Trex® Pergola™ Adds an Essential ‘Element’ to the Outdoors

First-of-Its-Kind All-Aluminum Structure Designed for Residential and Commercial Settings

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (International Builders’ Show Booth #N1113) – Shade, style and low-maintenance are essential elements in any outdoor living space. The latest offering from Trex® Pergola, aptly named Element, combines all three in a sleek, modern pergola designed to maximize shade while offering the high-performance characteristics of an all-aluminum structure.

The latest offering from Trex® Pergola™, Element, features a sleek, modern design that maximizes shade while offering the high-performance characteristics of an all-aluminum structure.Trex Company, Inc.

“As the first all-aluminum structure from Trex Pergola, Element provides a strong option for the multi-family and commercial markets, appealing to property owners and managers with its strength, durability and low-maintenance features,” said Andy Sears, vice president of Structureworks Fabrication, the exclusive manufacturer of Trex Pergola. “Decking contractors also appreciate the lightweight aluminum components and ease of assembly.”

Strong and Stylish

Element’s durable aluminum construction allows it to be installed in a variety of climates both warm and cold. In addition, Element is finished with an ultra-durable architectural coating, which offers superior weathering properties. This unique coating also expands the available color choices with 47 standard color options.

With 16 standard sizes, architects, builders and homeowners can create custom outdoor living spaces that reflect their unique design tastes and complement the surroundings.

Like all Trex Pergola models, Element is conveniently packaged as a complete kit that includes the required hardware and components – all pre-cut to exact sizes for quick, easy assembly. The Trex Pergola collection is covered by a 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty or a 10-Year Limited Commercial Warranty.

Made in the Shade

“As the concept of the ‘outdoor room’ continues to evolve and people spend more time outside, there’s a need for structures that provide greater comfort and shade,” Sears added. “Element‘s wide overhead stringers are perfectly positioned to provide maximum coverage from the sun, for a shady, comfortable outdoor retreat any time of day.”



“As the concept of the ‘outdoor room’ continues to evolve and people spend more time outside, there’s a need for structures that provide greater comfort and shade,” Sears added. “Element‘s wide overhead stringers are perfectly positioned to provide maximum coverage from the sun, for a shady, comfortable outdoor retreat any time of day.”

The average shade for Element models is approximately 68 percent coverage, while traditional pergolas typically offer coverage of 20-to-30 percent, making it an ideal solution for those who prefer more shade.

For even more comfort, Element can be enhanced with finishing touches such as ceiling fans and lighting, as well as accessories including Trex®Outdoor Furniture and Trex® Outdoor Kitchenscabinetry.

Trex Pergola Element and the complete portfolio of Trex outdoor living products will be on display during IBS in Booth #N1113. More information about Element can be found at www.trexpergola.com. To learn more about Trex, visit www.trex.com.

About Trex Company

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience.  Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice.  For more information, visit trex.com.  You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany) Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

About Structureworks Fabrication 

*Trex® Pergola products are manufactured and sold by Home & Leisure, Inc., d/b/a Structureworks Fabrication under a Trademark Licensing Agreement with Trex Company.  Since 1990, Structureworks Fabrication has been designing and creating beautiful and functional outdoor structures in a wide range of materials. Using proven engineering practices, innovative designs and advanced manufacturing techniques, the company has become the leading producer of pergola kits for residential and commercial outdoor living environments. For more information, visit www.structureworksfab.com

Contact: Hunter Hackett or Lindsey Lucenta

L.C. Williams & Associates

800/837-7123 or 312/565-3900

hhackett@lcwa.com or llucenta@lcwa.com

CAMO’S New Stand Up Drive™ Tool Speeds Decking Installations by Up to 5X (IBS Show Booth N963)

Contact: Maureen Murray
973-993-1570
precise2@optonline.net

Grand Rapids, MI – National Nail’s CAMO® brand is excited to launch its new CAMO® Drive™ tool at the 2019 International Builders Show (IBS), Booth N963 in Las Vegas. Engineered with insight from decking professionals, the CAMO Drive tool was designed to address key challenges faced by professional deck builders today; speed, ease of deck board installation, the absence of fastener versatility and the affordability and lack of flexibility in the deck fastening tools in use today.  Installing decking at speeds up to 5X faster than current methods, the CAMO Drive tool allows the user to attach their own drill and stand up (get off their knees) while using any one of the three most popular methods of securing decking:  Clips, Edge screws or Face screws.

