affiliated operations, go to www.ufpi.com.

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October 21, 2016

 

Special Note to All Interested Parties:

The Consumer Product Awareness Committee (CPAC) was created to work in conjunction with NADRA and NTA to develop and implement an association sponsored labeling program for deck board products, which are already in a certification program.  This labeling program will be based on the Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS), which is currently under development.

 

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with simple, straight-forward information to assist in their deck board selection and to provide the industry with a standardized rating system for aspects of particular interest to consumers which are beyond the requirements of a certification program.

 

The notes below from the most recent CPAC meeting and all future notes from the CPAC meetings will be provided to NADRA membership to allow any interested parties to provide data, ideas, or input to facilitate the creation of the CPAS with the best information possible to benefit the deck board industry.  Thank you in advance for your support, which will be very beneficial to the continued advancement of this program.

 

RE:  CPAC Call Notes and Agenda for Next Meeting

 

Dear NADRA CPAC Committee Members & Organizers:

 

Thank you for participating in the CPAC Committee conference Call on Thursday October 20, 2016.  A summary of key points from this call is provided below:

  • Committee members on the call:
    • Robert Rottinghaus – UFP
    • Paul Beulileu – Green Bay Decking
  • Committee members absent:
    • John Burkhart – Westech
  • Anti-Trust Statement
    • Stated, “We all agree that we have read and understand the anti-trust statement provided on the Google Drive”.  The anti-trust statement will be read in full when any new members participate in a call.
  • Voted on the acceptance of the notes from the previous meeting.
    • Motion to accept the notes – Robert R.
      • Motion seconded – Paul B.
      • Votes: 2 Yes, 0 No
  • Voted on the acceptance of the following Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS) Sections:
    • 4: Performance Requirements
      • 4.3: Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
        • Added a possible water absorption (%) scale to the CPAS and a third line item for water absorption (%) after a 14 day immersion.  These are highlighted in the draft CPAS for further discussion.
        • Discussed the length of time for the water immersion of specimens.  ASTM D1037, Section 23, Method B specifies 24 hours.  Some options brought up were:
          • Requiring a 24 hour test and a 14 day test and determining a performance rating for each then averaging the two rating to obtain the performance rating to be displayed.
          • Performing just a longer duration test or just the 24 hour test.
          • Paul is going to perform some trial tests and share the results during the next meeting to discuss before voting.
    • 5: Test Methods
      • 5.2: Fade Resistance
        • Discussed the use of cycle 1 (which is the same for both ASTM D2565 and G155).
          • Motion to use Cycle 1 – Paul B.
            • Motion seconded – Robert R.
            • Votes: 2 Yes, 0 No
            • 5.4: Heat Retention
              • Briefly discussed the possibility to use ASTM C1057 and ASTM C1055 as a possibility for the testing for this performance rating.
              • This section is currently highlighted in the CPAS and will need to be further discussed.  During previous meeting ideas have been shared about possibly removing this section or if it is kept what testing should be referenced.
  • Discussed some other performance rating ideas that came up during discussions at the RDJ Expo a couple weeks ago.
    • Fungus, mold, or microbial resistance
      • The initial CPAS draft included microbial resistance:
        • ASTM G21 testing for fungal resistance
        • ASTM D1413 weight loss data (which would have been needed for certification for any products containing cellulosic material).
          • ASTM D7032, Section 4.8.1.1 just requires that test specimens have equivalent decay resistance to that of preservative treated wood.
          • The purpose for the CPAS would be to create a scale based on the actual weight loss, where the typical weight loss of preservative treated lumber would not be on the scale.
          • The microbial resistance was previously voted to be removed.
            • The committee members on the call decided it would be best to hold off on any further voting until the next meeting when all committee members would be available.
    • Recycled content
      • This was discussed along with other options such as renewable content or recyclability after its lifecycle.
      • It was discussed that this information would be better suited for an Environmental Declaration Program (EDP) or another similar program outside of the CPAS.

