NADRA attends American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Live and Dead Load Subcommittee meeting

By Glenn Mathewson

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.

PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER Special Supplement – New Opportunity!

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.

Content Focus:

  • 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: dcolunio@hanleywood.com

California balcony/deck/ porch inspection law

“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.”

By: Keith Burbank

POSTED: SEP 17 2018 10:19PM PDT

Gov. Brown signs balcony inspection law following deadly Berkeley collapse

By Bay City News Service, read the original story here.

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. 

Read the bill here

NADRA Upcoming Education Schedule

Great Plains ASHI, 24th Annual Fall Seminar:

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.

Learn more & REGISTER

Remodeling / DeckExpo: 

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.

Learn more & REGISTER

INSPECTIONWORLD: 

San Diego, CA – Town & Country Resort

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: 

  • Stair
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists
  • Joist Connections
  • Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • 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.

Learn more & REGISTER

Fortune Brands Completes Acquisition of Fiberon as Part of Doors & Security Segment

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.

Contacts

INVESTOR and MEDIA CONTACT:
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
Kaveh Bakhtiari
847-484-4573
kaveh.bakhtiari@FBHS.com

Fortune Brands Signs Agreement to Acquire Fiberon; Marks Entry into Fast Growing Outdoor Living Market within New Doors & Security Segment

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used primarily in decking, railing and fencing products. Fiberon will join Fortune Brands’ new Doors & Security segment on closing and has agreed to be acquired for approximately $470 million.

“The acquisition of Fiberon provides exciting category expansion and product extension opportunities for our Doors & Security segment into the outdoor living space— one of the fastest growing areas of the home,” said Chris Klein, chief executive officer, Fortune Brands. “Fiberon brings leadership in performance materials sustainably made in the U.S.A. from recycled materials. Similar to Therma-Tru’s leadership in advanced material doors, Fiberon has built its business in the most attractive segment of the decking category– non-wood, capped composites.”

The $2.5 billion decking market is a critical part of outdoor living spaces with growing conversion to non-wood materials. Capped composite non-wood products where Fiberon has focused its business are growing at nearly 10% annually and now represent approximately one quarter of the decking market. This exceptional growth is driven by demand for innovations in finishes, textures, colors and styles coupled with low maintenance and lasting durability versus traditional wood.

“Our Doors & Security platform has the scale and capabilities to further Fiberon’s penetration of the market across our existing customers and distribution channels in this growing market segment,” said Klein. “Our execution and momentum within our Therma-Tru door brand coupled with Fiberon’s successful business model and product line create an exciting opportunity to accelerate growth and value creation. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by approximately 5-6 cents in 2019 and approximately 9-10 cents in 2020.”

“Fortune Brands’ strong distribution, commitment to brands, innovation and design, and superior execution are a powerful combination to drive sales and profit growth,” said Doug Mancosh, chief executive officer and president, Fiberon. “We are excited to join Fortune Brands and create new opportunities for Fiberon to thrive.”

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. The Company plans for Fiberon to operate as a part of the Doors & Security segment.

The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur within the next 30 days.

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; and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products under The Master Lock Company. 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.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” regarding future financial performance and the effects of the Fiberon acquisition. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of our management. Although we believe that these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those indicated in such statements including the factors discussed in Item 1A of the Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, this release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties associated with the acquisition. These include: the satisfaction of closing conditions for the transaction, market conditions and the impact of any failure to complete the transaction. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

Contacts

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
INVESTOR and MEDIA CONTACT:
Kaveh Bakhtiari
847-484-4573
kaveh.bakhtiari@FBHS.com

Composite Decking and Railing Industry Research Report

Exclusive Offer From NADRA

During the four months of 2018, Spectrum Consulting conducted research with the objective of providing clients with an extensive research report and overview of the composite decking and railing industry. The  information provided in the report details industry research from a
variety of sources including in-depth interviews with leading distributors, suppliers and dealers.

