National Deck Safety Month®

As seen in the ASHI Reporter

May is Deck Safety Month® and once again, we’d like to spotlight the partnership that ASHI has with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

ASHI’s relationship with NADRA over the years has helped raise awareness of just how important home inspectors are when reviewing the decks, railings and stairs that are found on more than 80% of homes. NADRA created the first-ever Professional Deck Inspection Certification for ASHI members and its membership now includes more than 800 ASHI inspector members, 250 of whom are NADRA-certified deck inspectors. This important partnership brings the two associations together. Professional ASHI home inspectors who are NADRA–certified Deck Inspectors, can network with fellow NADRA Industry Professional members, who can provide much-needed expertise in deck installation and repairs.

Membership and certification with NADRA allow ASHI members who have completed their deck certifications to specially market their expertise. To showcase that they provide deck safety inspections, they can tap into NADRA resources, including access to the NADRA logo, Deck Safety Ambassador logo and the Check Your Deck® National Program. As a Certified NADRA Deck Inspector, an ASHI member will also receive a personal online profile that can be used to generate leads under the Find an Inspector section of the website.

Deck inspections can be a great way to drive business as a whole by providing a needed service to communities. Having a NADRA certification validates the inspector’s high level of competence. Michael Beaudry, NADRA Founder and Executive Vice President, commented, “A great way for inspectors to increase business is by marketing deck inspections.” 

Marketing your expertise can build revenue and add to your client base. By performing a deck safety inspection for a client, you’re positioning yourself to be their inspector in the future, as they will remember your skills and will call on you when they plan to move to a new home.

Incidentally, with the social distancing that we are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic, inspectors can continue to generate income while providing very important deck inspections. By conducting deck inspections, which are done outdoors, you can keep a safe distance from others while keeping your company’s name and reputation at the forefront. By working in your communities during this time, you can differentiate yourself from the competition.

NADRA is on track to achieve its goal of certifying 1,000 ASHI members in deck safety. With 30 or more ASHI members attending each chapter’s NADRA education and certification session, home inspectors affiliated with ASHI chapters are a fast-growing part of NADRA membership.

Beaudry said, “ASHI leaders are extremely serious about moving the inspection profession forward. They drive home the message that education is a key element to having a successful inspection business. That philosophy trickles down to the members, and it creates a community in which ASHI members take their job seriously and are genuinely passionate about learning.”

As a result, he commented, “ASHI members are fantastic students at the NADRA course. They take great notes and they pay attention. You know the class is going well when people are engaged and asking questions, even toward the end of the session.

To make a simple projection of the benefits to the community at large, if the roughly 60 certified inspectors in St. Louis (where NADRA has provided its deck inspection class for the St. Louis Chapter) each perform three deck safety inspections per week during 45 weeks in a year, that could equate to a total of 8,100 decks being inspected in one year alone. In turn, this number increases the corresponding prevention of potential injuries (or worse) due to the types of accidents and injuries that can happen with the use of old and decaying decks. 

Think of the difference we will make as we work together to spread the word on Deck Safety across North America.

ASHI’s new micro-credential: Deck Specialty Inspector

Think you know how to inspect a deck? Think again! 

Both the ASHI and NADRA deck courses will surprise you. After taking one of these courses, you will understand why inspecting decks is more complicated than most inspectors realize. You will never look at a deck in the same way again. Taking a deck inspection course gives you the knowledge you need to inspect decks and identify defects based on objective standards, not just on your opinion. You will learn how to prioritize defects, and how to report defects to your clients so that they can understand and use the valuable information that you provide.

ASHI’s St. Louis Chapter Embraces Deck Safety

The St. Louis chapter was one of the first chapters to offer NADRA’s deck education and certification program, and the chapter has promoted deck safety during two seminars in 2017 and 2019. The first offering was as a bonus day of training in conjunction with a seminar and members paid to take the NADRA course. 

During the second offering, the class was included in the price of the regular seminar and approximately 120 ASHI inspectors attended. Because the St. Louis chapter includes all training in its annual dues, there was no additional cost for members to get this training. 

Those who wanted to get certified or recertify had the option to take the NADRA Deck Inspector Certification test at a reduced price, as the chapter subsidized a portion of the certification and recertification fees. Currently in the St. Louis chapter, approximately one-third of its 175 members are NADRA Certified Deck Inspectors. 

Mark Goodman, who served as the ASHI St. Louis Chapter President from 2018 to 2019, said, “The education we received was eye-opening. Most of our members stated they would never look at a deck the same way after taking the NADRA class taught by Jim Maley with Simpson Strong-Tie. We brought the NADRA class to the St. Louis chapter seminars twice because after taking the eye-opening class, we wanted to make sure all of the chapter’s members were on the same page when inspecting decks.”

