Deckorators® Booth to Host “The Ultimate Deck Podcast” at DeckExpo 2019

Popular podcast for deck builders coming to booth 1019 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 1, 2019 – Deckorators® a leading manufacturer of composite decking, deck railing, balusters, post caps and related products, will host The Ultimate Deck Podcast in booth 1019 at DeckExpo 2019, Nov. 7-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hosted by Shane Chapman, Wade Laurent and Justin MacRae of The Ultimate Deck Shop in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, The Ultimate Deck Podcast discusses the deck-building industry, its people and the insights North American deck contractors need to be successful. The popular podcast will be recorded live in DeckExpo booth 1019 on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Chapman, Laurent and MacRae will capture their conversations with fellow deck builders, manufacturer representatives and other show attendees for their listeners on Podbean, Apple Podcasts and other podcast streaming services.

Guests expected to appear on the podcast to discuss new products, tips and trends include:

  • Sean Collinsgru, owner of Premier Outdoor Living LLC, Palmyra, New Jersey.
  • Leif Wirtanen, integrator and operations manager at Cascade Fence & Deck, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Joe Hagen, founder and president of All Decked Out, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Additional Deckorators Certified Pros, industry personalities and representatives from manufacturers such as CAMO.

“The Ultimate Deck Podcast hosts give contractors and dealers an honest, inside look at the decking industry,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director, marketing for Deckorators. “As members of the building industry themselves, they offer listeners valuable opinions and ideas. We’re excited to partner with The Ultimate Deck Shop to bring the conversations of DeckExpo to those in the industry who are not in attendance.”

In addition to hosting the podcast, Deckorators will launch several exciting new products at the annual show, which is co-located with the Remodeling Show. Deckorators will also host an Instagram MeetUp (InstaMeet) at 2 p.m. on Thursday in booth 1019 for the growing community of deck builders on the social media network.

For more information on Deckorators, visit www.Deckorators.com/DeckExpo or visit booth 1019 in Louisville. For more about The Ultimate Deck Shop, visit www.ultimatedeckshop.com; listen to The Ultimate Deck Podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts and other podcast streaming services; and watch The Ultimate Deck Show on YouTube.

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in decking, railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative decking and railing products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinctive products allows both DIYers and builders to bring the personal creativity of interior design to outdoor living.

To learn more about Deckorators decking and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.

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UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

Universal Forest Products, Inc., soon to be known as UFP Industries, Inc., is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about Universal Forest Products, go to www.ufpi.com.

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Moso Loses Another Challenge to Dasso’s ‘578 Patent

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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2019

Atlanta, GA.  On September 26, 2019, the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) denied MOSO’s Motion for Reconsideration of PTAB’s Final Decision denying MOSO’s challenge of dasso’s ‘578 Patent used to manufacture dassoXTR Fused Bamboo.  The latest decision from PTAB exhausts any and all remaining legal avenues for Moso to challenge or attempt to invalidate dasso’s ‘578 Patent with PTAB. This ruling is a major blow to Moso, as Moso has repeatedly made representations in the marketplace that dasso’s ‘578 Patent is not valid and, based upon that invalidity, Moso’s infringement of dasso’s ‘578 Patent is lawful and permissible. PTAB disagreed.

Avery Chua, President of dassoUSA, dasso’s exclusive distributor in the U.S., reacted to Moso’s most recent loss by saying, “The decision is a big win for dasso that will significantly influence the litigation dasso has against Moso on its patent infringing activities. The truth of the matter is, reputable developers and architects do not want to associate with bad faith actors in the marketplace. They put their names and reputations at risk when they associate with a company that knowingly infringes on the patent of another and buys product from an unauthorized source, which can result in inferior product flooding the market. The PTAB decision further strengthens the ‘578 Patent in the U.S., as well as the dasso.XTR sister patents in other countries around the world, including China and the European Union. The PTAB decision will be used by dasso to assist in the pursuit against Moso for its continued infringement in other regions of the world. We are satisfied and grateful to PTAB for their careful review, analysis and final rejection of MOSO’s legal challenges of the dassoXTR’s patent.”

Any information or documents concerning the unauthorized and infringing solicitation, sale and distribution of dassoXTR patented Fused Bamboo products in the U.S. market should be sent to info@dassoXTR.com or scott@millshoopeslaw.com.

For more information, please visit:
dassoXTR.com

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NADRA Code Update – We have only just begun.

