CAMO Named Hot New Product by LBM Journal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact: Taylor Running

March 11, 2013                                                                                               616.261.2134                                                                                          taylor_running@nationalnail.com

 

 

National Nail Corp.’s CAMO® Marksman Pro®-X1 Named Hot New Product by LBM Journal®

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Following the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show, National Nail Corp.’s CAMO Marksman Pro-X1 was included in LBM Journal’s Editors’ Choice Hot Products section in the March 2013 issue.

 

This year, LBM Journal showcased over 30 products and services that were featured at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show. They highlighted new products, as well as existing products that have been improved to better serve builder, remodeler and homeowner customers.

 

The CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System was also included in LBM Journal’s 2011 Editors’ Choice Hot Products, after launching at the International Builders’ Show.

 

For more information about CAMO, please visit http://www.camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245 ext. 2134. Be sure to “Like” CAMO Fasteners on Facebook and keep up with CAMO news, stories, photos and events by signing up for the CAMO Connection on the CAMO website.

 

National Nail Corp., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., is an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor of high quality, innovative building products and service solutions for the residential and commercial construction industries. Other National Nail brands include Pro-Fit® Fasteners, STINGER® Cap Systems and Impressions Storm Doors and Windows.

 

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NADRA and VisionScape: Outdoor Living in 3D

March 6, 2013

CONTACT:   Michael Beaudry, North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA)

(215) 679 – 4884

John Porco, Founder & CEO, VisionScape Interactive, LLC.

RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) and VisionScape Interactive, LLC. Partner to Bring the Outdoor Living Community Together Through 3D Visualization

 

QUAKERTOWN, PA—The North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) has partnered with VisionScape Interactive, LLC. to support and grow the outdoor living industry. Through this ongoing relationship, NADRA and VisionScape strive to unify the outdoor living community by providing NADRA’s professional, dealer, retailer and manufacturer members highly effective 3D design, presentation, sales and marketing tools.

 

The heart of this growing partnership lies in VisionScape’s 3D design and visualization software, Virtual Property Architect™, which allows for the creation of lifelike 3D designs and detailed 2D plans that can be saved as interactive, online sales presentations for the consumer.

 

“When a consumer can experience exactly how a finished project will look and feel right in their own backyard, and in advance of construction, we see more frequent and larger sales”, observes VisionScape Founder and CEO John Porco. “We have partnered with NADRA to equip the industry with the tools it needs to provide consumers this experience and increase the number of outdoor living projects completed each year.”

 

VisionScape 3D designs are created from an ever-expanding 3D catalogue of actual products and brands from throughout the industry. Easy-to-use smart tools allow software users to create true-to-life designs with just a few clicks and no previous experience required. The designs can be shared online with vivid screenshots, walkthrough videos, images and the 2D plan to create an immersive customer experience.

 

“The exciting products and technologies available today in decking, railing, fencing, landscaping, patio pavers, pool and spa as well as landscape lighting, now have the ability to come alive with a simple point and click,” explains NADRA Executive Vice President Michael Beaudry. “This partnership not only enables our members to provide a superior customer experience, it also unifies each segment of the outdoor living industry.”

 

“NADRA is extremely excited about the partnership with VisionScape”, says Bill Ross, NADRA President “VisionScape is a robust, best-in-class software, with a super quick learning curve, that allows builders to visualize the entire backyard environment for the consumer so that the builder’s creative vision can be seen in its fullness. Participating NADRA members can expect a differentiating competitive advantage, realize a significant increase in sales closing rates and gain access to new streams of revenue.”

 

As part of this relationship, NADRA will utilize VisionScape’s technology to support the industry with the tools to succeed including, but not limited to, a 3D design gallery to be presented on NADRA.org, exclusive VisionScape webinars and training for NADRA contractors and dealers as well as exclusive manufacturer programs. Additional information about these tools and offerings will be announced throughout the spring 2013 season.

 

“ We encourage you to join the excitement as we bring the outdoor living industry segments together within a community environment for everyone,” says Beaudry.

Manufacturers, click video below:

To learn more about the Manufacturer program

Please email NADRA@VisionScape.com

All Industry Professionals, click video below:

 To learn more about the VisionScape program please click HERE

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

 

The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) 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 consumer.

