NEW LONDON, NC – Fiberon®, an innovation leader in capped composite decking, railing, cladding, and fencing, announces an exciting partnership with Wolf Home Products. Based in York, Pennsylvania, Wolf Home Products is a national provider of privately sourced and select branded kitchen, bath, and building products. The company maintains multiple distribution centers, has 3500 dealers throughout the United States and Canada, and boasts a 99.5% accuracy rate for service. Wolf Home Products will distribute Fiberon capped composite decking, railing, and cladding throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and North and South Carolina.
“Wolf Home Products has a remarkable 175-year history in building products and a renowned customer-centric focus on distribution, sales support, and service,” says Christopher Hayn, Fiberon Vice President of Sales. “We foresee tremendous opportunities for both companies within the fastest-growing segment of the wood-alternative decking and railing market.”
“Wolf Home Products is very excited to partner with Fiberon to provide our independent dealers and their contractor and homeowner customers with industry-leading products, programs, and support,” says Craig Danielson, President and CEO of Wolf Home Products.
“Fiberon’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit combined with Wolf’s commitment to end-to-end execution and support will produce an exciting partnership in 2019 and for years to come,” notes Danielson.
Founded in 1843, Wolf Home Products offers independent dealers a dynamic product mix focused on quality, reliability, and value, all backed by an iron-clad commitment to courteous, consistent service. A standard-bearer for exceptional aesthetics, durability, and eco-friendliness, Fiberon products give homeowners the warmth and beauty of natural wood without all the work. In addition, the North Carolina-based company developed the first multi-chromatic embossed boards, the first stain and fade warranty, and an exclusive five-year labor warranty for contractors.
About Fiberon Founded in 1997, Fiberon is a leading U.S. manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, cladding, and fencing distributed worldwide. Fiberon products are available in a wide range of styles and price points, all providing the warmth and beauty of natural wood without the costly, time-consuming maintenance. Fiberon products are free of toxic chemicals and contain up to 94% recycled content. Recognized as an “Eco-leader” by Green Builder magazine, Fiberon maintains operations in North Carolina and Idaho. For more information, visit fiberondecking.com and follow Fiberon on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
Fiberon is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), which creates products and services that help fulfill homeowners’ dreams and make people feel more secure. The Company’s trusted brands include Therma-Tru® Doors, Fiberon®, Master Lock® and Sentry® Safe under the Doors & Security segment; Moen®, Riobel®, ROHL®, Perrin and Rowe®, Shaws® and Victoria + Albert® under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); and MasterBrand Cabinets®. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.fbhs.com.
About Wolf Home Products Wolf Home Products is a global sourcing company built on more than 175 years of experience. They are one of the largest suppliers of Kitchen and Bath cabinetry in the nation, as well as a leading supplier of Outdoor Living and Building Products. Vast inventories and smart logistical solutions combine to provide unmatched product availability and delivery speed. Wolf Home Products conforms to ISO International Standards, instilling customer confidence and guaranteeing a culture of continuous improvement.
MoistureShield Vision composite decking has won an Architectural Products Magazine Product Innovation Award (PIA). Vision has a modern variegated appearance that provides a one-of-a-kind, indoor flooring look for decks, porches and other outdoor spaces.
MoistureShield® Vision®, was recently announced as a winner in Architectural Products Magazine’s Product Innovation Awards (PIA). Vision has a modern variegated appearance that provides a one-of-a-kind, indoor flooring look for decks, porches and other outdoor spaces. MoistureShield is now a brand of Oldcastle APG, with a rich lineage of growing the building industry’s best brands.
“We are honored to have Vision recognized as an innovative product,” said Joey Peters, senior brand manager, Oldcastle APG. “As the next generation of composite decking, Vision makes it possible to have the beauty and design options of indoor flooring but with technology that lets Vision go where other composites cannot –such as directly on the ground or submerged in water.”
Vision’s distinctive, contemporary aesthetic strongly resembles the beauty of interior hardwoods to provide a seamless transition to the outdoor deck. As with all MoistureShield decking, it is made with 95 percent recycled content.
“Building on the success of last year’s program, our eighth edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability,” said Jim Crockett, editorial director of Architectural Products Magazine.