September 25th, 2019

By Glenn Mathewson

Last year at the NADRA annual meeting, I asked the membership to step up and take the reigns of code development for their industry.  Uncomfortable as it was, I was asking for financial support to NADRA so that I could do this work. Thankfully, many builders and manufacturers heard me loud and clear and decided to be the leaders of their industry.  Click the link here and find out the fellow members you need to thank. They are carrying the industry’s future on their shoulders.

Here is what we have been able to do so far:

  1. Listen, respond, and contribute to the deck code development work being done by the Deck Code Coalition.
  2. Attend a meeting of the Dead and Live Load Subcommittee for the American Society of Civil Engineers where minimum loading and load direction on guards and handrails was being discussed.
  3. Draft proposals for the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC).
  4. Review other’s proposals for the 2021 IRC.
  5. Prepare and deliver testimony at the Committee Action Hearings regarding all deck-proposals, others and ours.
  6. Review public comments attempting to alter the committee decisions.

Now we are preparing for attendance and testimony at the Final Action Hearings in October, the last step to convince others of the value and caution of all the proposals.  After this hearing, the governmental membership will make the final vote through an online process and by early next year, we will have a glimpse into the future code to be adopted across the nation.

While this will close the 2021 IRC development process, the work of representing and defending an industry in codes and standards will never be over.  It requires constant attention, as there are many ways codes and standards are modified and affect our industry. Though we have made great strides in our reputation as an industry leader and in our work in the IRC, we need continued and expanded financial support to keep our momentum.  The list of contributors, provided above, is wonderful, but quite honestly…it should be longer.  The burden of defending an industry as large as decks and railings should not be carried by so few.

Little happens in the world without money driving it and at this time, we can’t address even half of this list below.  We need your help.

Here is a sampling of the kind of places we still need to offer our attention:

  1. International Building Code (IBC) development.  Crazy as it may sound, the 2024 IBC will be developed in 2021, and that means proposals are due by January 2021.  This code regulates decks on commercial buildings and multifamily residential. These deck may not be the elaborate, outdoor living environments many of our builders craft, but they are still decks.  They are still our industry. Tragic deck collapses that have driven outsiders to propose code for decks aren’t solely in private backyards. The mistakes of the past (many still being done today) that haunt our industry happen in apartment decks and those outside churches, coffee shops, real estate offices, and other other public buildings with outdoor spaces.  As soon as the 2021 IRC process concludes in early 2020, we must immediately start work on the IBC.
  2. International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC).  This is yet another ICC code with a direct affect on decks.  Have you ever read Section 306 of this code? You probably should… its titled “Decks”.   According to this code, if you put a deck around a hot tub or a hot tub on a deck, the deck must be sloped?  Oh? You only build level decks? You Hack! (ha, ha). This code was first developed in 2012, so it hasn’t taken hold across the country yet, but in my experience…government only gets bigger, not smaller.  It would be prudent to assume you will face this code in your future, so perhaps we should be taking part in how it reads.
  3. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  ASCE-7 is the standard where all dead and live loads on structures are determined.  This organization and the committee in charge of the work deals with loads on everything from high rise buildings to vehicular bridges to backyard decks.  With all respect to their membership’s qualifications, quite frankly, decks aren’t where they spend their professional time. It’s imperative that those that do spend their time with decks bring their voice to these professionals and contribute their knowledge and experience.  I’ll be attending their October 17th meeting where guard loads will be discussed for modification.
  4. ICC-Evaluation Services.  New products and ideas hit the market and need to be tested for equivalency to code prescribed methods.  Often new test methods have to be developed and ICC-ES conducts a transparent process to develop Acceptance Criteria (AC).  This criteria then establishes a precedence for how similar products must be tested for approval. Does the deck and railing industry have unique and proprietary products?  Of course! And we need to be sure we are there when the measure of these products, the ACs, are created.
  5. American Wood Protection Association (AWPA).  This organization and their standard AWPA U1 and M4 are the authority on decay resistance of lumber.  Decks got major attention in their 2016 edition of this standard, and the results appear to require ground-contact-rated treated material for nearly every part of the structure, regardless of climate or distance above grade.  This is a big subject, and one we should have an ear to, as the controversy around this is bound to surface. Here’s a video that explains the details…in detail.  You can decide what you think is required from the new language in the standard. https://youtu.be/27Hkb2ktYsM
  6. American Wood Council (AWC).  You may have heard of a document called “DCA-6”…I expect you have.  Before the 2015 IRC recognized decks with specific design provisions, the AWC had already begun to provide them in their document.  Many governments point to this document as their deck standard. While the AWC has contributed greatly to deck codes in the IRC, they still develop this document to fill in the remaining holes.  We have a great relationship with this organization and certainly should be available to assist and contribute to their great work in our industry.
  7. All code is local code.  Have you ever heard this before?  Though the ICC and the organizations above are the highest level of authority, they actually have no authority at all.  The authority is in the governments that adopt these standards as their rule of law. Unfortunately, many of these governments believe they know better and they amend the code prior to adoption.  This is where the rubber meets the road or should I say the code meets the decks. Though we could never attend all the meetings in the tens of thousands of jurisdictions across this country, we certainly could and should take part in state actions and major cities in major deck markets.  The state of Georgia recently finalized their new code adoption for 2020 and the City and County of Denver is running hearings right now for their new code next year. Paying attention to state and local level issues is all a part of what we could and should do. Bottom line…all this attention requires money.

