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 

CertainTeed Corporation Acquires Hunter Douglas North American Ceilings Business

MALVERN, Pa., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CertainTeed Corporation today announced that it has acquired the Hunter Douglas North American ceilings business. This acquisition marks a significant benchmark of growth for CertainTeed Ceilings – a leader in the North American ceilings market and part of a commercial business offering that includes CertainTeed’s roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceiling products.

Specializing in acoustical ceiling and wall solutions, CertainTeed Ceilings has long served the North American construction industry. Its product portfolio includes all purpose and high-performance acoustic ceiling panels, specialty gypsum and wood ceilings, suspension systems and custom engineered acoustic solutions.

Hunter Douglas, a company with a rich heritage in product innovation, is also a notable leader in the ceilings and walls industry. By adding its range of aluminum, felt and fiberglass ceiling systems to CertainTeed Ceilings’ established product portfolio, CertainTeed Ceilings can now offer design solutions for the full spectrum of commercial projects.

“CertainTeed Ceilings makes it easier to specify, purchase and install the right ceiling systems for any commercial space and this acquisition only improves that benefit,” said Mark Rayfield, President and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation. “As part of our robust commercial business offerings, the acquisition allows us to deliver single source convenience and a range of solutions to make our customers’ jobs even easier. That will always be our top priority.”

The addition of Hunter Douglas ceiling and wall products will increase CertainTeed’s presence in the high-growth architectural specialty market. Its expanded product portfolio will now also include Hunter Douglas’:

Comprehensive line of metal ceilings, walls and exterior soffitsTechstyle™ large format acoustical panels with custom design capabilitiesHeartFelt™, a newly introduced line of felt ceiling and wall systems

“As the market has continued to demand more specialty solutions, we have been actively developing a product portfolio that delivers the creative solutions architects and designers are seeking,” said Carmen Bodden, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Ceilings. “Hunter Douglas has innovative and diverse ceilings and wall product lines that fulfill this strategy perfectly by meeting the creative and functional needs of architects and design professionals.”

“CertainTeed places a high value on maintaining the current Hunter Douglas ceilings team and its innovative, entrepreneurial culture,” said Rayfield. “Over the past 60 years, Hunter Douglas has earned the trust of its customers and is both well respected and highly successful in the ceiling industry.”

As part of this transition, Ron Rice will continue in his role as General Manager of Hunter Douglas Ceilings and will become a part of the CertainTeed Ceilings management team.

About Hunter Douglas Hunter Douglas is the world leader in window coverings, and is also a major manufacturer of architectural products. Its North American ceilings business manufactures architectural ceilings, walls and soffit systems with operations in Norcross, Georgia and Denver, Colorado, and has 100 employees.

About CertainTeed Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.7 billion in 2017. www.certainteed.com

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AZEK® Building Products Partners with Huttig® Building Products-Dallas to Distribute Full Line of AZEK® and TimberTech® Brands

SKOKIE, Ill.July 17, 2018 -AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium outdoor products, announces a distribution partnership with Huttig Building Products – Dallas, TX. As one of America’s largest wholesale distributors for more than 130 years, Huttig will offer the full line of AZEK and TimberTech brand products to its extensive dealer network in Texas and Oklahoma.

“With extreme weather across the spectrum, including heat, damaging sun and hail, our dealers need great looking products that resist the elements and endure over time,” said Kevin Brennan, Huttig VP of Sales – West. “AZEK’s premium products are well-suited to the growing markets in Texas and Oklahoma, which are booming in many regions and undergoing extensive rebuilding in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey last summer,” he said.

According to Joe Ochoa, President, AZEK Building Products, Huttig is a recognized supply partner in the South-Central territory, known for introducing leading-edge products to dealers in this space. “We are excited to partner with Huttig to accelerate the growth of our great looking, low-maintenance AZEK and TimberTech deck, rail, and trim products in this region.”

With the industry’s largest nature-inspired color palette for decking and railing, along with AZEK Porch and AZEK Trim, AZEK Building Products is dedicated to manufacturing premium exterior solutions that stand up to harsh weather. AZEK features great looks with low-maintenance and the assurance of building code listings and unmatched warranties.

With a vast selection of some of the industry’s top building products and millwork, Huttig provides dealers with top-of-the-line products from the best supplier brands in the country with the services they need to make their business a success in a changing industry.