 

The next official committee meeting will be scheduled via conference call for 1 pm EST on Thursday November 3, 2016 and Margie will send out an invite for this Uber conference call.  The agenda for this meeting is outlined below:

  • A new member has completed the sign-up form to join the committee, Barry John Davis of DPDS International, Ltd.
  • Vote on the acceptance of the following Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS) Sections:
    • 4: Performance Requirements
      • 4.3: Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
  • Discuss the performance rating scale and what value range to include for each rating.
  • Discuss in conjunction with Section 5.4.
  • 5.3 Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
    • Discuss the time-frame for the water immersion and the results of Paul’s tests.  Vote on time frame(s) to be included.
    • 5.4 Heat Retention
      • Discuss if the inclusion of this section, possible standards, and metrics for determination of the performance rating.
      • Andy Clements from Brite Claim sent out an email with a possible suggestion of performing a heat deflection test to address possible melting of products due to reflection from items such as glass windows.
      • 4.4: Heat Retention
    • 5: Test Methods
    • Discuss any suggestions or ideas for other performance rating metrics (such as microbial resistance, or recycled content).  Vote on items as needed.
  • Votes must be “Yes” or “No” and all “No” votes must include reasoning and requests for what the voter would like to have changed.
  • Any “No” votes would be discussed and a resolution and re-vote performed during the meeting, if possible.

 

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact NADRA at 215-679-4884 or Info@NADRA.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vice President & Your Board of Directors

 

NADRA, “Doing things for the right reason and having fun doing them”.

NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Andrew Clements, E mail: andrew.clements@brightclaim.com Office :770-779-0940

  

BrightClaim EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION AT LEADING INDUSTRY EVENT

 

Atlanta, GA – 10/19/16.  BrightClaim, a NADRA member based in Atlanta, GA was honored at the recent 2016 National Awards Ceremony with the 2016 Recognition Award, an awards program by The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

 

BrightClaim was selected for the 2016 Recognition Award. The award recipients are selected from NADRA members from across the U.S. and Canada.

 

“We are honored to receive a national award from a highly regarded trade association,” Andrew Clements of BrightClaim said “It’s gratifying that peers in the industry found our company worthy of recognition.”

 

“Andy Clements’ support over the years has helped bring together some the greatest technical experts in the industry.  NADRA is positioned to continue its mission in raising the bar of this industry through the efforts of members like Andy Clements.” Said Michael Beaudry of NADRA.

 

It is BrightClaim’s privilege to be a part of the NADRA family.  We are honored to receive a recognition award to assist the decking industry with the Consumer Product Awareness Charter.  The NADRA CPAC program’s goal is to assist consumers, manufactures, resellers, and installers.    It’s a great honor and privilege to assist NADRA help the decking industry. At BrightClaim our goal is to be your third party warranty services resource partner.

 

For more information on BrightClaim Warranty Services, contact Andrew Clements andrew.clements@brightclaim.com

 

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About NADRA     The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is a not-for-profit trade association made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, inspectors, and service providers to the deck and railing industry. NADRA emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety. For information, visit www.NADRA.org.

 

About BrightClaim Warranty Services    At BrightClaim Warranty Services, our focus is to provide consistent warranty claims related services such as inspections, managed repair and claims administration that support our client’s needs.  Our involvement allows our clients to focus more on their core business and improve management of expense claims costs. To learn more visit our website http://brightclaim.com/warranty-services/ 

 

Contact: Heather Marchand, National Programs & Marketing, NADRA: 215-317-2018, Heather@NADRA.org

 

NADRA, 2016 Main Event – Huge Success! NADRA Announces National Award Winners at The Hard Rock Café, Baltimore, MD

NADRA hosted their Annual Awards Dinner & Sixth Annual National Deck Competition at The Hard Rock Café on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Attendees included NADRA members and guests, NADRA’s National Board of Directors, Deck Competition Participants, spouses and crews, as well as, NADRA Sponsors. Thank you Gold Sponsors: Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, Fiberon, The Deck Store, and Koppers Performance Chemicals, Silver Sponsors: Spacemaker & Deckorators,  Bronze Sponsors: Westech, MoistureShield, Parksite, Dasso. XTR, Decks & More, Screw Products, Inc. , BrightClaim, Compton Sales, South Eastern Underdeck, Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc., and Partner Sponsors: Verblaauw & Sons, LLC , and UltraLox; along with many other industry professionals that joined us for the event.

