NADRA is pleased to introduce the NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Awareness Charter) program.

Dear NADRA Member,

As we have seen in many other industries, when consumers lack confidence due to some “bad eggs” the government often steps in to impose regulations.  The increasing media attention on frequent deck/balcony failures and increased deck code development programs point to and support an inherent lack of consumer and distributor confidence.

As “the independent”, association for the deck and railing industry, NADRA stands as an impartial advocate for our industry, and its consumers. Our reputation and unique position demanded we develop a “Consumer Awareness” program that would allow our industry leaders to help self-regulate our products through standardized testing protocols supported by independent external verification.

The program we have developed (supported by our team of technical advisors) over the last 5 years ensures you, our stakeholders can be directly involved in policing our industry to reduce and remove inferior products while establishing validation for quality decking manufacturers.  Additionally, it will finally give all of us an independent tool when interfacing with our consumers to aid in eliminating purchase anxiety and unrealistic consumer expectations that so often create the negative social media backlash, warranty claims, and the legal headaches we all abhor.

NADRA is pleased to introduce the NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Awareness Charter) program.

The association would welcome your involvement in the program and input into the final stages of development and market-wide distribution. We have attached current information and registration forms for your review. Please reach out to myself, or NADRA HQ with questions, and we would be happy to discuss how to secure the greatest results utilizing this program in your business.

With your involvement we can make this an incredibly successful program for your company, and for our entire industry.

Get started right away, click this LINK  and register to preview your NADRA CPAC Information and registration form today.

( FYI:This link will take you to a short registration. You will receive a confirmation pop up followed by an email with the CPAC download )

At your service,
Matt Breyer 
President, North American Deck and Railing Association
484-256-2773

Michael Beaudry
Executive Director, NADRA
215-804-6679
info@NADRA.org

CAMO SCREW OFF! Finals – Winner Announced!

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Otis Nelson of Modern Roofing & Siding in Ashland, Maine Wins Harley-Davidson® Grand Prize at National Nail’s CAMO® Screw Off!™

Grand Rapids, MI – Otis Nelson of Modern Roofing & Siding in Ashland, Maine, is the Grand Prize winner at National Nail’s CAMO Screw Off! held at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo in Providence, Rhode Island on Feb. 14, 2018. Representing his dealer SW Collins in Presque Isle, where he first qualified, Nelson beat out 28 other competitors in the action-packed deck fastening event to win a 2017 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.  There were 42 contractors who qualified from local lumberyard events this past spring and summer.

“The CAMO Screw Off was an exciting event, starting at my lumber dealer SW Collins all the way to finals here in Rhode Island,” said Nelson.  “It was a great way to learn more about CAMO’s deck fastening products. I can’t wait to take a cruise on the new bike!”

During the event, finalists faced off in a series of speed competitions with the winner moving onto the next round. The “Elite 8” then battled down to two finalists with Nelson taking first place with a winning time of 41.5 seconds. The other finalists were awarded cash prizes:

  • 2nd place — David Orgain, Birdseye Building Co., Burlington, VT representing his dealer Richmond Home Supply in Richmond, VT ($1,500 award winner)
  • 3rd place — Robert Smart of Building Smart in Freeport, ME, representing his dealer Hammond Lumber Company in Brunswick, ME ($500 award winner)
  • 4th place –Nathan Demers of Perkins Quality Construction in Middleboro, MA representing Mahoney’s Building Supply in Mattapoisett, MA ($500 award winner)

“We couldn’t have planned a more successful event,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO, National Nail. “The competition was intense–everyone came to win, with many of the contractors practicing for months. We congratulate Otis Nelson who gets to drive home a new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.”

Designed by National Nail to provide hands-on experience with its CAMO Deck Edge Fastening system, the CAMO Screw Off was hosted by CAMO stocking dealers this past summer and fall in a series of deck fastening speed contests.  The unique system, comprised of propriety guides, drill bits and fasteners, fastens deck boards on the edge, to give decks a more beautiful, barefoot-friendly, fastener-free surface.

In the coming months, National Nail is expected to announce the details for the next round of CAMO Screw Off! events. For more information on the CAMO Screw Off!, visit www.camofasteners.com/screw-off

About CAMO Edge Fastening

CAMO Edge Fastening from National Nail delivers beautiful, fastener-free, Barefoot Approved™ results with virtually any wood, composite or PVC decking. CAMO offers a variety of guides, fasteners, and accessories, as well as a collated system to suit project requirements. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit CAMO Fasteners or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram.

Currently accepting labor and material pledges for the next Deck for a Soldier® build in New Jersey:

February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:  

The New Jersey crew is making some headway.  The building permit is in hand & the town graciously waived all related fees.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals.  We are currently looking for labor and material pledges from NADRA members. Following are some of the materials we are in need of for this build:

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge for material or labor, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working on this build with you.

 

January 18th, 2018: UPDATE:

Call for Action!

