Codes That Will Effect Deck Builders

Here’s an article by ICC about the first jurisdictions to adopt the new pool and spa code.  This will effect deck builders with new codes now in place in Amarillo, Texas; Mt. Juliette, Illinois; and the entire state of South Carolina. ~ Glenn Mathewson, NADRA Technical Advisor

Jurisdictions First to Adopt New Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Code:

Amarillo, Texas, Mt. Juliette, Tennessee, and the state of South Carolina are the first jurisdictions in the nation to adopt the 2012International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), the only comprehensive code to upgrade pool and spa safety and meet the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. The ISPSC, published by the International Code Council, uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas and hot tubs.

“It only makes sense to utilize the most current industry standards,” said Scott McDonald, Amarillo Building Official. “The ISPSC provides a single resource for persons involved in every aspect of the construction, maintenance and operation of pools, spas and hot tubs, to ensure they provide for the welfare and safety of the users.”

The ISPSC was developed with input from a wide range of industry experts, including the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), and was finalized through the Code Council’s governmental consensus process. The ISPSC effectively combines the relevant provisions of the full set of ICC Codes (read full article HERE)

Enter to Win Our Sweepstakes!

“Like” us on FaceBook and enter our “Be Our Guest” Sweepstakes for a chance to win a complimentary dinner ticket to NADRA’s Main Event at The American Visionary Art Museum!

All you have to do is click on the tab with the yellow tag that reads “Exclusive“. From there you will be instructed to enter the sweepstakes. It’s that easy!

Dinner ticket includes:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • NADRA Annual Meeting
  • Tour of Museum
  • Dinner & Awards
  • After Party at The Hard Rock Cafe with Live Entertainment from The New Romance!

To learn more about this event, click HERE

NADRA Announces NEW Membership Packages

We are proud to announce our new membership packages! When the requests poured in to create a year-round opportunity to support the association, we listened. These new packages will provide you with more value added benefits and services from NADRA. We are excited to present to you the new packages in Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Each package has been customized to include annual dues and sponsorships for one flat fee. Packages include year-round marketing opportunities while saving you money. This means, one payment for year-round participation. Packages include website presence, education sponsorship, NADRA’s Main Event sponsorship & more. Our hopes are that this will allow for budgets to be presented to your company in advance to ensure NADRA’s continued growth.

For our members who wish to remain in the original categories, those options are still available to you. Opportunities for individual sponsorships are still available through NADRA’s Media Kit. We appreciate all of our members, and this is a great way for you to feel that while you’re helping NADRA achieve its goals, you’re also getting more “bang for your buck”.

Click HERE to view new membership application!

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Builds Deck For a Soldier

NADRA’s Atlanta, GA Chapter is currently wrapping up their 2012 D4S build! The chapter is working side-by-side with Operation Homefront.

A little bit about the Soldier and his family: (Winning entry essay)

My wife and I have been married for seven years now and we bought our first home almost three years ago. We spent almost four years stationed in northern Virginia and moved back to Georgia in late 2007. In early 2008 I was recalled and sent to personnel retrieval and processing company from which I was deployed in late 2008. In March 2009, I returned from my deployment and we were able to finally buy our first home. As you are able to see from the pictures of our deck we really don’t have much of a deck. Our home was built in the early 1990’s making our home over 20 years old. I honestly believe the current deck is just as old as our home and prior to us moving into our house almost three years ago it doesn’t look like it received the care it needed. While I was in Iraq I received some injuries which limit me from doing basic maintenance to our home. If something needs to be done and I am unable to find someone to help me; I have to find a contractor to do it. Sometimes this can be pretty costly.  My wife and I were going to replace the deck last year and then we found out we were going to have our first child, needless to say our priorities changed a little.  I think if we were selected to receive such a wonderful gift we would greatly appreciate it as well as benefit from it. The current deck is very small and barely fits a grill on it making it very hard to have anyone sit out on the deck and enjoy each other company outdoors. We also think some of the wood is rotten making the deck a little unstable. A new deck would provide a safe and fun place to entertain and enjoy our home. We plan on making this our home for a while so we will eventually replace the deck when we are able to afford it. We would really love to be considered for a new deck this would definitely be something we would never forget.

NADRA 2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Announced

NADRA Announces Biggest Industry Event of The Year to be Held at the American Visionary Art Museum, October 10th, 2012 in Baltimore, MD 

August 8, 2012  – Quakertown, PA| Today, The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) launched registration for the 2012 main event being held in conjunction with DeckExpo. The big night includes a cocktail reception, annual meeting, industry awards, silent auction, dinner, deck competition & the well-known after-party with a live performance at the Hard Rock Café. Registration for this ticketed event is now open at www.NADRA.org.

What might seem like a party to some is the most significant fundraiser of the year for NADRA. Much weighs on the outcome of this leading industry event.  Participation from industry professionals is essential to the growth of the association.

NADRA’s main event will take place at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.