The product comes in five natural colors: Smokey Gray, Spanish Leather, Sandstone, Cathedral Stone, and Mochaccino. Vision’s Mochaccino and Cathedral Stone colors are also available with the option of MoistureShield’s CoolDeck® technology, which minimizes heat absorption by up to 35% for a more comfortable deck.
The deck boards are available in 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths with fascia boards in 12-foot lengths. The decking come in non-grooved square shouldered boards and grooved profiles for hidden fasteners. Vision decking is fully protected by a lifetime structural warranty, as well as a limited lifetime fade and stain warranty.
About Composite Decking at Oldcastle APG: Oldcastle APG, a CRH company, proudly manufactures MoistureShield composite deck boards and related products serving a range of retail and distribution customers across North America and several international markets. The development of new technologies and patents has enabled Oldcastle to manufacture superior composite products from recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastic for the building and construction markets.
“Another public comment was also presented, one that could have a major impact on decking.“
How to build guards has never been provided for in the code, and even the loads that guards must resist have been pretty fuzzy throughout code history. Those target loads have come into some pretty serious question now that so much testing is being conducted to assure guard posts will meet a 500 lb or greater load. The current code requires the top of a guard and handrail to resist a 200 lb. load in any direction. Any direction means upward and inward, two directions that have nothing to do with a guard’s purpose, fall protection from an elevated surface. They do relate to a handrail’s purpose, to brace a fall in any direction and to assist in ascending or descending stairs or ramps.
The ASTM testing standards for composite rails and the ICC Evaluation Services acceptance criteria for other manufactured guards don’t exactly match the code, and the loads are questioned in all. This problem is well understood, yet meanwhile, proponents have been only narrowly defeated in the last two code modification cycles in their attempts to have prescriptive ands specific guard post connection details included in the IRC. It is the opinion of many others that the target loading and the direction of loading needs to be reevaluated and set more appropriately, before methods to meet the loads are solidified in code. That was the reason I, taking NADRA’s voice, attended the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Live and Dead Load Subcommittee meeting on November 7th, 2018.
The ASCE 7 standard is the nation’s go-to for establishing the minimum design loads for structures of all sorts. It’s generally the basis for the loads in the I-codes. So rather than attempt this change for guard loading at the ICC level, we went one level further in. The ASCE meeting was to review proposals and ideas for the next 2022 version of the ASCE 7 and proposals they are planning for the 2021 IBC development next year. The National Home Builders’ Association (NAHB), a friend to NADRA, led the charge with public comment proposals to the ASCE committee requesting guards and handrails be separated and their minimum loads and load directions be individually determined. While a handrail does need to resist a load in any direction, a guard does not. I spoke at the meeting in favor of the NAHB public comment and provided history of guard and handrails loads going back to the 1970. Over those years, guard and handrail minimum design loads were quite varied. On the west coast, under the Uniform Building Code, only a 20 lb. horizontal load applied 90 degrees to the guard, but on the east coast, under the Standard Building Code, it was 200 lb. in any direction. From the 70’s to 2000 IRC, guards underwent a lot of changes regarding design load, but still at that time guards weren’t tested by any more than a push from the inspector. Guards and handrail loads were combined, then separated, but then in later years combined again.
The history and the companion testimony at the meeting helped show the ASCE committee that indeed today’s design loads in the code and the ASCE standard are due for reevaluation. Before building the house of new deck codes, let’s make sure we have a good foundation. Alongside NADRA and the NAHB, the Stair Manufacturers’ Association and the Composite Lumber Manufacturers’ Association also provided insight into this much-needed reevaluation. The ASCE Committee agreed and affirmed a motion to work with the NAHB further on this issue. This was a great step in the right direction.
Though we attended the meeting for the guard discussion, there was more to learn. Code and standard proposals and recommendations can come from anyone. Being present and available to learn of those other proposals and to quickly respond is a very important part of representing an industry in code.
Another public comment was also presented, one that could have a major impact on decking. Stair treads are required to resist the familiar 40 psf live load that a deck surface must resist, but they also must resist a concentrated load of 300 lb. over a 4-square-inch area. This has to do with the impact from the balls of your feet while rapidly descending stairs. It has been in the codes for all stair treads since 1979. You may be familiar with composite decking stair tread span limitations. Due to this additional concentrated load, most composite decking has reduced allowable spans when used as stair treads. 16-inch on center joists for the deck, often have to be reduced to 12 inch or less on the stairs. A surprise proposal we were not expecting was to require the same stair tread concentrated load throughout the deck. Changing the minimum loading requirements, means re-proving that decking can meet the new loads, including the lumber decking spans brought into the code in 2015. If these changes were made, they would need to be with good justification and industry-wide evaluation.
