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Duradek Announces their ‘Duradek Donates a Deck’ Program for a local Lower Mainland Family

Surrey, BC, June 12, 2017: Duradek™, the original vinyl decking since 1974 is proud to announce a ‘Duradek Donates a Deck’ program for a family in need in Greater Vancouver / Fraser Valley, BC.

Duradek Canada Ltd. has considered the numerous families that may be struggling in the very expensive Vancouver housing market and we want to give back to the community that has been supporting our local company for over 43 years. To do so, we’d like to do what we do best – provide a really great low-maintenance waterproof deck.

 

The team at Duradek is stepping up to help one special family in need with a deck renovation. Duradek will provide the selected applicant with:

-       Duradek waterproof vinyl decking

-       Durarail powder coated aluminum railings

-       installation of both vinyl decking and railing.

 

Applications will be accepted from now until August 15th, 2017.  (Download Application Here).

 

Selected applicant will be chosen by Duradek from all submissions received and will be announced on August 30th, 2017.

 

Duradek Canada is a local, family owned and operated business that cares about community, family and a safe and happy quality of life.

 

Operations Manager, Jennifer Ogilvie Brackett said, “This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We’ve always been proud to support our community and if we can make a difference for at least one family in need of a little help, it will make us feel great. If at the same time we can raise awareness on the importance of deck waterproofing for safety, then we are motivated in our mission to keep decks a safe place for families all over the world to enjoy for decades.”

 

Following the North America Deck & Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month in May, Duradek thought about the estimated 40 million decks over 20 years old in North America. If only 1% of those are unsafe, that’s 40,000 potentially unsafe decks. (See NADRA’s Deck Safety Checklist)

 

Unlike other areas of a home, deck maintenance is not optional. It is an often overlooked, but necessary task to ensure safety. If a wood deck has not been regularly maintained for waterproofing and the moisture penetrates the wood, wood rot and deterioration is inevitable. This can lead to structural vulnerabilities hidden below the surface.

 

Having a beautiful deck to spend time on gives families a place to gather to create their special memories they pass along for generations. From simple barbeques to home weddings, a deck is shared by families as much as any other room of the home. Duradek will help at least one family enjoy the gift of a new deck that will be waterproof protected for many years.

 

If you would like to nominate a family in need of a little help with their deck, download our application form and submit your application with photos to duradek@duradek.com by August 15th.

 

Press Contact:

Lauren Kaminski

No Limit Agency

312-526-3996

lauren@nolimitagency.com

 

AZEK® Building Products Unveils App Update Designed to Bring Dream Decks to Life

Enhanced Features Build on the Success of the AZEK Deck Designer and Previous Brand Apps

 

SKOKIE, IL— For more than 30 years, AZEK® Building Products has been an innovative leader in designing and providing premium decking products. And now, the brand is bringing the latest in deck design technology directly to contractors and consumers with a new app update.

 

AZEK’s updated app combines its signature user-friendly experience with the success of its recently launched Deck Designer. Updated to give customers the opportunity to bring their dream outdoor living spaces to life, the new app makes it easy to lay out unique, 3D designs using 140-plus product options that include premium AZEK and TimberTech decking, railing, lighting and accessories. When those custom designs are complete, consumers can then download a list of materials that they’ll need during the construction process. The app also helps locate local contractors and dealers.

 

“The AZEK app has been a huge hit since its debut on iOS in 2014. That’s why we’re excited to incorporate many of its features into this new update to make it easier for people to create and save deck designs on the go,” said Julia Fitzgerald, CMO of AZEK Building Products. “Contractors and customers alike love seeing how they can visualize their AZEK Deck and Rail design in the backyard, and the Augmented Reality mode features new markerless technology that’s available in both life-size and dollhouse versions.”

AZEK’s updated app adds a long list of new features and benefits, including a mirrored experience of the web Deck Designer that allows consumers to create virtual deck designs on the AZEK website and a Snapshot Mode that allows consumers to upload or snap a photo of their own outdoor space before attaching their virtual deck to the image. The app also comes with template decks to help customers get their designs started, as well as customized collections of user saved deck designs.

 

“Since the launch of our Deck Designer in January, we have received consistent feedback that people love visualizing their dream decks before investing in them. There are even templates that help guide creativity for homeowners who need a little inspiration.” Fitzgerald said. “Ultimately, bringing AZEK’s innovative programs together in this update will make virtually designing and saving dream deck images easier than ever before.”

 

About AZEK® Building Products:

AZEK Building Products is a leader in the development of premium, low maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, its product lines span AZEK Trim, Deck, Rail, Moulding, Porch and Pavers as well as capped wood composite Decking and Railing under the TimberTech brand. Both brands, synonymous with quality, style and innovation, are made in America and lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com or call 1-877-ASK AZEK.

