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(From the Professional Deck Builder On-line Oct. 13, 2017, the following is a summary from the article.)

The Value of an ICC Guideline

Plan reviewers and inspectors are left without guidance – beyond DCA-6  – on any proposed alternative details that would have sufficient strength to safely resist the code-mandated 200-lb. concentrated load requirement. Some contractors argue – without any testing evidence – that there are other 4×4 guard post connection details that are safe. But without that evidence, and because of the gap in the current IRC on how to prescriptively construct a guard post attachment to a deck, the code community faces the near impossible task of ensuring that deck guard constructions they approve will in fact safely resist the code specified design load in-service.

Until a proposal to the IRC for prescriptive guard post details is finally approved and adopted, an ICC Guideline could be valuable in an attempt to protect life and prevent fall injuries/fatalities from decks and balconies.   Plan reviewers need a concise document that addresses the complicated issue of guard post attachment to decks.  The value of the proposed Guideline is vast—all residential plan reviewers can benefit from an ICC published Guideline by using it in deck/balcony plan checking and inspection until this life safety issue is addressed by the IRC, hopefully within the next decade.

Figure 1. The simulated deck joist/band/guard post configuration tested by the team at Virginia Tech; the connector easily passed the load tests and formed the basis for the details adopted by the AWC DCA6.

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Each of the dasso.XTR planks are end-matched with tongue and groove joints to give the siding a continuous uniform look, and every plank fits tightly into the next plank. Cutting is not necessary until you get to the end of the wall which helps reduce waste and speeds up installation time.

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Why Treated Wood?

Or, would it be better to ask, Why Not Treated Wood?

Brought to you by Lonza Wood Protection

 

Please stop by Booth 754 (Escue Wood Preserving) and Booth 517 (United Treating and Distribution) at DeckExpo to learn more about building with beautiful, real wood.

 

Why Wood?

Wood products are everywhere. And it’s no wonder. Wood is, after all, nature’s sustainable building block that comes from an abundant natural resource easily and quickly replenished. It has excellent workability in all aspects of construction and, when preserved and used properly, can be designed to create outdoor living spaces that bring the inside out.

Wood is a sustainable product that is responsibly sourced from managed forest lands. That means trees used in the building industry come from forests grown as crops – much like corn or soy is grown. They are harvested. The land is left to rest for a few months. Then it is replanted at the rate of 400 trees per acre. The forest is maintained and cared for 30+ years before it is harvested. Managed forest lands are in different stages of growth so that not all the forest is harvested at one time.  Between forests, sawmills, and product manufacturers, every part of the tree is used for everything from poles, piling and dimensional lumber to pulp for paper mills, bedding for animals, and mulch for gardens.

Why Treated Wood?

When lumber goes through the treatment process, it is enhanced with preservative that helps it last longer while maintaining its natural beauty. Used for more than 100 years, treated wood makes the ideal building material for backyard projects. Because of its ease of use, do-it-yourselfers across the country have picked up a hammer, drill, nails and screws to complete weekend projects like decks, picnic tables, raised bed planters, retaining walls and more.

For more complicated projects, contractors and builders also choose treated wood because it looks beautiful, is affordable, and is easy to work with and maintain. In fact, its natural beauty enriches the backyard landscape making it an easy sell to homeowners.

Maintaining Treated Wood.

Maintenance on decks and other backyard projects can be likened to maintenance on a car. Oil changes are necessary and should be done regularly. Similarly, homeowners can easily and inexpensively perform maintenance on their decks. Recommendations include cleaning and applying a surface water repellent every couple of years to keep the deck looking beautiful for years.

If left alone, wood weathers to a warm gray, giving a project the time-worn look that is in demand with many homeowners. However, for projects to maintain that just-bought appearance, staining every few years is recommended. And, unlike composites, if lumber gets scratched by everyday use it can be easily repaired by sanding and staining.

Use Treated Wood.

Treated wood is a naturally beautiful building material that is easy to use and manipulate by contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike. Once a project is built, with little future maintenance, the homeowner can enjoy an enhanced quality of outdoor living for years.