 

ABOUT VISIONSCAPE

VisionScape is the first 3D landscape and outdoor living marketplace crafted to bring all participants of the planning, design and build process together, including consumers, professionals, manufacturers and retailers. VisionScape is a single resource for any landscape and outdoor living project.

 

The cornerstone of VisionScape’s evolving platform is its groundbreaking 3D design technology, which enables the complete visualization of a landscape and outdoor living project with record-breaking speed and ease.

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Two Decades of Composite Decking

Two Decades of Composite Decking

Where the industry has been and what’s next

“Plastics.”

That single word was a family friend’s business advice to recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in the 1967 film “The Graduate.”

If the movie had come out a couple decades later, that one word of advice might have been “composites.”

Market research shows that wood-plastic composites are now one of the fastest growing segments of the North American decking industry, outpacing growth in wood decking by about 11 to 1.

Manufacturers introduced composite building materials made of recycled plastics and wood fiber in the late 1980s. Composite decking followed early in the 90s. By the new millennium, numerous companies were producing composite decking.

Two overarching trends mark the evolution of the composite decking industry over the past 20 plus years: 1) performance and 2) aesthetics.

Performance

With the rapid growth of the composites industry, early on some products came to market that were susceptible to failures – particularly from moisture intrusion. Today, composites’ performance depends to a large degree on how well the individual wood fibers are encased in plastic.

The moisture damage concern has been a key driver of the recent rise of cap-stock composite decking products, in which an outer shell is wrapped around a core.

Moving forward, the next stage in composites’ evolution is boards with caps integrated with the core. Such products hold the promise of enhanced stain resistance, without risk of the cap separating from the core.

Aesthetics

Look side-by-side at composite deck boards from 20 years ago with ones from today, and you’ll notice a marked increase in attractiveness. Composite manufacturers have improved the looks of their deck boards with realistic embossed wood grain patterns, and in some cases with color streaking to mimic the beauty of exotic hardwoods like Tiger Wood.

Even young Mr. Braddock wouldn’t have wanted a “plastic” looking deck. With modern composites, home and building owners can now have the good looks of wood decking with the high performance of wood-plastic composites.

Future aesthetic innovations in composite decking are likely to include an even wider range of colors and textures.

 

Article Provided by NADRA Member, MoistureShield

Contact: Faye Rook

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Advanced Environmental

Recycling Technologies

800.951.5117 ext 5088

P: 479.203.5088 | F: 479.756.7410

C:479.422.3122

FayeRook@aert.cc

NADRA New Jersey Chapter Update

Following is a recap of Tuesday night’s meeting at Chimney Rock Inn.  We had a nice large group in attendance and it was great to see everyone again.  Marty Coffey opened the meeting and as we all introduced ourselves it was great to hear that most members plan on attending our Deck Awards Dinner. We also have quite a few builders entering the competition.  Thank you in advance to WOLF, Mid-State Lumber and TREX who have already signed up for sponsorship!!
  • Enter the Deck Competition by clicking here:  Entry Forms Deadline is fast-approaching! January 25th! 
  • Become a Sponsor of the NJ Chapter Deck Competition Awards Dinner: Sponsor Form
  • To Register For NJ Chapter Awards Dinner, Register HERE For Dinner Deadline is Feb 11th, 2013
We had a few new members and prospects in attendance.  I would like to thank our new members Mike Nocar from Niece Lumber, Mark Skove from Old School Contracting, Ernest Brackett and Greg Pekaas from Techno Metal Post, all for coming out.  It was great to meet you all and we hope to see you again real soon!  It was also nice to meet new prospective members James Day from Artisan Builders Group and Chris Masterson from Masterson Construction
Thank you TimerTech for sponsoring this meeting and Brad from CDS for standing in for Mike Schwartz who unfortunately was not able to attend.
We discussed the need to redistribute the Deck for a Soldier flyer and also distribute a Deck Awards flyer.  I have attached them both to this recap in case you do not have them.  Please print out and distribute them freely!!
Thank you Dan Miles for all of your great tips about photography.  I think we all learned something from your presentation from the time of day to take the photos, getting releases from the customers to going back after three months to inspect the deck and take more pictures.
We can’t wait to see you all at the Deck Awards Dinner on Feb. 21, 2013 at Ariana’s Grand in Woodbridge, NJ.   Don’t forget that the deadline for dinner registration is Feb. 11, 2013.
 
