Is Your Business Prepared for Deck Safety Month®?

May is Deck Safety Month®

Did you know that NADRA provides members a plethora of FREE marketing materials for this annual deck safety initiative? They are available now in the members section of NADRA.org. *Only current members of NADRA have access to these marketing tools. If you think your membership is expired, please take care of your renewal online.

Join NADRA in promoting Deck Safety Month® by Becoming an Official Deck Safety Ambassador! 

If you are interested in becoming an official “Deck Safety Ambassador”, sponsorship opportunities are available now to become an official sponsor / ambassador. Follow this link to learn more about this opportunity.

*Please be sure to forward this email to your marketing and public relations departments. The NADRA website is NEW! If you haven’t been to the site in a while, be sure to hit your refresh button and delete your cache!

Here is what you will find in the members section:

  • Deck Safety Month® Press Release Templates
  • Deck Safety Month® and Check Your Deck® Logos
  • NADRA 10-Point Consumer Checklist
  • Customizable Banners for you to place on your website
  • Customizable Graphics (sized according to social network) to use on Facebook and Twitter during the month of May (over 30 visual graphics!) 
  • Quick links to all the tools you need to market the deck safety program to your customers and prospects
  • Even more updates will be added in the next week!

***Over the next several days, we will be adding a few items to this list, so be sure to hit the refresh button from time to time to see what we’ve added to the toolkit. 

We will be sending several emails starting now and throughout May. As a member of NADRA, you will receive a copy of all of these communications. You are welcome to use these emails and communications to promote your own deck safety initiatives and ads to your family, friends, fans and clients. 

As a reminder, always use the registered trademark ® symbol when using the phrases “Deck Safety Month” and “Check Your Deck”.

*If you forget your member ID and Password, please call us at: 215-679-4884, or send an email to: Info@NADRA.org

Click the banner above to access the toolkit
Click the banner above to sign up for a customized toolkit

Worthy of a mention: Over the years, we have found that many of our members want to utilize this plethora of marketing materials, but they do not have the manpower to customize it. As a marketing service, there are 2 packages available for current members of NADRA to choose from:

$799 Package Includes: 

  • Customized press release (with your logo, image, quotes and contact info) 
  • Deck safety flyer (with your logo, images and contact info)
  • Customized social media graphics for Twitter, Facebook & Instagram (with your logo, images and contact info).
  • Customized deck safety HD 720p video – (includes your logo, product / project images, contact info, tag-lines, etc)

$499 Package Includes: 

  • Customized press release (with your logo, image, quotes and contact info) 
  • Deck safety flyer (with your logo, images and contact info)
  • Customized social media graphics for Twitter, Facebook & Instagram (with your logo, images and contact info).

Sign up today to get started. ***Please don’t wait to sign up. Many members have ordered their customized marketing toolkits. The team will need time to put this together for you. Click here for more info. 

Atlantis Rail’s new lighting option

The Micro Star™ LED Light Bar Illuminates Atlantis Rail’s Cable Railing Systems

Contact:Carey Hicks
Telephone:(508) 732-1025
Email:carey@atlantisrail.com
Website: www.atlantisrail.com

Plymouth, MA, April 11, 2019– Atlantis Rail has expanded their line of Micro Star™ LED lights to include an LED light bar.  This product fits neatly under a flat handrail and is compatible with Atlantis Rail’s railing systems, including the Spectrum and NOVA II cable railing systems.  The Micro Star™ LED Light Bar is both a functional and creative lighting alternative with a variety of interior or exterior lighting applications.

The Micro Star™ LED Light Bar features a flexible LED light strip of natural white LED lights set into a powder-coated aluminum channel with a clear plastic lens. It is ideal for mounting to the underside of flat handrails for surface illumination. The light bar is available in lengths of 18”, 30” and 42” and with channel color options of black, bronze, metallic silver and white. Each kit comes with the lens, LED strip, aluminum channel and fasteners. Male/female screw connectors make installation quick and easy. The LED light bar is compatible with Atlantis Rail’s Micro Star™ wiring harnesses and transformers.

