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NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:

I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.

Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers?  20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • PMC Building Supply
  • Boise Cascade
  • Stock Building Supply
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Rainaway
  • FastenMaster
  • Trex
  • Fiberon
  • CoolScreens
  • ProWood
  • Metro Building Products
  • Compton Sales
  • MultiView
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • Decksouth
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • YellaWood
  • Guardian Building Products
  • UltraLox

Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.

NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”

We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.

The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:

  • Team Trex
  • Team Outback 

After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.

  • On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
  • On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
  • On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products   – 348 yds ( ouch! )

Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament.  I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!

See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!

James Gunning and the NADRA Atlanta Chapter Board

NADRA recently launched a series of Facebook contests for summer. The first contest was a fun call-to-action to ask Facebook fans to post a photo in the comments from the job site. Using a 3rd party application, NADRA chose a random winner. We are excited to highlight our Aussie friend, Ben Bonadio from Decking . com.au – all the way from Victoria, Australia!

Ben runs Decking . com.au with his Father, Antonio. Together, they have 50 years experience in residential & commercial carpentry. Scroll below for more images and a description of their most recent project.

NADRA June 22nd, 2015 Facebook Contest Winner

Project Description:

Turn a boring pool area into a usable space that can be used all year round. Constructed new roofed area, stone bench kitchen, stainless steel appliances and BBQ. We also installed strip heating, fans, new LED down lights and best of all inbuilt TV with surround sound. Decking was 135mm x 18mm spotted gum, screwed using Fischer stainless screws and oiled using cutek cd50 clear.

Decking was 135 x 18mm spotted gum oiled in cutek cd50 clear. Stainless steel pool fence spigots and pool fence glass.  Synthetic turf and natural honed bluestone pool copping and pool tiles.

Thank you, NADRA, for allowing us to share our work! Be sure to follow NADRA on Facebook for a chance to enter their next contest!

 

Hey New Jersey NADRA members:

Your fellow NJ NADRA members are getting ready for DeckExpo Chicago. And we wanted to pass along the great stuff we found.

Several of us have already booked our flights. The best airfare deal–far and away–is with Frontier, out of Trenton Mercer Airport. They have a nonstop leaving each morning at 7:00 AM, arriving at 8:15. And a nonstop return leaving Chicago at 10:05, arriving around 1:00. Many of us have our reservations for Wednesday to Saturday. We reserved seats in the 4th and 5th rows. And we’d love nothing more than for you to join us there. Flight numbers are F9 915, and F9 916, respectivel

The airport is small, and friendly. There are two gates, and a bar. Long-term parking is just steps, literally, from the “terminal.” And the baggage claim uses a single roller dispenser. No motorized carousel here. This is luxury/economy, my friends.

If you’re in, here’s the best plan. Go to Frontier.com, join their rewards club, and book your flight. Right now it’s $89 each way. That’s up from $69 each way earlier this week. You can be sure this will continue to go up as the plane fills. So get your ticket early.

Anyway, once you’ve got your ticket, pay an extra $12 and reserve your seat up with the rest of us. Also, be aware that the bag other airlines regard as a carry-on will cost you $25 on Frontier. So check it and it only costs $15–same bag, different price. They do allow one personal item, like a purse or laptop. But you can be sure they will charge you for your second item. It’s how they make their money

Finally, we’d like to coordinate on a hotel. Just not officially sure which one yet. So stay in touch with your NJ NADRA builders. They’ll have all the latest regarding hotels

Remember, this is the last DeckExpo in Chicago. So let’s own it, and put our unique New Jersey label all over the place.

All the best, all the time.

Gary J Daley, America’s DeckBuilder

VisionScape Launches the Latest 3D Deck & Outdoor Living Design Software + check out the EXCLUSIVE OFFER for NADRA Members!

 

 

VisionScape has launched it’s latest version of 3D Deck & Outdoor Living Design Software with amazing new 3D Deck Design features and decking materials from the industries best manufacturers.