CAMO Drive with Clip Nose Guide

“Professional deck builders have been approaching us to provide them a tool and fastening system that saves them time, is easy to understand and do, can be used on all types of decking and reduces their unwanted investment in tools. Oh, they also wanted to use their own drill and be off their knees,” says W. Scott Baker, President/CEO. “The CAMO Drive tool and related CAMO fasteners have delivered this and more!”

For grooved decking, there’s no easier way to attach a deck then by using the CAMO Drive tool with the new industry-changing CAMO® EdgeClip™. For use with any grooved wood, capstock or PVC board, you simply insert the clip into the deck board groove, slide the next board or boards on and then fasten the clip in one easy motion, with the CAMO Drive tool. 

For Edge and Face fastening, load either the CAMO collated Edge or Face screws into the CAMO Drive tool and drive the screws into pressure treated or hardwoods, square edge capstock or PVC deck boards.  All while standing up. It is that easy.

Josh Ross from 4th Dimension Construction said,

“After using the CAMO Drive, it made it feel like I’ve been building decks the wrong way for the past 20 years.” Mike Guis from Providence Custom Building added, “The CAMO Drive is an excellent tool to be able to install quickly and get off your knees.”

To learn more about the CAMO Drive, visit www.camofasteners.com/drive.

About CAMO    

CAMO exists to provide the best deck fastening installation experience. Bar None. Whether you install decks for a living, get suckered into building them with a buddy, or maybe just once in your lifetime, CAMO products are designed with you in mind; hard-working folks who take pride in their work, value their wallet, and respect brands who respect them. From fasteners, to fastening guides and tools, all CAMO products are engineered so your work looks good and performs as you expect it should. 

CAMO® Deck Responsibly™.

For more information or to locate a dealer, visit camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram. Search CAMO Fasteners on YouTube to find our channel or check us out on Pinterest.

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NADRA Code Update

February 2019

By Glenn Mathewson

Thanks to the support of NADRA members we have shared our knowledge with others in the campfire discussions regarding deck code proposals for the 2021 International Residential Code.  There were 9 proposals submitted with our assistance and approval. The Deck Code Coalition is an informal group of generous professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Led by the steadfast efforts of Mr. Charles Banjai, a now retired code official and long-time contributor to code development, NADRA was able to work with these professionals toward well-developed deck codes.   While some disagreement remains and some is yet to be decided, it appears the majority of these proposals have broad support. Here is a brief rundown of what was submitted.

  1. Decking spans for single-span and two-span conditions.
  2. Ledger, joist, and beam design tables up to 50, 60 & 70 psf snow loads.
  3. Beam cantilever wording corrected.  Mostly clerical.
  4. Relocation of footing depth and frost protection provisions.  Mostly clerical, so interpretation can be more consistent and understood.
  5. Separates guards and handrails on the load table so future, more appropriate, minimum design loads can be determined for each independently.
  6. Provisions requiring guard post attachment to be secured to adjacent members in the deck framing.  Sets minimum guard post at 4×4 and with no notches permitted.
  7. Clarifies that multi-ply beams must be fastened together.
  8. An adjustment factor to allow longer beam spans when the joists do not cantilever beyond the beam and for various distances of cantilever.  This will allow more flexible use of the beam span table.
  9. Add an appendix for guard post connection details and for future provisions regarding specific deck designs.

While this milestone in the code development process is exciting, it’s just the beginning.  Anyone can submit a proposal and there are plenty of people interested in decks. Here are the next steps:

  1. On March 4th ICC will publish all of the proposed changes.  Previous years leave expectations at well over a thousand pages of proposals to review for deck-related provisions.  
  2. Once identified, the membership will need to decide. What’s good, what needs work, what is dangerous?
  3. Research and communication with others follows.  
  4. Then reaching out to the proponents of topics of concern to share and discuss, in hopes that agreement and compromise for better code can be achieved before the hearing.  
  5. Before the Albuquerque hearings this May, testimony has to be prepared in hope as the winning words for the committee.
  6. After these preparations, the hearing will commence and it will end, and the committee results will be published.  
  7. Next, all the research and networking will happen again as public comments are prepared and submitted.
  8. This is only to be followed by all the public comments being published and the review of all the surprises will begin again.
  9. Finally, all will conclude at the final hearings in October 2019.

