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.

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

TIMBERTECH CHANGES THE GAME WITH LAUNCH OF MULTI-WIDTH DECKING LINE

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TimberTech®, a leader in premium decking, continues to innovate in the outdoor living space with the launch of two new products in the TimberTech AZEK™ portfolio. In addition to its existing, standard-width deck boards, the Vintage Collection® now offers two new widths – wide and narrow. This groundbreaking approach gives homeowners the unique opportunity to customize their decks with elegant, technologically superior boards in a variety of sizes, styles and colors.


“We are excited to be among the first to bring the design versatility of indoor flooring trends to the outdoors,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company. “The launch of our multi-width decking is a pivotal evolution for our company and the industry. We’re giving customers the option to go against the grain, think beyond the traditional planking everyone else has. Contractors also have the opportunity to get creative while continuing to deliver the ultimate in durability to their customers.“  

Featuring a distinct, wirebrushed, low-gloss texture, and six dynamic colors, TimberTech AZEK’s Vintage Collection now comes in three widths: narrow (3 ½”), standard (5 ½’’) and wide (7 ¼”). The narrow deck boards provide a look reminiscent of coastal Cape Cod while the wide planks allow homeowners to think big. Mixing widths adds dimension to a deck which can be subtle or dramatic.

“These three widths can be used in almost any combination to create an extensive range of designs and patterns on a deck,” said Patrick Barnds, Senior Vice President of Product Management of AZEK Building Products.  “From a classic, all-narrow or all-wide look, to geometrically-complex herringbone patterns, the only limits are the imagination of the designer and homeowner.”

TimberTech AZEK capped polymer boards are 100% synthetic, making them extremely low-maintenance and resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage. Additionally, the Vintage Collection features Alloy Armour Technology™, a proprietary capping material engineered for additional surface protection, provides industry-best, 50-year fade and stain and limited lifetime warranties. 

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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.

Natalie Boscia 
Two by Four 773-317-1088
nboscia@twoxfour.com

Trex® Pergola™ Adds an Essential ‘Element’ to the Outdoors

First-of-Its-Kind All-Aluminum Structure Designed for Residential and Commercial Settings

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (International Builders’ Show Booth #N1113) – Shade, style and low-maintenance are essential elements in any outdoor living space. The latest offering from Trex® Pergola, aptly named Element, combines all three in a sleek, modern pergola designed to maximize shade while offering the high-performance characteristics of an all-aluminum structure.

The latest offering from Trex® Pergola™, Element, features a sleek, modern design that maximizes shade while offering the high-performance characteristics of an all-aluminum structure.Trex Company, Inc.

“As the first all-aluminum structure from Trex Pergola, Element provides a strong option for the multi-family and commercial markets, appealing to property owners and managers with its strength, durability and low-maintenance features,” said Andy Sears, vice president of Structureworks Fabrication, the exclusive manufacturer of Trex Pergola. “Decking contractors also appreciate the lightweight aluminum components and ease of assembly.”

Strong and Stylish

Element’s durable aluminum construction allows it to be installed in a variety of climates both warm and cold. In addition, Element is finished with an ultra-durable architectural coating, which offers superior weathering properties. This unique coating also expands the available color choices with 47 standard color options.

With 16 standard sizes, architects, builders and homeowners can create custom outdoor living spaces that reflect their unique design tastes and complement the surroundings.

Like all Trex Pergola models, Element is conveniently packaged as a complete kit that includes the required hardware and components – all pre-cut to exact sizes for quick, easy assembly. The Trex Pergola collection is covered by a 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty or a 10-Year Limited Commercial Warranty.

Made in the Shade

“As the concept of the ‘outdoor room’ continues to evolve and people spend more time outside, there’s a need for structures that provide greater comfort and shade,” Sears added. “Element‘s wide overhead stringers are perfectly positioned to provide maximum coverage from the sun, for a shady, comfortable outdoor retreat any time of day.”



“As the concept of the ‘outdoor room’ continues to evolve and people spend more time outside, there’s a need for structures that provide greater comfort and shade,” Sears added. “Element‘s wide overhead stringers are perfectly positioned to provide maximum coverage from the sun, for a shady, comfortable outdoor retreat any time of day.”

The average shade for Element models is approximately 68 percent coverage, while traditional pergolas typically offer coverage of 20-to-30 percent, making it an ideal solution for those who prefer more shade.

For even more comfort, Element can be enhanced with finishing touches such as ceiling fans and lighting, as well as accessories including Trex®Outdoor Furniture and Trex® Outdoor Kitchenscabinetry.

Trex Pergola Element and the complete portfolio of Trex outdoor living products will be on display during IBS in Booth #N1113. More information about Element can be found at www.trexpergola.com. To learn more about Trex, visit www.trex.com.

About Trex Company

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience.  Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice.  For more information, visit trex.com.  You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

About Structureworks Fabrication 

*Trex® Pergola products are manufactured and sold by Home & Leisure, Inc., d/b/a Structureworks Fabrication under a Trademark Licensing Agreement with Trex Company.  Since 1990, Structureworks Fabrication has been designing and creating beautiful and functional outdoor structures in a wide range of materials. Using proven engineering practices, innovative designs and advanced manufacturing techniques, the company has become the leading producer of pergola kits for residential and commercial outdoor living environments. For more information, visit www.structureworksfab.com

Contact: Hunter Hackett or Lindsey Lucenta

L.C. Williams & Associates

800/837-7123 or 312/565-3900

hhackett@lcwa.com or llucenta@lcwa.com