Atlantis Rail’ new Micro Star™ LED Light Bar

Atlantis Rail Systems manufactures cable railings, glass railings and railing accessories through a network of value-added distributors and dealers located throughout the United States and internationally.  Please contact an Atlantis Rail Sales Representative to find a dealer near you or visit the Dealer Locator on the Atlantis Rail website. To learn more about Atlantis Rail’s line of railing systems and accessories, please visit www.atlantisrail.com or call (508) 732-9191.

Atlantis Rail Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium stainless steel and aluminum cable and glass railing systems.  Their prefabricated, modular railing systems are designed for assembly using a collection of patented railing fittings and components to allow for easy installation at a low cost.  Their systems are ideal for commercial and residential, indoor and outdoor applications.

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NADRA Code Challenge

April 11th, 2019: By Judy Verblaauw

The Challenge is on! Let’s Go NADRA Members!!! 

During the last Southeast regional meeting, Glenn Mathewson spoke about the code changes that have been proposed and what it could mean for our industry.  At the Northeast regional meeting, Bruce Verblaauw discussed the same things.  After these meetings, Decks by Kiefer, a NADRA Builder member from New Jersey, decided to challenge all other members to meet or beat his contribution of $500 to the code initiative

All contributors will receive the official 2019 NADRA “Power of One” Ambassador logo for their marketing use & will receive a shoutout on the official fundraising page.

Special thank you to the following NADRA members for contributing: 

  • NADRA Builder Member, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, Deck and Basement Company
  • NADRA Builder Member, O’Keefe Built, Inc. 
  • NADRA Builder Member, Titan Building Products
  • NADRA Builder Member, Back to Nature Decks
  • NADRA Builder Member, Casey Fence and Deck
  • NADRA Distributor Member, Excelsior Lumber
  • NADRA Manufacturer Member, HDG Engineered Products
  • NADRA Manufacturer Member, TREX
  • NADRA Builder Member, Decks by Kiefer
  • NADRA Builder Member, DeckRemodelers.com

Stand up and help support NADRA’s efforts.  Click here to learn more and add your “2 cents” to this great cause. On this page, you will also see links for all official code updates from Glenn Mathewson.

The proposals for the creation of the 2021 IRC have been released for review and can be viewed HERE

NADRA Code Update

March, 2019

The Deck Future in the Making, By Glenn Mathewson

Professionals are now planning and strategizing their proponent and opponent testimonies for delivery at the Committee Action Hearing in Albuquerque the first week of May.  NADRA will be proudly supporting nine proposals that came together through the effort and contribution of many professionals and organizations from a variety of backgrounds, and are thus the kind of ideas that NADRA was proud to cosponsor.  For a building code to honestly and respectfully represent a civilization, the whole civilization should be invited to their creation.

NADRA invites all those with interest in deck codes to share and contribute together with us and those we work with. We strongly believe that is path to the most appropriate, minimum standard.

Here are your 2021 IRC deck-related code proposals and a simple summary:

RB50-19: Increase minimum design load for decks from 40 psf to 60 psf.  This is the proposal the decking industry must pay the greatest attention to.  It raises the minimum required design load from 40 psf, as it has been for all of time, to 60 psf.  Whether you agree with this or not, the proposal did not include any new prescriptive design tables to accommodate the increase.  Rather, they added a footnote that the 70 PSF SNOW LOAD table must be used. Ironically…this table does not yet exist. It only exists in the DCC/NADRA proposal that offers expanded design tables for regions with greater snow loads, such as 50, 60 & 70 psf.

Our proposal was intended to allow the IRC to be used for design in the few pockets of the country with large snow loads.  RB50-19 takes the largest of those snow loads AND APPLIES IT TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.  Florida would be building decks as they are built in the Rocky Mountains.  Denver would be building decks equivalent to the live load combined with the snow load.  When is the last time you had people shoulder to shoulder on a deck with multiple feet of snow?

The second proposal that appears to have the greatest impact on the decking industry is RB106-19.  This proposals offers new prescriptive requirements for deck stair construction, including the minimum remaining cut of stringers, number of stringers, securing and bearing area, and maximum span of stringers.  The remaining proposals certainly need our review and I believe can certainly use our contribution, whether in support or in opposition—with included constructive criticism.