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Marketplace overview:
Size and growth of the market 2017/2016
2018 forecast
Consumer trends
Decking overview
Market Segments in dollars sales
Estimated industry sales by region
Railing overview (product types and trends)
Growth of the composite market in relation to Treated Lumber
Treated Lumber code change overview

Industry Supplier overview
Market share estimates by supplier
Market place profile of the top three suppliers
Overview of second tier suppliers
The marketplace impact of contractor loyalty programs, distributor and dealer rebates
Challenges and opportunities for suppliers not among the top three

Status of the two-step distributor marketplace
Key issue results from major distributor interviews
Distributor views of the decking and railing product category
Dealer brand loyalty
Distributor consolidation

The home center marketplace and its impact on the industry
Home center overview (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards)
The impact and implications of Home Center online sales and home site deliveries
The potential for Home Centers to grow sales at the expense of traditional lumberyards

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Deckorators® Introduces Fastendry to Pool and Spa Market

Press contact:
Chris Camfferman                                                                     
Director of Category Marketing – Outdoor Living, Home and Décor
616-365-1554
616-304-9400
ccamfferman@ufpi.com

For Immediate Release

Deckorators® Introduces Fastendry to Pool and Spa Market

Innovative new deck water management system features fastening capability

Grand Rapids, Mich., August 1, 2018 Deckorators®, a leading brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), has introduced Deckorators® FastendryTM to the pool and spa market. The exclusive system combines water management and deck board fastening capability in one solution. The product enables contractors to create valuable under-deck dry storage while saving up to 50 percent on installation time and 25 percent on installation cost versus competitive water management products.

Fastendry fits in the slotted edges of Deckorators composite decking, forming a tight seal that prevents water from passing through the spaces between boards. This keeps the understructure dry for longer understructure life, while making dry space for storage of pool toys, supplies and more. The polymer insert has a rigid base plate that fastens decking to joists with a nail gun, allowing for efficient deck board fastening during system installation.

Deckorators Fastendry

In pool and spa applications, Fastendry perfectly complements Deckorators VaultTM composite decking, which was named one of the Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2016 by This Old House magazine.

Made with polypropylene and mineral filler in the exclusive EovationsTM process, Vault decking absorbs virtually no moisture because it contains no organic material. Decking with EovationsTM technology significantly outperformed leading competitive wood-plastic composite decking in recent water absorption testing. Eovations technology also gives Vault unmatched stability: Vault has the lowest thermal expansion/contraction of any competitive deck board.

Vault is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement warranty, which states that the boards “may be installed in contact with the ground or submersion in water.” Deckorators is one of the only brands in the industry to stand behind installations in, or in contact with, water or ground.

“The technology combination of Vault and Fastendry is unlike anything available in the pool and spa market today,” said Chris Camfferman, director of category marketing for Deckorators, the leading brand in composite decking, railings, balusters, post caps and other products. “With Vault and Fastendry, contractors can create beautiful, water-resistant decks with extra storage around pools, spas and hot tubs. And they can do so while realizing significant labor and cost savings.”

Fastendry is available in black 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths. It is covered by a 25-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects.

For more information, visit www.deckorators.com/fastendry or call 800-332-5724. Fastendry installation videos can be found on the Deckorators YouTube page

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in deck 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 deck railing accessory products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct deck products allows both DIYers and builders the opportunity to express personal creativity on their deck, as they do in their homes.

To learn more about Deckorators railing 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
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UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

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.

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What you should know about the 2018 National+ Deck Competition.

BUILDERS. MANUFACTURERS. SALES REPRESENTATIVES. LUMBERYARDS & DEALERS. THIS IS FOR YOU. 

The National+ Deck Competition has evolved over the years. As the association board of directors thought about the 9th annual Deck Competition, they reviewed the competition categories & with consideration to all membership categories, developed a few NEW project categories for members. Here is what you should know: 

DEADLINE TO ENTER: SEPTEMBER 10T, 2018 11:59PM EDT

EARLY BIRD RATE: ENDS AUGUST 27, 2018 11:59PM EDT

MANUFACTURERS: Must be a current member of NADRA

Manufacturer Category: Manufacturer members of wood and alternative decking materials, railing, fasteners, lighting, accessories, etc. The manufacturer member must enter the competition, not the builder. The builder must be a current member of NADRA. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

Associated fees: $150 before 8/28/18   /  $200 after 8/27/18

*Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

DEALERS / LUMBERYARDS: Must be a current member of NADRA

The Greatest Showroom: The Greatest Showroom is intended for lumberyards and dealers. This is an opportunity to showcase your over and under 3,000 sqft showroom displaying outdoor living products. Must include materials in the outdoor living industry, including decking or docks.