NADRA Rocks!!!!!

Judy Verblaauw

NADRA NJ Secretary 

Feeney, Inc. – International Builders Show

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                               Media Contact: Diane Brower

Kleber & Associates

770.518.1000 x 210

dbrower@kleberandassociates.com

 CABLERAIL STAINLESS STEEL CABLE ASSEMBLIES IDEAL FOR RAIL APPLICATIONS WITH A VIEW

Distinctive weather-tough railing infill alternative favored by architects,

builders, homeowners and commercial property owners

 

LAS VEGAS (January 22, 2013) – Today at the International Builders Show, Feeney, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems, features its inventive CableRail line including a wide selection of both standard and custom fabricated stainless steel cable assemblies. Made of beautiful, weatherproof 316-grade stainless steel with over 70 percent recycled content, these cables and components are suited to any railing application and offer a low maintenance, environmentally friendly, and visually unobtrusive alternative to commonly used wooden or metal picket infill.

 

Now celebrating 65 years in business, the company first introduced CableRail stainless steel cable assemblies in 1988 in response to a growing interest by architects and builders for modern, discreet railing infill products. The product line caught on quickly and expanded significantly. In fact, cable rail was named one of the 15 products that architects can’t live without in the May/June 2012 issue of Residential Architect magazine.  According to Taal Safdie of San Diego-based Safdie Rabines Architects, “Cable rail creates a delicate, transparent guard rail that doesn’t rust. It’s ideal for use with nice views, because it virtually disappears and is more affordable than glass. All the houses we did around our canyon have it, and we even plan to use cable rail in our own new home.”

 

CableRail Standard Assemblies are Feeney’s most popular cable product. They feature special field-installed Quick-Connect® cable fittings with patented automatic-locking jaws that make installations very fast and easy. These standard assemblies are available in pre-cut lengths from 5 feet to 70 feet for easy ordering and come in three cable sizes. The pre-cut lengths help save time by eliminating the need to take precise railing measurements. Installers simply select assemblies that are longer than needed and trim any excess in the field during construction.

 

“Simplicity of design, clean lines, ease of installation, and low maintenance set our distinctive CableRail infill cable system apart,” said Del Leutbecher, Director of Business Development at Feeney.  “Perfect for almost any exterior or interior application in residential or commercial settings, CableRail offers an innovative railing solution that creates an appealing design aesthetic wherever it is used.”

 

CableRail assemblies are perfect for applications where the view is all-important. The clean, finished look of these strong but slender cables is enhanced by special end fittings that are easily concealed into wood or metal posts. The result is a railing infill that is not only durable and attractive but also virtually invisible, creating an unimpaired view.  Feeney provides a 10-year warranty on CableRail cable and hardware. An experienced staff can provide assistance with product selection and technical support.

 

If you are attending the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 22 – 24, 2013, please be sure to stop by the Feeney Booth #N1331 and see the CableRail line of standard and custom fabricated stainless steel cable assemblies and other Feeney products.

 

About Feeney

Feeney, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems.  Their products for exterior, interior, residential and commercial applications include CableRail stainless steel railing assemblies, Quick-Connect® self-locking cable fittings, and DesignRail® aluminum railing systems, as well as Sta-Lok® stainless steel rods and Lightline® door canopies.  For 65 years, the Oakland, Calif.-based company has been committed to building innovative, high quality, easy-to-use products that offer simplified solutions. To find a dealer near you or for more information, please visit www.feeneyinc.com.

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Code Proposal – Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

The Fairfax Group is a group that attended a meeting a few weeks ago in Fairfax, VA to work together on deck code proposal that originated in Fairfax. Those in attendance were the AWC, NAHB, CLMA, NADRA, VBCOA, CCICC, Simpson Strong Tie and others. The group also had a conference call-in from Dr. Don Bender. The group is looking for support from organizations and associations throughout the industry for the proposed code suggestions found HERE.
This started as an eleven page document. With NADRA’s involvement in this committee, and the efforts of Glenn Mathewson, NADRA’s Technical Advisor, the proposed changes now consist of the 3 pages – again, found HERE.
Please provide your “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” by Wednesday, 12/19/12 at 2pm EST.
The original 11 pages can be found here on the NADRA Blog, just scroll down.NADRA has until tomorrow to decide if we want to endorse this proposal with our name on it.  If not, we can always continue to work on it during the hearings next year as modification can occur throughout the process.  A thumbs down that comes with a reason “why” is helpful, as we can address the “why” during the hearings. Please post your feedback in this feed.

