“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.
“Simpson Strong-Tie was honored to be invited by the Niagara Frontier Building Officials to speak at their annual conference on January 23rd. Doug Stercho (Simpson Strong-Tie Territory Manager), Chuck Frisicaro (Simpson Strong-Tie Sr. Dealer Rep for Western NY) and Jim Mailey (Simpson Strong-Tie Technical Training Manager and NADRA Structural Advisor & Educator) all had a major part in the success of this program.
The subject was on Deck Construction and the class was 6 hours long. There were 379 people in attendance and the class was primarily made up of code officials from the Niagara Frontier region. Although, there were numerous comments in the beginning about a class that is 6 hours in length on decks, those same people were amazed at how much was covered, how much there is to know about deck construction and how quickly the time seemed to pass. At the end there were a lot of people requesting more information and asking if there are other classes on deck construction that they could attend. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist, the best document currently available for assessing new and existing decks, was a big hit along with some of the other literature provided.”
Reminder to all handrail and guard manufacturers, in June 2017 ICC-ES approved significant revisions to AC273, Acceptance Criteria for Handrails and Guards. NADRA recommends if you have an evaluation or code report for your product in accordance with this acceptance criteria you should contact the agency providing the report on how these changes will affect you.
In addition, due to these changes in AC 273, your Code Committee is interested in your input for discussing possible similar updates to AC174.
If you have feedback and information on your positions please send into: email@example.com where it will be forwarded to the NADRA Code Committee.
As we enter 2018, we want to be sure you know about your opportunities for growing your business. NADRA and ASHI have partnered to bring you the best and only of its kind, deck evaluation certification! NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association is a 501 c(6) non-profit that works to educate and grow the outdoor living industry. NADRA is dedicated to deck safety and bringing awareness to the importance of deck inspections.
Not only is this an ASHI approved class that earns you 4CEU’s, this class will expand your portfolio and allow you to tap into an industry that needs your services. There is an estimated 50 million decks in the U.S., 50% which are 15-20+ years old. The need for professional deck inspections is at an all time high and its not slowing down. NADRA has already certified ASHI inspectors in NOVA ASHI, St. Louis ASHI, Metro NY ASHI, and INASHI.
In this four hour class, you will be taken through NADRA’s 5 page deck evaluation form. Expert and educator, Jim Mailey will cover:
– Footings and Posts
– Joist Connections
– 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
Special Pricing for ASHI Members:
Did you know, ASHI members can join NADRA for only $100.00 annually instead of the regular rate of $350.00? Additionally, NADRA has the following membership / Deck Evaluation Class combos. (Minimum attendees required) Option 1 – Certification with a one year ASHI Branch membership with NADRA: $199.00 Option 2 – Certification with three year ASHI Branch membership with NADRA: $299.00 (includes one free year of membership)
Learn more about the class, special pricing for ASHI inspectors, and requirements by clicking here. Contact us today with questions or to schedule your class.
NADRA’s ASHI branch membership includes:
– Listing under “Find an Inspector” on the NADRA site
– Participation in NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® Campaign – free marketing toolkit to promote deck safety and inspections.
– Code representation – ask your code questions and get answers from the experts!
– Monthly enewsletter with all upcoming education and networking events
The crews in MN are wrapping up the build today! Below are some pictures. Final photos will be taken tonight when the build is complete.
A serious shout out to Bob Lett and Mark Fisher from Wolf Home Products! They FROZE and went the distance on this build, on top of almost $7K in materials. A very special thank you to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. who has tirelessly taken the lead role in putting this entire project together & kept it on track to finish before Christmas.
Gallery of images from the MN D4S Build:
December 19th, 2017 UPDATE
NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® build in MN is moving along nicely. Our friends up North could use some cheering on. You can send encouragement by posting comments below. It’s been a cold few weeks and these guys are putting in some serious hours trying to wrap up this deck in time for Christmas.
Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co., his team & the crew at Jigsaw Builders installed the framing for the new deck last week. Pat Noonan took the lead in custom bending the decking for the curved front at Pro Deck Supply and Lumberyard. As you read this, the guys are on site installing the Wolf brand decking. Bob Lett, VP of National Sales for Wolf flew in to help with the build along with with Mark Fischer. The crew from Infinite Decks are assisting with the install as well.
DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 UPDATE
The MN D4S project is ready to rumble.