We need you to see the importance of this work and make it important to you. Your future self will thank you.  As always, NADRA and myself have an open line for you to communicate your codes and standards concerns and ideas, but before you do, please click this link.

AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS PARTNERS WITH SNAVELY FOREST PRODUCTS

September 23, 2019 11:46 ET Source: AZEK Building Products

Chicago, Ill., Sept. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium outdoor building materials, has announced a new partnership with Snavely Forest Products. The leading wholesale distributor of building products plans to offer the full lines of TimberTech® and AZEK®Exteriors products in key locations throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

“We are excited to partner with AZEK Building Products, a company that values quality products and prioritizes environmentally conscious manufacturing practices,” said Clark Spitzer, COO of Snavely Forest Products. “It’s well-known in the industry that they’re a first-class company with an outstanding reputation of excellence. Their long-standing commitment to sustainability and achieving the highest level of recycling in the decking industry perfectly aligns with our core values.”

The TimberTech and AZEK Exteriors portfolio of products provides customers with a range of high performance, low maintenance alternatives to wood. The products are made from a majority of recycled polymer to create an eco-friendly product with unrivaled style and versatility.

“It’s an honor to partner with Snavely Forest Products, a company with over 100 years of rich history of providing customers with the best building products in the industry,” said Joe Ochoa, president of AZEK Building Products. “By partnering with distributors who value sustainability and exceptional customer service, we all benefit from the opportunity of an even greater, collective commitment to service and innovation.”

AZEK Building Products manufactures all products in the United States. Snavely Forest Products partners with both domestic and international manufacturers to bring the very best building products to their customers. Together, they are set to partner at distribution centers across Colorado and Wyoming with potential to expand to other locations in the future. 

For more information on AZEK Building Products, visit TimberTech.com and AZEKexteriors.com.

For more information on Snavely Forest Products, visit snavelyforest.com.

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About AZEK Building Products

AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK Company, manufactures home building materials under two divisions: TimberTech® and AZEK® Exteriors. TimberTech offers a premium portfolio of capped polymer and capped composite decking – as well as railing, porch, lighting and paver products – while AZEK Exteriors manufactures distinctly unique trim and moulding. Together the brands present homeowners, builders, architects, dealers and contractors with a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood. AZEK is headquartered in Chicago, IL (with plants in OH and PA) and also owns business operations of Minneapolis-based Ultralox railing systems. For more information visit AZEKCo.com or call 1-877-275-2935. 

About Snavely Forest Products

Founded in 1902, Snavely Forest Products (www.snavelyforest.com) is a recognized leader in the wholesale lumber industry. Delivering superior material, exceptional service and market expertise to both customers and vendors, clearly expresses a commitment to “Building Business for Our Partners”. Snavely Forest Products’ goal is to provide its customer’s access to the world’s best building products at competitive prices.

Tyler Rabel
Two by Four
312-445-4728
trabel@twoxfour.com

I’d Like to File a Complaint

The team at NADRA Headquarters recently received an email from a member. We thought it was important enough, that we should send it to you for review.

Please let us know what you think. You are welcome to comment publicly.

“Dear NADRA:

I hope this finds you well.

I need to file a complaint and unfortunately it is about NADRA.

NOT KIDDING.


It has recently come to my attention that NADRA causes anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation and migraines, along with an array of other unfortunate issues.


Ever since we won those awards last year at the annual banquet, we have been forced to raise our credit limit with both our bank and our main supplier.