Thank you,

NADRA HQ & Glenn Mathewson, Technical Advisor

From a NADRA Builder: Stair Rail Safety Concerns

Hello fellow NADRA Members, I recently read an article on one of our manufacture members and wanted to pass

it on. I have been using EZ Stair products for years now, with the large number of decks we build the system works quickly

and adds to the overall quality and long term durability of our decks.  The new stair post mounting option discussed in this ICC-ES eNews article about stair rail safety concerns http://www.ez-stairs.com/imgfiles/pdf/EZ_Stairs_ESR.pdf  is another great use for these brackets.

How many of you have gone out to an existing deck to talk about replacement or re-skinning and found the stair posts to be strong, safe and capable from breaking someone’s fall?  Usually they are calling us because the stairs and rail are no longer safe.  It is amazing how the force on the top of the rail is multiplied by the lever action of the post against the stringer.

Quote from the article:

“The post acted as a lever against the stringer,

magnifying the load on each bolt. A 20-pound pull at the

guardrail level resulted in a 120-pound force at the base of the

post and caused the top bolt to pull through the stringer. Once

the top bolt had broken through, the bottom bolt was left to

resist the entire load. The mechanical advantage was further

amplified by the lower position of the bottom bolt, and the final

50-pound pull on the guard rail became a 1,200-pound force

at the base. This was enough to twist the stringer and cause it

to crack longitudinally”

 

Give it a read, it may change how you think about post mounting.  Is a bolt into a cut stringer going to hold up for long term?

 

Pat Noonan

NADRA Member, Deck and Basement Co.

Minneapolis MN

Research Report Confirms Code Compliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                                                             Research Report for NyloDeck® Confirms Building Code Compliance

Decking material span ratings underscore NyloDeck’s strength and performance traits 

 Covington, GA – November 19, 2012 – Building materials manufacturer NyloBoard, LLC, whose patented process uses recycled carpet fiber and VOC-free resins to create exceptionally strong, durable and eco-friendly products, announced it has received its Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) 0183 from Architectural Testing, Inc. for NyloDeck®, its newest product.  NyloDeck is a unique composite decking and dock material that contains no wood or PVC. The product was recently introduced this fall at DeckExpo 2012, a national deck and railing industry event.

The CCRR confirms NyloDeck’s compliance with ICC-ES™ Acceptance Criteria, AC-174 and ASTM D 7032.  Receiving the CCRR demonstrates that NyloDeck has met the rigorous requirements set forth by the International Code Council (ICC), who ensures the safety and reliability of building products and provides safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace.  The report further documents compliance with the requirements of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), and the 2010 Florida Building Code (FBC) for deck span ratings.

“Successfully meeting code requirements and third-party testing validates our commitment to producing attractive, versatile NyloDeck boards that are deemed safe and will be reliable for years to come,” said Craig Jacks, vice president, Sales and Marketing at NyloBoard.

NyloDeck is rated for a uniform live load of 100 lbs./psf when installed on support framing spaced at up to 24 inches on center and 200 lbs./psf on framing spaced at up to 16 inches, making it one of the strongest deck products on the market.  The unique patented manufacturing process combining recycled carpet fiber with VOC-free resins has resulted in a product with superior strength and durability whose technology has been proven in the marine industry and other building applications for nearly a decade.

“Most decking materials are limited to framing at 16 inches per 100 pounds, whereas NyloDeck can be used for spans up to 24 inches, which is a testament to our commitment to innovation and superior performance,” said Stuart Dimery, national product manager, NyloBoard. “NyloDeck’s proven material properties – combined with its durability and natural wood appearance – are unmatched in today’s marketplace,” added Dimery.