These remaining proposals have some effect on the decking industry, and should be reviewed by the industry.  I will be providing my recommendations to NADRA, but now is the time for YOU to speak up. Do you support these proposals? …Do you not?  Are you going to do anything with that opinion?…Or will you not?

RB20-19:  New definition for a “porch” including specifics regarding its separation from the dwelling and conditioning of the space.

RB59-19:  Requirement to extend the fire-resistance rated wall that separates townhomes to a height of 8 feet above a rooftop deck.

RB97-19:  New limitations and requirements for emergency escape and rescue opening covers.

  • Could prohibit extension and termination of window wells up to deck levels
  • Requires cover to remain open upon opening
  • Limits weight of cover to 25 lb.

RB99-19: Requires the minimum 36-inch high path under a deck from an escape opening to now also be a minimum of 36 inches wide.

RB105-19 & 106-19:  Clarifies that only stairs and ramps connected to a building, porch, or deck must comply with code.

RB112-19: Reduces the maximum stair rise from 7 ¾ inches to 7 inches and increases the minimum tread depth from 10 inches to 11 inches.

RB113-19:  Allows an exterior stair landing that is also critical to water drainage to slope up to 1:48 from the previous ¼:48 limit.

RB114-19:  Allows a continuous handrail to be interrupted or offset by up to 6 inches and still be considered continuous.

RB116-19: Removes all provisions regarding stairway geometry and references an NFPA document for the requirements.

RB118-19: Removes reference to “walking surfaces” for required guards and replaces with the term “floors”

RB119-19: Requires ALL guards to be a minimum of 36 inches high.  Currently only “required” guards must be this high.

RB136-19: Removes the provision that requires the building official to determine if local experience demonstrates a need for decay resistances of deck framing and replaces it with a direct requirement for decay resistance where the deck is not protected from the weather.

RB192-19: Expands the allowable band joist material for ledger connections from specific species to any code-compliant engineered wood rim board.

If you are in the decking industry, we need your help.  The ideas are being discussed and the rules are being made.  You shouldn’t stand on the sidelines any longer. We need you in the game. There are two ways you can help in a big way:

1. Offer your monetary support: To contribute to the fundraising initiative, follow this link here to see what our goal and how the funds are being used to keep this effort moving forward.

2. Offer your time: To volunteer time, please email Info@NADRA.org and we will work with you and the code committee to see how we can best utilize your skills – most likely, helping to review the proposals in March.

The proposals for the creation of the 2021 IRC have been released for review and can be viewed HERE.

29 New NADRA Members Participate in Deck Evaluation / Inspection Certification Class at JLC Live in New England

“It was great to see so many industry professionals attending this weeks NADRA deck evaluation certification class at JLC Live in Providence Rhode Island.

Home inspectors, pro deck-builders, engineers and architects, coming together to gain the comprehensive knowledge of proper deck inspection.

With Deck Safety Month® right around the corner in May, we want to congratulate these new members who will be out in the field making a difference in deck safety & our industry.” ~ Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive VP

About the class: NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

This event is open to all industry professionals including, but not limited to: Inspectors, builders, contractors, remodelers, architects, designers, students, manufacturers, distributors, sales representatives and more.

If you are interested in hosting this class in your town, please contact NADRA today by emailing headquarters at Info@NADRA.org.

The NADRA Deck Evaluation / Inspection Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist the ASHI home inspector & industry professionals the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

ABOUT JIM MAILEY, INSTRUCTOR:

Jim is the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic training specialist for Simpson Strong-Tie.

Jim is considered an expert in safe, outdoor wood deck construction and is an advisor on structural issues for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 1992, Jim has given over 500 workshops and seminars to more than 35,000 design professionals, building officials, home inspectors, builders, contractors and dealers.

He has developed numerous programs designed to educate industry professionals about how to install Simpson Strong-Tie® products as well as how structural products meet various building code requirements and safety standards.

He has been doing education to home inspectors since 1998 and was the 1st person to provide a complete program on what to look for on a deck to home inspectors at InspectionWorld in New Orleans in 2008. Additionally, he was the 1st person to provide deck education to contractors for NADRA.