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The Scenario
Perched on a 23-degree mountainside slope that receives some of the heaviest snowfall near Lake Tahoe, an enthusiastic outdoors-adventuring couple created their version of the ideal mountain retreat complete with: concrete patio rappelling wall, built-in bunk beds accessible via rock-climbing holds, ski pole chandelier and bobsled run access directly from the kitchen area. And despite all these fun, Nordic sports-themed design elements – it was the juxtaposition of the home’s textured metal accents like: corrugated metal roofing and a black powder-coated railing system contrasting the all-natural Douglas Fir siding and ceilings that helped make the entire project meld together amidst the rugged terrain.

 

 
Textural Metal Accents: Prefabricated Railing
 Just as important as the complex structural aspects were on this two-level, custom vacation retreat; intermixing the all-natural materials of the surrounding environment with an industrial theme throughout proved challenging for lead architect Alex Bergtraun. Lesser-realized details like accenting the hot-rolled steel fireplace and surrounding cabinetry on the interior with the custom, black powder-coated stainless steel cable railings on the exterior was just one shining example of this underlying accentuation. “The clients really wanted the rustic-yet-industrial theme throughout so incorporating key elements like the black powder-coated railings on the outside nicely helped integrate things,” explained Bergtraun, Principal at Studio Bergtraun. “And spec-ing prefabricated railings in a remote location with a shortened building season was an important aspect too…it had to be designed correctly and install quickly.”
After some Internet research, Bergtraun’s team selected the Rainier stainless steel railing system by AGS Stainless, a highly-respected company located in the Pacific Northwest. Rainier is part of the Clearview® line of stainless steel railing systems and can be accompanied with wide array of options including: an assortment of top rail styles and post design choices, a variety of infill options including tempered glass, stainless steel cable and horizontal bar – for a fully-customized look at an affordable cost. “The outdoor living space here was a large area of the home’s overall look and feel, so the powder-coated railings needed to match that black, rustic texture,” explains Kevin T. Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing at AGS Stainless. “Each Rainier railing system is designed with CAD and prefabricated at our factory so every individual nut, bolt and handrail fitting is just right – greatly reducing the labor expense normally associated with traditional locally-fabricated railing systems.”
 With AGS Stainless, the overall design process is straightforward and simple: sketches and approximate dimensions are submitted where CAD drawings and all details of the railing system are created by a member of the design team. Then, an AGS railing expert works directly with the homeowner/contractor to make certain every detail is just right – and to ensure prompt delivery with attentive service. “This Tahoe mountain retreat perfectly depicts how every AGS Stainless customer essentially has their very own outsourced railing factory, complete with world-class welders and state-of-the-art fabrication machines to create a beautiful high quality railing system specific for their project,” added Harris.
The Result 
In addition to recently being featured in the January 2017 issue of Architectural Record, this mountainside retreat has numerous accolades with the people who matter most – friends and family. “The clients wanted to make this a place that was really their own,” adds Bergtraun. “It’s already become a hub of activity for family and friends, and it will be for years to come.”

Member Name: Brian LaFave

Company Name: Western Sky Designs

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Brighton, CO

What inspired you to join NADRA? I have been in the BM industry for many years, mainly as a manufacturers representative. When I opened my business, I knew the value of being a member of NADRA and believe wholeheartedly in the message. I am passionate about the decking industry and try to instill that when meeting with potential customers.

When did you first get involved with this industry?
2001 as a sales rep in a lumberyard

What was the first thing you ever built? The first thing inbuilt was a dog house for my dog – Jordan. I was 14. This was a piece of art.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: I started Western Sky Designs in 2015, primarily as a design and consultation company to earn extra income. As I went through the process, I realized my experience with many manufacturers would translate nicely into a full time career. Our specialty is custom decks, rail, and shade structures. We are passionate about building decks correctly and safely. This year we will build about 30 decks. In addition to patio covers and custom

pergolas. We will also complete 5-10 basements per year.

How do you define success? Success to me is personal relationships with my family and my friends. I have spent a lot of time on airplanes and traveling to help companies succeed. But at the end of the day, relationships with the people who I care about the most is the most important.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? We aren’t competing against one another – we are building an industry. Let’s work together and help each other.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What kind of beer do you drink? Can I get you one?