What’s New:
  • Improved Graphics & Realism
  • Enhanced 3D Deck Design Tools
  • Inlay Tools
  • Deck Lighting
  • 64bit Architecture
  • Bill of Materials
  • Precision Drawing Tools
  • And More
To commemorate this latest release, VisionScape is offering exclusive saving for NADRA members. Take a Free 30 day test drive of VisionScape’s Professional Premium Software. Click HERE to learn more.
The NADRA NJ Chapter celebrated their annual Deck Competition on Thursday, June 4th, 2015.  What a great night with friends and colleagues of all levels of the value chain in the deck and railing industry.

 

A special thank you to our 2015 NADRA NJ Deck Competition judges. This is a daunting task of scoring over 200 images in this years competition. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time and dedication to the deck awards!

  • Katy Tomasulo – C Squared Advertising, Content Development Manager
  • Andy Engel – Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Senior Editor
  • Shawn Miller –  NADRA Past President – Classic Designs, Inc.
A very special thank you to NADRA New Jersey’s Secretary, Judy Verblaauw for putting in countless hours to this years awards ceremony. You were the driving force behind this years big event. Great job, and thank you for everything you do for the NJ chapter of NADRA!

 

And now… for the winners of the 2015 NADRA NJ Deck Competition: (View all winners HERE)

  • Illumination: Joe Kalnas– Somerville Aluminum
  • Unique Feature: Gustavo de la Cruz – Barrett Outdoors Deck and Patio Design Center
  • Limitless Creation: Bill Lecorchick, Legends Home Improvement, LLC
  • Alternative Deck Under $20k: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC
  • Porch Over $26k: Sean McAleer – Deck Remodelers.com, LLC
  • Alternative Deck $21k – $50k: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC
  • Alternative Deck Over $51k: Gustavo de la Cruz – Barrett Outdoors Deck and Patio Design Center
  • People’s Choice Award – 2nd Place: Bill Lecorchick, Legends Home Improvement, LLC
  • People’s Choice Award – 1st Place: Gary Daley, America’s Deck Builder
  • 2015 Best Deck – 2nd place: Gary Daley, America’s Deck Builder
  • 2015 Best Deck – 1st place Winner: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC

If you would like to view the complete album of all deck competition entries, you can do so by clicking HERE

 

Thank you, Sponsors!

NADRA invites you to join us at our Inaugural West Coast Golf Tournament & Membership Drive to be held June 26-27, immediately following the US Open.

The event will be held at The White Horse Golf Course, located about 1-hour away from Seattle. NADRA’s 2015 Golf Tournament & Membership Drive is an opportunity for you have a great time with others in the industry and to see and learn first-hand what’s new in deck & railing products.

Premier Sponsor:

Itinerary:

Friday, June 26th:

6:00pm Welcome Reception at The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

Saturday, June 27th:

8:45am Registration at The White Horse Golf Course

  • 9:00am – Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00  - Industry Update from NADRA and Keynote presentation from AGS Stainless, Inc. – Kevin Harris
  • 12:00pm – Contests, Boxed Lunch, Practice Range
  • 1:00pm – Shotgun Start
  • 6:00pm – Dinner & Awards Ceremony

More information about AGS Stainless, Inc keynote:

Increasing project profitability through the use of custom-made, pre-fabricated stainless steel railing systems:

NADRA member manufacturer AGS Stainless will be delivering this year’s Key Note presentation; “Increasing project profitability through the use of custom-made, pre-fabricated stainless steel railing systems”. Although undeniably gorgeous, most builders shy away from recommending stainless steel railings to their clients. The challenge is that adding a stainless steel railing system to a home often requires the builder to subcontract the railings to a local metal fabricator, substantially increasing project costs. This presentation will include a discussion of how pre-fab railings work, as well as recommendations on when and where to suggest pre-fab rails to your clients. Included in this presentation will be a panel discussion with some remodelers who will discuss how and when they have incorporated pre-fab stainless steel rails into their interior and exterior projects.

We have secured a block of rooms at The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

The resort features a waterfront hotel, full-service spa, high-tech meeting spaces and the excitement of casino nightlife with table games, slots, dedicated Keno and Poker rooms plus much more!