Member Name: Pat Noonan

Company Name: Deck and Basement Company

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When did you first get involved with this industry? Childhood—my summer “outreach program” involved cleaning up my Dad’s job sites.

What inspired you to join NADRA?  I attended my first deck expo in 2007 and while there I met fantastic people, many of whom I still consider friends 10 years later. My membership to NADRA provides networking, education, and resources that have been a large factor in growing my business and career, and the friendships are priceless.

What was the first thing you ever built? During the summer of seventh grade, I pooled money from my friends and had my first contracting job building a half-pipe skateboard ramp. Soon after, a concussion ended my skateboarding career, but building always stuck with me.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Once I found my niche in deck building, I refocused my company to specialize in decks and custom outdoor projects. This year, Deck and Basement Company celebrates 16 years of business. We have become one of the largest deck builders in the state of Minnesota, completing 275 decks in 2016. We run a successful deck program for national home builders as well as a custom division focused on outdoor living environments and basement finishing. The solid team of professionals at Deck and Basement Company are my greatest asset.

In 2014, I formed a second business, ProDeck Supply, a specialty lumberyard offering premium deck materials to contractors and homeowners. We have developed a Deck Kit program which allows our customers to order a deck and stair package by size. We offer eight different sizes that come complete with premium materials cut to size and ready to assemble. This allows our clients to keep waste off the job site and keep crews building faster.

How do you define success? My wife and my sons telling me they are proud of me.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You will never know everything or always be right. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not learn more about my industry; the guys that claim to “know it all” rarely do. There is never a job that is more important than family.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Professional skateboarder…definitely a professional skateboarder.

A little more about Pat:  I am blessed with a fantastic team of professionals that have helped grow both Deck and Basement Company, and now ProDeck Supply. Both businesses I run with my wife Julie. Without her support, none of this would be possible. Someday I hope to pass this on to my sons, who enjoy coming in on the weekends to work with dad and ride the forklifts. In my spare time, I can be found cheering on my kids at different activities or sneaking away on a vacation with family.

Connect with Deck and Basement Company online:

Deck and Basement Company

www.deckandbasment.com

Facebook: @DeckandBasementCompany

 

Strategy – Alignment – Execution! #letsgo

 

Okay friends, raise your hand if you are tired of hearing all the business buzzwords that relate to an organization’s strategy. While the mission, vision, values, quality policy and purpose statements of organizations are critical, they are often misaligned when compared closely with the consumer’s reality.

How can this be? Well, I read this on the internet, so it must be true (Ha!). According to Larry Myler, in his article Strategy 101: It’s All About Alignment, Larry quoted the following statistic:

Wow! Who knew? Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all know this to be relatively true. However, as leaders, the real question we must ask ourselves is, “How do we obtain proper alignment and remain properly aligned?”

I’d like to challenge you to think about the following C’s as it relates to alignment:

Character

We all say we have it! We all say we do it! But, we are all human, and by the very nature of admitting such, we often fall short on delivering consistently on character. Before you get upset with me, let me clarify my position. It is easier for an individual to have character, versus the organizations that we work in and work with on a daily basis to have character.

Is it impossible for an organization to align its character with what is plastered all over the corporate office and its website? Of course not, but that is where true leadership comes in. Yes, leaders must have authority to develop strategy, but they must also work tirelessly to gain influence and buy-in with all constituents who are both front-facing to the consumer as well as those who support the organization behind the scenes. An organization without a consistent alignment of character will find themselves only as good as its weakest touch point.

Culture

You’ve heard it! “We must all be on the same page.” “We must all row in the same direction.” This is 100% true, however you must first pull back the covers on the real culture of your organization. What do you mean Kevin? I mean you must realize that your company’s traits can change your company’s atmosphere, which ultimately can and will change the outcomes of your strategy. To tackle this, you must be totally honest with yourself about how well you communicate, accept change, break down silos, embrace diversity and create an environment conducive to winning. Your consumer will see and feel your culture before you do! Take time to work on your culture. It’s not a set-it and forget-it discipline!

Capability

Once you have the strategy figured out and you have the culture to support it, you must execute. Execution requires capability. Capability requires passion and care for your craft and for the entire progress of the organization.

Before you stop reading this article, let me clear something up. I’m not saying that everyone in your organization must be great at strategy, but I am saying that everyone must be capable of moving the organization forward in their own way. Not by passing the buck, or saying “that’s not my job”, alignment requires leadership, understanding and collaboration of everyone to achieve what you said you were going to do in the first place.

So, why the disconnect? It’s strictly due to alignment! If one of your four wheels is pulling to the left or right – guess what? – the entire car will pull to the left or right, even when the strategy clearly says to stay straight ahead.

