The New Jersey Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) hosted it’s second annual Deck Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, NJ on March 18, 2010. With close to 100 people in attendance consisting of deck builders, manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards, and other guests, the room was building with excitement and anticipation as the dinner ended and the awards ceremony began. After the NJ Chapter Board of Directors welcomed the guests, a short presentation was shown highlighting NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® Program. The NJ Chapter honored a few of the key people that were instrumental in getting the deck and ramp built for a young soldier who lost both legs in Iraq. After the touching tribute, our platinum sponsor, Trex, spoke to the group. They spoke about new features on their site, new products and how excited they were to be a part of the NADRA Deck Awards.
The NADRA NJ Chapter Members were encouraged to submit photos of their previously completed deck projects and a panel of judges rated the decks based on certain criteria. There were six categories for the awards. Best Low Maintenance Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Gary Daley of DeckBuilder Custom Decks & Railings. Best Low Maintenance Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Gus de la Cruz of Barrett Decking. Best Natural Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Best Natural Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Jeff Bader of Deck Pros. Best Deck Feature was an Outdoor Kitchen presented to Bill Lecorchick of Heritage Decks and lastly the Best Overall Deck was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Congratulations to all the winners!
After the awards were given out, the NJ leaders thanked the Awards Dinner sponsors: Trex, Myles F. Kelly, AZEK, Mid-State Lumber, and Boise Cascade, the guest judges, the Deck Awards committee, and the team at NADRA HQ for all of their help in making the night a tremendous successful. Part of what made this event so enjoyable was the camaraderie that is shared even among competitors in the industry through being a part of NADRA.
NJ Chapter Board Secretary
You can view some photos from the event below…
Stylish railing with designer options designed for fast assembly
New London, NC – March 2010 | Fiberon®, a leading manufacturer of composite and PVC decking, railing and fencing products, is pleased to introduce the new Inspirations Railing System. The Inspirations System is designed to give homeowners customizable options and engineered to save contractors time to assemble.
“The Inspirations Railing System requires fewer screws and uses a patented dagger system for faster assembly and easier installation,” said Bill Ross, Vice President of Sales for Fiberon. “These cost saving features, as well as the high quality PVC combine to provide the best quality railing in the marketplace.
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EZ Stairs, Inc. stair building brackets exceed code requirements and can be used for deck rail post support.
Laguna Hills, CA – March 2010 | Deck builders have had an age old problem when it comes to attaching posts to deck platforms, let alone attaching posts to deck stairs. It’s a safety issue. There’s never been an easy or satisfactory solution for building rail post supports that are strong, and meet building code requirements too. Code regulations call for 200 lbs. of lateral load thrust support, but this new building product solution will support 500 lbs.
Recent testing conducted by Testing Engineers Inc. ,San Leandro, CA, a well known national testing lab, has shown that EZ Stairs® adjustable stair brackets well exceeds IBC lateral load specified code requirements with minimal deflection. This is a major advancement in the decking industry with outstanding performance in strength and minimal deflection per code requirements. The IBC lateral load rail support requirements are 200 lbs. per 36” (residential), 42” (commercial) and 500 lbs. (ultimate).
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Trex® RainEscape® Deck Drainage System Expands Outdoor Living Space, Adds Value
WINCHESTER, VA – March 2010 | Trex Company announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Colorado-based Dri-Deck Enterprises, LLC, to develop and market an above joist deck drainage system called Trex® RainEscape®. The system creates a dry space beneath the deck that is suitable for the installation of deck lighting, ceiling fans and finished ceilings and represents a significant new potential growth driver for the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products.
Unlike competitive products – which make use of “under joist” technology – Trex RainEscape shields the joists, protecting them from water damage and deterioration that may occur over time, while also creating additional usable outdoor living space below the deck. In addition to being competitively priced, the system will be easy and efficient to install – making it an ideal solution for both contractors and do-it-yourselfers.
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Executives and Product Experts Highlight Innovations and Resources with Multi-Market Interactive Events
Winchester, VA – March 2010 | It’s a new decade and Trex® has a whole new attitude. For the second consecutive year, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products will visit valued trade partners in select markets offering the chance to interact with senior company executives and new Trex products, innovations and resources.
Beginning March 3, the Trex Walk the Walk Tour will give builders, contractors and installers the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest offerings from Trex – and ask questions of company representatives in a no pressure environment. Highlighted at each Walk the Walk event will be the revolutionary new Trex TranscendTM decking and railing system, which boasts an unprecedented combination of performance and aesthetics guaranteed to outperform wood, composite and PVC for decades. On-site demonstrations by Trex product experts will allow attendees to witness first-hand the collection’s superior resistance to staining. Trex will also show decking installations using the new Trex® Hideaway® Universal Hidden Fastener and will share the brand’s latest advertising, merchandising and online initiatives.
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Union Beach, NJ – November 2009 | Members of the New Jersey chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recently completed their 2nd annual “Deck for a Soldier®” (D4STM) charity project, continuing a national movement by the association to recognize those who have sacrificed for America. The deck project includes an extensive handicap ramp built for Army SSG Michael Minard. The NADRA chapter worked hand-in-hand with Homes For Our Troops, who are building a home to accommodate SSG Minard, his wife Lynda, and his two daughters, Kayla, 8, and Brooke, 2.
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Wilmington, Ohio – February 2010 | Suitable for commercial and residential applications, TimberTech’s new ADA Hand Rail system easily installs on any TimberTech railing system to provide additional safety and ease-of access.
The ADA Hand Rail system allows architects, engineers, builders and contractors to know they are in compliance with not only ADA requirements, but with applicable state and local building codes.
The hand rail has a 1-1/2” diameter gripping area. The exterior of the rail is PVC tubing and is supported with an extruded aluminum insert to increase rigidity and lasting strength for any application. Not running in a straight line? No worry, TimberTech offers an adjustable internal joiner to accommodate any transition from 0 to 90 degrees.
The system can mount on any existing railing structure to compliment or can be directly mounted to a wall with the in-line wall mount bracket or the 90 degree return bracket. TimberTech also offers a handicap loop for the end of a stair run. The ADA Secondary Hand Rail system easily installs on-site and no special tools are required.
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Richardson, TX – February 2010 | With increased focus on structural testing in the railing industry, Fortress Iron™ has taken the initiative to test its product beyond what is required for most railing codes to ensure that its users are safe and have a peace of mind as they enjoy their outdoor living space.
Fortress Classic Railing Panels were successfully tested by ATI (Architectural Testing) in accordance with AC 273 and Fortress Railing Balusters were also tested by ATI in accordance with the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).
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NADRA HQ – February 2010 | With new technologies, new procedures and new operational strategies, the deck and railing building industry is continually evolving. To that end, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) has launched the new NADRA Industry Update, an opt-in e-mail resource providing comprehensive weekly news briefings of the week’s top stories.
Each edition of the NADRA Industry Update contains articles gathered from an expansive list of sources such as The Associated Press, The New York Times, USA Today and other more industry-specific publications. Professionals from the field will also contribute timely news and information “just in time” for leaders to stay on the cutting edge of industry developments. Beginning this Wednesday, the NADRA Industry Update will be delivered to the inboxes of NADRA members and non-members alike, keeping deck and railing leaders abreast of topics that impact the daily operation of their businesses.
The NADRA Industry Update is a great way to keep informed. The electronic publication can be easily read in your office, home, or via your mobile phone or PDA.
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