If you are in the decking industry, we need your help.  The ideas are being discussed and the rules are being made.  You shouldn’t stand on the sidelines any longer. We need you in the game. There are two ways you can help in a big way.

1. Offer your time: To volunteer time, please email Info@NADRA.org and we will work with you and the code committee to see how we can best utilize your skills – most likely, helping to review the proposals in March.

2. Offer your monetary support: To contribute to the fundraising initiative, follow this link here to see what our goal and how the funds are being used to keep this effort moving forward. 

NADRA Deck Evaluation Course Offered at JLC Live – New England

MARCH 27TH, 2019 – 8AM – 12:30PM – RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER

Location: Rhode Island Convention Center – 1 Sabin St. Providence, RI 02903. Hotel and Travel details can be found here.

About the class: NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

This event is open to all industry professionals including, but not limited to: Inspectors, builders, contractors, remodelers, architects, designers, students, manufacturers, distributors, sales representatives and more.

The NADRA Deck Evaluation / Inspection Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist the ASHI home inspector & industry professionals the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

Registration Pricing & Instructions:

  • NADRA Member Pricing: Class & Certification: $125.00 (includes 4 ASHI CE’S)
  • Education Only: $75.00
  • Not a Member of NADRA yet? Join online now & come back to registration.
  • Click the “Register Now” button below. Use Promo Code “NADRA” for a free exhibit hall pass. The pass is included with your class registration.Once you set up your account you will see the NADRA class listed at the bottom of the page. Select your option and proceed with registration. 

Download the Event Flyer:

About Jim Mailey, Instructor:

Jim is the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic training specialist for Simpson Strong-Tie.

Jim is considered an expert in safe, outdoor wood deck construction and is an advisor on structural issues for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 1992, Jim has given over 500 workshops and seminars to more than 35,000 design professionals, building officials, home inspectors, builders, contractors and dealers.

He has developed numerous programs designed to educate industry professionals about how to install Simpson Strong-Tie® products as well as how structural products meet various building code requirements and safety standards.

He has been doing education to home inspectors since 1998 and was the 1st person to provide a complete program on what to look for on a deck to home inspectors at InspectionWorld in New Orleans in 2008. Additionally, he was the 1st person to provide deck education to contractors for NADRA.

He has written articles about deck safety for the ASHI Reporter and NAHI Forum home inspector publications and has written for ThisIsCarpentry about deck construction. He has been quoted in numerous contractor magazines and internet articles about deck safety.

In 2018, Jim Mailey was the recipient of the Terry Award in honor of his extraordinary dedication & unwavering commitment to creating and driving deck safety awareness across North America and beyond.

Jim earned a B.A. in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Deckorators® Announces Availability of Voyage Slip-Resistant Decking

New composite decking will be featured at International Builders’ Show® (IBS)Deckorators® Announces Availability of VoyageTM Slip-Resistant Decking

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., February 6, 2019 – Deckorators®, a leading brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), announces the availability of Deckorators VoyageTM composite decking. The slip-resistant decking is now available to deck builders through the Deckorators distribution network.

Like other members of the Deckorators EovationsTM decking family, Voyage composite decking is 35 percent lighter than most wood-plastic decking, twice as strong as PVC decking, absorbs virtually no moisture, and offers the industry’s lowest thermal expansion/contraction. It is backed by an industry-leading 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited deck warranty as well as coverage for water and ground contact.

Adding to the benefits of EovationsTM technology, Deckorators Voyage composite decking features unique textured embossing for 34 percent or greater surface traction than other leading brands of composite decking, plus the bold look of vertical grain variegation and four trend-forward color options: Sierra (dark gray), Tundra (gray), Costa (golden brown), and Mesa (red brown).

Voyage Mesa with InvisiRail Glass Panels

Voyage Going to IBS Trade Show

Builders can see and experience the slip-resistant decking technology of Deckorators Voyage at the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), Feb. 19 – 21 in Las Vegas — the largest annual light construction trade show in the world.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Voyage Mesa will be installed on the ProTradeCraft Demonstration Home during a live demo in the Professional Builder® Show Village. Deckorators ALXTM Contemporary aluminum railing in Brushed Titanium will be added to the deck on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

“At Deckorators, we believe strongly in Voyage and the spectrum of benefits it offers deck builders and their clients,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director, marketing for Deckorators. “We’re excited to give IBS attendees the opportunity to not only learn about the product, but also see how it works in a real jobsite environment.”  

