2018 Deck for a Soldier® build in New Jersey is Complete.

April 4th, 2018 Final UPDATE & Thank You:  
We finished up the Deck for A Soldier® project on Thursday with the electrician installing some lights in the ceiling of the front porch.  The soldier, his wife and their 15 year old son with Muscular Dystrophy are so very grateful for all that we did for them.  I would like to thank everyone who helped and donated time or materials to make this project possible. A compilation video of all photos is forthcoming. 
 
Material Donations:
  • Excelsior Lumber
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Fox Lumber
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • National Nail
  • Screw Products
  • Greenbay Decking
  • Trex – Railings
  • Mid State Lumber – Trex railings
  • MRS – Trex railings
  • Allied Supply
  • GAF Roofing
  • JayKay gutters
  • Zuidema Portable Toilets
  • Pinto Carting
  • Apex Electric – ceiling lights
  • Borough of Bloomingdale
  • Jeff Fleischer, Architect
  • Lunch was provided by Trex, AZEK, Fiberon, Back to Nature Decks (Mike Ebner) and the Soldier

Labor Donations:

  • C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC:  Bruce Verblaauw, Dylan Villela, Mike DiGiacamo
  • Fiberon:  Lainie Sleppin, Dave Jarvis
  • AZEK: Kyle Garvey
  • Barrett Outdoors: Gustavo deLaCruz & 3 Helpers
  • All American Decks: Chad McConnell, Scott Nadrotowski, Leonel Enrique
  • My Deck: Ed Drake, Tyler Smith
  • Trex: Tim Schlosser, Mike Ryan
  • Excelsior Lumber: Sophia Bishop, Stacey Poplowski, Adam Spratt
  • Outdoor Escapes: Terran Certosimo
  • Wolf Home Products: Bob Lett
  • Legacy Services: Michael Beaudry
  • Back to Nature Decks: Mike Ebner, Cody Ebner, Phil Plano
  • Decks by Kiefer: Bob Kiefer, Andy Gorzillo, John Parkin
  • Artisan Builders Guild: Walter Jones, Clayton Wolfe
  • Ken Pritchard, Volunteer

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 21st, 2018 UPDATE: 
The NJ team got a head start on the Deck For A Soldier® project in Bloomingdale, NJ late last week.  The old, deteriorated porch and roof were removed.  New footings were dug and poured so the crew could start building the new porch and roof on Monday, 3/19.
Volunteers are lined up and on site this week to help get the new porch framed and decked. The railings are expected to be installed by the end of the week and be ready to start building the roof next week.

Volunteers are on site today until the snow kicks them out.

What an amazing group of members & volunteers. We can’t thank you enough for your time, materials and efforts on this build.

Be sure to check out the gallery below of current photos from this week.

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 13th, 2018 UPDATE:
NADRA Members in NJ could use your help with supplies for Deck for a Soldier® build. Tear down is happening this week.

If you would like to make a monetary pledge, you can do so HERE.   The local crew can then use this money to purchase the items below as a final effort to fulfill material needs for the soldiers new deck.

The materials needed are as follows:

2 – 14” or 16” x 4’ concrete form tubes
3 – 2” x 10” – 16’ treated ledger boards
3 – 2” x 12” – 12’ treated stair stringers
3 – 2” x 4” – 12’ treated ramp
14 – 2” x 4” – 16’ treated lattice framing
7 – 4” x 4” – 8’ treated roof posts
1 – roll 12” vinyl flashing
1 – set black gate hardware (2 hinges and gate latch) for lattice access gate

5 – 1” x 12”-18’ PVC Trim Boards preferably Versatex
2 – 1” x 8” – 18’ PVC Trim Boards Preferably Versatex so it will match much of the other trim that has already been pledged by the company

Following are the pledges for this D4S Project: Thank you for your support!

Material Pledges: 

Abbe Lumber – concrete, vinyl, aluminum and pre-bent flashing, nails, PVC privacy lattice

Fox Lumber – some pressure treated framing

Excelsior Lumber (MidState, Versatex) – Fir lumber, plywood,  PVC trim

Simpson StrongTie

FastenMaster

National Nail

Screw Products

GreenBay Decking

Trex Railing

Allied Supply – porch ceiling

GAF – roofing

Jay-Kay Gutters

Monetary Pledge: $250 from: Sean Smith, Homesmith, Inc.

Labor

Lainie – Fiberon

Gary Daley – GreenBay Decking

Pete Miller – MidState Lumber

Gus & Help -Barrett Outdoors

Excelsior Lumber Employees

Greg Hartmann – National Nail

Ed & Help – MyDeck

Joe. O – NJ Custom Decks

Josh & Vincent – FastenMaster

Bob Kiefer – Decks by Kiefer

Deck Remodelers

Legends Built

If you feel moved to get involved with this build, please reach out.