Below are some details about making your room reservation:

  • Group discounted rate for Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th
  • Call: 866.609.8700 Follow the prompts for hotel reservations. Please say you are with the NADRA group.
  • Room type: Single or Double occupancy
  • Check in is at 4pm
  • Room rates: $107.10 per night total with taxes and fees
  • Release date is June 10th. The ENTIRE Resort is SOLD OUT except for NADRA’s block of rooms. Do not wait to make your reservation.

More Information

If you need additional help with registration, please call us and we will help you get signed up! There are a lot of options between single players, and sponsorships that include foursomes.. please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you want NADRA to help you register. We are here to help. Direct line: 215.679.4884 or 215.317.2018

Registration, webpage and email communications are managed by NADRA HQ

Join us on the greens, June 15th!

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

When: Monday, June 15

Where: Brookfield Country Club
100 Willow Run
Roswell, GA 30075

Pricing & Sponsorship Info:

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

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

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

See you on the course….

NADRA Atlanta Chapter President

James Gunning

Thank you, sponsors: 

  • Beverage Cart Sponsors:
      • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
      • PMC Building Materials
  • Hole Sponsors:
      • Compton Sales
      • Fiberon
      • Trex
      • Boise Cascade Supply
      • Stock Building Supply
      • MultiView
  • Longest Drive Sponsor:
      • UltraLox
  • Closest to Pin Sponsor:
      • Screw Products, Inc.

 

Registration, webpage and email communications are managed by NADRA HQ on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA. Call with any questions: 215.679.4884

From the NJ Chapter President: Lainie Sleppin

On Tuesday night May 19th I opened the NJ meeting at about 6:40 and welcomed everyone.  The chapter was notably light on our regular deck builder attendees.  As we know this is not the easiest time of the year to get deck builders to attend.  A standard of about 20-25 people were in attendance.  I took a moment to remind everyone about the upcoming deck awards in June and reiterated to them that we need their support.

I introduced our sponsor Ken from Abbe Lumber and reminded everyone to please remember to support our local members.  Ken did a nice presentation communicating the history of Abbe lumber and how much he supports the NADRA brand.  He mentioned he actually lost a builder due to not participating in his organization so again he emphasized the importance of participating in NADRA.  He expressed their involvement in the decking industry and explained that they have become a dominant player in the specific brand Trex.  In addition to Trex he is a big supporter and supplier of RDI. He then turned the presentation over to Brianne from RDI.  She did a wonderful presentation in explaining the history of RDI as well as all the features and benefits of the product.  She also emphasized that they will be opening up a new 52 acre facility in Southern New Jersey where they will be doing all of their manufacturing

Following the Abbe/RDI presentation, Judi Rossi from Glazer promotions took the floor and discussed the benefits of using promotional items and provided some samples of what companies have used in the past to promote their businesses.

Our committee updates went well but were brief due to missing some committee chairs.  Judy and I again discussed the upcoming deck awards and again asked for support.  After this reminder I again thanked all in attendance and again thanked our sponsor Abbe Lumber & RDI.

WOLF RELEASES KEY BUYER INDEX (KBI) FOR APRIL 2015

Momentum, good weather continue record run for industry metric

(York, Pa.) — WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products, today reported the findings of the WOLF Key Buyer Index (KBI) for April 2015.

The April 2015 score of 75.94 — slightly higher than March’s KBI, which was itself a record—signals continued momentum from a strong start to the second quarter.  Weather conditions have significantly improved in all markets and key buyers are recovering from a backlog of projects on the books.  There is no indication of a slow-down in the forecast as long as the skilled labor market can keep up with the demand.

WOLF developed KBI, a proprietary metric that offers a monthly snapshot of independent dealers’ sentiments, to provide a concrete measure of how building materials buyers see the near-term future of their industry. WOLF gathers data for the KBI from a monthly survey of key buyers at independent building materials dealers across 21 states. A WOLF KBI score of 50 reflects a neutral outlook; a score above 50 reflects a positive outlook; and a score below 50 reflects a negative outlook.