The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier  was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.   We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so.  We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project.  Following are some of the materials we will need:

Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced.  This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  

Thank you for all of your support!

NADRA Member Spotlight: Greg Hartmann, National Nail – CAMO Fasteners

Company Name: National Nail – CAMO Fasteners
Member Name:  Greg Hartmann
Member Category: Manufacturer
Location: Bristol, CT

A note from NADRA HQ: Greg Hartmann has been a proud supporter of NADRA for over 12 years. He has continuously added tremendous value in the companies he has represented over the years. We are so very grateful for Greg’s dedication to NADRA, and his passion for this industry. Thank you, Mr. Hartmann. 

What inspired you to join NADRA?  Email generated by NADRA Facebook post

When did you first get involved with this industry? 2001

What was the first thing you ever built? Tiger Claw Clips

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:  General Manager of National Nail Northeast. Manufacturer of CAMO deck fasteners. We supply fasteners for over 250,000 decks every year.

How do you define success?  Perpetual growth. As a business and as an individual.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?  Always be innovating. If you are not working on something new your competitors will pass you by.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be?  How can I help you be more successful?

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Hold a similar position in a power sports business.

A little more about Greg: Over several years of being a NADRA member, I have met many people with varying roles in the deck industry. All of them inspire me to work harder to improve our businesses together. Several have become great friends.

I am enjoying life with my wife, Sue. We live in a beautiful Victorian home in Bristol, CT with several cats and dogs.
Living in a house this old gives me plenty of opportunity to use all I learn from the great deck builders and remodelers I serve.

Website: CamoFasteners.com 

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One win doesn’t guarantee another, so TWCT (Train, Win, Celebrate, Train)

According to Forbes, approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month, but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month.

This statistic may either surprise you or confirm what you already know. Yes, TWCT is something that I just made up, but its overall concept is not uncommon to top performers. Are you a top performer? If so, then you probably live these principles daily.

However, to the mediocre performer, these concepts are great on paper, far from reach and down right impractical to the real world. News flash! Whatever you think is what you will believe and what you intentionally subscribe to is what you will become.

Here are 4 basic tips that will consistently take you to the winning circle:

  1. Sacrifice what’s comfortable, be disciplined and execute properly.
  2. Train and stay relevant to ensure you get a ticket to the big dance.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings, your competition and the ever-changing marketplace.
  4. When you win, enjoy a limited celebration and get right back to training again with the same intensity that you had when you first started.

This, my friends, is what I call TWCT (Train, Win, Celebrate, Train). My theory is that the downfall of businesses, athletes, employees and teams reside within both “T’s” of this equation.

Whether you win, lose or draw, you must always train! For within the training there is growth to help sustain you through turbulent times. Be intentional about winning! There’s nothing easy and quick about it! #letsgo

Kevin Jackson

The Positivity Guru

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Haven Underdeck Rain-Carrying Systems Serve Contractor/DIY Markets

Increase your company’s bottom line. Haven Underdeck is your new resource for purchasing underdeck systems and accessories you can use to enhance your client’s outdoor living experience.
Haven Underdeck ships materials across the United States and Canada for the DIY and contractor markets. Southeastern Underdeck is the installation source for South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. 
Underdeck systems have increased in popularity as more people gravitate to the outdoors, especially during warmer months. They create a dry, usable space under an elevated deck. Dimmable LED lighting and pest-free screens help ratchet the “wow” factor up a notch. 
But best of all, you can easily learn how to install an underdeck rain-carrying system by watching the five educational videos that cover all facets of an installation. They are available 24/7 on the Haven Underdeck website. (www.HavenUnderdeck.com)
You can choose a smooth finish or upgrade to a bead-board or wood grain embossed finish. Pick one of the 27 colors available to perfectly accent the home’s exterior.
The proprietary all-aluminum underdeck system is designed so any individual panel can be removed without disturbing the adjacent panels.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 678-765-7686 or e-mail Haven@HavenUnderdeck.com.
Headquartered in Buford, Ga., Haven Underdeck is your best resource for underdeck rain-carrying systems. Let us provide you with a free estimate today. We are committed to using quality products and delivering exceptional customer service.

Basic Post Footer Considerations:

 

 

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Most decks are supported by posts and whatever is underneath that post can be considered a post footer. The essential function of a post footer is to increase the surface area over which the weight of the structure is disbursed. The weight of the deck, usually measured as dead load, live load, and snow load, is transferred downward through the post. By using a footer at the bottom of your post-hole, the weight is spread over a larger area, preventing the post from sinking. AG-CO, a NADRA member, makes FootingPad®, an innovative composite post footer.

Other critical measures related to footers include:

-Compressive and tensile strength of the material used in the post footer

-Size of the footer

-Size of the post

-Distance between the edge of the post and the edge of the footer

FootingPad is thoroughly tested by NTA, an independent engineering lab. FootingPad is ICC code compliant (ESR-2147). Click here for a pdf copy of the report.