These span ratings also allow for flexibility in design and reduced material costs as deck boards can be run at a 45° angle with 16 inch spacing, rather than 12 inches, which is the maximum for most competitors.  This is particularly important when considering the replacement of an existing deck.

“At NyloBoard, innovation is inherent in our culture. We continually work to advance our manufacturing technologies so that our products can look great, exceed market expectations and deliver peace of mind for both contractors and homeowners,” noted Jacks.

A full copy of the CCRR 0183 is available on NyloBoard’s Web site at www.Nyloboard.com.  As NyloDeck’s distribution/dealer network is being built, please direct inquiries to the sales team. Call 877-NYLO-909 (877-695-6909) or 770-385-6168 or visit online for more information.

 

NyloDeck’s superior strength and durability allows for greater flexibility in design with deck boards spanning 16” at a 45 degree angle.

About NyloBoard

NyloBoard, LLC is a manufacturer of superior building products whose patented process uses recycled carpet fiber to create exceptionally strong, durable and eco-friendly products, containing no wood or PVC. NyloBoard products help stop the waste stream of carpet fiber that currently contributes billions of pounds of non-reclaimable waste to landfills each year by using it to create products including NyloSheet® and NyloDeck®. Nyloboard also takes pride in manufacturing eco-friendly building products that are impervious to moisture, rot, termites, mold and mildew. NyloBoard‘s manufacturing facility is located in Covington, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.

 

 

 

Osmose Receives Underwriters Laboratory Environmental Validation

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2012

For more information contact:

Tom Horvat
Osmose, Inc. 770-233-4222 thorvat@osmose.com

Osmose MicroPro® Preservative Technology Receives

Underwriters Laboratory Environmental Claim Validation

Griffin, GA, November 8, 2012 – Osmose, Inc., the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies, has received from UL Environment their Environmental Claim Validation for the Osmose MicroPro preservative technology.

The UL Environment Environmental Claim Validation provides assurance that the Osmose MicroPro technology exhibits volatile organic compound (VOC) content below the limits defined by South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) RULE 1113. Wood products treated with the Osmose MicroPro technology can be used in schools and office construction, and to create products such as children’s playsets. “By achieving an Environmental Claim Validation from UL Environment for their MicroPro technology, Osmose has demonstrated to buyers, retailers, and consumers their commitment to third-party substantiation and scientifically backed claims,” said Sara Greenstein, President of UL Environment.

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UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), works to promote global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. UL Environment’s Environmental Claim Validations are backed by one of the world’s most

trusted names in product safety and certifications. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. Products such as the Osmose MicroPro technology with UL Environment validated claims are featured on UL Environment’s Sustainable Product Database, a free online tool for specifiers and other purchasers.

In addition to this new validation, MicroPro technology has also earned Green Approved Product Certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center under the National Green Building Standard program, GREENGUARD® Children & Schoolssm Certification from UL Environment, and an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification from Scientific Certification Systems based on Life-Cycle Assessment. Wood products treated with the MicroPro technology can be used indoors as well as in exterior above ground, ground contact, fresh water immersion, and critical structure end uses.

Information about Osmose, Inc.

Osmose, Inc. is recognized as the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies. The company provides innovative wood preservation and enhancement products, advanced engineering services, and customized marketing services throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. For further information regarding MicroPro treated wood products, visit www.osmosewood.com.

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©2012. Osmose and MicroPro are registered trademarks of Osmose, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Update: ICC Action Committee Proposal

The ICC Building Code Action Committee is considering a very large proposal for deck construction provisions to be included in the 2015 IRC.  Anyone is invited to provide feedback, both opponent and proponent, on the proposal.  The committee wishes to work on the document with the industry, prior to the hearings next year.  Take a look at this proposal and see if you want these provisions to become code? Code, such that any other option is an “alternative” that has to be convinced to the building official over “just doing what the code says”.

You decide, NADRA.  What are your opinions about this?

There are some helpful provisions…and some…others.  It’s a long document…but it’s very, very serious. Code that comes out of an ICC Action Committee comes with some serious power.  Get involved and help NADRA represent our industry in the code development process.  We need you.

NADRA is positioned as the voice of the deck, dock and railing industry. Send your input toInfo@NADRA.org.

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