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw  ​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

 

March 7th, 2018 UPDATE: 
CALLING ALL NADRA MEMBERS – Builders, Reps, Everyone!!!!!
As most of you know, we plan on starting the New Jersey Deck For A Soldier® project on March 19, 2018.  This is a replacement of a wrap around front porch with a roof over it in Bloomingdale, NJ.  Because of the porch and roof configuration, this will be one of the most labor intensive Deck for a Soldier® projects to date.  We will be starting with demo. on Monday, 3/19/18 and expect that the job will take 1.5 – 2 weeks to complete.  We will need as much help as possible from everyone involved in order to spread out the financial burden of the labor volunteers.  If you can help, please get back to me with information so I can try to set up a schedule and not have too many helpers one day and none the next.  I intend to have my guys there on the first day to get the demolition done and then we will step in as needed along the way.
Again, please help us out on this one as much as possible.  This soldier has been injured in combat and an outstanding member of his community and deserves our help.
If you would like to make a pledge for labor and/or materials, please click here: http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.
 
If you would rather, you can email me at
bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com or call me, this is my cell phone # 201-803-2909.
Respectfully,
 

Bruce Verblaauw  

​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​

C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC (201) 327-7864

February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:  

The New Jersey crew is making some headway.  The building permit is in hand & the town graciously waived all related fees.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals.  We are currently looking for labor and material pledges from NADRA members. Following are some of the materials we are in need of for this build:

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge for material or labor, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working on this build with you.

January 18th, 2018: UPDATE:

Call for Action!

The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier  was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.   We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so.  We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project.  Following are some of the materials we will need:

Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced.  This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  

Thank you for all of your support!

Thank you, Deck for a Soldier® Participants in MN

 

 

 

Dear NADRA Members and Supporters: 

I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the recent Deck for a Soldier® project for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, went very smoothly and was completed in just a few days after obtaining the permit.  Several NADRA builders and suppliers all got together to create this beautiful curved deck on the home.

MVAC’s program director and administrators were extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists.  They were overwhelmed when they thought about how many veterans will use this great outdoor space.

I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and or materials.  A special thank you goes out to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. for taking on the responsibilities of leading this project and Rick Wooton from Crossroads Remodeling for his contributions to the NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® committee.  Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all.   We certainly could not have gotten this project without the support of the best teams in the decking industry.  NADRA Rocks!!

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw

NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee – Chairman

Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:

Material Donations:

Goliath Tech – Helical Footings – Craig Weubben, Craig Elsesser

The Deck Store – Framing Lumber – Bob Heidenreich

Wolf Home Products – Decking – Bob Lett, Mark Fisher

UltraLox – Railing – Wade Burgess, Tom Allen, Tony DeRocha

Simpson Strong-Tie – Hardware & Fasteners – Nick Varien

 

Labor Donations:

Deck and Basement Co.

            Pat Noonan

            Jon Ranzau

            Eric Geister

             Joe Dillon

Crossroads Remodeling

             Rick Wooton

             Joe Gullo

Dustan Petron

AJ Warner

Ray Stugart

Mike Carson

Karter Holthusen

Jigsaw Builders

             Dave Kasper

Jake Theusch

Infinite Decks

              Mark King

              Chris Bordonaro

Pro Deck Supply

              Andrew Schmitt

Ed Messimore

To read the entire MN D4S project blog post (before and after photos, quotes from members, etc) please click here.

 

If you are interested in being involved in a D4S project, NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® Committee is currently working on a build in NJ. You can learn more by following this link.

NADRA Announces New President

NADRA Announces Newly Elected Executive Committee and Board Members

For Immediate Release:
Media Inquiries:
Michael Beaudry
215-679-4884
Info@NADRA.org

Quakertown, PA., January 10th, 2018 – The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) announced the new Board of Directors, including members to the Executive Committee.

Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape, LLC  was appointed as NADRA’s President & will serve for two years. Matt is an experienced remodeler and entrepreneur, Breyer has more than 15 years in the industry.

Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC & Haven, was appointed as NADRA’s Vice President. Heath will also serve for 2 years.

Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC, was elected Treasurer & will also serve two years on the Executive Committee. Kirk Hammond, Lonza, now serves as NADRA’s Immediate Past President and will remain in this position for 2 years.

Continuing on the board is:  John Burkhart, JECS Demand

NADRA also welcomed three new members-at-large to its Board of Directors. Joining for a three year term are: John Keller, Sequoia Supply Co., Inc. , Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals & Vincent Carrubba, Admiral Composite Technologies, Inc.

