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

CAMO’S New Stand Up Drive™ Tool Speeds Decking Installations by Up to 5X (IBS Show Booth N963)

Contact: Maureen Murray
973-993-1570
precise2@optonline.net

Grand Rapids, MI – National Nail’s CAMO® brand is excited to launch its new CAMO® Drive™ tool at the 2019 International Builders Show (IBS), Booth N963 in Las Vegas. Engineered with insight from decking professionals, the CAMO Drive tool was designed to address key challenges faced by professional deck builders today; speed, ease of deck board installation, the absence of fastener versatility and the affordability and lack of flexibility in the deck fastening tools in use today.  Installing decking at speeds up to 5X faster than current methods, the CAMO Drive tool allows the user to attach their own drill and stand up (get off their knees) while using any one of the three most popular methods of securing decking:  Clips, Edge screws or Face screws.

CAMO Drive with Clip Nose Guide

“Professional deck builders have been approaching us to provide them a tool and fastening system that saves them time, is easy to understand and do, can be used on all types of decking and reduces their unwanted investment in tools. Oh, they also wanted to use their own drill and be off their knees,” says W. Scott Baker, President/CEO. “The CAMO Drive tool and related CAMO fasteners have delivered this and more!”

For grooved decking, there’s no easier way to attach a deck then by using the CAMO Drive tool with the new industry-changing CAMO® EdgeClip™. For use with any grooved wood, capstock or PVC board, you simply insert the clip into the deck board groove, slide the next board or boards on and then fasten the clip in one easy motion, with the CAMO Drive tool. 

For Edge and Face fastening, load either the CAMO collated Edge or Face screws into the CAMO Drive tool and drive the screws into pressure treated or hardwoods, square edge capstock or PVC deck boards.  All while standing up. It is that easy.

Josh Ross from 4th Dimension Construction said,

“After using the CAMO Drive, it made it feel like I’ve been building decks the wrong way for the past 20 years.” Mike Guis from Providence Custom Building added, “The CAMO Drive is an excellent tool to be able to install quickly and get off your knees.”

To learn more about the CAMO Drive, visit www.camofasteners.com/drive.

About CAMO    

CAMO exists to provide the best deck fastening installation experience. Bar None. Whether you install decks for a living, get suckered into building them with a buddy, or maybe just once in your lifetime, CAMO products are designed with you in mind; hard-working folks who take pride in their work, value their wallet, and respect brands who respect them. From fasteners, to fastening guides and tools, all CAMO products are engineered so your work looks good and performs as you expect it should. 

CAMO® Deck Responsibly™.

For more information or to locate a dealer, visit camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram. Search CAMO Fasteners on YouTube to find our channel or check us out on Pinterest.

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NADRA Code Update

February 2019

By Glenn Mathewson

Thanks to the support of NADRA members we have shared our knowledge with others in the campfire discussions regarding deck code proposals for the 2021 International Residential Code.  There were 9 proposals submitted with our assistance and approval. The Deck Code Coalition is an informal group of generous professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Led by the steadfast efforts of Mr. Charles Banjai, a now retired code official and long-time contributor to code development, NADRA was able to work with these professionals toward well-developed deck codes.   While some disagreement remains and some is yet to be decided, it appears the majority of these proposals have broad support. Here is a brief rundown of what was submitted.

  1. Decking spans for single-span and two-span conditions.
  2. Ledger, joist, and beam design tables up to 50, 60 & 70 psf snow loads.
  3. Beam cantilever wording corrected.  Mostly clerical.
  4. Relocation of footing depth and frost protection provisions.  Mostly clerical, so interpretation can be more consistent and understood.
  5. Separates guards and handrails on the load table so future, more appropriate, minimum design loads can be determined for each independently.
  6. Provisions requiring guard post attachment to be secured to adjacent members in the deck framing.  Sets minimum guard post at 4×4 and with no notches permitted.
  7. Clarifies that multi-ply beams must be fastened together.
  8. An adjustment factor to allow longer beam spans when the joists do not cantilever beyond the beam and for various distances of cantilever.  This will allow more flexible use of the beam span table.
  9. Add an appendix for guard post connection details and for future provisions regarding specific deck designs.

While this milestone in the code development process is exciting, it’s just the beginning.  Anyone can submit a proposal and there are plenty of people interested in decks. Here are the next steps:

  1. On March 4th ICC will publish all of the proposed changes.  Previous years leave expectations at well over a thousand pages of proposals to review for deck-related provisions.  
  2. Once identified, the membership will need to decide. What’s good, what needs work, what is dangerous?
  3. Research and communication with others follows.  
  4. Then reaching out to the proponents of topics of concern to share and discuss, in hopes that agreement and compromise for better code can be achieved before the hearing.  
  5. Before the Albuquerque hearings this May, testimony has to be prepared in hope as the winning words for the committee.
  6. After these preparations, the hearing will commence and it will end, and the committee results will be published.  
  7. Next, all the research and networking will happen again as public comments are prepared and submitted.
  8. This is only to be followed by all the public comments being published and the review of all the surprises will begin again.
  9. Finally, all will conclude at the final hearings in October 2019.

