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

NADRA Upcoming Education Schedule

Great Plains ASHI, 24th Annual Fall Seminar:

Kansas City, MO – ASHI Chapter Annual Fall Seminar. 

WHEN: September 21, 2018 7:00 AM to September 22, 2018 4:00 PM

Jim Mailey- North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) Deck Evaluation Class. This is the same class taught in preparation for taking the NADRA Certification Exam. The test can be done at the Great Plains Fall Seminar or taken online with 30 days after the class. There is an additional fee for a one year membership and certification test. Deck inspection education is valuable even if you choose not to take the test and become certified.

Learn more & REGISTER

Remodeling / DeckExpo: 

Baltimore, MD –NADRA offers specific industry courses at the show, which gives you the option to receive your certifications. You can add these sessions onto your registration during the online registration process.

WHEN: Tuesday October 9th, 2018

Deck Evaluation / Inspection Program: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8am. Instructor: Jim Mailey.This program will allow Inspectors the opportunity to evaluate a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist.  The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to assess the safety issues of a deck properly.

Down The Load Path: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 1pm. Instructor: Glenn Mathewson. This program will allow industry professionals the opportunity to learn about the new 2018 IRC provisions; this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations, and properties of the earth covered so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood.

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INSPECTIONWORLD: 

San Diego, CA – Town & Country Resort

WHEN: Sunday, January 20th 8am – 12pm (4 ASHI CEs)

NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Class:  This program will allow the home inspector the opportunity to employ the ability to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more: 

  • Stair
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists
  • Joist Connections
  • Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware or material corrosion
  • Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

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Couple injured when deck collapses at Des Moines home

It’s Important to Check Your Deck®

Authorities say a man and woman were injured when their elevated deck collapsed at their home in northeast Des Moines while they were grilling food.

The Des Moines Register reports the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Monday. Des Moines Police Sgt. Tina Kalar says rotted wood may have allowed the deck to fall away from the house.

The 72-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns from the grill’s contents. Her 69-year-old husband was treated at an urgent care center.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Read the original article here

NADRA reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck®

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.  Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck buildersinspectorsmanufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

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Deck Safety Marketing Resources are Available to Help Outdoor Living Industry Professionals

May is Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.

The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.

  • 10-point consumer checklist
  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA. We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help you do just that. If you have any questions, please reach out. You can contact the team at NADRA by calling: 215-679-4884 or sending an email to: Info@NADRA.org

Just a small sampling of the many marketing resources available in the members section of NADRA.org: 

Flyer: 

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AZEK Building Products Joins with NADRA to Encourage Homeowners to Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

SKOKIE, Ill.May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Now that spring is here, everyone will want to enjoy their decks as much as possible.  However, older decks or those with structural issues could be at risk for collapse, causing serious injury to you and your loved ones.  The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is partnering with AZEK Building Products during Deck Safety Month® in May to promote deck safety.  AZEK, a world leader in decking with the AZEK® and TimberTech® brands, recommends homeowners Check Your Deck® before those fun outdoor barbecues.

Contractors can use a different color edge board to show a change in elevation as an extra safety measure. Shown: TimberTech Antiqua Gold with Antigua Palm accent.

“Our first priority is homeowner safety,” says Bruce Stanhope, Vice President, Research and Development, AZEK Building Products.  “Because decks are exposed to extreme weather and temperatures over the years, they need to be inspected by a professional home inspector for structural integrity to ensure they are safe and strong.”

NADRA’s Michael Beaudry, executive vice president, agrees. “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired,” he says. “Consider the snowfall from the past year– the heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to re-evaluate.”

Special attention should be placed on older decks built before codes and safety were enforced. “AZEK is dedicated to consumer safety at all levels, so we have an entire department devoted to code compliance,” Stanhope noted. “Homeowners should make sure their decking meets residential code listings and that railings are strong and certified for load bearing.”

“AZEK and TimberTech brands are protected with capped technology for resistance to weather, and for high-performance and low-maintenance,” says Stanhope. “However, you never know what is happening within the substructure, so the Check Your Deck® reminder helps to ensure a safe deck season.”

Check out NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” for tips on making decks safer at www.NADRA.org.  Or, to learn more about AZEK Building Products, visit www.azek.com.

About AZEK® Building Products:
AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK® Company, is a leader in the development of premium, low-maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, our product lines span AZEK® Deck, Rail, Trim, Moulding, Porch, Pavers, and Adhesives, as well as capped wood composite decking and railing under the TimberTech® name. Both brands, synonymous with quality and innovation and made in America, lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining entire product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com.

About NADRA:
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck buildersinspectorsmanufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

SOURCE AZEK Building Products

National Nail’s CAMO® Supports NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® in May

Grand Rapids, MI, May 02, 2018 – Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about deck building and life outdoors.  To help keep homeowners safe, CAMO is joining the efforts of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) during Deck Safety Month® in May to promote deck safety.  National Nail’s CAMO deck fastening systems include revolutionary CAMO Edge Fastening that drives the fastener into the side of the boards and the joist, as well as face fasteners and clips for a variety of ways to fasten the substructure and deck boards.