This has created an additional work load for my wife, Dianna, who runs the office.


As of this week we are only 4 jobs behind the total number of projects we installed all of last year.


My dog doesn’t recognize me anymore since I’m never home. He thinks a stranger is trying to take him for a walk.


My lumber yard is having a hard time keeping product on hand.


My permit office has a daily limit, therefore my trips there have increased.


I’ve actually considered asking them to put in a coffee bar so I can get a couple extra cups while I do my paperwork there.


Our local paper ran an article on us prior to the annual Home Show in March and we had a line 30 minutes long of people waiting to talk to us. My feet and back still hurt from standing all day. My Chiropractor told me he can’t help. People drove from over an hour away to discuss their projects. Ask us for design ideas and options. Other local contractors were stopping by for advice, which I freely provided.


We have gone from a respected local company to ” THE LOCAL COMPANY”.
Even though we aren’t our suppliers largest volume customer, we are one that they now consult with on new products.


I’m getting up every morning between 4:30 and 5. I’m on appointments at 7am several days per week. I’m up doing paperwork til 11 pm. Running on fumes and it’s all your fault.


NADRA has forced me to become far more efficient with my time, pre qualifying leads, planning projects and deliveries as well as forcing me to get a new prescription for my eye glasses. It’s all your fault.


I have to admit, never in all my life did I think I had a shot at winning a National Award, nonetheless 2 of them. Nor did I ever dream what a ripple effect this would have on our business. I can’t tell how how much I really appreciate everything you, the girls, Mike and all the other members of NADRA have done for me and my family. I over worked myself like a mad man for 38 years, holding the line on sticking with quality and not lowering our standards during the lean economic years. Fought like a guard dog to protect our reputation and my friends would joke that I was like a starving artist and would never achieve acclaim or recognition. NADRA provided that recognition.


In one short evening you guys helped validate those 12 and 14 hour days, slogging in the rain, snow or 100 degree temps. Missing family events to meet deadlines. Then when my body wore out, those long nights of paperwork and sales calls.


You guys ROCK. The value created by these awards has been off the charts, I really want to thank you for everything, I can’t say enough. But do you have anything for my migraine?”


Thanks Again,
Brendan Casey Casey Fence And Deck Setting The Standard In Excellence With Our Pride In Craftsmanship38 Years Experience Nationally Recognized Multi Award Winning Custom Deck Specialist.

(Read more about the deck competition, dinner tickets and sponsorship opportunities here: http://bit.ly/FileAComplaintNADRA

NADRA Code Update – Proposals RB185-19 and RB301-19 Guard Post Connections

August 29th, 2019

By: Glenn Mathewson

The latest 2018 edition of the International Residential Code provides a complete package of prescriptive structural design tables for decks… sort of…  When we think of structural design, most people imagine the skeleton of ledgers, joists, beams, and posts. At this completion, one might be ready for a “rough frame” inspection.  Install the decking and you’ve got a system that will hold people up, but it won’t keep them up. There’s a critical structural component of elevated decks that’s missing.

Guards.

Guards are barriers required at the edges of raised floors that help keep us from falling off.  They can be rails, cables or pipes. They can be wood, metal, vinyl, or glass. They can be benches, planter boxes, outdoor kitchens, or privacy walls.  Architecturally, they can be practically anything that meets the minimum height, maximum openings, and minimum structural capacity. Indeed, guards are part of the deck structure.  Table 301.5 requires a live load resistance of 200 lbs. in any direction along the top of the guard, but stops there. There is no guidance in the code for how to achieve this.

NADRA supported a proposal with others in the Deck Code Coalition to change that.  After many meetings with discussions ranging from a complete detail of guard construction to not adding anything, compromise (which is not a negative thing) and shared perspectives led us to common ground.  The proposal would prohibit a few notorious problems and provide some general language about the load path. This would be a good start. This is proposal RB185-19, and it was approved at the IRC Committee Action Hearing this March.  Here is a brief, bulleted summary of what it includes.

  • Guard posts must be connected into the deck framing, not just the outer joist or beam, where such member can rotate under load.
  • Guard posts cannot be fastened only into the end-grain of lumber.
  • Guard posts mounted on top of the deck (surface mounted) must be done according the manufacturer installation instruction and must connect to the deck framing or blocking.
  • Wood 4×4 guard posts cannot be notched at the point of connection.

