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Contact: Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive VP

 AWPA and ICC Approve New Treated Wood Standards

ICC-ES AC326 - The  ICC final effective date of implementation is July 15, 2016.

Quakertown, PA (February 16th, 2016) Many of you may or may not be aware of the discussions that have been taking place regarding potential changes to Treated Wood Standards moving many structural and critical items to a Ground Contact treatment retention level.

Those New Standards have now passed the AWPA (American Wood Protection Association) and the ICC (International Code Council). The ICC final effective date of implementation is July 15, 2016.

NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers.

This mission includes the promotion of proper deck construction, deck safety and ultimately serving the best interest of the consumer. While the Association is made up of professionals from all industry segments, we are aware that consumers use a significant amount of treated wood in DIY projects. The consumer is usually not knowledgeable enough to be able to know the proper uses for which treated wood product they are buying and therefore misuse and misapplication can occur.

Ground Contact treatment is necessary for physically above-ground material when:

  • Soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
  • There is insufficient ventilation to allow air circulation around the wood
  • Material is installed <6 inches above the ground
  • Material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with any evidence of decay
  • Wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
  • Wood is used in tropical climates
  • The wood is both:
    • Difficult to maintain, repair or replace and
    • Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system

Joists and beams for decks and docks fit both of these final criteria and therefore require Ground Contact treatment. Other Ground Contact applications include Ledgers, Posts, Step Stringers and Decking used at Ground Level and on Walkways.

ICC-ES AC326 Sample Table - The ICC final effective date is July 15, 2016

NADRA looks forward to the implementation of the New Standards as a step forward in the industry to providing those who enjoy Outdoor Living with a better, safer improved product and experience.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding these changes, please fill 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.


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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Join us in Atlanta for NADRA’s Deck Evaluation Class!

Earn your Certification through NADRA on March 8th. 

Properly constructed outdoor living structures, built using quality materials designed for use outdoors and maintained on a consistent yearly basis, can lead to many years of enjoyment. Being professionals in the industry require continued education on these materials and construction practices. You will be positioned to greatly help reduce deck, stair and railing failures – and in doing so, help prevent injuries and save lives.
ASHI Members will earn 4.0 ASHI credits 
This program will allow industry professionals to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. 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. After the program the professional will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:
  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  Ledger Connections
  •  Deck Boards
  •  Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  •  Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  •  Assess hardware or material corrosion
  •  Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures
  • Main Sponsor – $2,500:
    • Top tier logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage and Handouts in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
    • 2 minute Speaking opportunity at event
  • Supporting Sponsor – $750:
    • Logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
COST: For Deck Evaluation class and certification testing:
  • Attend class with no certification testing – FREE – Register HERE
  • Current NADRA Member – $99.00 for Certification Testing
  • Current ASHI Members – $199.00 for Certification Testing (includes one year of NADRA Membership Plus earn 4.0 ASHI Credits)
  • NADRA Membership for Builder/Contractor – $449.00 (includes NADRA membership and certification testing)
  • Non-Members – $499.00 for Certification Testing
  • Register HERE
What to Bring: 
Agenda: Please arrive promptly
  • Noon -12:15: Michael Beaudry – NADRA’s mission
  • 12:15 – 4:15: Jim Mailey – Seminar (short break included)
  • 4:15: Testing for those earning their certification
  • 4:30 – 5:00: Expo Visit
  • 5:00: Southeast Region of NADRA Meeting
Attend the Show! Use Promo Code “NADRA2016″ & get FREE entry on the showroom floor. Register  HERE for the show. Register HERE for education, networking event and sponsorship opportunities.

Our favorite time of the year is upon us which means that the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA gets to have our annual Christmas party.  It is always the highlight of the year which brings our biggest group, with many guest and spouses also in attendance.

This years meeting was held at Maggianos at the Cumberland Mall.  With almost 80 registered guests, the evening started with some socializing and catching up on the events since our last meeting.  A motion was made and passed to postpone the reading of the minutes and chapter business until our next meeting.