To kick-off our big week in Baltimore, NADRA members and guests joined us at Mountain Branch Golf Course for a day on the greens. Blue skies and a great group! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! “Here we are the week after one of my favorite gatherings of industry professionals. It started with the NADRA golf event where I was fortunate to play with John Witt and Mark Passmore from Canada! It was such a fun and relaxing day!” NADRA Vice President, Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products

2016 NADRA Golf Tournament Results:

1st Place: 62

  • Martin Donahoe
  • Mark Boschert
  • John Manzari
Longest Drive:
  • #1: Anthony Casey
  • #2: Andy Workinger
Closest to the Hole 
  • #9: Steve Jenkins: 6’6″
  • #11: Mike Rawlett: 6’2″

Check out the photo album on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

2016 Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who made the Tournament such a successful and fun event, especially our sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • Wolf Home Products
  • The Deck Store
  • BrightClaim
  • Green Bay Decking
  • MoistureShield Composite Decking
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • LBM Journal
  • Ultra Fencing – Railing
  • UltraLox
HARD ROCK CAFE, AWARDS CEREMONY
The Hard Rock was nearly sold out with over 200 guests.  Attendees included NADRA Members from as far away as Ontario, Canada, Western Washington and even Australia! “As always, the NADRA Main Event was the place to be Thursday night! It was wonderful to come together, celebrate some jaw-dropping good work, and see some old friends we’ve been missing. The fact that our party could be heard across the bay was pretty cool, too!” Says NADRA Treasurer, Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction.
Kirk Hammond, NADRA’s President opened the awards ceremony for the evening. Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s executive Vice President & Kirk were masters of ceremony for the night. Check out the photo albums on NADRA’s Facebook page here. 
Special recognition and thanks was given to all event sponsors:
  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • The Deck Store
  • Fiberon
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Spacemaker
  • Deckorators
  • South Eastern UnderDeck Systems
  • Parksite
  • Compton Sales
  • BrightClaim
  • Dasso. XTR
  • MoistureShield
  • Westech
  • Decks & more
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Phoenix
  • Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • UltraLox

Thank you, Sponsors!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INDUSTRY’S 2016 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS!

Mr. Hammond presented NADRA’s 2016 Recognition Award to Andrew Clements with BrightClaim. Andy commented on his recognition: “For over a decade BrightClaim’s Warranty Services has assisted the exterior building product industry by providing cost effective third-party warranty services. This provides the opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of industry leaders and associations.  NADRA represents an association driven to assist members and the betterment of the industry. It is BrightClaim’s privilege to be a part of the NADRA family.  We are  honored to receive a recognition award to assist the decking industry with the Consumer Product Awareness Charter.  The NADRA CPAC program’s goal is to assist consumers, manufactures, resellers, and installers.  It’s a great honor and privilege to assist NADRA help the decking industry. At BrightClaim our goal is to be your third party warranty services resource partner.” Andrew Clements, National Account Executive, BrightClaim

The 2016 Terry Award was presented to Bill Ross, Fiberon. Bill was unable to make it this year, but James Gunning was present to accept the award on his behalf. “ find it somewhat ironic that the one year (since the inception of DeckEXPO) that I was not able to come to the show or the NADRA Big Event, that this is the year I get the much respected Terry Award.  If I was a little paranoid I might wonder if it’s a payment for not showing up…, but I am not paranoid.  I am honored and humbled and joy-filled. As I said, I don’t wonder if it was a payoff, and if I didn’t wonder about that, I certainly don’t wonder whether or not it was time well invested.  My association with the NADRA has been a fantastic growth experience,  working not just for the company,  Fiberon, in which I earn my living, but  for the greater industry in which I thrive and gain great satisfaction.  It has been a lot of hard work at times and a whole lot of fun almost all the time. One thing that would make it all much better was if my peers stepped up to fill board leadership roles.  The industry needs you! Your time, talent and a little bit of your treasure.  My guess is, that you will get more than you give and have a great time making things better! Thanks again to all members.  Wishing you continued success.  Bill Ross, Fiberon