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 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.

2. 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. 

NADRA attends American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Live and Dead Load Subcommittee meeting

By Glenn Mathewson

Another public comment was also presented, one that could have a major impact on decking.

How to build guards has never been provided for in the code, and even the loads that guards must resist have been pretty fuzzy throughout code history.  Those target loads have come into some pretty serious question now that so much testing is being conducted to assure guard posts will meet a 500 lb or greater load.  The current code requires the top of a guard and handrail to resist a 200 lb. load in any direction. Any direction means upward and inward, two directions that have nothing to do with a guard’s purpose, fall protection from an elevated surface.  They do relate to a handrail’s purpose, to brace a fall in any direction and to assist in ascending or descending stairs or ramps.

The ASTM testing standards for composite rails and the ICC Evaluation Services acceptance criteria for other manufactured guards don’t exactly match the code, and the loads are questioned in all.  This problem is well understood, yet meanwhile, proponents have been only narrowly defeated in the last two code modification cycles in their attempts to have prescriptive ands specific guard post connection details included in the IRC.  It is the opinion of many others that the target loading and the direction of loading needs to be reevaluated and set more appropriately, before methods to meet the loads are solidified in code. That was the reason I, taking NADRA’s voice, attended the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Live and Dead Load Subcommittee meeting on November 7th, 2018.

The ASCE 7 standard is the nation’s go-to for establishing the minimum design loads for structures of all sorts.  It’s generally the basis for the loads in the I-codes. So rather than attempt this change for guard loading at the ICC level, we went one level further in.  The ASCE meeting was to review proposals and ideas for the next 2022 version of the ASCE 7 and proposals they are planning for the 2021 IBC development next year.  The National Home Builders’ Association (NAHB), a friend to NADRA, led the charge with public comment proposals to the ASCE committee requesting guards and handrails be separated and their minimum loads and load directions be individually determined.  While a handrail does need to resist a load in any direction, a guard does not. I spoke at the meeting in favor of the NAHB public comment and provided history of guard and handrails loads going back to the 1970. Over those years, guard and handrail minimum design loads were quite varied.  On the west coast, under the Uniform Building Code, only a 20 lb. horizontal load applied 90 degrees to the guard, but on the east coast, under the Standard Building Code, it was 200 lb. in any direction. From the 70’s to 2000 IRC, guards underwent a lot of changes regarding design load, but still at that time guards weren’t tested by any more than a push from the inspector.  Guards and handrail loads were combined, then separated, but then in later years combined again.

The history and the companion testimony at the meeting helped show the ASCE committee that indeed today’s design loads in the code and the ASCE standard are due for reevaluation.  Before building the house of new deck codes, let’s make sure we have a good foundation. Alongside NADRA and the NAHB, the Stair Manufacturers’ Association and the Composite Lumber Manufacturers’ Association also provided insight into this much-needed reevaluation.  The ASCE Committee agreed and affirmed a motion to work with the NAHB further on this issue. This was a great step in the right direction.

Though we attended the meeting for the guard discussion, there was more to learn.  Code and standard proposals and recommendations can come from anyone. Being present and available to learn of those other proposals and to quickly respond is a very important part of representing an industry in code.

Another public comment was also presented, one that could have a major impact on decking.  Stair treads are required to resist the familiar 40 psf live load that a deck surface must resist, but they also must resist a concentrated load of 300 lb. over a 4-square-inch area.  This has to do with the impact from the balls of your feet while rapidly descending stairs. It has been in the codes for all stair treads since 1979. You may be familiar with composite decking stair tread span limitations.  Due to this additional concentrated load, most composite decking has reduced allowable spans when used as stair treads. 16-inch on center joists for the deck, often have to be reduced to 12 inch or less on the stairs. A surprise proposal we were not expecting was to require the same stair tread concentrated load throughout the deck.  Changing the minimum loading requirements, means re-proving that decking can meet the new loads, including the lumber decking spans brought into the code in 2015. If these changes were made, they would need to be with good justification and industry-wide evaluation.

The proponent argument for this proposal was in response to impact from stepping off ladders and known cases of deck board failure.   What wasn’t shared is how many instances? How old was the decking? What was the condition? These were all questions posed by others in the room, as it is becoming well known that well-intended reactions to anecdotal instances have shaped a lot of recent codes.  The very quick question I, we, NADRA, asked was why decks are being singled out and not all floor systems? If this is a human impact load on a floor surface, then what distinguishes the hazard between the floor inside the house and the deck? Why would the decking industry be singled out?  Do we not use ladders inside the home? There was no solid answer to these questions and an affirmative motion to shelf the proposal and request more information and reason statements from the proponent.