After a delicious three course family style Italian dinner our guest speaker entertained for the evening.  Scott Mawdelsy with 12Stone church delivered a very moving talk on living your life from the Inside Out.  It was the perfect topic with a new year around the corner.  Each person in attendance was able to think about how they can improve in their leadership and life as they set goals for next year.

To close the meeting we gave out a few awards and recognition.  Three of our four past presidents were in attendance and were thanked for their leadership and service.  Also chapter leadership awards were given to our outgoing board to Greg Mizerak, Ginny Tibbets, Mike Reasons and James Gunning.  Two new awards were given out as well this year.  The first ever Ginny Tibbets Award was given to Ginny for her many years of selfless service to the chapter along with a Founders Award to John Lea for his behind the scenes leadership and service.

Those who dared closed the evening on the dance floor thanks to our DJ who was playing great music all night to set the mood for the event.  The annual Christmas party is always one of the best ways socialize and spend time with vendors, competitors and friends.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – March 8th at the BRExpo show at the Cobb Gallerian Centre, Atlanta, GA where our main focus will be on education.

Respectfully Submitted

Mike Reasons

Atlanta Chapter President


Leading Internet Lumber Company Purchases One of the Largest Lumber Mills in Northern Brazil

Sarasota, FL – November 12, 2015 AdvantageLumber.com has just completed the purchase of one of the largest hardwood lumber factories in Northern Brazil.  Advantage has operated in the South American lumber supply chain for over 20 years, dealing with flooring, lumber and hardwood decking such as Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Massaranduba, as well as a variety of other hardwood species.

The company’s new Brazilian facility produces a variety of responsibly harvested products such as hardwood Decking, Flooring, Deck Tiles, and cabinet grade Hardwood Lumber.  The facility has over 130,000 sq ft of warehouse and production space, with dry Kilns that have a capacity of more than 500,000 board feet of lumber per kiln load.  The factory is currently being retooled with top notch European machinery and vast improvements are being made for the facilities targeted 140 person workforce.  The factory is to be FSC certified with three production lines capable of an annual production of 3 Million square feet of hardwood flooring, 5 million square feet of decking, 2 million square feet of deck tiles, and 7 million board feet of cabinet grade hardwood lumber.

The new facility should surely prove to be a game changer for the hardwood lumber marketplace as Advantage will directly control the supply chain from the forest to the jobsite.  This will allow Advantage to offer even better selection, quality, and volume pricing.  Purchasing the new facility was seen as the most viable growth option for the company as ensuring the legitimacy of lumber permits, paperwork, and sustainable harvest continues to be a hurdle that some lumber companies fail to properly plan for.  Advantage says that having daily control at the point of lumber origin is essential to complying with the Lacey Act as well as maintaining its strong reputation in the marketplace. The company thrives at providing high quality lumber material that is not only legally sourced but also produced in a manner that strengthens the health of the forest through selective culling and promotes the quality of life for the workers and indigenous population.  The facility is currently being upgraded and renovated to provide workers with a safe and comfortable workplace, equivalent to US and European factory standards.

Advantage has raised employee salaries at its Brazilian facility in an effort to obtain the highest qualified persons for each position in the mill.  Robert Pelc, company founder and President of AdvantageLumber.com proudly stated “ Substantially raising salaries for factory workers helps improve product quality, company moral, and the employees standard of living.  But even more importantly it is the morally correct thing to do.  If the company can afford it, then just do it.  The results are quickly seen in the product quality and on the faces of the employees working in the factory.  It is pretty amazing that even though we are not a huge fortune 500 company, we still have the ability to instantly help change the lives of a struggling community.”

About AdvantageLumber.com

As one of the first to sell hardwood lumber and decking online, Advantage Trim & Lumber Company has become the leading supplier of sustainably harvested hardwood decking, flooring, and lumber. For over 20 years, AdvantageLumber.com has serviced the decking industry and shipped direct too job sites throughout the United States and the world. With over 680,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Advantage Trim & Lumber Company produces decking, hardwood flooring, deck tiles, hardwood lumber, and certified FSC wood. AdvantageLumber.com also has company owned manufacturing facilities in Buffalo NY, Grover NC, Santa Fe Springs CA, Sarasota FL, and Belem Brazil. Advantage has had double digit growth every year since inception, and continues to grow as the company expands in the lumber world.