2016 National Deck Competition Winners: See all of the winning projects, on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

A special thank you to our 2016 National Deck Competition judges. This is a daunting task of scoring hundreds of photos in this years competition. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time and dedication to the deck competition!

  • Dave and Susue Garcia – DPD Design
  • Bobby Parks – BP Consultants
  • Andrew Wormer – Editor, Professional Deck Builder
Judging Criteria:
  • Use of Space / Functionality
  • Creativity
  • Use of Materials
  • Overall Visual Appeal
The National Deck Competition 3rd place, 2nd place and finally 1st place winners were all announced and presented with awards at The Hard Rock Cafe’s center-stage. Check out the photo albums on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

 

Congratulations to all of the 1st Place Winners:

  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Dr. Decks, LLC – WA
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: TIE: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: TIE: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Enclosed Porch: Decks and More, Inc. – GA
  • Open Porch: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Commercial Project: Barrett Outdoors – NJ
  • Illumination: Robco Fence and Deck, LLC – NC
  • Unique Feature: Barrett Outdoors – NJ
  • Limitless Creation: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Feeney Inc.
  • People’s Choice Award, Manufacturer: Mbrico
  • People’s Choice Award, Builder: America’s DeckBuilder, LLC, NJ
  • Overall 1st Place Winner: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT

“We are so thrilled and humbled to have won FOUR awards at this year’s Annual NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) awards ceremony. Including two First place awards!! Paradisaic took home the top award of the year as well!! FIRST PLACE ~ ‘Best Overall 2016′. We couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the entire young, brilliant team here at Paradisaic that makes every job a work of art and an amazing experience for our incredible clients!” Ben Shelly, Paradisaic Building Group, Inc.

Congratulations to all of the 2nd Place Winners:
  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Robco Fence and Deck, LLC – NC
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Enclosed Porch: Decks and More, GA
  • Open Porch: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Commercial Project: Deck and Basement Company, MN
  • Illumination: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Unique Feature: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Limitless Creation: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Feeney Inc.
  • Overall 2nd Place Winner: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
Congratulations to all of the 3rd Place Winners:
  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Deckover Construction, AZ
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: BHD Construction, LLC, WA
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Enclosed Porch: Decksouth, GA
  • Open Porch: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Commercial Project: Deck and Basement Company, MN
  • Illumination: America’s DeckBuilder, LLC, NJ
  • Unique Feature: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Limitless Creation: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Wolf Home Products, PA
  • Overall 3rd Place Winner: Dr. Decks, LLC – WA
N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

DATE:                    September 21, 2016

 

CONTACT:           Jim Groff, Vice President of Marketing, Wolf Home Products 717.852.4842jcgroff@wolforg.net
 

WOLF HOME PRODUCTS TO UNVEIL HISTORIC ROLLOUT OF NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT 2016 REMODELING SHOW

(YORK, Pa.) —Wolf Home Products today announced it will be introducing the largest single expansion of products and dealer support services in the company’s history at the Remodeling Show/Deck Expo/JLC Live 2016.  Wolf Home Products is a leading supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products in the U.S.

The Remodeling Show, which will run October 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is a three day event sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders, the North American Deck and Rail Association and Remodeling magazine featuring educational conference programming, professional development and product exhibition.