The proponent argument for this proposal was in response to impact from stepping off ladders and known cases of deck board failure. What wasn’t shared is how many instances? How old was the decking? What was the condition? These were all questions posed by others in the room, as it is becoming well known that well-intended reactions to anecdotal instances have shaped a lot of recent codes. The very quick question I, we, NADRA, asked was why decks are being singled out and not all floor systems? If this is a human impact load on a floor surface, then what distinguishes the hazard between the floor inside the house and the deck? Why would the decking industry be singled out? Do we not use ladders inside the home? There was no solid answer to these questions and an affirmative motion to shelf the proposal and request more information and reason statements from the proponent.
Our efforts at this meeting have helped already to steer the future, but the winds are strong and the journey long. We need your support to stay involved in this critical work.
The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recognizes and promotes excellence in the outdoor living & decking industry. The National+ Deck Competition represents many aspects of the outdoor living industry, with a main focus on decks. Each year we celebrate and honor outstanding successes in the industry at a prestigious Industry Awards presentation & celebration. This year, the 9th annual awards dinner was held on October 10th, 2018 at The National Aquarium hosted in Baltimore, MD. Here is a recap of all NADRA events that occurred while in Baltimore.
NADRA Code Meeting: 10/11/18
Thank you to all the respondents to our recent deck code survey. What we learned was that although the majority of you are building to the newest and strictest deck codes (2015 or newer), most of you felt that these codes are being enforced unequally. The need for a more consistent approach to building and inspecting decks is going to be a renewed focus at NADRA. Through our Decks Done Right program and a better representation within the code arena, we believe that we can make a positive impact. Congratulations to Patrick O’Keefe with O’Keefe Built, Inc – Longmont, CO who won a Milwaukee M18 Impact Driver Kit for participating in our survey.
NADRA Canada Meeting: 10/11/18
NADRA Member, Jon Witt helped the Association organize a “meeting of the minds” while in Baltimore at DeckExpo. “I always look forward to the Deck Expo; meeting up with old friends, making new ones. This year was different though, in a good way. For a number of years now my wife and I have been tasked to see NADRA grow in Canada. This year the first step was made. We had an informal gathering of fellow Canadian members, and those who are interested in joining, meet to discuss the beginnings of that growth. There were some great ideas kicked around despite the previous late night at the NADRA after party. We are excited to get cracking at the tasks ahead this coming winter. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming meetings. If you’d like to follow along and help build NADRA in Canada, please email Info@NADRA.org to be included in future communications.” Jon Witt, WWG Designs and Build.
NADRA Member Benefit Provider, Enter.net join NADRA in the booth:
“We would like to thank everyone that came to visit our Enter.net team at the NADRA booth at DeckExpo, we had an incredible experience! Thank you to the fantastic NADRA family for welcoming us and including us in the association’s activities. We look forward to building and maintaining many business relationships going forward. The New NADRA website is coming soon! Contact us at: Sales@Enter.net or Enter.net
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), joins NADRA in the booth at DeckExpo:
Michael Beaudry, Executive VP from NADRA states, “It was a pleasure having our Association Partners from ASHI, Mike Rostescu, Assistant Executive Director & Director of IT, as well as Bruce Barker, long-time ASHI Educator & Author of the new Black and Decker book on Decks and Rails. Working together with the leadership of the Professional home inspectors of ASHI is helping to make a difference in raising awareness in NADRA’s Deck Safety initiative. Thank you Mike and Bruce for working the booth with us at the show.”
Thank you, Sponsors!
2018 National Awards Dinner & Celebration
On the evening of Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, over 200 NADRA members and industry professionals gathered at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. The event honored those whose ambitions have elevated the industry and redefined the definition of success.
During the presentation, eighty three awards were given to NADRA members with the highest scores based on category in the National+ Deck Competition.