Serving as the Associations International Ambassador is: Barry John Davis
NADRA also thanks Board members whose terms have concluded: Rick Schumacher, LBM Journal, Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products & Bill Ross, Fiberon

Deck for a Soldier® Build – New Jersey UPDATE

January 24th, 2017 UPDATE & Thank You:

Dear NADRA Members and Supporters,

I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the Northeast Regions Deck for a Soldier® build went very smoothly and was completed in four days.  The build started on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with a crew from three separate builder member companies. We installed the Trex Elevations steel framing, along with the help from several Trex and distributor representatives.  Tuesday was supposed to be a wash-out of a rainy day, but several of us gathered, installed the stairway platform and cut all of the stair stringers.  Wednesday, we had crews from four builder members and we installed the decking, stairways, some fascia trim and the Andersen sliding door.  We also had representatives from Fortress Railings, Fiberon, and AZEK helping out.  Thursday, we had two crews, plus representatives from Trex, Wolf Home Products, Fortress Railings and Excelsior Lumber, Inc. that helped install the last of the fascia trim and the railings.  We were lucky enough to have spiked the interest of a local newspaper and also the TV station News 12, New Jersey. We also received coverage from The Daily Record, you can read more & see photos / video here.

Our Soldier was extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists.  He was overwhelmed when wheeled out on the deck for the first time and was able to look around his neighborhood.  Kyle added: “The Deck for a Soldier® program has been top notch. Really great crew. I couldn’t even imagine something like this existed where people are just giving away decks for people but it does,” Chappell says.

I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and materials.  Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all.  I continuously heard the following words, “Whatever you need for this project, just let us know”.  We certainly could not have gotten this project done without the support of the best team in the decking industry.  NADRA Rocks!!

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw

NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person

Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:

Material Donations:

–        Trex Decking & Steel Framing

–        Fortress Railings

–        FastenMaster

–        Simpson Strong Tie

–        Starborn Industries

–        Eastern Engineered Wood Products

–        Excelsior Lumber

–        Abbe Lumber

–        Fox Lumber

–        Zuidema Portable Toilets

–        Boonton Township

–        Jeff Fleischer, Architect

–        Lunch was provided by Trex, CPG/AZEK, Fiberon and the Soldier’s mom

Labor Donations

–        C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
Bruce Verblaauw

Scott Olson

Melissa Olson

Tommy DeLuise

Miguel Dominguez

Jose Santos

Neal Moran

–        My Deck

Ed Drake

Ben Sherman

–        Barrett Outdoors

Gustavo deLaCruz

–        Deck Remodelers

Chuck Briggs

Cory Bohner

–        Legends Built

Bill Lecorchik

–        All American Decks

Scott Nadrotowski

Robbie Sciacchetano

Steve Daum

–        North Jersey Custom Decks

Joe Onorevole

Mark Onorevole

John

–        Decks by Kiefer

Bob Kiefer & Helper

–        Trex

Butch Palaza

Tim Schlosser

Mike Ryan

Laura Hays

Jamie Binns

Tim Van Vaketis

–        Manufacturers Reserve Supply

Chris Christakis

Peter King

Weiss Froogh

Sean O’Brien

Jared Noble

–        FastenMaster

Josh Hall

–        Fortress Railing

Craig Dowdy

–        Fiberon

Lainie Sleppin

–        CPG/AZEK

Alan Bensen

Drew Giganti

Kyle McEnroe

–        Wolf Home Products

Paul Kovach

–        Excelsior Lumber

Sophia Bishop

Adam Spratt

–        Mid-State Lumber

Pete Miller

January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:

Hi NADRA!
Well, everything has fallen into place and we were able to start our Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton Twsp., NJ on January 16th!  The Township has waived the permit fees except for the DCA fee.  We’ve had a local builder member offer to help out and dig the footing holes on Saturday 1/7/17.
We had a footing inspection on 1/11/17 and we completed the pour right after that along with the bottom of the stairway landing. We have several builders lined up to help out with this build for the four days that we anticipate the build to take, but we can always use more.  If anyone else wishes to help out please go online to fill out a pledge form found  here, or contact Bruce V. at  BruceVerb@njdecksandrailings.com.
Thanks to our awesome manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the necessary materials have been donated.  Be on the lookout for pictures and more on NADRA’s Facebook pageLike us on Facebook
Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
Cell  201-803-2909
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January 4th, 2017 UPDATE: 

We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!