Heading the list of Wolf’s new products is Wolf Transition, Wolf Home Products’ new line of full-access cabinets, one of the most sought-after styles of cabinetry on the market. Wolf Transition cabinets present not only simplicity and contemporary style, but also increased storage, easier access and a more efficient use of space. Wolf Transition cabinets will be available in 17 door styles and 37 finishes.

In addition to Transition, the Wolf Home Products exhibit at Booth 2204 will feature:

  • Terrace, Wolf’s brand new decking collection, featuring 5 capped composite decking colors
  • Two new Tropical Hardwood PVC decking colors and two new PVC porch colors
  • Two new door styles to the Builders Mark cabinet line
  • Block-It housewrap from Kimberly-Clark
  • New Boral Siding products
  • A roll-out of Wolf Home Products’ new website, which will offer much greater interactivity, streamlined navigation, and a wide range of fresh content

Visitors to Wolf Home Products’ booth will be among the first to see and handle the new products and talk with the team of Wolf Home Products experts.   For more information, click here for the JLC Live website.

For more information about Wolf Home Products, visit www.wolfhomeproducts.com

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About Wolf Home Products    Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 170 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, go to wolfhomeproducts.com.

The Association’s work in bringing together industry professionals resulted in a very informative evening in Atlanta, GA on August 23rd, 2016. Over 50 members and guests from the deck building industry gathered to hear and question the three leading preservative manufacturers about the modifications to the AWPA treated wood standards, and answer questions about treated wood. The panel included NADRA Members: Steve Shields from Lonza, Todd Greer from Koppers Performance Chemicals (KPC), and Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions.

Like all NADRA meetings, we started things off with the reading of the anti trust statement, read by Kirk Hammond, NADRA’s President.

Mike Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President introduced NADRA’s Southeast regions advisory committee: Mike Reason, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyhan, Joey Matthews, James Gunning and Keith Compton.

All meeting attendees stood and introduced themselves.  It was a fun way to get to see who was in the room and how they were involved in the industry. We were particularly excited to introduce NADRA’s newest Bronze Level Member, Avery Chua of dassoXTR.

The meeting included a discussion of the recent AWPA standard modifications, the differences between AWPA standardized products vs. alternative acceptance criteria and paths to code compliance; like the ESR’s, the M4 standard requirement for coating cut ends, and a lively discussion on the dissemination of information and the liabilities the industry faces for the use of different treated wood materials over the past 10 years.

Todd Greer, Koppers Performance Chemicals, Director, North American Sales and Service says: “It was great to meet and speak directly with NADRA members at the Atlanta meeting. We look forward to working with the organization, and encouraging communication within our industry. Koppers believes it is important to provide a unified source of information for deck building professionals to learn more about the use of treated wood products and technologies.” To hear more from Todd, check out his write-up here.

Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions says: “As beautiful custom wood framed decks and outdoor projects are constructed by NADRA members, they should be guided by the latest, most accurate information available. Despite what some in the industry are communicating, there is NO requirement to use Ground Contact materials for ALL Above Ground decks.” To hear more from Chris Kollwitz from Viance, check out Chris’s write-up here.

Steve Shields stated: “I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the treated wood panel discussion at the recent NADRA meeting in Atlanta.  It provided an opportunity to discuss recent changes to standards that have impacted not only how treated wood is recommended to be used, but have also encouraged more retailers to stock ground contact treated wood so that users can be less concerned about potential misapplication.  Just as important was the opportunity for me to hear comments directly from builders on shortcomings of the treated wood that they have experienced.  I believe that increased involvement of NADRA and other organizations representing retailers and users of treated wood in AWPA can result in continued improvement of standards and better treated wood products for users.”  To hear from Steve, check out his write-up here.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding this topic, please contact NADRA by filling out the online form found HERE.

Please visit www.NADRA.org to learn more about your Association, it’s mission, education and services that it provides to industry professionals and consumers.