He has written articles about deck safety for the ASHI Reporter and NAHI Forum home inspector publications and has written for ThisIsCarpentry about deck construction. He has been quoted in numerous contractor magazines and internet articles about deck safety.

In 2018, Jim Mailey was the recipient of the Terry Award in honor of his extraordinary dedication & unwavering commitment to creating and driving deck safety awareness across North America and beyond.

Jim earned a B.A. in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania



Successful Southeast NADRA Meeting

The Springtime NADRA event was an overwhelming success. Held at Six Bridges Brewing in Johns Creek, Georgia, some 50-60 industry professionals gathered for a great Monday night kickoff into what promises to be an exciting year for everyone. It was great seeing so many familiar faces all in one place, and encouraging to see a handful of first-time attendees!

Our guest speaker was Glenn Mathewson, who generously gave of his time to share with us the importance of staying engaged with the ever-changing deck code. Afterwards, he made himself available to anyone who had questions or concerns, providing great insight from an insider’s perspective on the goings-on in code development.

We were thrilled to see such a good turnout, and are excited to get together again soon!

I’m was so excited to be the guest speaker for the Southeast NADRA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. My job was to get these deck professionals pumped up for my representation of the decking industry this year for the development of the 2021 IRC. Your voices are critical to development of the codes of their industry, and you need to know your value in safeguarding the public with the most appropriate and economical standards to preserve safety and American freedom. I’m so proud to carry your voice this year. There is incredible knowledge from the trenches that must be included in code development.

We spoke a bit about NADRA education and the code fundraising initiative. 

Special thank you to the following NADRA members for contributing to the 2019 Code Initiative:

  • NADRA Builder Member, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, Deck and Basement Company
  • NADRA Builder Member, O’Keefe Built, Inc. 
  • NADRA Builder Member, Titan Building Products
  • NADRA Builder Member, Back to Nature Decks
  • NADRA Builder Member, Casey Fence and Deck
  • NADRA Distributor Member, Excelsior Lumber
  • NADRA Manufacturer Member, HDG Engineered Products
  • NADRA Manufacturer Members, TREX
  • NADRA Builder Members, Decks by Kiefer
  • NADRA Builder Member, DeckRemodelers.com

To learn more about NADRA’s initiative in code, or to make a contribution today, please visit the fundraising and updates page HERE.

Successful Northeast NADRA Meeting

First of all, we would like to thank Trex for sponsoring the Northeast NADRA meeting at the Chimney Rock Inn in Flemington, NJ last Tuesday evening.  We had a really great turnout and there were many new faces in the room.  It was great to connect with all of our fellow members and getting to meet the first time guests.  We also spoke a bit about NADRA education and the code initiative.  We received one contribution for the code initiative last night at the meeting & one after the event the following day. We are hoping for more to follow!  One member who donated is hoping to start a challenge to see who else will match his donation! Further down the page is a list of the NADRA member that have contributed to our code fundraising initiative.

“Trex would like to thank NADRA for the opportunity to sponsor their meeting in New Jersey last week. The overwhelming support from both NADRA and all of its members was greatly appreciated and is a testimony to the partnership we share, We are looking forward to a great decking season in 2019. Thank you!”

Tim Schlosser, Trex District Manager

Special thank you to the following NADRA members for contributing to the 2019 Code Initiative: In bold are NADRA members from New Jersey & Pennsylvania:

  • NADRA Builder Member, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, Deck and Basement Company
  • NADRA Builder Member, O’Keefe Built, Inc. 
  • NADRA Builder Member, Titan Building Products
  • NADRA Builder Member, Back to Nature Decks
  • NADRA Builder Member, Casey Fence and Deck
  • NADRA Distributor Member, Excelsior Lumber
  • NADRA Manufacturer Member, HDG Engineered Products
  • NADRA Manufacturer Members, TREX
  • NADRA Builder Members, Decks by Kiefer
  • NADRA Builder Member, DeckRemodelers.com

To learn more about NADRA’s initiative in code, or to make a contribution today, please visit the fundraising and updates page HERE.