National Nail’s CAMO supports NADRA’s Deck Safety Month(R) to provide tips to keep decks safe. With the strongest fasteners on the market, National Nail features face fasteners, clips and the revolutionary CAMO Edge Fastening (shown here) that drives the fastener into the side of the boards and the joist for added stability.
“Proper, strong fastening and connections are critical to deck safety,” said Greg Palmer, Marketing Director, National Nail.  “The feedback we’ve had from contractors indicate that National Nail has the strongest fasteners on the market and our CAMO Edge Fastening system has been touted as adding stability to a deck time and again because it fastens the board on both sides and attaches the deck board directly to the joist.”

There are some common culprits that can cause decks to become unsafe or even collapse. The experts at CAMO suggest having a professional home inspector check the following to keep your deck in top shape:

  • Check the ledger board connection that attaches the deck to the house and for board splitting.
  • Fastener corrosion
  • Lateral movement, uplift and racking
  • Warped, rotted or loose boards
  • Raised fasteners that present a tripping hazard
  • Hanger/toe nail failure
  • Loose or comprised railings
  • Post and beam failure
  • Ensure the deck is up to current local codes

Palmer also cited older decks as being particularly at risk, because they may have been built before codes were established.  “There are cases where the deck is attached to the house with nails and that is extremely dangerous,” he said.

NADRA’s Michael Beaudry, executive vice president says it’s important to Check Your Deck® for these issues every season to keep you and your loved ones safe. “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired,” he says. Heavy snow, rain, the elements and wear and tear can take their toll on the structure.”

Check out NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” for tips on making decks safer at www.NADRA.org.  Or, learn more about National Nail’s CAMO deck fasteners at www.camofasteners.com. Be sure to “Like”  CAMO at @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram.

NADRA Announces Deck Safety Campaign

This year, Hanley Wood is a Bronze Level sponsor of the trade association’s efforts to make new and existing decks safer.

In the spring, with warm weather slowly spreading northward, more and more people refocus on outdoor living and resume using their decks. That’s one of the reasons why NADRA has designated May as its official Deck Safety Month. The campaign goal is to educate consumers, industry professionals, and inspectors about proper deck installation, and to promote the importance of annual inspections. To help in those efforts, NADRA has set up a deck safety page on its website, where you can find an easy-to-follow 10-point safety checklist for homeowners, a longer deck evaluation form (including an online version) and training for pros and home inspectors, and links to its deck safety ambassador program, introduced last year. By the way, Hanley Wood (the parent company of PDB) recently announced that it is a Bronze Level sponsor of the program. You can learn more about the program and sponsorship opportunities here.

Read the original article here.

 

 

Deck Safety Marketing Resources now Available to Help Outdoor Living Industry Boost Business this Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


In honor of Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.

Quakertown, PA – “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. This means big business opportunities for deck builders, remodelers, inspectors and contractors to promote deck inspections, ensuring homeowner safety while simultaneously building their own brand.

The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.

“May is Deck Safety Month®-along with prime outdoor living season-and that presents a perfect chance for savvy pros to market their business,” says Beaudry.

The non-profit trade association offers the following resources for building professionals to leverage during Deck Safety Month® and throughout the year, including:

  • The 2018 official deck safety toolkit. This NADRA-member benefit includes:
    • Deck Safety Month® Logo
    • Check Your Deck® Logo
    • 2018 Deck Safety Ambassador Logo (for official ambassadors only) learn more here about the ambassador program
    • 10-point consumer checklist
    • Link to online deck inspection form
    • Social media content for your use
    • Customizable press release templates
    • Customizable flyer all about deck safety
    • Customizable social media, infographics, and web graphics
    • Tips and guidelines to make the most out of Deck Safety Month®
  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources for industry professionals. *You must be a current NADRA member to access the “toolkit”. Join NADRA today.

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Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

QUAKERTOWN, PA – (April 24th, 2018) –The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. Each year, NADRA raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck through a national deck safety campaign.

NADRA’s Deck Safety Campaign creates an opportunity to: Educate. Inspect. Correct; ultimately, helping to prevent injuries and bringing an awareness to the importance of regular deck inspections.

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Consider the snowfall accumulations from just this past year. These heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to evaluate. It’s time to Check Your Deck®!”

Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Educate: NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. NADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Certification Program has educated hundreds of Home Inspectors to help evaluate unsafe structures. Read more about the class here.

Inspect: Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you a map of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures. Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

Correct: Through the evaluation and inspection of your deck, repairs and/ or replacement should be addressed. NADRA deck builders adhere to a strict code of ethics and are required to submit proof of licensing and insurance as required by their state. Homeowners can search for qualified deck builders at www.NADRA.org.


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

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379 Niagara Frontier Building Officials participate in Deck Construction class

“Simpson Strong-Tie was honored to be invited by the Niagara Frontier Building Officials to speak at their annual conference on January 23rd.  Doug Stercho (Simpson Strong-Tie Territory Manager), Chuck Frisicaro (Simpson Strong-Tie Sr. Dealer Rep for Western NY) and Jim Mailey (Simpson Strong-Tie Technical Training Manager and NADRA Structural Advisor & Educator) all had a major part in the success of this program.

The subject was on Deck Construction and the class was 6 hours long.  There were 379 people in attendance and the class was primarily made up of code officials from the Niagara Frontier region.  Although, there were numerous comments in the beginning about a class that is 6 hours in length on decks, those same people were amazed at how much was covered, how much there is to know about deck construction and how quickly the time seemed to pass.  At the end there were a lot of people requesting more information and asking if there are other classes on deck construction that they could attend.  The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist, the best document currently available for assessing new and existing decks, was a big hit along with some of the other literature provided.”