“As we have learned from our other brands in the Oldcastle APG family, the health and vitality of an industry stems from those individuals and organizations wholly dedicated to its’ success. With NADRA- an association comprised of tireless advocates for the decking space- we see a partner that shares the same belief. We look forward to a fruitful relationship- focused on growing the category- and ensuring the path to success for our contractors, dealers and distributors.”
Rich Lancaster – President, AERT
“Thank you NADRA staff for all the hard work put in to making it such a great event. On behalf of myself and my DOCK & DECK crew we say thanks and looking forward to next year.”
Jason Varney, DOCK & DECK, TN
The winning photos can be viewed in the official video below. See HERE for a PDF of all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners by category.
You can also view the official PowerPoint presentation below:
“This has been the only contest I have ever been in that I have cheered on and promoted my competitors more than my own entries. I am truly humbled to be counted amongst such talented deck artists. Every deck building company, manufacturer rep, supplier, and of course association directors and staff we have met, have quickly become our close family. We are passionate for what we do and love the opportunities to grow with the industry. NADRA Rocks!”
Jon Witt, WWG Designs & Build, Ontario
NADRA 2018 / 2019 Board of Directors:
President: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
Treasurer/Secretary: Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
Immediate Past President, Kirk Hammond
Director: John Keller, Sequoia Supply
Director: Vincent Carrubba, Admiral-SpaceMaker
Director: Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals
2018 Terry Award: Presented to Jim Mailey
The Terry award is the highest award honored to one member of NADRA. Terry Dempsey was the original founder and owner of DeckExpo. Terry was instrumental in guiding NADRA during the formation process. Beginning in 2008, NADRA HQ chose one member to honor for their superior contributions to the Association and industry at large. This year, Jim Mailey was the recipient of the Terry Award.
2018 Terry Award: Jim Mailey
“In honor of your extraordinary dedication & unwavering commitment to creating and driving deck safety awareness across North America and beyond. Thank you, Jim.”
Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vice President
2018 Recognition Award
The 2018 Recognition award was awarded to Rebekah Schuld & Stephanie Kurtz, AZEK Building Products.
Thank you, Rebekah & Stephanie for your dedication to NADRA and the industry we serve. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.”
Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vide President
View NADRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting Presentation below to learn more about Association happenings, such as financials and Deck For a Soldier® update:
NADRA’s Code Fundraising Initiative: Mark Guthrie & Glenn Mathewson
NADRA Members, consider this your call to code action! As your new Code Committee Chair, I am asking for your help on behalf of the entire organization so that we can become a stronger voice in shaping the deck codes we all must build to.
Over the last few code cycles, we have increased our influence in the code development arena by supporting other professionals to speak on our behalf. For the most part, our members have benefited from these outside efforts, winning on many of the positions NADRA has advocated for. However, to fairly execute on our vision of becoming the most respected and relied upon voice for decking and railing code, we believe that the time has come to add a hired professional to our ranks.
After much consideration, we have selected Glenn Mathewson to be this key part of our team. As many of you are aware, Glenn has been with us from the beginning and worn too many hats to name, the highlight being the development of an ICC-approved deck code training program for our members. We believe that he brings what we need: the wisdom and historical perspective to see it from all sides, a passion for the industry and a work ethic that makes it worth the spend.
Glenn has outlined a plan for our success that includes attending the upcoming code hearings, submitting proposals on our behalf and being part of the technical dialogue between competing interests that always surround code development. What we need to do now is generate the income needed to support this plan. Please follow this link to contribute to our $50,000 goal today.
” Mike, Thank you for another great event, awesome to see you and the rest of the NADRA gang again. I took to heart what Glenn said at the meeting and Deck and Basement wants to do our part to support putting him at the code hearings. Please use this $500 as a modest start to making sure our industry does not get even more over-regulated than it has already become. I know only a drop in the bucket but together with all of my Nadra Brothers out there, doing things for the right reason, we can make a difference. Keep up the good work Beaudry’s, your industry thanks you.”
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Co., MN
NADRA’s Education Initiative: Jim Mailey
There are than 50 million decks in the U.S. Over 25 million of those decks are already past their useful like – needing to be replaced.
The industry is still lacking comprehensive deck inspection training. NADRA is focused on helping drive that change through the ONLY Certification Program to provide the knowledge and tools to PROPERLY and COMPLETELY inspect an existing deck!
