Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services to Celebrate May as ‘Building Safety Month’ with Series of Events Including Free Residential Deck Inspections

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) will join in the celebration of the 40th Annual “Building Safety Month” with a series of activities including free inspections of residential decks. The theme of this year’s worldwide safety campaign is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World.”

The theme highlights the importance of building codes for providing a strong and resilient-built environment, and regularly updated codes that ensure that communities are protected in the face of disasters.
Although residents are under restrictions for group gatherings, even in private settings, during the COVID-19 health crisis, it is anticipated that future improving conditions will lead to social gatherings—including those on residential decks. Last year, there were two reported collapses in Montgomery County—making the free DPS deck inspection program even more critical.

Residents can call 311 or 240-777-0311 to find out more information about the deck inspection program and to schedule an appointment.  
“As the new director for Permitting Services, I am excited to highlight on how DPS works to keep our communities safe,” said Mitra Pedoeem. “The DPS ‘Check Your Deck’ program has been a staple of the celebration of Building Safety Month. Even though we are working within the protocols necessitated by the health crisis, DPS will be able to offer residents free deck inspections again this May. We hope many residents take advantage of this program to ensure that their families and guests will be safe.”
This year’s Building Safety Month includes four weekly themes and DPS has webinars planned corresponding to each. The schedule:

  • May 1-10: Disaster Preparedness. DPS will host a webinar on how to make sure structures are safe. This will include a “Check Your Deck” webinar.
  • May 11-17: Water Safety. DPS will emphasize programs that help keep the water and environment clean. There will be a Clean Water webinar.
  • May 18-24: Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation. DPS will focus on innovations and Green Building codes through a webinar.
  • May 25-31: Training the Next Generation. Students from Thomas Edison High School in Wheaton will be featured in a webinar on how to get young residents involved in building a cleaner and safer future.

For actual times of webinars, visit the DPS web page at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dps/

Building Safety Month will allow DPS to highlight its availability to homeowners and businesses, even during the health crisis. The department continues to perform key inspections, reviews, issuance of certificates and processing of licenses and permits. 

During the health crisis, DPS has been adapting and modifying its business processes to provide a broad range of uninterrupted services to help businesses operate if they were not under restrictions.

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Release ID: 20-233
Media Contact: Jessica Fusillo 240-401-6570

May is Deck Safety Month®

NADRA Encourages you to Check Your Deck® This May

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 – (April 30th, 2020) – May is Deck Safety Month®, the perfect time for homeowners to ensure their decks are in top condition for the season ahead. As you are spending more time at home with your loved ones, The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) invites consumers to Check Your Deck® using resources such as the 10-Point Consumer Checklist.

With more than 60 million decks in the U.S. (50m residential and 10m commercial), it is estimated that 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired. “It’s crucial for homeowners to have their decks inspected 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.” says Beaudry.
Consumers can visit 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 NADRA Inspectors Directory.

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.

Visit NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

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About NADRA:

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

© Copyright 2020 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

Media Contact:

Name: Michael Beaudry
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: 215-679-4884
Email Address:Info@NADRA.org

The AZEK® Company Shifts Resources to Help Fight COVID-19

Chicago, Ill., Apr. 28, 2020 – Over the past month, we’ve seen businesses, brands, and individuals alike step up and give back to communities affected by COVID-19. These acts of kindness, both big and small, have offered a glimmer of hope in an otherwise frightening and stressful time. 

The AZEK Company, makers of TimberTech decking and other sustainable building products, has shifted resources at its Vycom facility in Scranton, PA to produce antibacterial partition materials to be used in treatment centers providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past month, AZEK provided roughly 5,000 hygienic plastic sheets to the State of New York to be used in the partitions at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which has been transformed into a 2,000-bed temporary hospital. 

Using these products, The AZEK Company has also designed temporary buildings, beds and other structures for medical use at the following facilities: 

• SUNY Old Westbury (Old Westbury, NY) 

• SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY) 

• DeVos Place Convention Center (Grand Rapids, MI) 

Once the need for field hospitals dissipates, The AZEK Company will also be a resource to these sites by recycling the materials into other sustainable products. In the meantime, The AZEK Company is currently in touch with several state governments and stands ready to design and produce materials for additional emergency hospital conversions. 

About The AZEK® Company 

CPG Newco LLC (d/b/a The AZEK® Company) is an industry-leading manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance residential and commercial building products, committed to innovation, sustainability and research and design. 