While this will reduce the most egregious guard connections and make a big impact on safety, it still doesn’t provide any assurance of any guard construction capability.  That’s what proposal RB301-19 provides.

With such variety of guard design, it’s difficult to specify one method, and it risks all other designs being considered “noncompliant”.  Something common, however, to many guards is a wood post. This second guard proposal provides a handful of engineered methods to attach a guard post to wood deck framing that will meet the loads required by the IRC.  Methods using hardware and methods using only commodity fasteners are provided for design flexibility. These details are proposed for a new appendix chapter in the IRC, so they are not misunderstood as a strict requirement.  Appendix chapters are optional unless adopted as mandatory by a government. They provide guidance, and that is exactly the intent of the appendix we have proposed. This proposal was not approved at the first hearing, but we received good feedback as to why.  NADRA and the DCC members got back together and kept at it. We submitted a public comment in hopes of earning the ICC governmental membership approval this October at the Final Action Hearings.

Please support RB185-19 and RB301-19 and help us develop quality minimum standards for safe deck design and construction, while balancing affordability and freedom.

Update from NADRA

August 2019

The building and materials industry represents a number of categories that have determined life expectancy of different components; asphalt shingles, for instance, have a life expectancy of 20 years, aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 10 to 15 years. The exposed components that makeup decks are no different.  

This question has come to the forefront recently as we now have over a decade of in-service performance to evaluate the new copper-based and metal-free treatments that replaced CCA for residential applications. This calls into question material longevity assumptions, prior building practices, code-development, as well as optimal material and hardware selections to deliver a higher-quality finished product than what could have been crafted in generations past.

If a deck structure is to stay secure long-term and perform to the future client’s needs and expectations, then it often will require not only the specification of higher-performing materials installed with a level of professional skill, but planned maintenance and performance viability inspections beyond just initial-construction code-based evaluations. Just like a car, with regular inspections any parts of the system that need repair can be addressed before a life-threatening or major safety situation occurs. The approach of building a deck “as a system” as opposed to a list of independent parts is a mindset shift required by not just the trade professionals, but more so by the end consumer as a significant number of decks are built by the DIY marketplace.

So what has NADRA done? NADRA’s Check Your Deck®, Deck Safety Month® program, along with NADRA’s Education and Certification in Deck Evaluation and Code initiatives have been at the forefront of industry professionals and consumer-focused media for over a decade. These programs provide builders and the greater public, constant reminders of the importance of having an experienced trade professional review your deck to address questions before they become problems keep families and friends away from harm. 

To this end, Matthew Breyer, NADRA President was asked to sit down at NAHB Headquarters in Washington DC. Matt met with representatives from the NAHB, as both industry associations look for opportunities to work together to answer questions like these and others.

We will continue to update you on these efforts.

It’s Time For Something NEW!

If there’s one thing we are never short of here at NADRA HQ, it’s work to be done. As you’ve been hammering away at the job site this summer, building masterpieces, selling innovative products, inspecting beautiful outdoor living spaces; we too have been hard at work. We’ve been planning for our members’ and the remainder of 2019. What we want to mention here is not the deck competition, not sponsorships or a code update, not even deck safety! Can you believe that?! What we want to tell you is that we are about to launch a brand new membership database. There are NEW benefits for every member with this new upgraded software. See what’s in store: 

Online Billing & Online Payments: 

  • You can now set up automatic payments!
  • Member Add-ons

NEW Membership Directory: 

  • NEW! *Interactive Member Profiles
  • Interactive Map! Visitors to NADRA.org can search and zoom in on members in any location, and click directly on YOUR profile from the popup previews (address security is controlled by YOU!) 
  • NEW! *Add-on such as adding your company social media links to your member profile listing
  • Website visitors can send you an email direct from your profile page (without your email address being displayed!) 
  • Best Part! YOU have full control over your member profile. You can login and update it at any time. 

Event Calendar and Event Registration: 

  • Browse NADRA events and industry related events
  • NEW! *Member contributed events: Certain tier members will be permitted access to post their own events

These are just a few of the upgrades to our new membership database and directory. If you are a current member of NADRA, you can expect an email from us real soon (within the next week) explaining even more and providing you with the next steps to access your profile page. 

*Important Notice: If your membership in NADRA expired, please consider renewing online today. Once we go live with the new database / directory, expired and terminated members will not be listed. You always have the choice to re-join at a later date.