Here’s a regional breakdown:

Mid Atlantic region     Business confidence and store traffic continues to rise in the northern part of this region as the overall KBI increased 2 points to 86.00.  Kitchen-at-a-time business remains steady and projects continue to emerge.  Building products remain optimistic following solid sales in March, continued temperate weather and indicators of continued brisk business.  In the southern part of the region, the first quarter was strong for the majority of dealers, and that sentiment shows no signs of waning. Dealers are feeling comfortable with inventory levels, consumer confidence is holding steady and foot traffic continues to increase at the store level.

Northeast region   Winter has finally ended in the Northeast. As a result, dealers have seen increased foot traffic in both building product and kitchen product showrooms.  Some dealers expressed concerns that they may not recover all of the lost business from the poor first quarter weather. This is reflected in a slight drop in the building products score from 96.67 to 90.0.

The Midwest/Southeastern region April has been an exceptionally busy month and dealers see that trend continuing for the next four weeks, as reflected in a 5-point jump in KBI score to 66.67.  This region has seen a steady flow of new construction activity and remodeling work.  Foot traffic into showrooms has picked up dramatically and quoted projects are now being solidified as orders since the weather has improved.

Both the overall Building Products and Kitchen & Bath scores have shown a year over year increase, with the former gaining 9 points and the latter gaining 1.5 points on April 2014.

For more information on the WOLF Key Buyer Index, read the detailed explanation or see the latest KBI

score at www.wolfleader.com.

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About WOLF    WOLF provides kitchen and bath cabinetry and building materials, marketing and sales support and financial services exclusively to independent dealers in 33 states.  Since its founding in 1843, York, Pa.-based WOLF has evolved into a sourcing company that offers American-made, WOLF-branded products and other high-quality product lines.  Learn more about WOLF at www.wolfleader.com and www.wolfhomeproducts.com.

 

News Release

Contact: Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive VP
215-679-4884
info@NADRA.org
 

Deck Safety Tips for Homeowners

QUAKERTOWN, PA – During Deck Safety Month® the experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) are offering safety tips for homeowners and encouraging you to Check Your Deck®.

“It’s springtime and we all want to get out and enjoy our decks,” says Bob Lett, vice president of market development for WOLF Home Products. “NADRA wants to help keep homeowners safe. Deck maintenance means so much more than just cleaning your deck. It means making sure your entire deck structure is in good, safe order. Just like your car, you need to evaluate, ‘tune up’ and keep your deck in safe operating condition on a regular basis. This checklist from NADRA can help you do just that.”

Key areas of the deck to check during Deck Safety Month® include:

1 – Search for split or decaying wood. Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood is still sound, including the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck, deck boards, railings and stairs. Look for soft, spongy areas in wood that can indicate insect damage or decay.

2 –  Test railings and banisters. Assure the security of these key pieces of the deck by gently pushing on them to assure they are firmly attached with no “give” that could indicate failure. Then, get the yard stick out. Most codes require a 36” high railing (and usually encourage 42” high railings) with rails placed no more than 4” inches apart (measured from the inside of the rails) to keep small children and pets from squeezing through.

3. Check your fasteners. Over time, fasteners may “pop” from wood, loosen or even corrode. Check nails, screws or anchors and reinforce or replace anything that looks suspicious.

4 – Step carefully. Check each step to make certain of security and lack of decay. If an area behind the stair treads is open, this opening should be no more than 4” high. A fast tip is to also keep stair pathways clear of planters, décor, toys and other items that can present a tripping hazard.

5. Clean up debris. Make it a priority to clean away leaves, branches or other debris from your deck. When left in place, these can be slippery and promote mildew. If you’re already seeing mildew on the deck, or the deck coating has worn away, now is the time to clean and apply a new waterproof coating.

“Your deck and stairs should appear even without sagging, and should not sway or move when tested,” says Lett. “Plus, it’s important to check on anything used on the deck, such as grills, lighting, storage and furnishings. Making these easy evaluations part of your yearly springtime maintenance can help keep your entire family safe.”

For a complete 10-point consumer safety checklist and more deck safety tips from NADRA, click HERE

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

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