Pictures of the new mill can be found at http://www.advantagelumber.com/tourBRAZIL.htm

Media Contact:

Dan Ivancic



Title: Revisions for 2018 IRC

If you have specific questions, comments or concerns let us know by filling out the form found below:

Below are 2 documents from the Deck Code Coalition, which contains a detailed list of each item they are recommending for revision with the 2018 IRC with comments and highlights in the “ICC Format”, as well as a “clean” copy of the rewritten code sections with the updates included.

Please note that these documents are still “under construction”, and further revisions and improvements to wording should be included. However, the DCC has offered to share this preliminary information with NADRA members in an effort to build broader agreement and unity in how we are working to improve the code we all work under.

Composite Changes

R507 Rewrite

If you have specific questions, comments or concerns let us know by filling out a form found HERE

Thank You,
Matt Breyer
NADRA’s chair for our Code & Education Committee


October 13th, 2015 (For Immediate release)

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Specialty LBM Holdings of South Carolina acquires Palmetto Tile and Stone; re-works DECKSTORE’s overall look and website.

Specialty LBM holdings and our subsidiaries including DECKSTORE of SC, are committed to competitive growth and excellence in the building materials industry and so it is with great pleasure to announce the acquisition of The Palmetto Tile and Stone Company and the initiative to revitalize the look of DECKSTORE. Previously known as “Floored” on Haywood Rd, and a leader in product selection in the local Greenville market, Palmetto Tile offers a full line of ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, mosaic, and other tile products from floor to finish. Product lines include all brands of flat lay products and mosaics. Additionally, Palmetto will begin to offer customers the full system with the addition of bonding materials and underlayment materials to round out its offerings.

In the coming weeks, The Palmetto Tile and Stone Company will undergo a facility move and realignment of product categories and choices, as well as a full overhaul of ordering systems and inventory control. Customers shall enjoy a more streamlined approach to purchasing from Palmetto Tile. The company will be combined within the retail space located with DECKSTORE on East Standing Springs Rd in Simpsonville, and many of the Palmetto Tile products will be featured on the soon to be released Deckstoresc.com eCommerce website. Shoppers will enjoy a clean, well designed online experience and will be able to will-call or have shipped, orders placed on the online system. Current customers with open accounts at DECKSTORE will be able to extend purchases of Palmetto Tile products under the same accounts giving a greater ease in purchasing for our remodeling and tradesman customers. With an all new management and sales team for Palmetto Tile, customers will enjoy changes and a more customer driven performance, while maintaining the vast and eclectic selection previously featured by Palmetto Tile and Stone.

At the same time, DECKSTORE is making changes to its facility including a general clean-up, removal of the obstructive fence around the property, and additions of more products including storage buildings, swing-sets, and outdoor structures. The goal is to make a more enjoyable complete purchasing atmosphere for our homeowner customers, as well as our tradesman customers. The new Deckstoresc.com website is due to launch by year end with a complete product offering including nationwide shipping on most products. We are truly excited about this acquisition and extension of DECKSTORE of SC.

David Elenbaum CEO / Specialty LBM Holdings of SC, LLC



Edie Kello

Director of Marketing Communications

Phone: 704-463-2971

Email: ediek@fiberondecking.com

Fiberon leads high-performance decking industry in WUI-approved boards

 Fiberon ProTect Advantage FR Decking and Paramount PVC Decking meet strict California fire codes, offer exceptional warranties and aesthetics

NEW LONDON, N.C., (September 15, 2015) – Architects, builders, and homeowners: Fiberon® now offers two outstanding wood-alternative decking options for use in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. Fiberon ProTect Advantage® FR capped wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking and Fiberon Paramount PVC Decking meet strict California fire codes, as well as offer exceptional aesthetics and industry-leading warranties. No other composite decking manufacturer can make this claim.

Fiberon ProTect Advantage FR capped WPC decking meets the requirements of the California SFM 12-7A-4 Part A for use in all WUI zones. ProTect Advantage is:

  • Backed by a residential 25-year limited performance and 25-year stain and fade warranty. (Commercial warranty available for qualifying projects.)
  • Capped on three sides with a patent-pending, PermaTech® surface material.
  • Available in a flat-bottom design in square and grooved profiles.