NADRA partnered with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) since 2015
Annual training at ASHI’s national conference (Inspection World) & regional chapter training events
Trained nearly 500 ASHI inspectors in 3 years
All during this pilot program!
The goal of NADRA’s education initiative is to educate and certify 500 ASHI inspectors in 2019.
“This industry has been my mode of survival since I was a young man. I would like to see others step up and be more supportive of these events. This year several people I spoke with mentioned how busy they were and about the hundreds of decks they are building. When I asked why they attended this event, and if they would ever consider being a sponsor. The response was constantly Oh! we are only here to get stuff not to give. I would like to share the message. “You reap what you sow” “If you are only in this industry only for personal gain you will, be invisible, never grow and not be truly whole”
Bob Heidenreich: The Deck Store, MN
“As always, the Annual NADRA Awards were a blast. We loved catching up with old friends and share with everyone’s excitement for the growth of the industry. We love celebrating the victories of friends who work hard year-round; as we say, the better any of us do, the better we all do. We are looking forward to another great year, and can’t wait to see where things take us and our friends by the time we catch up again in 2019.
Deck Expo was also an overwhelming success on Haven Underdeck’s first year as an exhibitor. Thanks to word of mouth from our NADRA friends, and the hard work of our amazing staff, we found ourselves hardly able to keep up with the traffic at our booth. From launching our material sales division last year, to exhibiting our product at the show this year, it has been a steady rise. We anticipate that we will only stay busier thanks to the turnout at Deck Expo. We are thrilled to have had such an awesome turnout.”
Joel Mooneyhan, Haven & Southeastern Underdeck Systems, GA
“It was certainly great to network with all of the wonderful people that we have become good friends with because of our involvement with NADRA. Thank you to all of those involved with NADRA and especially the Beaudry family who put in all of the hard work and dedication to put on such an awesome event each and every year at the National Deck Awards Competition.”
Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC, NJ
Thank you all for your endless support!
In conclusion, it was an incredible event! New friends were made & victories were celebrated. Please know that we are so grateful for our NADRA community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who made the trek to Baltimore. We think you’re pretty awesome.
Until next time…
Your home team at NADRA HQ ~ Mike & Margie Beaudry, Heather Marchand and Jenn Zedaker
Your Board of Directors ~ Matt Breyer, Heath Bowman, Bruce Verblaauw, Kirk Hammond, John Keller, Vincent Carrubba, Gary Converse
New EovationsTM decking offers superior traction, bold variegation
For Immediate Release
Press contact: Chris Camfferman Managing Director, Marketing 616-365-1554 616-304-9400 email@example.com
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 10, 2018 – Deckorators®, a brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), has expanded its innovative line of wood-alternative decking with the launch of VoyageTM. This new line of composite decking featuring patented EovationsTM technology was introduced to building material dealers and contractors at DeckExpo 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Like other members of the Deckorators Eovations decking family, Voyage delivers the industry’s best strength-to-weight ratio, absorbs virtually no moisture, and allows virtually no thermal expansion or contraction. Voyage adds to these benefits unique textured embossing for superior traction on the deck surface, along with the bold look of vertical grain variegation.
The textured embossing offers homeowners the enhanced safety of superior traction underfoot in both dry and wet conditions. Deckorators Voyage decking provides 34 percent or greater surface traction than other leading brands of composite decking. Voyage 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 variegation gives Voyage — an ultra-low maintenance composite — the trend-forward appearance of the highest-quality wood. Voyage comes in four beautiful colors that are the most popular in outdoor living spaces among homeowners: Sierra (dark gray), Tundra (gray), Costa (golden brown) and Mesa (red brown).
“We use extensive input from dealers and contractors to develop products that help them stand out from the competition,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director, marketing, Deckorators. “Our partners have experienced the unique benefits of our Frontier and Vault composite decking with Eovations technology. We’re thrilled to introduce them to Voyage, the best product in a good-better-best Eovations line.”
Voyage will be available for 2019 in 12-, 16- and 20-foot solid and slotted-edge profiles, as well as 12-foot fascia. It is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty that covers water and ground contact. Deckorators is one of the only brands in the industry to stand behind installations in, or in contact with, water or ground.
