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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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

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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.

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