Ask NADRA: Deck Stair Lighting Codes

March 21, 2011 | Lainie Sleppin of Mid-State Lumber asks:

“I am getting a number of calls regarding the code on deck stair
lighting, no pun but can you shed any light on this code so I can
advise correctly. We are talking about guys in the NJ market.

Thanks for your help and have a great weekend.”

Glenn Mathewson, NADRA’s Technical Advisor, responds:

Hello Lainie,

Thanks for your confidence in NADRA, the voice of the decking industry, to be your “go to” when you need quality information on the decking and railing industry. I understand your contractor customers in the New York and New Jersey area have been asking questions lately about lighting at deck stairways. I am happy to provide you assistance in better understanding the requirements of the 2009 IRC in this regard. Many people I discuss this with are surprised that when you read Section R303.6 there are two requirements…one for the location of a lighting fixture, and one for the illumination of the stairway. They are not one in the same.

I have copied below the discussion from ICC’s deck code book, Deck Construction based on the 2009 IRC. Continue reading “Ask NADRA: Deck Stair Lighting Codes”

Calling All Fiberpros – Earn Up To $1000!

Earn up to $1000 for your knowledge!

March 8, 2011 | Fiberon is starting a training program in conjunction with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). The first session will be at JLC Live in Providence, RI covering railing.

We want to know your top tip or trick for installing Horizon Plus or Inspirations composite railing.

Send us a written description of the tip along with a sketch or photo if appropriate. The top tip or trick as judged by the Fiberon Sales and Marketing team will receive $1,000 applied to their FiberPRO Deck Dollars account. The next 10 will each receive $200 applied to their account.

How To Enter

1. Be a member of Fiberpro and a Deck Dollars participant
2. Post your tip one of these places:
– In the comment section below
– On our Facebook page
– Via email to
3. Enter by Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thanks for using Fiberon and sharing your knowledge!

Continue reading “Calling All Fiberpros – Earn Up To $1000!”

Register Now! | NADRA Dinner & Day Of Education

February 23, 2011 | NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching March 2011. Join us March 23-24 for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on All NADRA Members who complete this course will be mentioned in NADRA’s blog and weekly news brief!

Wednesday, March 23 – NADRA Networking Dinner:

* 6 p.m.: Networking Dinner

Thursday, March 24 – NADRA Education:

* 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Understanding the Existing Structure, by Glenn Mathewson
* 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch provided
* 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by TimberTech
* 3 – 3:30 p.m.: Break – Light snack provided
* 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by Fiberon

Class Description:

Understanding the Existing Structure by Glenn Mathewson will describe the various and unexpected ways a new deck can affect the structure it serves. Mechanical and electrical systems, egress windows and exterior wall coverings, for example, must all be understood and evaluated before construction begins. Understanding the Existing Structure will get you thinking outside of the box, and understanding how a deck is about much more than just the deck.

The opportunities presented in Providence, R.I., through the efforts of your association are not to be missed, as the courses outlined above will be the building blocks on which all NADRA certifications are based. Don’t be left the odd guy out when homeowners are measuring you up against the rest. In the coming months, your association will be rolling out more education and credentialing opportunties involving more manufacturers in more cities. And these courses are sure to sell out. So get on board today, and get a leg up on the competition.

Online registration opens this week! Learn more by visiting!

Atlanta NADRA Chapter February Meeting

February 17, 2011 | Thanks to everyone that attended the Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting. Special thanks goes out to Bill Sullivan and AZEK for sponsoring this month’s event. Bill gave an informative presentation featuring AZEK’s recent product releases. This included AZEK’s hideaway built in storage compartment and planter options.

Tommy Howard, our guest speaker from the Norton Group, gave a very interesting presentation on the housing market and forecasted trends that can be expected over the next two years. I thought this topic was timely, informative, and something that all members gained some insight from. Tommy Howard and the Norton Group have a very successful track record in, gathering and analyzing statistics, and forecasting major economic trends. Thanks Mr. Howard for taking the time to attend our meeting and sharing this information with us.

As you may have noticed you could actually hear everything said this time around as we gave our new sound system its first test. Mr. Dave Tibbetts gets credit for not only providing the equipment but his willingness to help with various set ups at each meeting.

Overall we had a turnout with many guests present. This included deck builders, deck restoration contractors, marketing, and vendor associates from various decking manufacturers.