Voyage Costa decking will also be highlighted in the National Nail Corp. booth (N963). National Nail Corp. is the maker of CAMO® fasteners, which are among the compatible fasteners for Voyage decking.

Boards Offer Tested Traction

First introduced to the industry at DeckExpo 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland, Deckorators Voyage composite decking comes with innovative textured embossing that offers homeowners the enhanced safety of superior traction underfoot in both dry and wet conditions.

Voyage is proven to provide more grip on the deck surface than other leading brands of composite decking. Voyage slip-resistant decking was tested against other leading capped composite deck boards in wet conditions by an independent third-party lab under the AS/NZS 4586-2013 standard. The deck boards were tested on Sept. 24-25, 2018.

Vertical grain streaking gives Voyage — an ultra-low maintenance composite — the premium appearance of the highest-quality wood. Voyage comes in four beautiful colors that are the most popular in outdoor living spaces among homeowners.

The Voyage composite decking line is available in 12-, 16- and 20-foot solid and slotted-edge profiles, as well as 12-foot fascia. It is capped with durable polypropylene to create a surface that is stain-, fade- and scratch-resistant.

For more information, visit www.deckorators.com/voyage or call (800) 332-5724. To learn more about the Deckorators Certified Pro contractor program, visit https://pro.deckorators.com.

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in decking, railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative decking and railing products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct products allows both DIYers and builders to bring the personal creativity of interior design to outdoor living.

To learn more about Deckorators decking and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.

Follow Deckorators on Instagram: @Deckorators
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Deckorators
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DeckoratorsProducts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deckorators

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about Universal Forest Products, go to www.ufpi.com.

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St. Louis ASHI – 2019 Spring Seminar – NADRA Deck Inspection Class

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors – ASHI ® Spring Seminar is on March 8, 2019.  The full-day seminar qualifies for 8 ASHI CE Credits.

Location: St. Louis Realtor Assoc. Conference Center

12777 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 63141

Agenda: Subject to change

  • 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM          Registration/Sign up
  • 7:45 AM – 8:00 AM        Opening remarks by Chapter President
  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM       NADRA Deck Inspection Class
                                                    Presenter:    Jim Mailey
                                                                             NADRA National Instructor and Training Manager – Simpson Strong-Tie
  • 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM        Lunch
  • Key Note Speaker            – See the full agenda HERE

The first session is a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

The NADRA Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist ASHI home inspector the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more.

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

NADRA Deck Inspector Certification available at extra cost for those that are interested.

AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS MAKES POWERFUL STATEMENT WITH REBRANDING CAMPAIGN AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 04, 2019 — AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK Company, debuted its newest ad campaign during the pro football championship last night. The company is in the midst of rethinking its brand under new leadership and the spot is step one in a re-branding strategy for the Chicago-based business. The first among a series of new creative ads that are emotionally engaging and inspiring, the commercial showcases the TimberTech® product lines in imaginative and surprising ways. The full portfolio will debut February 19 – 21, 2019, at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. 

“Our research clearly indicated that consumers want to be inspired, but they also seek reassurance and validation that they are making the right decision,” says Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company. “To deliver on those desires, and to continue disrupting and leading our industry, our marketing will challenge both ourselves and our customers to ‘Go Against the Grain’.”

Traditionally, the company went to market under both the AZEK and TimberTech brand names. TimberTech will now be the umbrella brand for all decking, railing, porch, paver, fastening and lighting products. The trim and moulding business will be positioned under the newly branded AZEK® Exteriors.

TimberTech’s decking portfolio includes: TimberTech AZEK™, TimberTech PRO™ and TimberTech EDGE™. The AZEK line features the same premium, capped polymer deck collections and materials known previously, but now also includes an enhanced 50-year Fade and Stain Warranty. 

TimberTech AZEK’s Vintage Collection® is also launching Multi-Width decking, allowing homeowners to select from wide, standard, and narrow width planks. The TimberTech PRO™ line retains the original, 4-sided capped composite collections, while TimberTech EDGE™ showcases an entire new series of 3-sided capped composite deck boards. 

“We launched TimberTech EDGE specifically for the cost-conscious consumer,” says Singh. “Previously, homeowners looking to renovate a wood deck may have opted out of composite materials given the price point. Now, we are offering a more affordable option while still maintaining the technological superiority found in all of our TimberTech collections.” 