For more information about Huttig, visit www.huttig.com. To learn more about AZEK Building Products call 1-877-ASK –AZEK (275-2935) or 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 Huttig® Building Products, Inc

Huttig, currently in its 134th year of business, is one of the largest domestic distributors of millwork, building materials and wood products used principally in new residential construction and in-home improvement, remodeling and repair work. Huttig distributes its products through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states. Huttig’s wholesale distribution centers sell principally to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured home.

SOURCE AZEK Building Products

AZEK to acquire Versatex

Versatex, a Portfolio Company of Highlander Partners, Enters into a Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by The AZEK Company

DALLASMay 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Versatex Holdings, LLC , a leading manufacturer of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by The AZEK Company (“AZEK”).  Versatex’s management team will remain with the business and continue operations from its production facility in Aliquippa, PA.

Versatex, a Highlander investment since September 2014, is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-quality, branded exterior trim, sheet, mouldings and other innovative products with an expanding range of building applications.

Mark Blanchat, Chairman of Versatex and a Partner at Highlander, stated, “John Pace and his team have done a tremendous job growing Versatex and enhancing the business.  Versatex has continually grown in revenue and profitability while significantly expanding its salesforce and investing substantially in its production facility and capabilities.  The Company’s success has been achieved through strong leadership and superior management execution.  The team’s efforts have positioned the Company for greater future success, as cellular PVC building products continue to gain share from legacy wood-based offerings and achieve broader adoption in new geographies.”

Jeff L. Hull, Highlander’s President and Managing Partner and board member of Versatex, added, “We thank Versatex’s employees for their hard work in advancing the Company over the past four years, and wish John and his team the very best.  Versatex is an exceptional company and we are extremely proud to have been associated with it.”

John Pace, CEO of Versatex said, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with AZEK, which is an ideal partner for us.  Our companies have complementary strengths and a shared commitment to premium quality, customer service and product innovation.  We thank Highlander for its tremendous support and look forward to working together with AZEK to address the opportunities that alternative materials offer the building envelope market.”

Rothschild & Co.  is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Versatex in connection with this transaction.

About Highlander Partners
Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $2.0 billion of assets under management. The firm focuses on making investments in businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including basic manufacturing, food, chemicals, building materials, consumer products, and others. Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions.  For more information, visit www.highlander-partners.com.

About Versatex Holdings LLC
Versatex manufactures and supplies cellular PVC building products. The Company’s products include trimboards, sheets, cornerboards, beadboards, skirtboards, wraps, beaded profiles, soffit systems, molding profiles, and finishing products. It markets and sells its products through distributors/dealers in the United States and Canada. The Company was founded in 2003 and is based in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. For more information about Versatex, please visit www.versatex.com.

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BUILDING PRODUCTS INC. IS NOW DISTRIBUTING TAMKO’S ENVISION DECKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ron Cook
Office:  (800) 641-4691, ext. 2245
Mobile: (417) 529-2390

Growing distributor recently expanded to Wisconsin market with new location

JOPLIN, MISSOURI – May 30, 2018 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce that Building Products Inc. (BPI) is distributing Envision® composite decking at their new branch in Watertown, Wisconsin, which was opened this year.

TAMKO’s Executive Vice President, Tim Whelan, says the longtime manufacturer is excited to join forces with BPI. “BPI is a high caliber distributor with an appreciation for the differentiated nature of our Envision product line. We are very pleased with their initial success in launching Envision in their markets and look forward to significant growth with them,” said Whelan.

J.J. Robson, General Manager of the BPI Iowa and Wisconsin Divisions, said, “We are excited about this new partnership between BPI and Envision Decking by TAMKO. With our recent expansion to Wisconsin, we were looking for a trusted decking solution to offer to our customers and we believe we found that with TAMKO.”

According to TAMKO’s Director of Decking Sales and Marketing, Shara Gamble, TAMKO aligns well with BPI in terms of company values like integrity and respect for individuals. “Knowing that BPI prides itself on responsible business operations that lead to meaningful relationships – practices which are also held in high-esteem by TAMKO – we are thrilled with this distribution agreement,” said Gamble.

James Gonzalez, General Manager of TAMKO’s Lamar, Missouri manufacturing plant where Envision® composite decking is made, said “Envision decking is crafted in the heartland of the USA by a team of honest, intelligent, hard-working, women and men who reflect TAMKO’s core values. With BPI’s appreciation for similar character traits, TAMKO’s decking team is enthusiastic for this venture.”