Call for 2019 Deck Safety Ambassadors

Deadline: April 30th, 2019

May is Deck Safety Month®

Join NADRA in promoting Deck Safety Month by becoming an official Deck Safety Ambassador! Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Partner Levels are available from $350 to the $3,000 top tier sponsor! Click the “Become a Sponsor!” button to sign up & receive your 2019 Deck Safety Ambassador Logo. Benefit packages are also highlighted within this link. Customized Deck Safety Toolkits are also back again this year. Follow the link to learn more. Please email Info@NADRA.org with any questions. 

*You must be a current member of NADRA to participate. 

Perma-Column® deck posts awarded ICC certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: 
Mark A. Stover, Perma-Column LLC
PHONE: (260) 622-7190
EMAIL: Mark.Stover@permacolumn.com

OSSIAN, Indiana — February 25, 2019 – Perma-Column LLC today announced that its signature line of deck posts has been certified by the International Code Council as complying with international building codes. Certification from ICC, the authority on building code compliance, means builders can more quickly attain approvals and permits while customers gain a greater trust in Perma-Column® deck posts.

Indiana-based Perma-Column developed its patented design to address the industrywide problem of rotting wood posts in foundation systems. Wood is elevated out of the ground via a steel bracket atop a precast concrete foundational pier. The design benefits builders by eliminating the hassles of pouring concrete on the job site, making deck construction quicker and more efficient. Perma-Column® deck posts, which are guaranteed for life, are three times stronger than standard concrete, providing a permanent solution for long-lasting decks.

“This certification confirms our efforts to provide the highest-quality product to the deck builder,” says Mark A. Stover, Perma-Column president. “Obtaining an ICC certificate of compliance is not easy. A manufacturer must be willing and able to invest significant time and resources during the approval process. This is the best way to ensure the quality of our product and shows how dedicated we are to being an industry leader. Builders can work with the confidence that our deck products will meet national and international code requirements.”

Find more information about Perma-Column® deck posts and the complete ICC Evaluation Service certification report at www.permacolumn.com/products/deck-posts.

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VISTA RAILING SYSTEMS INC. ADDS DISTRIBUTOR IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Capital Lumber Strengthens and Expands the VISTA™ Distribution Network

MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 18th, 2019 – Vista Railing Systems Inc., the market leader in exterior railing products that are both stylish & simple, is expanding its distribution network with the addition of Capital Lumber’s Salt Lake City branch. This relationship represents significant growth potential for each company in a significant railing market.

“Capital Lumber is a very well-known and respected distributor”, said Erik Flick, VP of Business Development, Vista Railing Systems Inc. “They have long-standing, strong relationships in the marketplace and have been trusted by their dealers to provide products and service since 1948. We are very excited to be working with them to provide our premium quality aluminum, cable, glass and wood railing products to their dealer network across Utah, Idaho and parts of Wyoming.”

Founded in 1948, Capital is a privately held Arizona Corporation, with eight regional distribution facilities geographically focused in the West that offers sales, market development, inventory management and distribution services within the building materials industry.  The company’s aim is to be responsive to the unique needs of manufacturers and dealers, deliver customized solutions and assist in market demand.

 “We are excited to distribute the Vista Railing product line from our Salt Lake City branch”, said Matt Page, Sales Manager for Capital Lumber. “They have premium railing products that are ideal for our customers. Product is in stock in our warehouse and readily available for the market. We look forward to a long-term, successful relationship with Vista.”

About Vista Railing Systems, Inc.

Since 1974, Vista Railing Systems Inc., has been a market leader in premium exterior railing systems. At Vista, we believe our railings create amazing spaces that inspire people to connect. Whether it is a backyard get together with friends, just the two of you sipping a fresh cup of coffee on an early morning, or a birthday party for your children, our railings create the perfect space. Through design-forward thinking that embraces simplicity, our stylish railings can be enjoyed with every home.

VISTA™ designs, engineers, tests and manufactures premium quality railings in aluminum, glass, mixed materials, and wood…all through the lens of style and simplicity.

For any additional information, please contact Rob Mitchell, President & CEO, Vista Railing Systems Inc. Email: rob@vistarailings.com