Associated fees: $100 before 8/28/18 / $150 after 8/27/18

BUILDERS / ARCHITECTS:  Must be a current member of NADRA

  • Wood Deck Under $25k: includes: Pressure Treated, Cedar, Redwood, Southern Pine, Ipe, Hardwoods, etc.
  • Alternative Deck Under $25k: includes: includes: cap-stock, composite, PVC, plastic, aluminum, vinyl, etc
  • Limitless Creation Under $25k: Any outdoor living project. Open to all materials. *If you have a spectacular project that has outstanding qualities that includes multiple categories, consider entering it into this category.
  • Wood Deck $25k – $50k
  • Alternative Deck $25k – $50k
  • Limitless Creation $25k – $50k
  • Wood Deck $50k – $100k
  • Alternative Deck $50k – $100k
  • Limitless Creation $50k – $100k
  • Wood Deck Over $100k
  • Alternative Deck Over $100k
  • Limitless Creation Over $100k
  • Open Porch: An open room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Closed Porch: An enclosed room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Dock: A structure extending alongshore or out from the shore into a body of water. Unique Feature: includes: fire pit, fireplace, pergola, pavilion, freestanding structure, underdecking, outdoor kitchen / bar, water feature, outdoor shower, etc.
  • Illumination: Projects that show the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and more.
  • Commercial Outdoor Living Project, to include a deck: Must be a commercial address such as a restaurant, boardwalk, Doctor’s Office, etc. * For builders only, not a category for Manufacturers.
  • Refurbished / Refinished Deck: Most of the existing framing, and the basic layout must be retained Staining of existing boards or new decking Before photo must be included as one of the photos uploaded

Associated fees: $75 before 8/28/18 / $125 after 8/27/18

NEW FOR 2018 – PROJECT PARTNERS: 

  • The idea behind this new category is to build camaraderie & support between all levels in the industry. If the “partners” agree to enter the project with you, they will pay their entry fee separately, and if it’s a winning project, during the awards ceremony – the entire team can walk up and each receive an award and recognition alongside you. 
  • A partner is defined as any NADRA member that was instrumental in a project entered into the 2018 National Deck Competition. 
  • A partner may be: 
    • A Manufacturer of: lighting, screws, framing, railing, footings, decking, underdecking, etc. 
    • Sales Representative
    • Dealer, Lumberyard
    • Architect / Builder / Designer
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will select the “Partner Registration” category. 
  • The Builder must enter the National Deck Competition and provide partners with their “Project Name”. 
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will include the “Project Name” that they are associated with. The entrant will be responsible for providing partners with their project name. This is a critical component of your entry. This is how NADRA HQ will identify your team. 
  • If the project wins a national award, the partners who entered alongside the entrant may walk up to receive their award and recognition during the awards dinner. 
  • All official partners will be recognized in NADRA news, blog, website, social media and various industry print and digital publications.

Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

To learn more about the competition, please download the Official Handbook 

Exclusive Offer from NADRA – Composite Decking and Railing Industry Research Report

During the four months of 2018, Spectrum Consulting conducted research with the objective of providing clients with an extensive research report and overview of the composite decking and railing industry.  The information provided in the report details industry research from a variety of sources including in-depth interviews with leading distributors, suppliers and dealers.


Reports are offered by NADRA.

NADRA member companies receive a significant discount. A portion of revenues directly benefits NADRA.  Not a member or want more information? Call NADRA direct at:  215.679.4884



Marketplace Overview 

  • Size and growth of the market 2017/2016
  • 2018 forecast
  • Consumer trends
  • Decking overview
  • Market Segments in dollars sales
  • Estimated industry sales by region
  • Railing overview  (product types and trends)
  • Growth of the composite market in relation to Treated Lumber
  • Treated Lumber code change overview

Industry Supplier Overview      

  • Market share estimates by supplier
  •  Market place profile of the top three suppliers
  • Overview of second tier suppliers
  • The marketplace impact of contractor loyalty programs, distributor and dealer rebates
  • Challenges and opportunities for suppliers not among the top three

Status of the Two-Step Distributor Marketplace    

  • Key issue results from major distributor interviews
  • Distributor views of the decking and railing product category
  • Dealer brand loyalty
  • Distributor consolidation

The Home Center Marketplace and its Impact on the Industry    

  • Home center overview (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards)
  • The impact and implications of Home Center online sales and home site deliveries
  • The potential for Home Centers to grow sales at the expense of traditional lumberyards