Also new in 2019 is PaintPro® from AZEK Exteriors. The versatile trim line allows homeowners to customize their curb appeal and forgo traditional white trim around the house, windows, and doors. Customers can select virtually any color they wish to truly make their home one of a kind. This includes a full range of today’s most popular dark colors in vinyl-safe paints – even black. Contractors will get the job done faster with reduced installation time due to PaintPro’s quick dry time. 

TimberTech is increasing its commitment to stand behind its products by introducing new, limited warranty benefits on certain product systems for contractors enrolled in the TimberTech Loyal Rewards Program. 

TimberTech is also getting a digital makeover with a streamlined website.

“Starting today, visitors can log onto TimberTech.com for an entirely new online experience,” says Jeanine Gaffke, CMO of The AZEK Company.  “Our impactful advertising and website are just the first hint at how TimberTech is going against the grain. We’ve hit the ground running. Just wait and see what’s in store for 2019. We’re just getting started.” 

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About AZEK Building Products:

AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK Company, manufactures home building materials under two divisions: TimberTech® and AZEK® Exteriors. TimberTech offers a premium portfolio of capped polymer and capped composite decking – as well as railing, porch, lighting and paver products – while AZEK Exteriors manufactures distinctly unique trim and moulding. Together the brands present homeowners, builders, architects, dealers and contractors with a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood. AZEK is headquartered in Chicago, IL (with plants in OH and PA) and also owns business operations of Minneapolis-based Ultralox railing systems. For more information visit AZEKCo.com or call 1-877-275-2935.

Natalie Boscia Two by Four 773-317-1088 nboscia@twoxfour.com 

Tyler Rabel Two by Four 312-445-4728 trabel@twoxfour.com

VISTA RAILING SYSTEMS INC. ADDS MAJOR DISTRIBUTOR FOR MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND MARKETS

Mid-State Lumber Strengthens and Expands the VISTA™ Distribution Network

February 1, 2019, MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 1, 2019 – Vista Railing Systems Inc., the market leader in exterior railing products that are both stylish & simple, is expanding its distribution network with the addition of Mid-State Lumber in the New England and Mid-Atlantic markets. This relationship represents significant growth potential for each company in a significant railing market.

“Mid-State Lumber is a very well-known and respected distributor in the Mid-Atlantic and New England markets”, said Erik Flick, VP of Business Development, Vista Railing Systems Inc. “They have long-standing, strong relationships in the marketplace and have been trusted by their dealers to provide products and service since 1976. We are very excited to be working with them to provide our premium quality aluminum, cable, glass and wood railing products to their large dealer network via all of their branches.”

Since 1976, Mid-State Lumber Corp. has earned a market-wide reputation as a source of building material products for the retail lumber dealer. Mid-State Lumber has four facilities located in Branchburg, NJ, Kingston, PA, Warwick, NY, and Marlborough, MA. Their customer base spans the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. They have established long term relationships with top manufacturers in the building material industry. Mid-State Lumber partners only with those suppliers who provide the same standard of product quality and reliability that their customers have grown to expect from them.

“We are excited to have been selected by Vista Railing Systems to distribute the Vista Railing line in all of our branches. They have high quality wood and aluminum products that are ideal for the Mid-Atlantic and New England markets. Complete lines of Vista Railing will be available to our Mid-Atlantic and New England Retail Dealers by March 1st, 2019” says Kenneth Bernstein, Principal at Mid-State Lumber.”

About Vista Railing Systems, Inc.

Since 1974, Vista Railing Systems has been a market leader in exterior railing systems. At Vista, we believe our railings create amazing spaces that inspire people to connect. Whether it is a backyard get together with friends, just the two of you sipping a fresh cup of coffee on an early morning, or a birthday party for your children, our railings create the perfect space. Through design-forward thinking that embraces simplicity, our stylish railings can be enjoyed with every home.

VISTA™ designs, engineers, tests and manufactures premium quality railings in aluminum, glass, mixed materials, and wood…all through the lens of style and simplicity.

For any additional information please contact Rob Mitchell, President & CEO, Vista Railing Systems Inc. Email: rob@vistarailings.com.

Trex Company Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

January 14, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

WINCHESTER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX), the world’s number one brand of decking and railing and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, and a leading national provider of custom-engineered railing systems, today published its 2018 Sustainability Report.

The Report includes a comprehensive review of the Trex Company’s strategy and performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs and initiatives, and was prepared using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Building Products & Furnishings standards and supplemented with topics of interest to leading industry ratings agencies. For the full report, click here.