Props need to go out to the Brawlers from Crossroads Remodeling for TCB on the existing dilapidated deck/porch that was there. I brought lunch to give them some afternoon energy and they were raking up the last shards of wood, not quite sure how they did all that in 4 hours.
Craig and Craig (no joke) from GoliathTech got the build started installing their Helical footings with a balmy -2 windchill and snow on the ground. Although with a fresh layer of ice out on the roads I think it took them way longer to drive there than it did to actually set the footings.
It took Mark from Infinite Decks about 2 minutes on the site to sell me on his curves. We decided if we are going to do this thing it lets do it right, big and nice curves. Check out his awesome renderings of the masterpiece we are about to create.
Looks like Santa Claus from the Deck Store in Apple Valley is going to give us an early Christmas present by donating all the green for the project. Thanks Bob-we really appreciate your support!
Framing starts next week with the team from Deck and Basement and Jigsaw Builders-with a projected high of 15 on Tuesday they better be working fast to keep themselves warm…
November 21st, 2017 UPDATE
Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down. One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe. Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.
The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home. They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order. They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link or contact myself or Pat Noonan. We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck. Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.
The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future. They are hoping to begin their build in January or February. Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.
I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair
NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.
“Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling
November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:
NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
NADRA members in MN got together to plan this years Deck for a Soldier® build. They chose MACV as their recipient. This worthy organization runs multiple transitional living homes for Veterans in crisis to help them get back on their feet and back into their own independent housing. One of their homes has an old deck that has been condemned by the City of Minneapolis and is literally falling apart.
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Company is leading the project with the support of many local members. Pat writes to the crews just this morning:
“Welcome to NADRA and thank you for supporting this worthwhile organization. As a member for 10 years I can attest to the knowledge, friendships and networking I have gained since joining. Great to hear that you may be interested in helping with our D4S project, I have attached information on the recipient and project details. We are planning to demo on Friday and finalize plans early next week once we have existing deck removed. I will send permit plans to you as soon as we have them. Hoping to have permit and be ready for footings the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions.”
Stay tuned for more updates.
November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:
Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge.
Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman
Duradek Announces their ‘Duradek Donates a Deck’ Program for a local Lower Mainland Family
Surrey, BC, June 12, 2017: Duradek™, the original vinyl decking since 1974 is proud to announce a ‘DuradekDonates a Deck’ program for a family in need in Greater Vancouver / Fraser Valley, BC.
Duradek Canada Ltd. has considered the numerous families that may be struggling in the very expensive Vancouver housing market and we want to give back to the community that has been supporting our local company for over 43 years. To do so, we’d like to do what we do best – provide a really great low-maintenance waterproof deck.
The team at Duradek is stepping up to help one special family in need with a deck renovation. Duradek will provide the selected applicant with:
Selected applicant will be chosen by Duradek from all submissions received and will be announced on August 30th, 2017.
Duradek Canada is a local, family owned and operated business that cares about community, family and a safe and happy quality of life.
Operations Manager, Jennifer Ogilvie Brackett said, “This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We’ve always been proud to support our community and if we can make a difference for at least one family in need of a little help, it will make us feel great. If at the same time we can raise awareness on the importance of deck waterproofing for safety, then we are motivated in our mission to keep decks a safe place for families all over the world to enjoy for decades.”
Following the North America Deck & Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month in May, Duradek thought about the estimated 40 million decks over 20 years old in North America. If only 1% of those are unsafe, that’s 40,000 potentially unsafe decks. (See NADRA’s Deck Safety Checklist)
Unlike other areas of a home, deck maintenance is not optional. It is an often overlooked, but necessary task to ensure safety. If a wood deck has not been regularly maintained for waterproofing and the moisture penetrates the wood, wood rot and deterioration is inevitable. This can lead to structural vulnerabilities hidden below the surface.
Having a beautiful deck to spend time on gives families a place to gather to create their special memories they pass along for generations. From simple barbeques to home weddings, a deck is shared by families as much as any other room of the home. Duradek will help at least one family enjoy the gift of a new deck that will be waterproof protected for many years.
If you would like to nominate a family in need of a little help with their deck, download our application form and submit your application with photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15th.
Contractors Mark NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® in May with CAMO Edge Fastening for Safer, Barefoot-Friendly Deck Surfaces
CAMO Edge Fastening teams with the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA) to promote “Deck Safety Month®” with ways to improve the safety of your deck using better installation techniques and materials.