BPI recently opened a new branch in Wisconsin located in Watertown, which among other products, stocks TAMKO’s Envision® and EverGrain® composite decking products and will service the Green Bay area south of Chicago and the area west of Madison, Wisconsin.

Click here to download photos of TAMKO’s Envision composite decking.

 About Building Products Inc.

Building Products Inc. (BPI) is headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota. With branches in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, BPI is a growing distributor of building products such as roofing, lumber, engineered wood, windows, exterior doors and millwork products. Maintaining a customer focus along with values of respect and dignity are top priorities for BPI. For more information, visit www.BPI.build.

About TAMKO Composite Lumber

From decking to railing, TAMKO’s composite lumber offerings provide homeowners with exceptional options to create a beautiful outdoor space where beautiful things happen. These offerings include Envision Distinction, Envision Inspiration, Envision Expression, EverGrain®, Marquee Railing® and TAM- RAIL®. For more information, visit our website at www.EnvisionDecking.com.

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

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dassoXTR partners with Boise Cascade, Woodinville

 

dasso is pleased to announce Boise Cascade in Woodinville, Washington as our new, authorized stocking distributor for all dassoXTR products.

Boise Cascade has a long history of servicing the needs of lumberyards and contractors in the Seattle market and we are proud to be partnering with Boise Cascade, Woodinville with our exterior fused bamboo products.

Please Note: dasso notifies Architects, Designers, and Remodelers that dasso has not merged with MOSO, is not doing business as MOSO, and is not selling product as or under the MOSO brand, including MOSO Bamboo X-treme, in the United States and Canada markets.  dassoXTR remains as the genuine brand of Fused Bamboo for Exterior Use.

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Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso) Concludes Annual Meeting By Issuing Statement on North American Operations

For Immediate Release                          

April 24, 2018

Hangzhou, China: Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso), one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of bamboo products worldwide, issued a statement from its headquarters that may have a significant impact on the bamboo exterior decking industry in the United States and Canada. The announcement came after several days of meetings at the company’s world headquarters in Hangzhou, China during the week of April 16, 2018, with many high-ranking board members, executive officers and corporate representatives from Dasso, as well as Dasso’s expansive group of subsidiaries and affiliated entities, in attendance. A major topic discussed at the company’s board of director’s meeting concerned a former, terminated factory manufacturing and selling counterfeited exterior bamboo decking product to distributors, who then mislead consumers, suppliers and dealers by claiming that the counterfeited product is manufactured at a Dasso contracted factory.

Of particular note, the statement released from Dasso identifies MOSO International, BV’s (MOSO) as one of the distributors involved in the scheme of purchasing counterfeited exterior decking product directly from Dasso’s former factory and importing the counterfeited product into the United States and Canada, beginning in 2017. According to Lin Hai, the founder and Policy and Technical Advisor of Dasso, “It is of great importance that customers, distributors and dealers of our patented exterior decking product in the United States and Canada understand precisely where we, as a company, stand on these issues.” The statement released by Dasso is a “buyer beware”, and notifies and warns consumers, dealers, distributors and retailers that the product being sold by MOSO in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme is counterfeited product being manufactured and produced at an unauthorized and terminated former factory. The statement also makes clear that Dasso has not merged with MOSO, is not doing business as MOSO and is not selling product as or under the MOSO brand, including MOSO Bamboo-X-treme, in the United States and Canada markets.

Steve Shen, Dasso’s Vice President, was quoted as saying: “In June 2017, MOSO’s President, Rene Zaal, made multiple trips to China and requested permission from Dasso to enter into the U.S. and Canada markets as an authorized distributor of Dasso’s patented exterior decking product sold by MOSO in Europe as MOSO Bamboo X-treme. After Mr. Zaal’s request was repeatedly denied, Mr. Zaal struck a backdoor deal with a Dasso contracted factory and began buying Dasso’s patented product directly from the factory without authorization or consent, which violated the factory’s contract with Dasso, as well as MOSO’s restricted distribution contract with Dasso. When the factory refused to allow Dasso’s representatives into the factory for safety and product inspections and refused to cease selling the patented exterior decking product directly to MOSO, Dasso terminated the factory’s manufacturing agreement on September 18, 2017. Despite its termination, the factory continues to illegally manufacture exterior bamboo decking product using Dasso’s patented processes and Dasso is pursuing the former factory owner for criminal prosecution and civil damages in China. Further, MOSO continues to purchase the counterfeited exterior decking product from the terminated and former factory in violation of the laws of China, the United States and Canada. We, as a company, cannot allow a former factory to continue manufacturing counterfeited product in violation of Dasso’s patent rights; nor can we allow a distributor to strike a deal behind our backs with a now-former factory and claim the counterfeited product is genuine.”   

