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September 7th, 2016

The Association’s work in bringing together industry professionals resulted in a very informative evening in Atlanta, GA on August 23rd, 2016. Over 50 members and guests from the deck building industry gathered to hear and question the three leading preservative manufacturers about the modifications to the AWPA treated wood standards, and answer questions about treated wood. The panel included NADRA Members: Steve Shields from Lonza, Todd Greer from Koppers Performance Chemicals (KPC), and Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions.

Like all NADRA meetings, we started things off with the reading of the anti trust statement, read by Kirk Hammond, NADRA’s President.

Mike Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President introduced NADRA’s Southeast regions advisory committee: Mike Reason, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyhan, Joey Matthews, James Gunning and Keith Compton.

All meeting attendees stood and introduced themselves.  It was a fun way to get to see who was in the room and how they were involved in the industry. We were particularly excited to introduce NADRA’s newest Bronze Level Member, Avery Chua of dassoXTR.

The meeting included a discussion of the recent AWPA standard modifications, the differences between AWPA standardized products vs. alternative acceptance criteria and paths to code compliance; like the ESR’s, the M4 standard requirement for coating cut ends, and a lively discussion on the dissemination of information and the liabilities the industry faces for the use of different treated wood materials over the past 10 years.

Todd Greer, Koppers Performance Chemicals, Director, North American Sales and Service says: “It was great to meet and speak directly with NADRA members at the Atlanta meeting. We look forward to working with the organization, and encouraging communication within our industry. Koppers believes it is important to provide a unified source of information for deck building professionals to learn more about the use of treated wood products and technologies.” To hear more from Todd, check out his write-up here.

Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions says: “As beautiful custom wood framed decks and outdoor projects are constructed by NADRA members, they should be guided by the latest, most accurate information available. Despite what some in the industry are communicating, there is NO requirement to use Ground Contact materials for ALL Above Ground decks.” To hear more from Chris Kollwitz from Viance, check out Chris’s write-up here.

Steve Shields stated: “I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the treated wood panel discussion at the recent NADRA meeting in Atlanta.  It provided an opportunity to discuss recent changes to standards that have impacted not only how treated wood is recommended to be used, but have also encouraged more retailers to stock ground contact treated wood so that users can be less concerned about potential misapplication.  Just as important was the opportunity for me to hear comments directly from builders on shortcomings of the treated wood that they have experienced.  I believe that increased involvement of NADRA and other organizations representing retailers and users of treated wood in AWPA can result in continued improvement of standards and better treated wood products for users.”  To hear from Steve, check out his write-up here.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding this topic, please contact NADRA by filling out the online form found HERE.

Please visit www.NADRA.org to learn more about your Association, it’s mission, education and services that it provides to industry professionals and consumers.

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards, outdoor living professionals and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

Copyright 2016,  The North American Deck and Railing Association, NADRA.  This material may not be rewritten or redistributed without following these instructions: If you would like to use this information, please request permission first by emailing Info@NADRA.org. Thank you!

May 18th, 2016

NADRA’s 2016 Southeast Regional Golf Tournament Brings Industry Pros Together

What a turnout! NADRA had a successful golf tournament on Monday, May 9th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell, Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the busy time of year. It was quite the competitive event!

The festivities began with handing out custom NADRA coolers to all attendees and a shot gun start at 11am.

Teams took to the greens to play their best and stopped to see what sponsors had put together at each hole.
NADRA National Board Member, Heath Bowman said, “This year’s NADRA golf tournament brought a lot of familiar faces together for a beautiful day to connect and have a good time together. Even more exciting was seeing a handful of new faces, which were a great reminder why we do this: building our community, sharing resources, and ultimately succeeding in business together.”
Thank You, Sponsors:
  • Compton Sales
  • Fiberon
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • BMC / Stock Building Supply
  • Atlanta Home Show- Cobb Galleria
  • Higginbotham Steel
  • TimberTown Atlanta
  • UltraLox
  • Trex
  • Ultra Aluminum

 

Thank you to all of our friends listed here,  we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event without all of your support.

Thank you to NADRA members and the Southeast Regional team leaders, Mike Reasons, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyham and Joey Matthews.

Thank you Andy Clements for taking photos throughout the day!

A special shout out to Heath Bowman for taking care of beverages & all of your help setting up. You’re by far awarded MVP of the day!

We finished the day with a wonderful awards ceremony.

Two teams finished with a close score:

  • First place came in at 55: Team Outback Deck
  • Second place came in at 58: Team Stewart! 
The Closest to the Pin was awarded to Steve Hopson and Longest Drive was awarded by Chris Szemprich!
Another well attended, successful tournament in the books! We hope to add more sponsors next year and really raise some money for NADRA programs. We loved seeing new faces and hope to see the tournament continue to grow year after year! If you couldn’t make the event in GA, we hope you will join us in Baltimore on October 4th. You can learn all of the details, sponsor and register right HERE.
Until then, happy building season!