NADRA Builder Member, Sean McAleer from Deck Remodelers tells NADRA “My entire team looks forward to this event, especially my lead guys that have some skin in the game. There will be six of us in Baltimore to attend the Awards.  We wait all year for it! Everyone wants bragging rights to having built an award winner!”

During the annual meeting, current members will vote in new directors. You can see and hear the “Year in Review” to learn about the state of your industry and your association’s involvement. Gain important insight into leading industry programs like Deck Safety Month, Deck for a Soldier and NADRA’s Master Deck Professional Certification program.  NADRA will also announce the 2012 recipient of the Terry Award, which recognizes industry leaders for their outstanding contributions to the decking industry and the association.

Following the meeting, guests are invited to tour the exhibits at the museum. Dinner will be served on the 3rd floor of the museum. Before the night ends, NADRA will announce the winners of the 2012 National Deck Competition.

Following the event at the American Visionary Art Museum, and while the night is still young; guests are invited across the water to celebrate like rock stars at The Hard Rock Café with a live performance by The New Romance.

“It’s not often we have the opportunity to get together as an industry” said Michael Beaudry, Executive V.P of NADRA. “The annual meeting is a chance for the industry to come together, meet, greet and motivate each other and to make the spirit surrounding the night last throughout the year.”

Early bird pricing is now available. Go to www.NADRA.org to get in on the action before it’s sold out.  This is an event you don’t want to miss! 

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Decks and More, Inc. Named NARI 2012 CoTY

February 2, 2012 – Smyrna, GA | The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Decks and More, Inc., of Smyrna, Georgia, 2012 Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Exterior Specialty category of its annual awards competition.

Decks and More, Inc., operated by Frank Pologruto of Smyrna, GA, has been serving the Atlanta area since 2001, completing over 400 projects ranging from $1,000 to over $350,000. Decks and More, Inc. has been a member of NARI since 2004. NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners are eligible for the National CotY Awards. National winners will be announced at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center, located in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.

Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2010, and November 30, 2011, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s submission, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

The winning entry submitted by Decks and More, Inc. features a dramatic covered walkway connecting the customer’s garage to her home. Frank Pologruto and his team of professional craftsmen built a structure with a curved dome roof that is supported by custom-built alder wood columns. A flagstone walkway and new lighting further enhance the updated design. Eco-friendly innovations include the use of a rain chain leading to a clay storage basin in lieu of an ordinary downspout and the addition of drought tolerant plants. The project increased the functionality of the area as well as its visual appeal.

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You’re Invited: Timbertech VIP Party!

January 26, 2012 | Click the image below to view the invitation!

Atlanta NADRA Chapter February Meeting

February 17, 2011 | Thanks to everyone that attended the Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting. Special thanks goes out to Bill Sullivan and AZEK for sponsoring this month’s event. Bill gave an informative presentation featuring AZEK’s recent product releases. This included AZEK’s hideaway built in storage compartment and planter options.

Tommy Howard, our guest speaker from the Norton Group, gave a very interesting presentation on the housing market and forecasted trends that can be expected over the next two years. I thought this topic was timely, informative, and something that all members gained some insight from. Tommy Howard and the Norton Group have a very successful track record in, gathering and analyzing statistics, and forecasting major economic trends. Thanks Mr. Howard for taking the time to attend our meeting and sharing this information with us.

As you may have noticed you could actually hear everything said this time around as we gave our new sound system its first test. Mr. Dave Tibbetts gets credit for not only providing the equipment but his willingness to help with various set ups at each meeting.

Overall we had a turnout with many guests present. This included deck builders, deck restoration contractors, marketing, and vendor associates from various decking manufacturers.

James Gunning, OC Kirk, and Larry Pease volunteered to research the NADRA National website and focus on an efficient and effective way to bring the spotlight onto our May “Deck Safety Month” program.
Several vendor members voiced interest in sponsoring future chapter meetings. Please continue to email your official request and we’ll schedule accordingly. Once this is established I’ll post each upcoming meetings sponsor.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and that you will continue to attend, bring guests, and encourage new members.

Respectfully,

Bobby Parks
Atlanta NADRA Chapter President

Everflashing From Quality Aluminum Products

May 15, 2010 | Described as the “last deck flashing you will ever need,” Everflashing was developed to greatly reduce the possibility of water intrusion which can lead to further issues such as dry rot, connector corrosion, mold and ultimately deck ledger failure.

When used as part of a complete deck flashing system, Everflashing’s perimeter
flashing is designed to allow decking products to expand and contract, while maintaining a clean, finished looking perimeter edge.

Everflashing helps avoid deck ledger failure and greatly reduces moisture problems. The product is engineered so that, once installed you will never have to intrude the wall envelope again, even to resurface.

Available in G185 galvanized for use with treated lumber, color matched aluminum for MicroPro or L3 Lumber or stainless steel for salt water applications.

Visit us at www.everflashing.org or call 800.550.1667.