Paramount PVC Decking meets the requirements of the CA SFM 12-7A-4 Part A and Part B for use in all WUI zones and San Diego County. Paramount is:

  • Backed by a residential lifetime limited residential warranty. (Commercial warranty available for qualifying projects.)
  • Available in a flat-bottom design in square and grooved profiles.
  • Highly resistant to moisture and mold, making it ideal for waterside applications.

Only Fiberon offers decking in both categories that meets these strict fire codes, giving Fiberon the strongest WUI position in composite decking. Tests were conducted in accordance with the requirements defined in the 2010 California Building Code, Chapter 7A (CSFM 12-7A-4), Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure – Decking. The California state requirement is the International Residential Code (IRC), which requires a Flame Spread Index (FSI) of Class C or better.


 About Fiberon

Fiberon is a leading manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, and fencing products available around the globe. Through cutting-edge, American-based manufacturing, Fiberon has created new benchmarks for innovation in outdoor living products. The company is a leader in sustainable practices, with innovative manufacturing processes that capture 98.5% of waste materials, and divert 50,000 tons of wood and plastic from landfills each year. Fiberon, a proud sponsor of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), is privately owned with operations in North Carolina and Idaho. For more information, visit www.fiberondecking.com and follow Fiberon on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

Contact:  Elizabeth Bacheson



Window of Opportunity: Deceuninck North America Launches Commercial Support Program for Fabricators

Deceuninck North America is thinking outside of the house with a new support program designed to connect fabricators with the commercial design, specification, construction and renovation markets. “Deceuninck Commercial” is an integrated fabricator member program comprised of technical, engineering, marketing and sales support that helps fabricators take advantage of commercial opportunities.

“For decades, Deceuninck North America has developed residential platforms that lead the industry in terms of innovation, design and sustainability,” said Filip Geeraert, president and CEO of Deceuninck North America. “Now, the push for thermal performance and sustainability in commercial fenestration has created a new and growing opportunity for leading-edge PVC window products developed for the commercial marketplace.”

Deceuninck’s line of products includes solutions that can be customized to uniquely enhance any commercial building project—with minimal maintenance. The company’s architectural PVC delivers energy-efficient windows and doors at a low cost while exceeding material standards for strength and color retention established by the American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association (AAMA). Deceuninck’s comprehensive ICON™ Windows & Doors series and the innovative Revolution Tilt & Turn® line offer “good, better and best” options that make it easy to select the right product based on performance ratings.

“Architects, developers and engineers are designing the most energy- and cost-efficient buildings we’ve seen yet,” Geeraert said. “As they look toward innovating and improving the way our structures operate, so does Deceuninck North America.”

Deceuninck Commercial offers three levels of support, providing the right solution for virtually every fabricator:

  • Commercial PRO

The PRO program is open to all registered Deceuninck fabricators, providing access to important information on Deceuninck designs, commercial product options, a dedicated website, and tools and tactics to help plan and manage operational details.

  • Commercial ALLIANCE

The first requirement of ALLIANCE membership is Deceuninck 5-Star Certification. This performance-based training, design, fabrication and sales certification system assures the industry that ALLIANCE members are uniquely qualified to market, quote, manufacture and manage commercial fenestration projects at an exceptionally high level of competence and customer satisfaction. This exclusive membership level includes access to business-critical tools such as Dodge Data & Analytics lead generation and AIA CEU participation.

  • Commercial PLUS

When extra support, testing and engineering service is at a premium, Deceuninck fabricators can add the PLUS series of services, including engineering, technical and distribution support.

For more information about Deceuninck Commercial, fabricators may email support@deceuninck-info.com or call 877-563-4251.