The statement released from the company also includes a direct quote from Dasso’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Xu: “Our biggest concern is, first and foremost, for the safety of each end-user of our patented products. Our entire company’s philosophy is built upon the customer’s experience and satisfaction. Secondly, it is imperative that Dasso’s patented product is manufactured in strict accordance with our patented processes to ensure the safety, integrity, dependability and reliability of our products sold worldwide. Each factory that manufactures our patented product is contractually required to adhere to stringent manufacturing guidelines, inspections and onsite visits. This is non-negotiable and strictly enforced. Dasso’s product warranties only apply and extend to genuine product manufactured by an authorized contracted factory and does not apply to counterfeited products being sold in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme. In those markets, the only genuine, authorized and approved exterior bamboo decking products that carry Dasso’s product warranties are sold under the DassoXTR brand by our U.S.-based affiliate, Easoon USA, LLC.”

Dasso’s CEO concluded the meetings by reviewing the company’s financials. According to Mr. Xu, Dasso, including its many subsidiaries and affiliated companies, is financially strong and viable and continue to exceed projections and expectations. In fact, 2017 was Dasso’s most profitable, with the current year’s first quarter already outperforming last year’s first quarter in revenue and sales. Mr. Xu outlined and detailed several new innovative products currently being developed, and updated the company on new products ready for production and distribution. With the annual increases in revenue and profitability, the company unanimously voted to establish a committee to begin the process of becoming a publicly listed company in the near future. After a week of meetings, factory tours and a celebratory dinner, the future looks bright for Dasso.

Dasso’s Board of Directors

Standing from left to right: Tony Wong, Vice President of International Sales; Qingwei Hu, Vice President of Greater China Sales; Frank Xu, Chief Executive Officer; Giovani Xue, Vice President of Product Design; Hongzheng Liu, Vice President of Technical and R&D; Xubo Zhen, Chief Financial Officer.  

Seated from left to right: Scott Hoopes, Board Member and General Legal Counsel; Larry Lin, Founder and Policy and Technical Advisor; Avery Chua, President of Dasso’s U.S. and Canada Operations; Steve Shen, Vice President of Legal and General Administration.

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.

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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.

© Copyright 2018 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

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WOLF HOME PRODUCTS INTRODUCES WOLF DISTINCTION RAILING 

N E W S   R E L E A S E,

DATE: April 11, 2018

CONTACT: Jim Groff, 717.852.4842, jcgroff@wolfhomeproducts.com

WOLF HOME PRODUCTS INTRODUCES WOLF DISTINCTION RAILING 

Versatile new product combines the look of natural wood, innovative bracketing technology

 

(YORK, Pa.) — Wolf Home Products today announced the release of Wolf Distinction™ Railing. This new line of deck railing is made in the U.S., and combines the perennial look of real painted wood with durable, low maintenance materials. Wolf Home Products is a leading provider of building products along the East Coast and one of the largest suppliers of kitchen cabinets in the U.S.

Wolf Distinction Railing features Wolf’s unique Optibracket™ Technology, which utilizes a single bracket that can be used in four configurations — 22.5°, 45°, flat and stair — making installation simple and seamless. Once installed, the bracket is hidden from view, giving the entire railing system a flawless finish. Wolf Distinction Railing also pairs seamlessly with Wolf Outdoor Lighting.

Other features of Wolf Distinction Railing include:

  • Aluminum-reinforced top and bottom rails
  • Fast and easy, all-in-one installation kits
  • Flat rail top for beverages
  • Available in white
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

By adding Wolf Distinction Railing, Wolf has further expanded the range of selection and accents that independent dealers can offer their customers. The company also offers Wolf-branded decking, railing, cabinets and trim — all successful product lines available exclusively through 3,000+ independent dealers.

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Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 175 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, visit wolfhomeproducts.com