Our efforts at this meeting have helped already to steer the future, but the winds are strong and the journey long. We need your support to stay involved in this critical work.

California balcony/deck/ porch inspection law

“Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.”

By: Keith Burbank

POSTED: SEP 17 2018 10:19PM PDT

Gov. Brown signs balcony inspection law following deadly Berkeley collapse

By Bay City News Service, read the original story here.

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways to hopefully avoid deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.

At a birthday party in June 2015, six young people died when a fifth-story balcony collapsed, according to the office of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, who co-authored the bill, Senate Bill 721.

An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot and the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects, Hill’s office said.

Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. 

Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.

Those elements must be inspected if they extend beyond the building’s exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products. 

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the other author of the bill. 

Read the bill here

What you should know about the 2018 National+ Deck Competition.

BUILDERS. MANUFACTURERS. SALES REPRESENTATIVES. LUMBERYARDS & DEALERS. THIS IS FOR YOU. 

The National+ Deck Competition has evolved over the years. As the association board of directors thought about the 9th annual Deck Competition, they reviewed the competition categories & with consideration to all membership categories, developed a few NEW project categories for members. Here is what you should know: 

DEADLINE TO ENTER: SEPTEMBER 10T, 2018 11:59PM EDT

EARLY BIRD RATE: ENDS AUGUST 27, 2018 11:59PM EDT

MANUFACTURERS: Must be a current member of NADRA

Manufacturer Category: Manufacturer members of wood and alternative decking materials, railing, fasteners, lighting, accessories, etc. The manufacturer member must enter the competition, not the builder. The builder must be a current member of NADRA. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

Associated fees: $150 before 8/28/18   /  $200 after 8/27/18

*Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

DEALERS / LUMBERYARDS: Must be a current member of NADRA

The Greatest Showroom: The Greatest Showroom is intended for lumberyards and dealers. This is an opportunity to showcase your over and under 3,000 sqft showroom displaying outdoor living products. Must include materials in the outdoor living industry, including decking or docks.

Associated fees: $100 before 8/28/18 / $150 after 8/27/18

BUILDERS / ARCHITECTS:  Must be a current member of NADRA

  • Wood Deck Under $25k: includes: Pressure Treated, Cedar, Redwood, Southern Pine, Ipe, Hardwoods, etc.
  • Alternative Deck Under $25k: includes: includes: cap-stock, composite, PVC, plastic, aluminum, vinyl, etc
  • Limitless Creation Under $25k: Any outdoor living project. Open to all materials. *If you have a spectacular project that has outstanding qualities that includes multiple categories, consider entering it into this category.
  • Wood Deck $25k – $50k
  • Alternative Deck $25k – $50k
  • Limitless Creation $25k – $50k
  • Wood Deck $50k – $100k
  • Alternative Deck $50k – $100k
  • Limitless Creation $50k – $100k
  • Wood Deck Over $100k
  • Alternative Deck Over $100k
  • Limitless Creation Over $100k
  • Open Porch: An open room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Closed Porch: An enclosed room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Dock: A structure extending alongshore or out from the shore into a body of water. Unique Feature: includes: fire pit, fireplace, pergola, pavilion, freestanding structure, underdecking, outdoor kitchen / bar, water feature, outdoor shower, etc.
  • Illumination: Projects that show the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and more.
  • Commercial Outdoor Living Project, to include a deck: Must be a commercial address such as a restaurant, boardwalk, Doctor’s Office, etc. * For builders only, not a category for Manufacturers.
  • Refurbished / Refinished Deck: Most of the existing framing, and the basic layout must be retained Staining of existing boards or new decking Before photo must be included as one of the photos uploaded

Associated fees: $75 before 8/28/18 / $125 after 8/27/18

NEW FOR 2018 – PROJECT PARTNERS: 

  • The idea behind this new category is to build camaraderie & support between all levels in the industry. If the “partners” agree to enter the project with you, they will pay their entry fee separately, and if it’s a winning project, during the awards ceremony – the entire team can walk up and each receive an award and recognition alongside you. 
  • A partner is defined as any NADRA member that was instrumental in a project entered into the 2018 National Deck Competition. 
  • A partner may be: 
    • A Manufacturer of: lighting, screws, framing, railing, footings, decking, underdecking, etc. 
    • Sales Representative
    • Dealer, Lumberyard
    • Architect / Builder / Designer
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will select the “Partner Registration” category. 
  • The Builder must enter the National Deck Competition and provide partners with their “Project Name”. 
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will include the “Project Name” that they are associated with. The entrant will be responsible for providing partners with their project name. This is a critical component of your entry. This is how NADRA HQ will identify your team. 
  • If the project wins a national award, the partners who entered alongside the entrant may walk up to receive their award and recognition during the awards dinner. 
  • All official partners will be recognized in NADRA news, blog, website, social media and various industry print and digital publications.

Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

To learn more about the competition, please download the Official Handbook