Eovations technology makes Voyage decking strong, lightweight and stable. During the Eovations process, a polymer-mineral blend is extruded and stretched. The result is a fibrous, 7/8-inch-by-5½- inch composite board that looks and works like wood. At the same time, each board is:
35 percent lighter than most wood-plastic composite decking and similar in weight to PVC for easier handling on the job site.
Twice as strong as PVC decking in terms of stiffness-to-weight ratio for superior durability.
Moisture-resistant because it contains no organic material.
Extremely stable with the lowest thermal expansion/contraction of any thermoplastic deck board.
Voyage is capped with durable polypropylene to create a surface that is stain-, fade- and scratch-resistant.
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.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries and operations around the world that supply three markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about Universal Forest Products, Inc., or its affiliated operations, go to www.ufpi.com.
PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER has added a special 5th supplement in 2018 in cooperation with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Show your support of the industry by aligning your brand with this valuable content. Ad close date: 11/2/18
Support the Industry
PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER will donate 10% of the advertising revenues from this special print supplement to NADRA for their use in programs that support our joint industry.
Cover story will feature NADRA’s National+ Deck Competition winners.
Coverage of the REMODELING/DeckExpo Show, featuring PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER LIVE—a demo stage area that will be a feature of this year’s show.
New Products Showcase.
Timing & Reach
New print supplement: December 2018. Ad close date: 11/2/18
In addition to the print supplement, online coverage will be included on PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER’s website and newsletters
NADRA members advertising in this added supplement will be recognized in a special thank you ad from NADRA and PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER
If you are interested in advertising opportunities, please reach out to Dan Colunio:
Dan Colunio Vice President, Remodeling & Distribution Hanley Wood Media P: 617-304-7297 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.”
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways to hopefully avoid deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.
At a birthday party in June 2015, six young people died when a fifth-story balcony collapsed, according to the office of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, who co-authored the bill, Senate Bill 721.
An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot and the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects, Hill’s office said.
Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years.
Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.
Those elements must be inspected if they extend beyond the building’s exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the other author of the bill.
Kansas City, MO – ASHI Chapter Annual Fall Seminar.
WHEN: September 21, 2018 7:00 AM to September 22, 2018 4:00 PM
Jim Mailey- North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) Deck Evaluation Class. This is the same class taught in preparation for taking the NADRA Certification Exam. The test can be done at the Great Plains Fall Seminar or taken online with 30 days after the class. There is an additional fee for a one year membership and certification test. Deck inspection education is valuable even if you choose not to take the test and become certified.
Baltimore, MD –NADRA offers specific industry courses at the show, which gives you the option to receive your certifications. You can add these sessions onto your registration during the online registration process.
WHEN: Tuesday October 9th, 2018
Deck Evaluation / Inspection Program:Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8am. Instructor: Jim Mailey.This program will allow Inspectors the opportunity to evaluate a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to assess the safety issues of a deck properly.
Down The Load Path:Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 1pm.Instructor: Glenn Mathewson.This program will allow industry professionals the opportunity to learn about the new 2018 IRC provisions; this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations, and properties of the earth covered so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood.
WHEN: Sunday, January 20th 8am – 12pm (4 ASHI CEs)
NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Class: This program will allow the home inspector the opportunity to employ the ability to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:
Footings and Posts
Handrail Assemblies and Guards
Recognize proper and improper fasteners
Assess hardware or material corrosion
Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it completed the acquisition of Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used in decking, railing and fencing products. Fortune Brands announced an agreement to acquire Fiberon on August 23, 2018. Fiberon is now part of Fortune Brands’ Doors & Security segment.
The Company completed the acquisition for a purchase price of approximately $470 million, which was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit and term loan facilities. In 2017, Fiberon had approximately $200 million in annual sales. Fiberon has approximately 475 associates with offices and operations in Meridian, Idaho and New London, North Carolina. Fortune Brands expects to maintain Fiberon’s current operations and locations.
About Fortune Brands
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s operating segments are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems, Fiberon outdoor performance materials, and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.
Authorities say a man and woman were injured when their elevated deck collapsed at their home in northeast Des Moines while they were grilling food.
The Des Moines Register reports the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Monday. Des Moines Police Sgt. Tina Kalar says rotted wood may have allowed the deck to fall away from the house.
The 72-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns from the grill’s contents. Her 69-year-old husband was treated at an urgent care center.
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NADRA reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck®
“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*. Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.
NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.