The Value of Deck Inspection Education and Certification

Comments from St. Louis Chapter ASHI Certified Inspectors 

Paying attention to the details is vital when inspecting. The points and checklists presented during the certification class reinforced my knowledge of deck components and design. I routinely discuss the importance of regular deck inspections with my local agents, neighborhood groups and building associations.

Earning the deck certification was time well spent. Working together with other organizations to improve consumer awareness and safety benefits the entire inspection profession.

John Wessling, ASHI Certified Inspector, Instructor for The ASHI School and 2014 President of St. Louis ASHI, ASHI Treasurer
Wessling Home Inspection Services, St. Louis, MO, john@wesslinginspections.com

A lot has changed in the past few years regarding deck construction methods. Decks used to be constructed like you would build any other portion of a house. Now that we understand why decks fail, decks are built differently. There used to be very little in the code explicitly relating to decks—that has changed thanks to NADRA’s efforts. Every new deck should be built according to the current best practices (AWC-DC6), soon to be replaced by NADRA’s best practices.

Statistically, handrail failure is the largest source of deck injuries, followed closely by attachment to the building. The most valuable things I learned by taking a NADRA deck inspection class (the gold standard for deck inspections) or the new ASHI deck inspection specialist course were related to the proper attachment of handrails and deck structure to the house. I also learned many nuances, like post sizes, notching of a post and required hardware.

We already encourage homebuyers to choose ASHI Certified Inspectors to perform their home inspections. After taking NADRA’s class twice, I see there is a tremendous market for stand-alone deck inspections. This can be an area that home inspectors use to expand their services and increase their revenue. Having the NADRA certification gives home inspectors a competitive edge. More importantly, it arms you with the tools and knowledge you will need to perform a superior deck inspection and promote deck safety.

Mark Goodman, ASHI Certified Inspector, ASHI Director and St. Louis ASHI Chapter Past-President
Brewer Inspection Services, Manchester, MO, mark@homeinspectstl.com

As the current president of the ASHI St. Louis Chapter and as a longtime member of the Chapter Education Committee, it was an honor and pleasure to have NADRA at our chapter seminars in 2017 and 2019. Mike Beaudry, representing NADRA, and Jim Maley, the main speaker for the presentation, were true professionals who put on a world-class show for our members. The NADRA class and presentation gave our members a new look at how we inspect and report on decks.

I have 23 years as an ASHI inspector, but I really did not pay that much attention to the color of rust when making a call on the integrity of the deck and the structural connections. Each and every one of our inspectors came out of this class with something they never thought of when inspecting a deck. 

We all know how inspectors are very visual; most inspectors get bored with speakers who just read from a textbook or from the slides of their presentation. So what does NADRA do? It shows actual film of deck failures with people on the decks. Everyone in the class kind of sat up straight with their eyes wide open for that. I was guessing that ASHI inspectors were saying to themselves, “I wonder who was the last inspector to inspect that deck?”

There is no ASHI inspector in this country who wants to answer to any family member that was injured (or worse) on any deck
that he or she inspected. 

“Then there was the issue of a test at the end of the class before  receiving your certification. Did I really see inspectors actually taking notes, in this digital age, to ensure that they passed the test? Yes, all our inspectors were on deck (pun intended) for this presentation. Well done, NADRA, and we look forward to having you visit our chapter again in the future. “

Harry Morrell2020 St. Louis ASHI Chapter President
Allied Building Inspections, harry@allied-inspectors.com

29 New NADRA Members Participate in Deck Evaluation / Inspection Certification Class at JLC Live in New England

“It was great to see so many industry professionals attending this weeks NADRA deck evaluation certification class at JLC Live in Providence Rhode Island.

Home inspectors, pro deck-builders, engineers and architects, coming together to gain the comprehensive knowledge of proper deck inspection.

With Deck Safety Month® right around the corner in May, we want to congratulate these new members who will be out in the field making a difference in deck safety & our industry.” ~ Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive VP

About the class: NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

This event is open to all industry professionals including, but not limited to: Inspectors, builders, contractors, remodelers, architects, designers, students, manufacturers, distributors, sales representatives and more.

If you are interested in hosting this class in your town, please contact NADRA today by emailing headquarters at Info@NADRA.org.

The NADRA Deck Evaluation / Inspection Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist the ASHI home inspector & industry professionals the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

ABOUT JIM MAILEY, INSTRUCTOR:

Jim is the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic training specialist for Simpson Strong-Tie.

Jim is considered an expert in safe, outdoor wood deck construction and is an advisor on structural issues for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 1992, Jim has given over 500 workshops and seminars to more than 35,000 design professionals, building officials, home inspectors, builders, contractors and dealers.