At your service,

Your team at NADRA Headquarters

Join us on October 4th in Baltimore! Register HERE.

May 5th, 2016

News Release

Contact: Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive VP
215-679-4884
Info@NADRA.org 

May is Deck Safety Month® – Deck Safety Tips for Homeowners

QUAKERTOWN, PA – The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. NADRA’s Campaign for deck safety awareness is an effort to promote outdoor living in a beautiful and safe environment. During Deck Safety Month® the experts at NADRA are offering safety tips for homeowners and encouraging you to Check Your Deck®.

“It’s springtime and we all want to get out and enjoy our decks,” says Bob Lett, vice president of national sales for WOLF Home Products. “NADRA wants to help keep homeowners safe. Deck maintenance means so much more than just cleaning your deck. It means making sure your entire deck structure is in good, safe order. Just like your car, you need to evaluate, ‘tune up’ and keep your deck in safe operating condition on a regular basis. These checklists from NADRA can help you do just that.”

A key element to enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of your deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. The checklist can be found at http://bit.ly/NADRA10PointConsumerChecklist.

Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. NADRA provides industry professionals with a Deck Evaluation Form that is available here: http://bit.ly/NADRADeckEvaluationForm, along with a new online Deck Evaluation Form (Beta Test). This is the latest iteration of NADRA’s Deck Evaluation Form. It’s easy to use and allows deck professionals the ability to save and print deck inspection results. The online form includes inspection items such as stairs, footings, beams/joists, ledger, boards/surface, rails/guards and more. Visit CheckYourDeck.org to test it out.

“We recommend ASHI-certified home inspectors or a knowledgeable deck builder for inspections of older decks,” says Beaudry. “Our NADRA member deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements. This brings peace of mind to homeowners using our NADRA members.”

Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience. To find a professional deck builder and inspector, please visit www.NADRA.org.

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. For more information visit www.NADRA.org

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February 17th, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive VP
215-679-4884
Info@NADRA.org
 

 AWPA and ICC Approve New Treated Wood Standards

ICC-ES AC326 - The  ICC final effective date of implementation is July 15, 2016.

Quakertown, PA (February 16th, 2016) Many of you may or may not be aware of the discussions that have been taking place regarding potential changes to Treated Wood Standards moving many structural and critical items to a Ground Contact treatment retention level.

Those New Standards have now passed the AWPA (American Wood Protection Association) and the ICC (International Code Council). The ICC final effective date of implementation is July 15, 2016.

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.

This mission includes the promotion of proper deck construction, deck safety and ultimately serving the best interest of the consumer. While the Association is made up of professionals from all industry segments, we are aware that consumers use a significant amount of treated wood in DIY projects. The consumer is usually not knowledgeable enough to be able to know the proper uses for which treated wood product they are buying and therefore misuse and misapplication can occur.

Ground Contact treatment is necessary for physically above-ground material when:

  • Soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
  • There is insufficient ventilation to allow air circulation around the wood
  • Material is installed <6 inches above the ground
  • Material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with any evidence of decay
  • Wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
  • Wood is used in tropical climates
  • The wood is both:
    • Difficult to maintain, repair or replace and
    • Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system

Joists and beams for decks and docks fit both of these final criteria and therefore require Ground Contact treatment. Other Ground Contact applications include Ledgers, Posts, Step Stringers and Decking used at Ground Level and on Walkways.

ICC-ES AC326 Sample Table - The ICC final effective date is July 15, 2016

NADRA looks forward to the implementation of the New Standards as a step forward in the industry to providing those who enjoy Outdoor Living with a better, safer improved product and experience.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding these changes, please fill out the online form found HERE

Please visit www.NADRA.org to learn more about your Association, it’s mission, education and services that it provides to industry professionals and consumers.

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards, outdoor living professionals and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

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September 10th, 2015

NADRA Consumer Product Awareness Charter Update

By: David Elenbaum, NADRA National Director

davidelenbaum@gmail.com

(864)-371-9697

 

Decking Industry Pros:
As you all know me, I’ll promise to cut right to the chase and tell you what I’m thinking without adding time consuming pleasantries,

Previously and at my request, Michael Beaudry sent you a letter and presentation on our CPAC program concept (If you can’t find it, let us know). In that letter and presentation there were details of how the CPAC program will take shape and why it is important to our industry. This program stems from a basic discussion at a Principia Conference involving standardizing test protocols. During this discussion, I took on the challenge along with NADRA’s help to begin to develop this program into what it is today. It’s not rocket science, it simply takes what you are doing already, steamlines it for you, put’s it into a nifty program with a big fat rubber stamp from your industry, and allows your customers to see that you are responsible.

