29 New NADRA Members Participate in Deck Evaluation / Inspection Certification Class at JLC Live in New England

“It was great to see so many industry professionals attending this weeks NADRA deck evaluation certification class at JLC Live in Providence Rhode Island.

Home inspectors, pro deck-builders, engineers and architects, coming together to gain the comprehensive knowledge of proper deck inspection.

With Deck Safety Month® right around the corner in May, we want to congratulate these new members who will be out in the field making a difference in deck safety & our industry.” ~ Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive VP

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.

If you are interested in hosting this class in your town, please contact NADRA today by emailing headquarters at Info@NADRA.org.

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.

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



Successful Southeast NADRA Meeting

The Springtime NADRA event was an overwhelming success. Held at Six Bridges Brewing in Johns Creek, Georgia, some 50-60 industry professionals gathered for a great Monday night kickoff into what promises to be an exciting year for everyone. It was great seeing so many familiar faces all in one place, and encouraging to see a handful of first-time attendees!

Our guest speaker was Glenn Mathewson, who generously gave of his time to share with us the importance of staying engaged with the ever-changing deck code. Afterwards, he made himself available to anyone who had questions or concerns, providing great insight from an insider’s perspective on the goings-on in code development.

We were thrilled to see such a good turnout, and are excited to get together again soon!

I’m was so excited to be the guest speaker for the Southeast NADRA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. My job was to get these deck professionals pumped up for my representation of the decking industry this year for the development of the 2021 IRC. Your voices are critical to development of the codes of their industry, and you need to know your value in safeguarding the public with the most appropriate and economical standards to preserve safety and American freedom. I’m so proud to carry your voice this year. There is incredible knowledge from the trenches that must be included in code development.

We spoke a bit about NADRA education and the code fundraising initiative. 

Special thank you to the following NADRA members for contributing to the 2019 Code Initiative:

  • NADRA Builder Member, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • NADRA Builder Member, Deck and Basement Company
  • NADRA Builder Member, O’Keefe Built, Inc. 
  • NADRA Builder Member, Titan Building Products
  • NADRA Builder Member, Back to Nature Decks
  • NADRA Builder Member, Casey Fence and Deck
  • NADRA Distributor Member, Excelsior Lumber
  • NADRA Manufacturer Member, HDG Engineered Products
  • NADRA Manufacturer Members, TREX
  • NADRA Builder Members, Decks by Kiefer
  • NADRA Builder Member, DeckRemodelers.com

To learn more about NADRA’s initiative in code, or to make a contribution today, please visit the fundraising and updates page HERE.

Call for 2019 Deck Safety Ambassadors

Deadline: April 30th, 2019

May is Deck Safety Month®

Join NADRA in promoting Deck Safety Month by becoming an official Deck Safety Ambassador! Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Partner Levels are available from $350 to the $3,000 top tier sponsor! Click the “Become a Sponsor!” button to sign up & receive your 2019 Deck Safety Ambassador Logo. Benefit packages are also highlighted within this link. Customized Deck Safety Toolkits are also back again this year. Follow the link to learn more. Please email Info@NADRA.org with any questions. 

*You must be a current member of NADRA to participate. 

Perma-Column® deck posts awarded ICC certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: 
Mark A. Stover, Perma-Column LLC
PHONE: (260) 622-7190
EMAIL: Mark.Stover@permacolumn.com

OSSIAN, Indiana — February 25, 2019 – Perma-Column LLC today announced that its signature line of deck posts has been certified by the International Code Council as complying with international building codes. Certification from ICC, the authority on building code compliance, means builders can more quickly attain approvals and permits while customers gain a greater trust in Perma-Column® deck posts.

Indiana-based Perma-Column developed its patented design to address the industrywide problem of rotting wood posts in foundation systems. Wood is elevated out of the ground via a steel bracket atop a precast concrete foundational pier. The design benefits builders by eliminating the hassles of pouring concrete on the job site, making deck construction quicker and more efficient. Perma-Column® deck posts, which are guaranteed for life, are three times stronger than standard concrete, providing a permanent solution for long-lasting decks.

“This certification confirms our efforts to provide the highest-quality product to the deck builder,” says Mark A. Stover, Perma-Column president. “Obtaining an ICC certificate of compliance is not easy. A manufacturer must be willing and able to invest significant time and resources during the approval process. This is the best way to ensure the quality of our product and shows how dedicated we are to being an industry leader. Builders can work with the confidence that our deck products will meet national and international code requirements.”

Find more information about Perma-Column® deck posts and the complete ICC Evaluation Service certification report at www.permacolumn.com/products/deck-posts.

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VISTA RAILING SYSTEMS INC. ADDS DISTRIBUTOR IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Capital Lumber Strengthens and Expands the VISTA™ Distribution Network

MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 18th, 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 Capital Lumber’s Salt Lake City branch. This relationship represents significant growth potential for each company in a significant railing market.

“Capital Lumber is a very well-known and respected distributor”, 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 1948. We are very excited to be working with them to provide our premium quality aluminum, cable, glass and wood railing products to their dealer network across Utah, Idaho and parts of Wyoming.”

Founded in 1948, Capital is a privately held Arizona Corporation, with eight regional distribution facilities geographically focused in the West that offers sales, market development, inventory management and distribution services within the building materials industry.  The company’s aim is to be responsive to the unique needs of manufacturers and dealers, deliver customized solutions and assist in market demand.

 “We are excited to distribute the Vista Railing product line from our Salt Lake City branch”, said Matt Page, Sales Manager for Capital Lumber. “They have premium railing products that are ideal for our customers. Product is in stock in our warehouse and readily available for the market. We look forward to a long-term, successful relationship with Vista.”

About Vista Railing Systems, Inc.

Since 1974, Vista Railing Systems Inc., has been a market leader in premium 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

TIMBERTECH CHANGES THE GAME WITH LAUNCH OF MULTI-WIDTH DECKING LINE

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TimberTech®, a leader in premium decking, continues to innovate in the outdoor living space with the launch of two new products in the TimberTech AZEK™ portfolio. In addition to its existing, standard-width deck boards, the Vintage Collection® now offers two new widths – wide and narrow. This groundbreaking approach gives homeowners the unique opportunity to customize their decks with elegant, technologically superior boards in a variety of sizes, styles and colors.


“We are excited to be among the first to bring the design versatility of indoor flooring trends to the outdoors,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company. “The launch of our multi-width decking is a pivotal evolution for our company and the industry. We’re giving customers the option to go against the grain, think beyond the traditional planking everyone else has. Contractors also have the opportunity to get creative while continuing to deliver the ultimate in durability to their customers.“  

Featuring a distinct, wirebrushed, low-gloss texture, and six dynamic colors, TimberTech AZEK’s Vintage Collection now comes in three widths: narrow (3 ½”), standard (5 ½’’) and wide (7 ¼”). The narrow deck boards provide a look reminiscent of coastal Cape Cod while the wide planks allow homeowners to think big. Mixing widths adds dimension to a deck which can be subtle or dramatic.

“These three widths can be used in almost any combination to create an extensive range of designs and patterns on a deck,” said Patrick Barnds, Senior Vice President of Product Management of AZEK Building Products.  “From a classic, all-narrow or all-wide look, to geometrically-complex herringbone patterns, the only limits are the imagination of the designer and homeowner.”

TimberTech AZEK capped polymer boards are 100% synthetic, making them extremely low-maintenance and resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage. Additionally, the Vintage Collection features Alloy Armour Technology™, a proprietary capping material engineered for additional surface protection, provides industry-best, 50-year fade and stain and limited lifetime warranties. 

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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

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