About Deceuninck

Deceuninck North America, LLC is part of the Deceuninck Group, an integrated global organization specializing in compounding, tool fabrication, design, development, extrusion, finishing of uPVC window systems and composite applications for the building industry. Deceuninck employs 3,400 people in 25 countries. Deceuninck has production facilities in Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, UK and US. Deceuninck sales in 2014 were € 552.8 million (with a net positive result of € 10.5 million), approximately $608.08 million USD. In 2014, Deceuninck strengthened its top 3 market position through the acquisition of ‘Pimapen,’ the most recognized brand for PVC windows in Turkey adding approximately $75 million of annual sales. Deceuninck North America encompasses fully-integrated design, compounding, tooling, extrusion and quality assurance disciplines for the production of vinyl window and door systems and decking/railing applications for the building industry at its corporate headquarters in Monroe, Ohio.  For more information, please visit www.DeceuninckNA.com.


NADRA Consumer Product Awareness Charter Update

By: David Elenbaum, NADRA National Director




Decking Industry Pros:
As you all know me, I’ll promise to cut right to the chase and tell you what I’m thinking without adding time consuming pleasantries,

Previously and at my request, Michael Beaudry sent you a letter and presentation on our CPAC program concept (If you can’t find it, let us know). In that letter and presentation there were details of how the CPAC program will take shape and why it is important to our industry. This program stems from a basic discussion at a Principia Conference involving standardizing test protocols. During this discussion, I took on the challenge along with NADRA’s help to begin to develop this program into what it is today. It’s not rocket science, it simply takes what you are doing already, steamlines it for you, put’s it into a nifty program with a big fat rubber stamp from your industry, and allows your customers to see that you are responsible.

As an outdoor living contractor and owner of a retail building supply, I have an understanding of the need to have this program. Guys, when it comes down to your products, there is no program that certifies what you tell us about them is true. There is no way of knowing that the product has met the specs, and there is no way of knowing if what we are repeating to our customer is factual information. I am not implying that anyone here is lying about board performance or test data, but let’s say someone was. How would that have an effect on my business? On yours? On our industry? It has happened before, and all of you have reps who say the other guys stuff is crap because of this, this, and that….. It’s time for those days to end.

Over the years, we have seen a multitude of product enter the industry and fail. We have seen a multitude of “garage extruders” make up their own rules and compete. I have seen decking that came apart, disintegrated, faded to white, or just plain looks like garbage after a few years. All those companies promised me that they had a good product and have good test data. And, yes, I am seeing this today in capstocks.

I am asking YOU to help us. To help yourselves. My committee needs money to get this program off the ground. We need it to pay for Jeri and her work, to prepare the materials to boost the program, to set up the process. Guys, WE (you and us) need this program. Please don’t wait to see who’s in before committing, please help pull the rope and get on board now. I have already pledged money and have pumped time into this over the past 3 years.

I am asking this of you not only as a friend, an industry colleague, or expert in the industry. I am asking this of you as a customer, and most of all, a responsible deck builder.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or to discuss your role in the committee and program. If you are not the right person, tell me who is and I’ll beat their door down. We are going to have a meeting at Deck Expo about this as well. Information will be shared with you so you may attend.

Now you can see why I normally ask Michael to speak for me. He softens it a bit.

Thanks Guys,

David Elenbaum



Screw Products, Inc.




 Rick Pully Joins Screw Products as Vice President of Sales 

Gig Harbor, WA,  - Rick Pully has joined Screw Products, Inc. as Vice President of Sales.  He is responsible for strengthening ties and developing new business among the country’s distributors as well as establishing sales strategies and objectives with the company’s national network of independent representatives.

Prior to joining Screw Products, Pully spent the past 14 years in construction specialty fastening with Illinois Tool Works.  Jim Miller, President and CEO of Screw Products, Inc., says, “Rick possesses a deep understanding of the industry as well as the needs of our many and varied customers. He will be a valued and knowledgeable asset to our staff, territorial sales agents and clients as we expand our brand throughout the nation and more extensively into the international marketplace. ”

Screw Products, Inc. offers the ultimate interior and exterior fastening solutions for deck, construction lags, general purpose, drywall, cabinetry and finish work.  Screw Products, Inc. also provides, DeckLok and RailLok, the ultimate patented lateral anchoring systems with newly updated ICC approvals.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact William Chelak at 732-541-8471or wchelak@scstrategeis.net.