As an outdoor living contractor and owner of a retail building supply, I have an understanding of the need to have this program. Guys, when it comes down to your products, there is no program that certifies what you tell us about them is true. There is no way of knowing that the product has met the specs, and there is no way of knowing if what we are repeating to our customer is factual information. I am not implying that anyone here is lying about board performance or test data, but let’s say someone was. How would that have an effect on my business? On yours? On our industry? It has happened before, and all of you have reps who say the other guys stuff is crap because of this, this, and that….. It’s time for those days to end.

Over the years, we have seen a multitude of product enter the industry and fail. We have seen a multitude of “garage extruders” make up their own rules and compete. I have seen decking that came apart, disintegrated, faded to white, or just plain looks like garbage after a few years. All those companies promised me that they had a good product and have good test data. And, yes, I am seeing this today in capstocks.

I am asking YOU to help us. To help yourselves. My committee needs money to get this program off the ground. We need it to pay for Jeri and her work, to prepare the materials to boost the program, to set up the process. Guys, WE (you and us) need this program. Please don’t wait to see who’s in before committing, please help pull the rope and get on board now. I have already pledged money and have pumped time into this over the past 3 years.

I am asking this of you not only as a friend, an industry colleague, or expert in the industry. I am asking this of you as a customer, and most of all, a responsible deck builder.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or to discuss your role in the committee and program. If you are not the right person, tell me who is and I’ll beat their door down. We are going to have a meeting at Deck Expo about this as well. Information will be shared with you so you may attend.

Now you can see why I normally ask Michael to speak for me. He softens it a bit.

Thanks Guys,

David Elenbaum
davidelenbaum@gmail.com
(864)-371-9697

May 20th, 2015

News Release

Contact: Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive VP
215-679-4884
info@NADRA.org
 

Deck Safety Tips for Homeowners

QUAKERTOWN, PA – During Deck Safety Month® the experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) are offering safety tips for homeowners and encouraging you to Check Your Deck®.

“It’s springtime and we all want to get out and enjoy our decks,” says Bob Lett, vice president of market development for WOLF Home Products. “NADRA wants to help keep homeowners safe. Deck maintenance means so much more than just cleaning your deck. It means making sure your entire deck structure is in good, safe order. Just like your car, you need to evaluate, ‘tune up’ and keep your deck in safe operating condition on a regular basis. This checklist from NADRA can help you do just that.”

Key areas of the deck to check during Deck Safety Month® include:

1 – Search for split or decaying wood. Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood is still sound, including the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck, deck boards, railings and stairs. Look for soft, spongy areas in wood that can indicate insect damage or decay.

2 –  Test railings and banisters. Assure the security of these key pieces of the deck by gently pushing on them to assure they are firmly attached with no “give” that could indicate failure. Then, get the yard stick out. Most codes require a 36” high railing (and usually encourage 42” high railings) with rails placed no more than 4” inches apart (measured from the inside of the rails) to keep small children and pets from squeezing through.

3. Check your fasteners. Over time, fasteners may “pop” from wood, loosen or even corrode. Check nails, screws or anchors and reinforce or replace anything that looks suspicious.

4 – Step carefully. Check each step to make certain of security and lack of decay. If an area behind the stair treads is open, this opening should be no more than 4” high. A fast tip is to also keep stair pathways clear of planters, décor, toys and other items that can present a tripping hazard.

5. Clean up debris. Make it a priority to clean away leaves, branches or other debris from your deck. When left in place, these can be slippery and promote mildew. If you’re already seeing mildew on the deck, or the deck coating has worn away, now is the time to clean and apply a new waterproof coating.

“Your deck and stairs should appear even without sagging, and should not sway or move when tested,” says Lett. “Plus, it’s important to check on anything used on the deck, such as grills, lighting, storage and furnishings. Making these easy evaluations part of your yearly springtime maintenance can help keep your entire family safe.”

For a complete 10-point consumer safety checklist and more deck safety tips from NADRA, click HERE

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. For more information visit www.NADRA.org 

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February 18th, 2015

As we are nearing the end of this cold and snowy winter, we are all frantically gearing up for business to boom come springtime.  Showrooms are taking shape, crews are being prepped and trained, and home-show displays are looking good and getting a lot of action. If you are not yet a member of NADRA, now if a great time to invest in your business and in the industry. Join NADRA. Display the NADRA logo. Print and pass out the benefits flyers at your shows. Talk about Deck Safety Month.® Print and frame the NADRA Code of Ethics, or even add it to your portfolio. Set yourself apart!

If you want to learn more about NADRA, whether you are a current member or on the fence to join; reach out to us. Your team at NADRA Headquarters lives and breathes this association and the industry it serves every. single. day.