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? I’d probably be selling decking related products!

A little more about Brian:  Most importantly, I am a father to my wonderful kids, Colby and Macy. And a best friend to Stacy, Luca and Rocco. I am a die hard Michigan Wolverines Fanatic! GO BLUE! During the winter months, I am a High School and NCAA wrestling official. I travel to several tournaments throughout the country promoting wrestling. I wrestled my entire youth life and this is the way I stay connected. I have a bird dog named Dixie, she is an American Brittany. We love hunting upland game birds in North Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. I wish I had more time to do that. Lastly, I try to travel as much as possible. The best trip ever was with my best friend, Stacy, to Africa. We went to Botswana for a couple different safari trips, as well as, South Africa. We plan to do more trips in the future.

Connect with Western Sky Designs online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wsdcolorado

Our Mission: The Deck Store is committed to providing our online and retail customers with top quality products at competitive prices. Armed with decades of experience in the deck industry and an expansive, updated product catalog, we have the expertise to help you find what you need for your deck or outdoor living space.

Our Physical Store: The Deck Store is based in Apple Valley, MN, where we operate a retail store, large warehouse and offices. We have a solid foundation in our local community, and have been featured in local papers, magazines and on TV. We pride ourselves on providing high quality deck building products and supplies – along with knowledgeable advice and instruction – to homeowners and contractors alike. If you are in the area, be sure to drop by our showroom, which is one of the largest in the Midwest, to see our products, and chat with our friendly staff in person.

Our Online Store: In 2009, we decided to make our product offerings and knowledge available to homeowners and building pros nationwide. TheDeckStoreOnline.com has served thousands of customers, delivering the same high quality products that local customers have come to count on.

Our Founder: Bob Heidenreich is the founder and owner of The Deck Store. With over 40 years of experience building and selling award-winning decks, Bob has earned a reputation as a skilled deck designer and construction craftsman. As a nationally recognized industry expert, Bob also writes a monthly column in the LBM Journal, the leading magazine serving residential construction supply pros. The column provides thoughtful business insights and construction management tips focused on decking and outdoor projects. During Bob’s career, he has created custom deck displays and educated attendees at the International Builders Show in Tokyo, Japan, the International Builders Show held in Las Vegas and Orlando. Bob has designed and built some of these show’s largest deck displays. In short, Bob knows decks!

To Our Friends at NADRA: We at The Deck Store would like to invite all our friends and NADRA members to experience what TheDeckStoreOnline.com has to offer with this special PROMO CODE: http://www.thedeckstoreonline.com/welcome-nadra-members

We are proud to support NADRA and it’s members!

Our Social Media: Our social media channels are a fun way for The Deck Store Crew to interact with our customers and other businesses. We use our social media channels in a different and light hearted way to help promote our brand. You will see that it is more personal, with updates about our employees and our work days. We would love for you to like us one or all of our sites to see all the great things that we do.

facebook.com/TheDeckStoreCrew

instagram.com/TheDeckStoreCrew

twitter.com/TheDeckStore

youtube.com/TheDeckstore

Message From Our Founder: “Everyone at The Deck Store is committed to making sure our online customers – wherever they are – get the same treatment as our local customers. Thank you for trusting us to help you get the right materials for your project!” — Bob Heidenreich, Owner, The Deck Store

Member Name: Jason Durante

Company Name: Durante Home Exteriors

Position: President / Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Irondale, AL

What inspired you to join NADRA? As a deck builder I stand behind the quality of my work. Our decks aren’t just built to code, we exceed industry standards. NADRA represents the same quality and ideals.

When did you first get involved with this industry? 25 years ago

What was the first thing you ever built? A Dog House! It had siding and a shingled roof.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Durante Home Exteriors was established in 2001. I had been working in the industry for many years, and wanted to build a company customers would trust and return to for years to come. Decking, both Composite and Pressure Treated, account for approximately one-tenth of our business and we average 75 decks per year. Durante’s specialty is windows and doors, but my first love is decks!

How do you define success? RESPECT, of my employees, customers and peers.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Do it right the first time!