FootingPad makes building easier, faster and is a proven replacement for concrete in most applications. See more at footingpad.com

Quality is a top priority. Build above the minimum standard.

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When choosing materials for deck construction, it is imperative to understand the difference between Above Ground pressure treated wood versus Ground Contact pressure treated wood. The American Wood Protection Association updated their standards in 2016 to state that some physically above the ground locations require Ground Contact treatment.

One of the requirements states: “Materials used above ground but are difficult to maintain, repair or replace and are critical to the performance and safety of the entire system” should be treated to ground contact retentions. Deck joists and beams ARE difficult to repair or replace and are absolutely critical to the safety of the structure. For this reason, joists and beams should always be treated to Ground Contact retention, regardless of warranties offered that state otherwise. In order to be building code compliant, AWPA standards must be followed, regardless of the material warranty offered.

Quality is a top priority to you. Build above the minimum standard. Learn more here

Fortress Deck Expands into the Canadian Market

Fortress Deck, an innovator in the decking industry, has announced its 2018 distribution expansion into the Canadian market. Baycrest Distribution Inc., based out of Ontario Canada, will now be offering the Fortress Deck product line. Baycrest Distribution proudly serves the retail lumber yards and specialty deck industry with both marine and residential building materials. Fortress is honored to have partnered with such a reputable company for the further expansion and distribution of the Fortress Deck product line.

“Baycrest Distribution Inc. is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Fortress Building Products, a leading manufacturer of decking and building materials”states Jason Smith, National Sales Director with Baycrest. “With a revolutionary new board, the Fortress line up will enhance and complement Baycrest’s current suite of marine and residential deck options.”

Using a unique combination of bamboo and recycled plastics, all Fortress Infinity Decking co-extruded composite materials are environmentally friendly and free of the toxic chemicals and preservatives typically used to treat natural wood. This one of a kind product makeup, combined with the unique board surface options and unmatched colors and textures, bring decking products once thought impossible, possible. Baycrest Distribution will proudly manage the distribution of the Fortress Infinity Dual Surfaced Square and Grooved Boards in three main colors – Pacific Pearl, Tiger Cove and Cape Town Grey – as well as two accent colors – Espresso Roast and Sapphire Silver. These dual surfaced boards come in both distressed and exotic hardwood options. To learn more, visit http://www.FortressDeck.com 

About Fortress Deck 
Fortress DeckTM is the newest member of Fortress Building ProductsTM, a privately held, family of innovative building product solution providers. Fortress Building ProductsTM boasts nearly 50 years of combined experience in building products supply and design. Fortress Building ProductsTM is comprised of Fortress Railing ProductsTM, Fortress Fence ProductsTM, OZCO Building ProductsTM and Fortress DeckTM. Fortress Building ProductsTM is based in the Dallas, Texas area with extensive product distribution throughout North America and expansion occurring to many other global markets. A young, innovative and entrepreneurial culture is alive and well at Fortress Building ProductsTM where the team is always looking for ways to lead our industries forward. Learn more at http://www.FortressBP.com or http://www.FortressDeck.com.

TAMKO® GIVING CASH BACK THROUGH PRO REWARDS PROGRAM

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Contact:  Ron Cook

Office:  (800) 641-4691, ext. 2245

Mobile: (417) 529-2390

TAMKO® GIVING CASH BACK THROUGH PRO REWARDS PROGRAM

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA  February 6, 2018  TAMKO® Pro Certified Contractors are now receiving 1% cash back on their purchase price of qualifying products with no limits on how much they can earn. TAMKO’s new cash back Pro Rewards program will run through all of 2018.

“We value the loyalty of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors and respect the work they do; turning houses into homes, bringing quality and protection to a family by providing a beautiful TAMKO roof,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TAMKO, Stephen McNally.

Cash back through the 2018 Pro Rewards program gives TAMKO® Pro Certified Contractors virtually unlimited options for spending their rewards. Once TAMKO® Pros reach a minimum 1,000-square purchase of qualifying products, the 1% cash back kicks-in for those purchases and all future qualifying purchases including qualified accessories. And, redeeming the rewards is easy.

Qualifying products for the program include TAMKO’s Heritage®, Heritage® Premium, Heritage Woodgate®, Heritage® Vintage® laminated asphalt shingles, MetalWorks® steel shingles, TAMKO® Hip & Ridge, TAMKO® 7 & 10 inch Starter, Moisture Guard®, TW Underlayment, Synthetic Guard, Synthetic GuardPlus, CoolRidge®, Rapid Ridge® , Roll Vent® and XTractor Vent® XLP Turbo.

To learn more about TAMKO’s Pro Certified Contractor program and the Pro Rewards program, visit TAMKO’s booth #1651, February 6-8, at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans or go to TAMKO.com.

About TAMKO®

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and MetalWorks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. Since 1944, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our website at www.TAMKO.com.

Note to editors and writers – The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym.  The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma – the company’s original trade area when founded in 1944.  TAMKO’s trade area is now all 50 states.

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