Alignment is the bread and butter of business success. Give it its proper attention if you really want to succeed! #letsgo

 

Kevin Jackson

Positivity Guru, Value Adder, Keynote Speaker & SVP

http://thepositivityguru.com/

Simpson Strong-Tie has redesigned the award-winning EB-TY® hidden deck fasteners for premium wood decking in both residential and commercial applications. The new EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™ provides professional builders and do-it-yourselfers a unique method of fastening deck boards that leaves the fasteners virtually invisible.[JM1]

“With the warmer weather, deck building is ramping up. The new EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System produces not only a more visually appealing deck surface, but one that’s extremely strong and durable,” said Scott Park, Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager.

EB-TY® Premium™ is the ideal fastening solution for ensuring structural durability without detracting from the beauty of a deck’s finished appearance, especially when working with high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood. The biscuit-shaped fastener installs inside a slot cut in the narrow side of the deck boards, and is reinforced with a stainless-steel plate for enhanced holding power. The steel plate also prevents over-driving of the screw, and has angled screw holes that guarantee a direct connection of the decking to the joist. Along with this added strength, the fasteners also maintain the necessary flexibility to accommodate seasonal contraction and expansion of the deck boards. Combining this innovative design with the EB-GUIDE predrilling guide creates a system that not only has hidden strength, but is also precise and easy to install.

Each EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System kit includes:

  • EB-TY Premium biscuits
  • EB-GUIDE predrilling guide
  • Type 305 or Type 316 #7 stainless-steel trim-head screws with black-painted heads
  • One-eighth-inch (1/8″) impact driver–ready, quick-release drill bit
  • T-15 6-lobe quick-release driver bit
  • Ipê wood plugs

For detailed product information, including a step-by-step installation guide, visit strongtie.com/ebtypremium.

CPG International Announces Prices Increase on Residential Products

CPG International, manufacturer of AZEK and TimberTech branded building products has announced that it will initiate pricing increases on many of its products.  AZEK trim and molding, along with most AZEK brand decking collections, will see an increase of 7%.  Prices for capped wood composite decking products under the TimberTech brand will increase from 3-5%, depending on the collection.  The price increase will have an effective date to AZEK and TimberTech distributors for orders placed on or after June 22, 2017 for shipments completed before August 22, 2017.

The company expects that by setting the August 22nd extended the deadline for shipments on orders placed before June 22nd, most retailers and contractors should be able to get through the height of the deck-building season and into the late summer or fall without being impacted by the increased prices.  But, the key for distributors, contractors and dealers is to plan ahead and get orders placed before that June order deadline.

In a statement, the company noted that the industry has experienced significant increases in key raw materials and other direct production inputs across most PVC and other composite products.  While the company has been able to off-set much of the impact of these cost increases over the past year through on-going manufacturing improvements and other cost reduction efforts, raw materials costs had reached the point at which a price increase was needed.

Attention Contractors! Last Call!

You have until May 31 to make decking and railing purchases that qualify for rebates of up to 15%.
We will accept submissions through June 15, 2017.
Pros earn a 10% rebate and Deckorators® Certified Pros earn a 15% rebate on Deckorators decking and railing systems when purchased on the same transaction between
March 1 - May 31, 2017.
This also includes Deckorators products used in the decking and railing construction project, such as: fascia, Stowaway Hidden Fasteners, balusters, etc. Submissions will be accepted through June 15, 2017.
Dealers – don’t feel left out. The dealer with the most “Double Down” sales during the promotion period will win a trip for two to Las Vegas!

Contractors Mark NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® in May with CAMO Edge Fastening for Safer, Barefoot-Friendly Deck Surfaces

CAMO Edge Fastening teams with the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA) to promote “Deck Safety Month®” with ways to improve the safety of your deck using better installation techniques and materials.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (PRWEB) MAY 18, 2017

CAMO Edge Fastening joined forces with the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA), in supporting Deck Safety Month® in May to help increase public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks, and proper installation of new decks. National Nail’s CAMO Edge Fastening is one technology that can help contractors make decks safer for homeowners.

Unlike traditional fasteners that are nailed or screwed through the top or face of the deck board, the proprietary Edge Fastening system guides the unique CAMO® screws through the edge of the boards. Applying the screws in this manner eliminates the safety issues normally associated with traditional face fastening. Edge fastening greatly reduces the cracking and splitting of deck boards that leads to splinters while also eliminating the common issue of nails and screws working themselves out of the deck board surface. Scott Baker, CEO and President of National Nail states, “Splinters, nails and screw pops find their way into the feet of unsuspecting guests. Families don’t want to turn their fun, outdoor event into a first aid lesson. That’s why we say CAMO® is barefoot approved™.”