At your service,

Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive Vice President 
Direct: 215.679.4884
 
 
 

September 9th, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Coming Soon:  NADRA-Principia Regional Railing Reports

NADRA is pleased to announce it is extending the alliance with Principia to provide decking and railing market data. Mike Beaudry, Executive Vice President of NADRA, said, “Last year’s decking data program was a success and we look forward to building on the success with this year’s report on the railing business.”

He continued, “We are really pleased to offer our members industry data at an affordable price. This is a win-win for NADRA members, the NADRA treasury and Principia. For years, we’ve had contractors, dealers, distributors and regional manufacturers asking for market data. We can now meet our member’s needs with the Principia alliance.”

The NADRA Regional Exterior Railing reports will be available after September 15, 2014. The reports will provide detailed regional demand data and trends for residential exterior railing used on decks, porches and balconies in North America. The base year is 2013 with a forecast to 2016.

According to the Principia data, demand for residential exterior railing in North America is about $2 billion (manufacturer gate pricing) and is forecast to grow about 12% to $2.3 billion in 2016. Wood railing continues to dominate the category, but low maintenance products such as composites, PVC, and powder-coated metal railing will take market share from wood as the economy improves and more consumers opt to upgrade railing to low maintenance materials.

Other trends detailed in the report includes the growth and regional market penetration of wood, metal and plastic railing systems. The reports will also give details on the market share of mixed material railing systems and various infill such as aluminum balusters, iron/steel balusters, cable and glass panels. Homeowner, contractor, dealer and distributor feedback on DIY trends, railing SKU proliferation and special order railing sales, lighting, and much more will also be covered in the reports.

For more information, contact Michael Beaudry at NADRA at: 215-679-4884 or Inof@NADRA.org  or Steve Van Kouteren at 610-400-1073 or SteveVK@PrincipiaConsulting.com.

June 15th, 2014

3 On Your Side: Deck Safety Tips As The Summer Season Begins

By Jim Donovan

Watch the video HERE

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The last thing that probably comes to mind when you think of a barbecue on your deck is third degree burns and concussions. But 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan finds that each year that’s exactly what happens to dozens of people when the deck floor below suddenly gives way.

One minute friends and family are enjoying a back yard cookout, the next, a deck comes crashing down and everything goes flying.

Each year dozens of people are injured and some killed when an unsafe decks fails.

“It’s just a matter of being aware.  It’s an outside structure, it’s in the elements, are people taking care of it, are they staining it, are they protecting their materials on their decks,”  said Michael Beaudry with North American Deck and Railing Association.

By one estimate, nearly 20 million decks nationwide need to be rebuilt or at least retrofitted to meet current codes.  The average wooden deck has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

“If you take care of it and you maintain it and you stain it, it can last a lifetime.  But if you don’t, it’s not going to stand up to the elements,” said Beaudry.

“You can see the deck in general is on its last legs and really needs to be totally redone,” said Mike Ebner with Back to Nature Decks.

Ebner has been building decks for over 25 years and says homeowners should inspect their decks annually.

He says it starts with the footers.  They should be above ground so you can see if it’s rotting or if there is any problem. Look for wood rot elsewhere too.

And be aware of improper connections to the house which can pose problems.

“The bolts should be staggered every 12 to 16 inches up and down,” said Ebner.

Loose connections are a hazard too.  Screws and connectors should be checked for rust and corrosion.

Improper spacing between railings and steps, also pose risks.

“They should be closer together. You can get your head stuck in there, or a kid could you know,” said Ebner.

Deck Evaluation Checklist

http://www.nadra.org/Deck_Evaluation_Form.pdf

Consumer Checklist

http://www.nadra.org/NADRA_DSM_Checklist.pdf

May 14th, 2013
Last week we asked NADRA members to forward the industry brief to their contacts. This is a very small, but effective way to spread the word about NADRA, industry news and upcoming events. A special thank you to the WOLF Organization for passing on NADRA news to your contacts! WOLF continues to stand behind NADRA’s Power of One initiative in more ways than one. Here is a brief summary of what NADRA’s Power of One campaign means to WOLF and how it lays the foundation for fellow members to build upon. 

WOLF provides contractors with a training manual where they now dedicate two full pages to NADRA’s message urging all industry professionals to get involved with their industry association. In addition to distributing NADRA’s message in their training manuals, most recently, WOLF invited NADRA’S EVP to join them in Virginia at a Certified WOLF Pro Event as a guest speaker.  Michael Beaudry made himself available for the day to participate. Mr. Beaudry spoke to the contractors in attendance about the latest developments at the code hearings, Deck Safety Month ®  and how to take advantage of the Check Your Deck ®  Inspection Program. 

If you are interested in the power of one campaign or would like to schedule a time for Michael Beaudry to speak at one of your events, call NADRA direct at: 215.649.4884 to learn how or send an email to Info@NADRA.org.  It’s time to make a difference, it’s time for the Power of One!