Jim Cline, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Sustainability practices are an integral part of our history, our strategy and our day-to-day operations. As the largest recycler of plastic bags in the United States, and a major user of recycled aluminum and steel, Trex is able to offer consumers the highest quality decking and railings available in the marketplace – together with the assurance that our products are environmentally sound. We encourage our stakeholders to read our 2018 Sustainability Report, which showcases our past achievements and reaffirms our commitment to sustainability, social responsibility and transparency on a broad range of ESG topics.”

About Trex Company

Trex Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. Also, Trex is a leading national provider of custom-engineered railing, staging, acoustical and seating systems for the commercial and multi-family market, including performing arts venues and sports stadiums. For more information, visit trex.com.

Contacts

Bryan Fairbanks
Executive Vice President and CFO
540-542-6300

Lynn Morgen/Viktoriia Nakhla
AdvisIRy Partners
212-750-5800

NADRA Code Update

Here’s a run down of proposals likely to be submitted Jan. 7th with the combined support of nearly all the contributors of the Deck Code Coalition.  I am proud of NADRA for being a part of this support.

By Glenn Mathewson

At the annual meeting in October, it was announced that I was prepared to work for NADRA and the decking industry to represent them in the development of the 2021 International Residential Code.  I know it’s hard for most to wrap their heads around the idea of changing the 2018 code already, considering it doesn’t even have widespread adoption yet. That’s why you’ve hired me, and I’ve already gotten to work.  The best place to begin that work was to contribute to the Deck Code Coalition, an unofficial coalition of the most powerful interests in deck code. Organizations such as the NAHB, SMA and AWC are involved. Code officials from multiple ICC chapters, product manufacturers, engineering firms, and many other professionals from various backgrounds are also there.  Where is there? It’s an imaginary campfire with all interests sitting around together, sharing, talking, contributing, arguing at times, but yet no one has been thrown in the fire. This is how code should be developed, with the overall interest being the people…the end user. I believe the efforts thus far, thanks to those members that have financially contributed, have been more successful than I expected.  

Here’s a run down of proposals likely to be submitted Jan. 7th with the combined support of nearly all the contributors of the Deck Code Coalition.  I am proud of NADRA for being a part of this support.

Are you shocked by the new minimum14-inch diameter footing/pier required in the 2018 IRC?  If you haven’t heard, even the four footings under that small stair landing must be 14 inch.  We expressed our concerns of this to the DCC and the American Wood Council (AWC) agreed and re-engineered new minimum footing diameters for the table.   How does a minimum 8-inch diameter sound for those little landing? Well, that’s what is being proposed and supported by the DCC. Had NADRA not expressed our concerns, no one was going to address it.  The AWC deserves a big thank you for their engineering work.

The new beam, joist and post sizing tables first included in the 2015 IRC only handled regions with up to a 40 psf snow load.  Through significant effort from the AWC, new larger tables have been engineered to handle snow loads of 50, 60 , and 70 psf. This new code, if included in the IRC, won’t help out for all regions, but for the snowier regions that were left with nothing but job-specific engineering, this provides a much more affordable design option.

Poorly written code is hard to understand, makes the industry it addresses look ignorant, and lends itself to inconsistent interpretation.  Changes to the exceptions for footing sizes and frost protection were left pretty messy in the 2018 IRC. A proposal that reorganizes those provisions will make the code much easier to read and understand.  While this may not seem like a big deal to many, rest assured, it’s worthwhile work.

Guards and handrails are like peanut butter and jelly, they are completely different, but often end up in the same sandwich.  Guards along stairs may include a handrail feature at the top, or they may support a handrail at the side, but serve a different function and must resist different loads and load directions.  The IRC has always lumped these two features together in the load table that specifies the load and load directions they must resist. With recent testing and validation for guard strength, manufacturers and others have published many details for how to build guards.  NADRA has long stood that before work is done to design guards to resist the code-specified minimum loads, those loads should be re-evaluated. In my research of minimum guard loading over the last 5 decades, it’s clear to see that the target loads have been a “best guess”.  After attending a meeting with the American Society of Civil Engineers (the authority on design loads) and supporting efforts by the NAHB, we are proud that a proposal to separate guards and handrails in the load table and address the direction of loading for guards more specifically will be submitted by the DCC in January.