NADRA CODE UPDATE

August 14th, 2019

By: Glenn Mathewson

Proposal RB190 – Table R507.5

Through the efforts of NADRA.org and other organizations and professionals, the 2015 IRC revealed the first deck beam-sizing table (Table R507.5) to ever be included in a US model code.  It provides maximum spans of simple deck beams based on different loading, species, profiles, and number of plies of common lumber.  It was a welcome addition for building departments that have long struggled to approve deck designs without requiring an engineer and without having to develop their own span tables, as many had done.  The American Wood Council (AWC) created their popular document, DCA6, to help alleviate this problem and provide pre-engineered design tables.  These tables would become the 2015 provisions, and still today the AWC provides the engineering for most of the new deck structural provisions.  For contractors working in regions not utilizing the DCA6, the new tables came as a little shock.  In comparing the beams spans that have been acceptable, the new IRC tables cut them down dramatically.  Why?

Creating a pre-engineered design table is not necessarily simple, specifically for beams.  To provide a maximum allowable beam span, the load the beam is supporting has to be known.  In its most simple form, a beam supports joists of the same length and carries half that length.  A ledger, presumably, is carrying the other half.  Those same joists, however, could cantilever beyond the beam, and the beam would support the entire load of the cantilever.  This is just one design variable of many.  A beam could be at an angle and support a non-uniform load along its length, or it could be supporting joists spanning from both sides.  Currently none of those variables are provided in the code.

Why did many allowable beam spans suddenly reduce with the new code?  The table is calculated on the assumption that every beam is supporting maximum-cantilevered joists.  In many cases, joists can cantilever beyond the beam up to 1/4 their span, and that’s a lot of added load…load that is being designed for every time, whether there or not.  Consider a deck with a 12 ft. joist span and no cantilever.  The beam is actually carrying 6 feet of joist, but the code is sizing it as if it’s carrying 9 ft., because it’s assuming the maximum allowable 3 ft. joist cantilever is there.  If you did cantilever the joist the maximum distance, the table is accurate.  If you didn’t, your beam spans are unnecessarily restricted…significantly.  Okay—Let’s fix that!

The NADRA proposal RB190 adds a footnote to the beam span table with a set of modifiers.  The modifiers allow you to alter the input “joist span” in the beam span table based on different percentages of joist cantilever from zero to one-fourth.  Included are cantilevers of 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, and the maximum 1/4 of the joist span.  Currently, a (2) 2×10 southern pine beam supporting a 12 ft. joist span is restricted 7 ft. – 4 in., REGARDLESS of whether the joists cantilever or not.  With RB190’s modifiers, if the joists don’t cantilever, the 12 ft. span can be multiplied by .66 to yield an equivalent span of 8 ft.  Using this value in the table results in an accurate maximum beam span of 9 ft.  That’s no small margin from the current 7 ft. – 4 inch maximum!  There is no reason not to allow beams to be sized for their actual loads, and possibly reduce some costs or visually obstructive posts from our neighbors’ backyards.

Proposal RB190 was prompted by NADRA, developed with the help of the Deck Code Coalition, and engineered by the American Wood Council.  It is solid engineering in a solid concept.  It was approved at the Committee Action Hearings with no opposition.  There is good reason to believe it will make it through the last part of the ICC code development process, the Final Action Hearing.

Please support proposal RB190 and let’s maintain an appropriate balance between safety, design freedom, and affordability. 

Please contact NADRA for any questions or concerns regarding this proposal.  We welcome your conversation. You can send an email to Info@NADRA.org

Wurth Wood Group Strengthens and Expands the VISTA™ Distribution Network

MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 29th, 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 Wurth Wood Product’s branches in Alabama and Tennessee.

“We are very passionate about partnering with Wurth Wood Group, previously under the very strongly recognized name of United Plywood and Lumber throughout Alabama and Tennessee”, said Erik Flick, VP of Business Development at Vista. “They have strong relationships in the marketplace and have been trusted by their dealers to provide quality products and service since 1944. We are very excited to be working with them to provide our premium railing products to their dealer network.

Wurth Wood Group, previously known as United Plywood and Lumber Inc., has serviced the building materials industry since 1944. Wurth has 6 branches across Alabama and Tennessee.

“We are excited to partner with Vista Railing for our Alabama and Tennessee branches”, said Rick Eversole, Regional VP of Sales for Wurth Wood Products. “We will have the Vista Aluminum Railing and the Vista Traditional Deck Railing Kits on the ground and ready for our customers to begin ordering by the first full week of August.

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