James Gunning, OC Kirk, and Larry Pease volunteered to research the NADRA National website and focus on an efficient and effective way to bring the spotlight onto our May “Deck Safety Month” program.
Several vendor members voiced interest in sponsoring future chapter meetings. Please continue to email your official request and we’ll schedule accordingly. Once this is established I’ll post each upcoming meetings sponsor.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and that you will continue to attend, bring guests, and encourage new members.


Bobby Parks
Atlanta NADRA Chapter President

NADRA Education Series Launching 3/24 In Rhode Island

February 15, 2011 | We have some exceptionally awesome news! NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching in March. Join us during JLC Live for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on We will even give you a shout out in NADRA’s blog and in our weekly news brief!

    • NADRA Cocktail and Dinner reception will be held on March 23 at 6 p.m. EST
    • NADRA Deck-specific education will be held on March 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. EST, running all day. Lunch will be provided. See below for course descriptions.
    • All happening at The Biltmore in Providence, R.I. – more details to follow!

* This event is open to members and non-members alike. Certification is only offered to current NADRA members.

Online registration begins Feb. 22 for: NADRA Dinner and Full Day of NADRA Education — More details and pricing to follow.

To learn more about this event, please click here.

Remodeling Projects Are Back!

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

February 2, 2011 | After years of shelving projects and doing only improvements deemed absolutely necessary, more homeowners are dusting off their remodeling plans this year as they grow more hopeful about the economy.

And given that many contractors are still willing to slash their prices to get new business, it could be a good time to get projects done for a low price.

For remodeling, it’s a buyer’s market, says Paul Zuch, president of Capital Improvements, a remodeling firm in Dallas, and president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

During the downturn, Mr. Zuch’s company lowered profit margins in order to stay competitive with not only other established remodelers but also home builders who began to dabble in remodeling when demand almost completely dried up for new homes.

In fact, 80% of the 554 home-improvement contractors who participated in a recent Angie’s List survey said they would slash prices to win a bid — with some saying they’d drop their price by as much as 20%.

To read more, check out this week’s NADRA Industry Brief.

IBS Report: Plastic Continues To Edge Out Slate & Wood

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

January 27, 2011 | Roofing shingles, siding, decking and railing molded from virgin plastics, a combination of virgin and recycled plastics, and plastics and natural fillers are all popular options in the building and construction world. For example, InSpire Roofing Products, a Tapco Group company, introduced its next-generation premium roofing products that combine the natural beauty found in slate along with what it calls the most technologically advanced methods and materials.

To read more, check out the weekly NADRA Industry Brief.

NADRA New England Chapter | First Meeting!

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

January 20, 2011 | Mark your calendar for the first NADRA New England Chapter meeting!

When: Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Harvey Corporate Office located at 1400 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Waltham, Mass., 02451

RSVP: Fred Aldrich at 781-398-7722 or

Builders, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who want to get involved are welcome!

Hosted by NADRA Member:
HARVEY Building Products

For more great articles and information, check out the weekly NADRA Industry Brief!

Fiberon Multi-Chromatic Colors Press Release

January 17, 2011 |More Fiberon decking options are now available for deck builders, distributors and dealers with new multi-chromatic colors, including Spanish Cedar and Jatoba for Outdoor Flooring PVC decking and Castle Gray and Tudor Brown for Horizon composite decking.

Press Release:
Fiberon Multi-Chromatic Colors Release

Hi-Res Images:
Castle Gray
Spanish Cedar
Tudor Brown

The new inspired colors combine the ultimate in beauty and low-maintenance to suit many homeowners’ preferences and styles.

For more information on these new products, please contact me at 919.747.8680. I look forward to working with you on behalf of Fiberon.

Abby Draper

Attention NADRA Members re: Int’l Builders Show!

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

January 5, 2011 | NADRA will be attending the International Builders Show next week! If you are a NADRA member, and we see you wearing your NADRA lanyard from DeckExpo, we will put your name in the hat for a chance to win a prize! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19 edition of the NADRA Industry Update!

“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone next week, it will be so refreshing to walk the show floor and have time to stop and see our members products. I can’t wait! If you would like to schedule time to discuss NADRA benefits and programs for 2011 during the IBS, please email me at Happy New Year!”

– Heather Beaudry

For more great articles and information, check out the weekly NADRA Industry Brief!