Press Contact: 
Christine Carter
Backbone Media
christine.carter@backbonemedia.net
(970) 963-4873 ext. 203 

Barrette Expands Decorative Screen Panel Offering for 2020

January 14, 2020, Galloway, NJ – Barrette Outdoor Living Inc., a leading manufacturer in the outdoor living products industry, is expanding their Decorative Screen Panels offering for 2020.

Decorative Screen Panels provide semi-privacy when hung from a deck, patio, or porch. Barrette’s durable panels are available in a variety of on-trend designs, colors and textures that are sure to work with all styles ranging from traditional to organic to modern. You can also easily enhance the look of a patio or deck with the powder-coated aluminum Decorative Screen Panel Frame Kit. The surface-mountable Frame Kits work with the Decorative Screen Panels and are easily installed up to three panels high, allowing you to create custom configurations that reflect your personal style.

New for 2020, and being introduced at this year’s NAHB International Builders’ Show, are a Line Post Kit and Corner Post Kit to be used in conjunction with the Decorative Screen Panel Frame Kits. These new products will make it easier to create continuous and corner privacy sections on a deck or patio. Attendees can visit the Barrette Booth (#N539) to see these new offerings.  

Barrette Outdoor Living President, Jean desAutels, stated, “With homeowners looking to spend more and more time living and entertaining in their outdoor spaces, there is a higher demand for privacy. We are very pleased to be able to offer attractive privacy solutions for both residential and commercial uses.”

Barrette’s Decorative Screen Panels resist warping, rotting, twisting or splitting and will not discolor or show scratches. The low-maintenance, impact-resistant material will ensure outdoor sheeting remains stable in extreme conditions. In addition, the Decorative Screen Panels can be painted for complete customization to complement any home project or outdoor environment.

These architectural panels provide the flexibility and versatility to use them in many custom and creative ways. They provide decorative beauty while also serving practical purposes. Barrette’s Decorative Screen Panels and Frame Kits can be used for a wide range of applications that will enhance both your outdoor and indoor living spaces with color, texture and creative accents, while adding a bit of privacy.

About Barrette Outdoor Living:

Barrette Outdoor Living (BOL) is the leading North American supplier of exterior home products to the residential market. Barrette currently produces vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite products under a variety of leading brand names through specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards. BL is an independent subsidiary of Barrette and currently employs over 2,000 people. The company is privately owned and operated by the third generation of the Barrette family. For more information, please visit www.barretteoutdoorliving.com.

Barrette Introduces Barrette Professional Solutions

January 13, 2020, Galloway, NJ – Barrette Outdoor Living Inc., a leading manufacturer in the outdoor living products industry, proudly announces the introduction of Barrette Professional Solutions (BPS), a new commercial arm designed specifically to meet the needs of the commercial and specified markets.

Barrette Professional Solutions utilizes the top category brands under the BOL umbrella – ActiveYards Fence, Alumi-Guard Fence, RDI Railing, and DuraLife Decking – to provide innovative and effective solutions for architects, builders, contractors, property managers, multifamily housing and landscape architects. Barrette and its family of brands are among the most recognized in the outdoor living industry. Partnering with BPS provides the power and support of Barrette, giving you access to the world’s best decking, railing, fencing, privacy and decorative screens and other outdoor products, such as lattice and outdoor shower kits – all made with the latest in style, innovation, design and color from some of the biggest and best names in the business.

Barrette Outdoor Living President, Jean desAutels, stated, “I am extremely excited about the powerful direction our new commercial arm will bring to Barrette. We’ve spent over a year developing our plan, which will position Barrette Professional Solutions as the complete outdoor living solutions provider for residential and commercial channels.”

The wide range of products included in BPS are engineered to install faster and easier, nationally distributed, exceed commercial building code requirements, and have product trade up stories within each category. Barrette Professional Solutions also offers a wide range of channel solutions and assets including model home programs, take off and estimating services, CEU accredited education programs, a full library of technical resource support such as CAD and BIM modeling, and code documentation.

Barrette Professional Solutions is being officially unveiled at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas January 21st – 23rd, 2020. Visit our booth, N539, to learn more about this exciting new initiative from Barrette Outdoor Living. BPS will also be supported with a new website that will launch this week – www.barrettepro.com.

About Barrette Outdoor Living:

Barrette Outdoor Living (BOL) is the leading North American supplier of exterior home products to the residential market. Barrette currently produces vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite products under a variety of leading brand names through specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards. BL is an independent subsidiary of Barrette and currently employs over 2,000 people. The company is privately owned and operated by the third generation of the Barrette family. For more information, please visit www.barretteoutdoorliving.com.