On the same subject of guard loading, we have worked diligently to help other interests in deck code understand what we understand about guard design.  It’s creative and unique and that’s what “the people” want. Reputable professionals have a strong motivation to see a specific guard post connection detail illustration with proprietary hardware devices in the pages of the IRC.  The intent is good natured and understandable. Inspectors have long had nothing but a push on guards as their measure of code compliance (safety), and that can leave anyone with that responsibility a little uneasy. They too see the news of the failing decks across our country.  This is respectable and understandable. However, builders are equally uneasy about another “picture” being put in the code that appears to universally require proprietary hardware and a specific method for post attachment. Remember the lateral load anchor? How can you forget? It’s false flag and illusion of a complete lateral load design have forever changed the industry, and still today, 10 years later, it’s only “permitted” not “required”.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and for many inspectors there’s no need to read the permissive words if the seemingly required picture is there. We can’t see this happen to guards the same way it happened to ledgers.

The will to address poorly built deck guards in the IRC is strong and has made two attempts at guard structural design code in the last two editions.  To do this work respectably, no one should have everything their way. While NADRA has incredible experience with boots on the ground, we don’t know it all.  If we appreciate the experience from other professionals when we agree, then we must also respect their experiences when we disagree. With this humble philosophy comes respectable code.  Code that was carried to the hearings in many loving arms is far greater than code pushed in with singular, selfish power. Compromise has to be made by all, so NADRA took the first step. To respect the concerns of others and hope they return it with respect for ours, we entertained new code language to prohibit some of the notoriously insufficient guard designs.  Minimum 4×4 posts for guards will eliminate some shoddy 2×4 posts that can be found. Notching of 4×4 posts in guard construction has been done for all of time, and though it works in some rare cases, it generally does not. Research has been done on this subject, and the proof is pretty clear. To help show our willingness to address this common mode of guard failure, NADRA has thus far agreed to support a prohibition of notching 4×4 guard posts.  Other proposed code language includes clear instruction that the guard posts must be secured to adjacent joists and transfer the loads into the whole deck, not just the rim joist. We were careful this language didn’t specify “blocking” that could interfere with deck drainage systems. We also made sure to exclude any mention of proprietary hardware.

It was our hope that by taking the first step to compromise and draft code language to address guard safety we would encourage others of the same teamwork and they would withdrawal their proposal for a “picture”.  Unfortunately…we were unsuccessful. Though the DCC was able to agree on 6 proposals, including the one we compromised in, select members have announced they will still propose the “picture” and we must battle it out at the hearings.  To say I’m disappointed is an understatement, and to say I didn’t lose a little respect for those professionals would be a lie. The code must represent all professional experiences and be the best mix of them all. Period. The professionals contributing to the DCC bring enough experience and spent enough time sharing it together, that any proposal that could not be agreed upon by all, is a proposal unfit for the hearing and for the code.  Period. No exceptions. In bringing the voice of the decking industry to the code development process, we must do it with as much respect and understanding as possible, and we can only hope to receive it in return. Alas, NADRA will need to take that message to the hearing and be sure the attendance knows that the guard picture proposed next year is lacking the support of many professionals.

Now for the bad news… Helping with these 6 proposals is only a slice of the work to be done.  They are simply the proposals we could contribute to before the hearings. On January 7th of next year, thousands of pages of proposals will be submitted and they will likely contain many deck-related proposals we have yet to know anything about.  NADRA must be prepared to comb through these proposals when they are published in March. I’ve heard some rumors of two proposals to expect. One to require the same additional load on deck boards that stair treads must resist.  Notice how with most plastic composite lumber you can’t span as far on stair treads as you can for deck boards? A max 16-inch span for decking is often reduced to 12 inches on stairs, but not if that proposal wins. Of course every single max span you have come to know could change with this next one.  A proposal from a powerful proponent is likely to be submitted, one that would raise the minimum design live load of 40 psf to 60 psf, but just for decks. Not the floor inside the house.

Did you hear those last two?  Ready to change all your design norms?  Ready to retest all your manufactured decking?  Are you ready for singular powers that don’t manufacture, sell, or build decks to tell you how to do it? When was the last time you had a deck built to 40 psf collapse under load? Not due to some construction flaw.

These last few months of 2018 have proven the necessity for NADRA to have funding to represent the industry in code, but the work has hardly begun. Much is still needed of the membership if NADRA is to continue contributing to this work. Your help is needed.

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