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CAMO Edge Fastening joined forces with the North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA), in supporting Deck Safety Month® in May to help increase public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks, and proper installation of new decks. National Nail’s CAMO Edge Fastening is one technology that can help contractors make decks safer for homeowners.
Unlike traditional fasteners that are nailed or screwed through the top or face of the deck board, the proprietary Edge Fastening system guides the unique CAMO® screws through the edge of the boards. Applying the screws in this manner eliminates the safety issues normally associated with traditional face fastening. Edge fastening greatly reduces the cracking and splitting of deck boards that leads to splinters while also eliminating the common issue of nails and screws working themselves out of the deck board surface. Scott Baker, CEO and President of National Nail states, “Splinters, nails and screw pops find their way into the feet of unsuspecting guests. Families don’t want to turn their fun, outdoor event into a first aid lesson. That’s why we say CAMO® is barefoot approved™.”
Another safety advantage to CAMO Edge Fastening is the holding power of the deck board is greatly improved due to the angle which the screws enter the deck board and attach directly to the sub-structure. This system virtually eliminates deck board movement which is a common problem with deck clips. “With CAMO, you get a solid, stable board. If there is ever an issue with a board I can back the screws out to replace it where I can’t with typical hidden clips,” said Billy Lecorchick, owner of Legends Home Improvements in Monroe, NJ.
“Contractors or homeowners using wood, composites or PVC are fastening their decks with CAMO Edge Fastening for safer, fastener-free surfaces,” said Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing, National Nail/CAMO. “Edge-fastened decks prevent fastener caused splitting or cracking that increases weather and moisture access to the deck material– which can add to and increase degradation of the deck board. The deck surface is also safer for bare feet with no raised screw heads, which can also get hot in the sun. These are all important safety factors for homeowners. “
Chris Warren of Warren Builders, State College, PA, agrees and said, “With the new wave of composites and pvcs, no one screws deck boards the old-fashioned way anymore. The edge-fastened decks do not allow water seepage into exposed openings around face-screws or into cracks or splits.”
About CAMO Edge Fastening
CAMO Edge Fastening™ from National Nail delivers beautiful, fastener-free, Barefoot Approved™ results with virtually any wood, composite or PVC decking. CAMO® offers a variety of guides, fasteners, and accessories, as well as a collated system to suit project requirements. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit CAMO Fasteners or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” CAMO® Fasteners on Facebook.
When did you first get involved with this industry? It’s been about 30 years…ouch!
What inspired you to join NADRA? Our company had been working with contractors, carpenters and deck builders for years providing our CableRail products, so when NADRA approached us we thought it’d be a great way to support the industry and keep informed. We were one of the charter members of NADRA.
What was the first thing you ever built? I built this really cool coaster with a 2×4 frame, rope steering, and thin ball-bearing wheels held on to 1/2″ rod axles with cotter pins. Completely dangerous but totally fun. I’ve never built a deck, but I’d like to.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Feeney’s been around since 1948. They started as a small, family owned wire, rope, and rigging supply company serving the San Francisco Bay Area maritime and industrial communities. In the late 1980’s I joined the team to manage the marketing of a new line of stainless steel cable assemblies that was soon to become our CableRail product. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, and while we still do some industrial rigging, our main business is architectural products. We obviously still have CableRail going strong, but we also have our DesignRail aluminum railings, stainless steel structural & decorative rods, as well as a line of rod & cable garden trellises. We distribute throughout the USA and beyond and have worked on thousands of deck and railing projects spanning commercial, institutional, and residential applications. I still head up the marketing and advertising, and it continues to be busy, crazy, fun (and sometimes not-so-fun) and rewarding.
How do you define success? Personally, I’d say happiness is my primary measure of success. Professionally, building a profitable company/business while treating people (employees, customers, vendors) honestly and respectfully.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? A lot of people don’t know what they’re talking about but pretend otherwise, so as my wise old Nicaraguan media director boss used to tell me, “follow your gut, man; follow your gut.”