Another safety advantage to CAMO Edge Fastening is the holding power of the deck board is greatly improved due to the angle which the screws enter the deck board and attach directly to the sub-structure. This system virtually eliminates deck board movement which is a common problem with deck clips. “With CAMO, you get a solid, stable board. If there is ever an issue with a board I can back the screws out to replace it where I can’t with typical hidden clips,” said Billy Lecorchick, owner of Legends Home Improvements in Monroe, NJ.

“Contractors or homeowners using wood, composites or PVC are fastening their decks with CAMO Edge Fastening for safer, fastener-free surfaces,” said Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing, National Nail/CAMO. “Edge-fastened decks prevent fastener caused splitting or cracking that increases weather and moisture access to the deck material– which can add to and increase degradation of the deck board. The deck surface is also safer for bare feet with no raised screw heads, which can also get hot in the sun. These are all important safety factors for homeowners. “

Chris Warren of Warren Builders, State College, PA, agrees and said, “With the new wave of composites and pvcs, no one screws deck boards the old-fashioned way anymore. The edge-fastened decks do not allow water seepage into exposed openings around face-screws or into cracks or splits.”

To learn more about deck safety, visit NADRA’s website at http://www.NADRA.org for their video and Check Your Deck® – 10-Point Safety Checklist. For more information about CAMO Edge Fastening visit http://www.camofasteners.com.

About CAMO Edge Fastening
CAMO Edge Fastening™ from National Nail delivers beautiful, fastener-free, Barefoot Approved™ results with virtually any wood, composite or PVC decking. CAMO® offers a variety of guides, fasteners, and accessories, as well as a collated system to suit project requirements. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit CAMO Fasteners or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” CAMO® Fasteners on Facebook.

Contact: Carey Hicks

Telephone: (508) 732-1025

Email: carey@atlantisrail.com

Website: www.atlantisrail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ATLANTIS RAIL SYSTEMS WEST ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Introducing Atlantis Rail West Coast Distribution Center

 

Plymouth, MA, May 22, 2017 – Atlantis Rail Systems is looking to the future and looking West to expand their servicing capabilities to their customers and partners. They announce the Grand Opening of their Atlantis Rail West facility in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 30, 2017. Stocked with over 1,600 SKU’s their new facility will provide standard FedEx Ground service in 1-day to most of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, 2-day service to the remainder of California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and most of Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming and 3-day service to all other points in the western US.

 

“Due to company growth, we were presented with space restrictions at our Plymouth, Mass headquarters that would impede additional planned growth of both divisions”, said Patrick Striebel, President of Suncor Stainless and Atlantis Rail, “so it made sense to grow our manufacturing and warehousing facilities where we could provide better services to the West Coast.”

 

Office hours in the Plymouth, MA Headquarters have been changed to accommodate West Coast inquiries and orders up to 3 PM Pacific Standard Time, 6 PM Eastern Standard Time.  For specific information regarding office hours, shipment cut off times and product availability from Atlantis Rail West please contact your Atlantis Rail Account Manager.

 

Atlantis Rail is a leading manufacturer of premium stainless steel cable railing systems. This innovative collection of low maintenance railings offers unobstructed views capable of fitting any indoor or outdoor, commercial or residential design. They are designed for assembly using a collection of patented railing fittings and components to allow for the delivery of a turnkey stainless steel railing system at a low cost.

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Dear fellow NADRA members,

BrightClaim is excited to inform you of an important development in our evolution as a company. On May 3, BrightClaim and our partner company National Vendor announced being acquired by Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation to their clients.  This deal combines BrightClaim and National Vendor’s superior claims processing and contents-centric focus with Genpact’s digital and analytics capabilities to drive transformational change for our warranty clients.

BrightClaim is a proven leader in providing end-to-end claims solutions to the building products industry and property and casualty insurance industry. We have provided centralized claims solutions combined with field resources to deliver the highest levels of customer service and claims outcomes. We are proud of our customer-centric culture and we appreciate our deep, valued relationship with you.

Genpact shares a similar customer-first culture. Through this acquisition, Genpact is expanding its claims capabilities and further strengthening them with its digital technologies and analytics, which will enable insurance carriers to deliver higher customer satisfaction, improved loss accuracy, and expense reduction.

As a valued customer, we want to ensure you that BrightClaim will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genpact and will continue to deliver the same quality of service that you have come to expect.

Uninterrupted service levels are a priority for both companies and our existing leadership remains in place to ensure continuity in our relationship.

We look forward to your continued support in this exciting next step in the growth of our company. We look forward to meeting you soon to discuss how the combined company will deliver exciting innovation to the industry.

Please see this link for more information: https://brightclaim.com

If you would like to learn more about BrightClaim’s warranty service offerings to NADRA members, contact Andrew Clements at andrew.clements@brightclaim.com

Best regards,

Andrew Clements 

BrightClaim Account Executive

andrew.clements@brightclaim.com 

(M) 540-454-7111