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Fisherman

A little more about Jason:  My fiancé is Ada.  I have two sons, Joshua and Jacob, a daughter, Dominique, all of whom work with me, plus an adorable granddaughter, Serena and grandson Keaton. I also have a French Bulldog named Titan.
When not working I love to play golf, fish and hike.

Connect with Durante Home Exteriors online:

Website: www.GoDurante.com
Facebook: facebook.com/GoDurante

Your excuses DEBUNKED!

I won’t win. – This might be true, we can’t all be winners. Just like in 1st grade tee ball we learn we’re not all Babe Ruth, but it’s about the experience! Put your work out there, create a buzz with your employees. Did you know just entering a national competition can be positive pr for your company? There are more than 9 categories, including people’s choice award, illumination and unique feature. The competition is about participating in your association and supporting events like this. And just in case you wanted to know, all members get an official participant certificate, that’s right sprinkles aren’t just for winners :).

I don’t have time! What’s that Bon Jovi song? “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Ok, so we don’t really mean that, but come on, we all work hard and bust our humps day in and day out. Now throw in yours kids excessive extracurricular activities, your family functions, and your neighbor’s party for their dog’s first birthday…?! We get it, everyone is pulling you in every direction. But here’s the thing, entering the deck competition is not a long process. 1. Put someone in charge of taking pictures while their already on the job (photographer is even better!) 2. Have someone in the office read and understand the rules, like how to name your files and what size they should be. 3. Dedicate a small amount of time to write up your descriptions.  4. Pull all this info together and you’ve got your 1st entry. Bring your team together, and you will certainly have the time!

What difference can the competition make? A BIG one! Ask fellow members who have won in the years past. The excitement of winning can boost your business in multiple ways. 1. PR creates business; share with your local newspaper, social media and more. 2. A win makes your team feel good. Building and running a company is no small feat. Having National recognition just feels awesome and can be the perfect boost in moral to push through the final months of a busy season. 3. Bragging rights, need we say more?

What’s the bottom line? We want to see what you’re made of! What defines YOU as a professional in the outdoor living industry? What inspires your craftsmanship and years of blood and sweat on the job-site? What sets you apart in your building technique? How does this show in your finished work?

Show us what you’ve got and let’s share it with the industry!

Jenn Zedaker
Membership Coordinator

Member Name: Tom Jacques

Company Name: Hickory Dickory Decks

Position: CEO

Member Category: Builder

Location: Dundas, Ontario, Canada

When did you first get involved with this industry? 1987

What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Hickory Dickory Decks started in 1987 in Hamilton Ontario. Today we operate in over 65 cities with franchises and corporate operated local deck companies. We have specialized in low maintenance decking since it was first made. We build over 90 percent low maintenance decks and have since 1995. In 2017 our company will build over 1,000 custom decks.

How do you define success? Success is spending quality time with family and friends and doing something you love that makes the world a better place.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Build your business and your life living by the Golden rule of treating all people the way you would like to be treated. Pretty simple.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Write or teach.

A little more about Tom:  I am blessed with a loving wife Sue, and 7 great kids. We love spending time together traveling and at the family cottage.

A note from Tom: 

Hello fellow deck builders and deck company owners. Hickory Dickory Decks has been a long standing member of NADRA from it’s very beginning. I think the founding of NADRA has helped get deck builders around the world to start looking at their job as a career and a profession. We create outdoor dining and living rooms where our customers can relax after a hard day, and spend some quality time with family and friends. Just think about all the happiness we have helped spread in each and every backyard. We also provide good, honest, well  paying jobs to thousands upon thousands of men and women not only building and designing and selling our beautiful backyard environments but also supplying and transporting all the material to jobs around the world.

I think this October in Nashville, all professional deck builders should come to the 2017 Deck Expo.  Enjoy a few days away from construction sites and challenging work situations. To  relax with our peers, share some great stories and a cold beverage or two, and congratulate each of us for helping all of our customers to Enjoy Life…Outdoors! See you there.

~ Tom Jacques, President, CEO and Founder of Hickory Dickory Decks.

 

Connect with Hickory Dickory Decks online:

Website: www.Decks.ca
Facebook: Facebook.com/decks.ca