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards, outdoor living professionals and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

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I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the treated wood panel discussion at the recent NADRA meeting.  It provided an opportunity to discuss recent changes to standards that have impacted not only how treated wood is recommended to be used, but have also encouraged more retailers to stock ground contact treated wood so that users can be less concerned about potential misapplication.  Just as important was the opportunity for me to hear comments directly from builders on shortcomings of the treated wood that they have experienced.  I believe that increased involvement of NADRA and other organizations representing retailers and users of treated wood in AWPA can result in continued improvement of standards and better treated wood products for users.

There are new rules for building decks and using treated wood.  Just as the American Wood Council updated its “Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide” in 2014 with new recommendations and methods, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) has updated its standards with new information on how treated wood is to be used.  As associations involved with developing code requirements or standards that are referenced in the codes, both are continually looking for ways to improve the methods and materials used in wood deck construction.

AWPA is recognized by ANSI as a consensus standard writing organization and its standards are referenced in the International Building Code and International Residential Code.

Products not specifically listed in AWPA standards often use ICC Evaluation Service product reports as a means to demonstrate that products comply with the requirements of the codes.

AWPA has updated standard U1 and now requires that for use of sawn lumber in certain above ground applications that are either (1) subject to ground contact type hazards or (2) critical to the structure and difficult to replace now be treated for ground contact.  These applications include:

a) When there is a reasonable expectation that soil, vegetation, leaf litter or other debris may build up and remain in contact with the component.

b) When the construction itself, other structures or anticipated vegetation growth will not allow air to circulate underneath the construction and between decking boards.

c) When components are installed less than six inches above ground (final grade after landscaping) and supported on permeable building materials (e.g. treated wood or concrete).

d) When components are in direct contact with non-durable untreated wood, or any older construction with any evidence of decay.

e) When components are wetted on a frequent or recurrent basis (e.g., on a freshwater floating dock or by a watering system).

f) When components are used in tropical climates

AWPA M4 requires that treated wood that has been cut, drilled or damaged including abrasions or holes from removal of nails and spikes should be field treated with preservative.  While this has seldom been done in the central and eastern United States, it has been common practice on the west coast and in Canada.  Field treatment helps to protect the interior of the wood which has less treatment than the outer shell.

Preservative end cut solutions shall be used in accordance with the instructions and precautions listed on the product label. Acceptable end cut solutions for outdoor projects referenced in the M4 standard include:

(a) Copper naphthenate. Preferably containing 2.0% copper metal; 1.0% is OK if the higher in not available.

(b) Oxine copper. Containing a minimum 0.675% oxine copper (0.12% copper metal).

If suitable products cannot be found locally, an Amazon search for wood preservatives will give a number of options for copper naphthenate products.  Using the link http://www.chemtch.com/outlast-q8-pressure-treated-wood will take you to the supplier of the oxine copper product in quarts, gallons or 5 gallon pails.  While somewhat more expensive it is clear and has little odor.

AWPA M4 also requires that timbers used as columns should have an original factory end in the ground and that the top be field treated with preservative.

These changes to AWPA have encouraged many retailers to make ground contact treated wood available to their customers.  Builders requesting ground contact treatment will help to ensure this practice continues and provide you with a supply of treated wood product that will be durable regardless of the specific application.

Stephen C. Shields

Steve spent over 43 years in the wood preservation industry with Koppers Company and successor organizations until his retirement as Technical Director of Lonza’s wood protection business in May 2016.  He remains active in the industry, providing technical consulting services as the principal of Wood Protection Consulting, LLC.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Technology and from Akron University in 1982 with a Masters in Business Administration.

Steve’s experience includes sales and customer support for preservative and fire retardant products, product development and research, technical product and plant production support, quality control, code and standards development and technical writing. He has been an active member of many associations including the American Wood Protection Association (1984- ), International Code Congress (and predecessor code organizations 1985- ), National Institute of Building Sciences, Wood Protection Council (1990-93) and the Western Wood Preservers Institute (1994 – 2016).

His primary activities now focus on American Wood Protection Association standard development and task group activities and building code evaluation reports.  He recently was awarded the American Wood Protection Association, Award of Merit for his service and contributions to the organization.