We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be starting the Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton, NJ on January 16th, weather permitting.  This project is located a little way off of Route 287 about 10 minutes north of Morristown, NJ.  This deck will be built using Trex Elevations Steel Framing, so if any of you would like to learn some of the ins and outs of working with this product, please let us know so we can schedule you to volunteer to frame.  Of course we will need help for about 4 days in order to complete this build and help tying up loose end to finish is always needed.  If you have already filled out a labor pledge, please let us know what day(s) that week work best for you or your crew.  We are also hoping to dig and pour the 10 footings required for this deck either late next week or very early the following week so that the concrete has time to cure before we start building.  We would appreciate if we could get a few guys to help dig these footings.  We have some builders but can still use a few more to step up and help out with this build.  If you are interested in helping and have not notified us or completed an online labor pledge, please email us or click on this link We will try to keep a steady flow of help on the project so that we do not have too many workers on any given day.
Thanks to all of our manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the materials have been accounted for.  The one thing that has not been supplied yet is a Porta-John.
As we hear back from each of you, we will put together a schedule that best fits the needs of the build and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much for your support and help,
Judy Verblaauw (on behalf of)
Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee Chair

 

December 2016 UPDATE: 

With the holidays just around the corner it is the time of year to think about giving in the old fashioned tradition for the holidays, donating to a great local cause and giving back to the community where we make our living.  The NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program is about to kick off it’s Northeastern build on 1/16/17, weather permitting.  We are planning to get a start right after the first of the year and install the footings prior to this build date.  We have almost all of the materials accounted for except for some concrete form tubes, a Porta-John, and some small hardware.  If anyone can help us with these last few things it would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, we can still use a few more builders to step up and help out with the build.  If anyone can donate time to help out on this project please contact us at bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com.   You can fill out the online form to make your pledge of material, labor or even a monetary pledge for various unexpected expenses right here.

We will start to send out emails in order to figure out who can help on which day in the near future.  This will keep a steady flow to the project and keep from having too many workers on any given day.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

NADRA Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair,

Bruce Verblaauw

Phone: (201) 327-7864(201) 236-0393

Email: bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com

NADRA, Deck for a Soldier® Update – New Jersey

November 16, 2016 Deck for a Soldier® Update:

The New Jersey Deck for a Soldier® build is for a young soldier who served in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 – 2011 and was in the Inactive Reserve from 2011 – 2015.  A little over a year ago, he was on his way to work one morning as an electrician apprentice on his motorcycle when he was hit by an elderly gentleman.  He was in a coma for 45 days and was left with nerve damage in his eyes and right leg.  He lost part of his left leg.  His mom had to quit her job to help take care of him.  Friends all joined together to donate money to help him buy a house, but it only has a front entrance and no outdoor living space.  We are planning on installing a sliding door in the kitchen and a deck on the rear of the home to give them a second entrance, as well as, a place to enjoy the outdoors.

We have the deck framing, decking and railings. We are still in need of:

  • A door, The framing, insulation and trim necessary for the door install
  • Wood posts to support the deck
  • Misc. hardware,
  • Lighting
  • Porta-potty
  • Lunch
  • Monetary donations for small items

If you feel moved to help with this project, please go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the design for this project so far:

October 2016, Deck for a Soldier® Update:

NADRA New Jersey volunteers are still looking for additional material, labor and especially, monetary pledges, for the upcoming Deck For A Soldier® project in New Jersey. We do have quite a few decking material pledges but are still in need of some items like hardware, a sliding door, money for permit fees and builders to help with the labor. This build is for a young soldier who did two tours of duty and was severely hurt in a motorcycle accident after he returned home. We are planning to start this build in mid – late December. We are looking for material and labor donations to help with this project. If you would kindly go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA Deck for a Soldier®/Deck for a Hero® Committee Chair

NADRA New Jersey Deck for a Soldier ® Update

 
Hello NADRA NJ Chapter Builder, Supplier and Manufacturer Members,
With the thoughts of this past Memorial Day still fresh in our minds, and what it stands for, the NJ D4S Committee would like to call our chapter to action for the 2013 Deck For a Soldier project slated for early this fall , with a ribbon cutting scheduled for Veterans Day, 11,11,13.  We are asking for volunteers of skilled workers from our Builder members, and just as importantly, donations of materials from our Supplier and Manufacturer Members.  This is a great opportunity for everyone involved to say thank you to our Armed forces who keep our country safe day in and day out, and who put our freedom above their own safety.
The local soldier is Sean O’Connor from Brick, NJ.  He served 20 years in the Marines and Army National Guard.  He did 3 combat tours and is now retired.  He was in Desert Storm and retired as a Sergeant First Class with many metals of honor.  He was also an instructor at Fort Dix.
For all Volunteers and Material Donations, please contact NADRA Headquarters at Info@NADRA.org or 215-679-4884
YOU MUST BR A CURRENT NADRA MEMBER TO DONATE OR PARTICIPATE.
 Headquarters will then pass the information on to the D4S committee.
A very deserving Thank You needs to be said to our Committee Chair Gustavo delaCruz of Barrett Outdoors and Robert Lascelle of My Deck, for their many hours of time already spent getting this project up and running for our chapter!!
Committee Members:
Gustavo delaCruz – Chair Person
Robert Lascelle
Jennifer Sheridan
Mike Schwartz
Martin Coffey
Bruce Verblaauw