He has developed numerous programs designed to educate industry professionals about how to install Simpson Strong-Tie® products as well as how structural products meet various building code requirements and safety standards.

He has been doing education to home inspectors since 1998 and was the 1st person to provide a complete program on what to look for on a deck to home inspectors at InspectionWorld in New Orleans in 2008. Additionally, he was the 1st person to provide deck education to contractors for NADRA.

He has written articles about deck safety for the ASHI Reporter and NAHI Forum home inspector publications and has written for ThisIsCarpentry about deck construction. He has been quoted in numerous contractor magazines and internet articles about deck safety.

In 2018, Jim Mailey was the recipient of the Terry Award in honor of his extraordinary dedication & unwavering commitment to creating and driving deck safety awareness across North America and beyond.

Jim earned a B.A. in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania



St. Louis ASHI – 2019 Spring Seminar – NADRA Deck Inspection Class

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors – ASHI ® Spring Seminar is on March 8, 2019.  The full-day seminar qualifies for 8 ASHI CE Credits.

Location: St. Louis Realtor Assoc. Conference Center

12777 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 63141

Agenda: Subject to change

  • 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM          Registration/Sign up
  • 7:45 AM – 8:00 AM        Opening remarks by Chapter President
  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM       NADRA Deck Inspection Class
                                                    Presenter:    Jim Mailey
                                                                             NADRA National Instructor and Training Manager – Simpson Strong-Tie
  • 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM        Lunch
  • Key Note Speaker            – See the full agenda HERE

The first session is a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

The NADRA Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist ASHI home inspector the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more.

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

NADRA Deck Inspector Certification available at extra cost for those that are interested.

2018 Education Opportunities with NADRA

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:

– Stairs
– Footings and Posts
– Joists
– Joist Connections
– Girders
– 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

– Learn more about membership benefits by clicking here.

To schedule a class or get more information please email info@NADRA.org your specific needs or call us at 215.679.4884.

Deck Evaluation Class & Networking Event, March 8th

Join us in Atlanta for NADRA’s Deck Evaluation Class!

Earn your Certification through NADRA on March 8th. 

Properly constructed outdoor living structures, built using quality materials designed for use outdoors and maintained on a consistent yearly basis, can lead to many years of enjoyment. Being professionals in the industry require continued education on these materials and construction practices. You will be positioned to greatly help reduce deck, stair and railing failures – and in doing so, help prevent injuries and save lives.
ASHI Members will earn 4.0 ASHI credits 
This program will allow industry professionals to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the professional will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:
  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  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
SPONSORSHIP OPPS: Click HERE
  • Main Sponsor – $2,500:
    • Top tier logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage and Handouts in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
    • 2 minute Speaking opportunity at event
  • Supporting Sponsor – $750:
    • Logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
COST: For Deck Evaluation class and certification testing:
  • Attend class with no certification testing – FREE – Register HERE
  • Current NADRA Member – $99.00 for Certification Testing
  • Current ASHI Members – $199.00 for Certification Testing (includes one year of NADRA Membership Plus earn 4.0 ASHI Credits)
  • NADRA Membership for Builder/Contractor – $449.00 (includes NADRA membership and certification testing)
  • Non-Members – $499.00 for Certification Testing
  • Register HERE
What to Bring: 
Agenda: Please arrive promptly
  • Noon -12:15: Michael Beaudry – NADRA’s mission
  • 12:15 – 4:15: Jim Mailey – Seminar (short break included)
  • 4:15: Testing for those earning their certification
  • 4:30 – 5:00: Expo Visit
  • 5:00: Southeast Region of NADRA Meeting
Attend the Show! Use Promo Code “NADRA2016” & get FREE entry on the showroom floor. Register  HERE for the show. Register HERE for education, networking event and sponsorship opportunities.

Education Segment: Color, Design and Market Trends

Color, Design and Market Trends in Residential Outdoor Products

As a deck and patio builder are you prepared to assist your customers with their style decisions so you can put more money in your pocket? This seminar will give you well documented ideas that will help close more business, sell more trade ups and provide insights into possible new revenue streams.

Consumer’s outdoor style visions are more sophisticated as they shop the maze of materials and furnishings and try to put it in perspective with their current interior lifestyle. By leading with colors, patterns, textures and styles and showing the connections between the built space and furnishings you can help them achieve the most fabulous place they can go to everyday.

This visually dynamic session explores the design links between building products and furnishings and offers solutions that will help you enable the consumer to visualize their new outdoor lifestyle.