Why do you support NADRA’s Deck Safety Initiative? Given the nature of our deck and railing products, Feeney, Inc. has always been committed to deck safety, and we’re proud to partner with NADRA during May’s Deck Safety Month. Deck safety hits close to home with our Feeney family, especially when the safety of a deck and railing can depend on how we develop and explain our products. We strive to ensure that all of our products, when installed properly, exceed code safety standards, and we proudly support an organization like NADRA that shares our standards and values. This month we’re supporting the cause with social media promotions as well, utilizing our Facebook and Twitter feeds to share information about NADRA and our industry’s Deck Safety Month efforts.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Good question. You, know, it’d have to be something outdoors. I could see being a carpenter or contractor, and then I could also see being a river raft or backpacker guide somewhere. Hmmm… now you got me thinking.
A little more about Andy: Born and raised in Oakland and still not a Raiders fan. No pets, married with one 14 year old daughter who is the love of my life even though she drives me crazy sometimes. I enjoy biking, both road and mountain, skiing, golfing, kayaking, building/repairing stuff around the house, BBQing, and drinking beer.
Executive Vice President
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Love Spending Time Outdoors? Check Your Deck®
During Deck Safety Month® and throughout the year, homeowners can take advantage of resources and tools from the North American Decking and Railing Association to ensure the security and longevity of their decks.
Quakertown, PA (May 1st, 2017) – May is Deck Safety Month ® , the perfect time for homeowners to ensure their decks are in top condition for the season ahead. The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) invites consumers to Check Your Deck ® using resources such as the 10-Point Consumer Checklist.
“Of the 40 million residential decks in the U.S., it’s estimated that half of them are more than 25 years old. It’s crucial for homeowners to verify the integrity of their deck to ensure user safety as well as help extend the deck’s life-span, improve appearance, and increase livability,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “We’re proud to offer an array of tools to help consumers check their decks as well as connect with building professionals with the know-how to identify and remedy potential problems.”
Consumers can visit www.NADRA.org to take advantage of resources to Check Your Deck ® , including:
10-Point Checklist: Homeowners can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist , a step-by-step guide to visually inspecting the deck for safety concerns such as corroding fasteners, decaying materials, loose railings, inadequate lighting, and more. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist is a helpful tool to assist homeowners.
Find an Inspector: NADRA and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) offer building professionals the NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course, which certifies the recipient has undergone training specific to conducting proper, thorough deck inspections. Consumers can search for a certified inspector in their area by browsing the Inspectors Directory at www.NADRA.org.
Find a Builder: NADRA deck builders adhere to a strict code of ethics and are required to submit proof of licensing and insurance as required by their state. Homeowners can search for qualified deck builders at www.NADRA.org.
Learn More: Consumers can watch videos and read more about deck safety on NADRA’s consumer Deck Safety page and on the NADRA blog.
“We encourage homeowners to reach out to ASHI-certified home inspectors and NADRA-member deck builders to conduct an inspection of their older deck,” says Beaudry. “NADRA members follow a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements, providing peace of mind.”
Visitwww.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck builders, inspectors, and manufacturers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. www.NADRA.org
Executive Vice President
Email address: Info@NADRA.org
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NADRA Provides Deck Safety Marketing Resources to Help the Industry Boost Business this Spring
In honor of Deck Safety Month ® , the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive safety resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.
Quakertown, PA (April 28th, 2017) – The United States is home to roughly 40 million residential decks, and of those it’s estimated that half are more 25 years old. This means big business opportunities for deck builders, remodelers, inspectors and contractors to promote deck inspections, ensuring homeowner safety while simultaneously building their own brand. The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.
“May is Deck Safety Month ® -along with prime outdoor living season-and that presents a perfect chance for savvy pros to market their business,” says NADRA executive vice president Michael Beaudry. “NADRA has created an array of tools to help you take advantage of this marketing opportunity. Whatever you do-even if it means simply rechecking your own deck-be sure to pay special attention to deck safety”
NADRA offers the following resources for building professionals to leverage during Deck Safety Month and throughout the year, including:
Deck Safety Toolkit. This NADRA-member benefits include:
Customizable social media, infographics, and web graphics
Tips and guidelines to make the most out of Deck Safety Month ®
Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
Certified inspector program: NADRA has partnered with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to create the NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course, an ASHI-approved continuing education program. Having certification can not only improve a contractor’s skill-set, but make them more marketable to consumers. (Next class is happening in Atlanta, GA – check it out here)
Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.
“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”
Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NDRA’s Deck Safety Month resources for industry professionals. *You must be a current NADRA member to access the “toolkit”. Join NADRA today.