When: Thursday October 23, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Where: Baltimore Convention Center Room #320 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Register: Click HERE

NADRA Education at DeckExpo

NADRA Education at DeckExpo

NADRA is offering their Master Deck Professional Courses for you to earn and maintain your designations while at the show.

Wednesday, October 22nd:
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm – Ledgers & Lateral Loads 
    • Author: Glenn Mathewson: This course discusses the basics of structural design criteria for decks, such as loading, design methods and lumber properties, providing the foundational knowledge necessary for comprehension of the remainder of the course and the content in the Structural Design II course. The course continues with an in-depth review of ledger attachments, including how to handle various exterior cladding, flashing methods, and structural considerations. Lateral load resistance is also dissected in detail to provide a better understanding of what is required and how to provide it. MORE
  • 8:00am –  10:00am – Porch Building Basics 101
    • Author: Bobby Parks: This course provides an introduction into porch building. It includes numerous basic, but key methods for designing and building open air and screened porch additions. Attendees will be introduced to designing for functional size and stability, as well as a few code considerations and architectural details to look out for.MORE
  • 10:15am – 12:15pm – Porch  Building Advanced 201
    • Author: Bobby Parks: This course covers advanced design, trim, and features for covered porches and structures. How to take porch building to a higher level. Design and build custom porches into outdoor rooms by providing high performing upgrades and trim features that separate them from other contractors. Door, screen types, and flooring upgrades and how they work together are discussed. MORE
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm – A Trip Down the Load Path
    • Author: Glenn Mathewson: This course compliments the Structural Design I class by completing the discussion of designing a deck structure. It provides code requirements and guidance for designing the load path, from the decking where we stand to the earth below that supports it all. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth will be discussed so that a complete understanding of the entire structural system can be achieved. It is recommended for attendees to complete the Structural Design I class as a prerequisite. MORE
  • 1:00pm –  3:00pm  – Design and Sales
    • Author: Matt Breyer: How good are you at showing your clients EXACTLY what their finished project will look like? Do you have the tools to make this happen? Gone are the days of scribbling a simple idea on a legal pad and shaking hands over the deal. Homeowners today want to touch, feel, and visualize whatever it is you’re offering-before they commit to paying! Learn how to get “in their head”-understanding their needs, addressing their fears, and showing them a “Backyard Dream” better than they ever imagined, using the latest tools and technology to inspire clients and improve sales and referrals. MORE
  • 3:00pm –  4:00pm – FREE – NADRA CPAC Meeting
    • Please join us for our annual CPAC committee meeting. NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Knowledge Charter) is the newest addition to NADRA’s list of programs designed to improve the deck and rail industry as a whole. Join us at Deck Expo for a workshop about CPAC to learn, understand and assist in this new program.MORE
Thursday, October 23rd
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – FREE – METAPHOR
    •  Manufacturer’s and Designers! This one is for you! Please join us in the NADRA office at the Baltimore Convention Center for an educational segment from METAPHOR. Manufacturers and Designers… pay attention. Ever wonder why a particular deck color was created?  Learn from the folks that can see into the future for upcoming designs, trends and style. Register for this FREE seminar right HERE
Friday, October 24th: 
  • 10:00am –  FREE – AGS Stainless
    • Making The Stainless Steel Up-sell
      Please join us in the NADRA office for an educational segment from AGS Stainless. Stainless Steel is a creative and expensive up-sell that pays off! During this seminar, find out options, pit-falls, & why it makes selling comfortable and seamless. Make money without losing your shirt! Register for this FREE seminar right HERE
  • 11:30am –  FREE – Deck Maintenance: RenewCrew
    • Your Missing Link – Deck Maintenance Program
      Text: Join us in the NADRA office for an educational segment from Renew Crew. How can you make more money with a Deck Maintenance Program? Learn what you are missing during this FREE seminar with NADRA. Register for this seminar right HERE

NADRA – Official Sponsor of Building Code College

BCC is your online provider of NADRA’s Master Deck Professional Code Education Classes

Industry professionals need affordable training available when they are available. Building Code College responds with free, online, self-paced, building code education from industry experts. 

The “Building Codes for Building Decks” series goes deep into the administration and technical aspects of building codes and deck construction. All four courses are based on the International Residential Code provisions that affect deck design and construction. This series is beneficial to all professionals involved with the decking industry, from tradesman, to inspector, to product manufacturer. With the support of the North American Deck and Railing Association, registration for these courses is free to all. NADRA members can now take the Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exams ONLINE! 

How do you get certified?
  1. Maintain an active NADRA Membership
  2. Complete all four Building Codes for Building Decks FREE Courses Online
  3. Pass all four NADRA Master Deck Professional, Codes & Standards Certification Exams (fees apply)
  4. Click HERE to get started