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November 12th, 2013

BRICK TOWNSHIP VETERAN HONORED BY DECK ASSOCIATION

 

Retired Marine Receives Free Deck and Patio

Brick, NJ: Members of the New Jersey Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) cut  the ribbon, this Veteran’s Day, November 11th, on their latest “Deck For A Soldier,” in Brick, New Jersey. The program provides free decks and outdoor structures to US Armed Service members and veterans. Among those dignitaries attending the ribbon cutting were Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.

The program’s latest recipient, retired Marine Sean O’Connor, was provided with a deck and paver patio by the association, which has been building decks for service members since 2007. All materials and labor were donated by members of the association, who range from builders, to lumber yards, to manufacturers.

O’Connor, who served three tours in Operation Desert Storm during his 20 years of service, retired from the Marines in 2012. He found out about NADRA’s Deck For A Soldier program through the Wounded Warriors project. Service members interested in applying to the program can find an application online at www.NADRA,org.

Among those building the project were builders from these New Jersey NADRA member companies: Barrett Outdoors, Millstone; Deck Remodelers, Sparta; America’s DeckBuilder, Toms River; Miles Construction, Falsington, PA; C. Verblaauw & Son, Mahwah; My Deck, Farmingdale; Legends Home Improvement, Monroe; Artisan’s Builders Guild, Hackettstown.

Companies donating materials and labor include: Trex; Wolf Home Products; Niece Lumber; CPG AZEK/TimberTech; Mid-State Lumber; Regal Ideas; Holden Humphrey; Fiberon; Myles Kelly; All State Disposal; Ocean County Landfill; D. Waldron Trucking; Simpson Strong Tie; Northeastern Building Supply.

 

October 23rd, 2013

For those of you unable to make the trip to chicago - NADRA’s party at Howl at The Moon was a huge success. Members and guests piled in to recognize and honor our award winners for the National Deck Competition and the national Terry Award and Recognition awards.

Congratulations to Keith Compton for being recognized for his many years of dedication to NADRA and the Atlanta Chapter! Glenn Mathewson was the recipient of our 2013 Terry Award for his ongoing efforts in code.

Without the support of our Gold and Bronze sponsors events like this would not be possible. A special thank you to all those recognized: MoistureShield, Fiberon, Nyloboard, Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, TimberTech Azek, Wolf & Screw Products.

Before the night was over, Howl at The Moon entertainers surprised NADRA guests with a custom song just for NADRA. Check it out: Na-na-na-na NADRA!

October 14th, 2013

Exclusive Offer From NADRA: Residential Decking & Railing 2013, REGIONAL MARKET DATA 

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About the Program: 

Residential decking and railing demand in North America reached a factory gate value of about $3.75 billion in 2013, up 4.8%
from 2012. Driven by the improving economy and pent-up consumer spending on home improvements, including outdoor living space, this demand will continue to grow and is expected to exceed $4 billion by 2015.

Competition between wood and synthetic decking is as dynamic as it has ever been. Demand for new color- infused, pressure-treated lumber is growing and putting more pressure on economy-priced synthetic decking products. However, the latest “good-better-best” capped synthetic decking lines are becoming popular as well and may help slow the growth of the wood decking. These market dynamics vary considerably by region and will play out differently in each specific area over the next few years.

Railing material, style and color preferences vary from region to region due to geography (e.g., coastal, mountain, plains, urban, suburbs, rural), homeowner demographics and architectural styles. Preferences are also driven by other factors including ease of installation and availability. As a consequence, the number of railing SKUs is exceptionally large and distributors and retailers cite complexity of railing systems and product proliferation as inhibitors to material and brand selection.

What is the demand for residential decking and railing and what are the material shares in your region? Market insights and regional demand data are now available through NADRA’s exclusive offer.

NADRA’s reports, which provide regional residential decking and railing market data and trend information, are developed from Principia’s highly regarded Residential Decking & Railing 2013 report. Regional reports are only available through NADRA and members receive a significant discount. A portion of the revenues directly benefit NADRA.

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August 20th, 2013

August 21, 2013 – Glenn Mathewson, NADRA Technical Advisor

How many hold-down anchors does it take to build a deck?

The development of the 2015 IRC is halfway through, and there’s likely going to be some new regulations for the construction industry to adjust to.  For the decking industry, there’s lobbying working to create new building codes around specific product lines.  We’ve already seen the costly results of including “permitted” details in the code depicting specific products.  The lateral load anchor detail, that was published this way in the 2009 IRC, is quickly read as “required” by many building departments.  Now, as new research is revealing that ledgers fair quite well without lateral anchors, there is a proposal seeking to “permit” the use of anchors on every guard post in the 2015 IRC.  Will history be repeated and this also be read as “required”?

Proposals like this risk turning a standards document into something that looks more like a product catalog.  More importantly, this lobbying, if successful, adds significant time and cost to deck installations in an increasingly competitive industry, while at the same time limiting design options and architectural freedom.

There’s a lot on the table this year in the development of the 2015 IRC.  NADRA has submitted a public comment modification that reveals new information about ledger connection performance and seeks to remove the 1500 lb. lateral-load anchor detail from the IRC.  At the same time, NADRA is fighting against proposal 268 that seeks to include new requirements for guard construction, complete with pictures of specific hardware.

LATERAL LOAD REQUIREMENTS-RB263

Proposal 263 seeks to include an exception to the lateral-load anchor for decks that are less than 30” above grade.  While sensible, an exception to something merely “permitted” does not make much sense, and implies that what is permitted is actually required.

 With new and exciting test results from Washington State University, NADRA’s public comment to RB263 attempts to remove the lateral-load anchor not only for low-level decks, but completely from the IRC.  It turns out…people can only generate so much lateral load, and lag screwed ledgers can resist a whole lot more…four times more, and the test was stopped before the ledger ever failed.  With a force four times greater than humans could generate, deflecting the deck 17 inches to the side, ripping the joists down the center…the ledger with nothing but lag screws held.  The rim joist in the house held.  The necessity of a 1500 lb. anchor clearly serves questionable value.

Does this detail belong as a minimum standard of deck construction now that the performance of a lag-screwed deck ledger is known to be quite sufficient?

Read Full Article HERE

See  RB 268 details HERE

GIVING VOICE TO NADRA MEMBERS

 If the issues of increased costs, inflexible design, and heavy-handed industry regulation with no material benefit matters to you, consider joining me at the code hearing in Atlantic City NJ on October 3 and 4th.  Your presence, your voice, your attention and your passion will make a difference…after all…it is YOUR industry.  Stand up and fight for it, but don’t do it alone.  If you want to know more or get more involved, please contact me at glennmathewson@nadra.org.  Together we can bring truth and insight to the development of the building codes.

May 20th, 2013

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn Discussion Fundamentals for the Building Industry Professional:

                                   …How to properly post a discussion in a LinkedIn Group.

By: Heather A. Marchand, NADRA National Program Coordinator

 

So you have a LinkedIn company profile? Nice work! But now you want to let everyone know about everything you’re doing … all    the    time.

Here is why this isn’t helping you:

LinkedIn groups have management settings that do one of two things:

  1. The group moderator accepts all new discussions without approval, or
  2. The group moderator controls which new discussions are accepted, or posted in the “promotion” section.

If you post to a group that automatically accepts new discussions, your discussion is approved right away and an email is distributed automatically to all group members.

You’re trying to reach building industry pros, correct? So, you are posting the very same discussion on 3-10 different groups within your industry that many times have the same group members or at a minimum 50-75% of the same members. Most group moderators choose option 1; so new discussions are distributed automatically. Do you know what this means? … It means that our inbox is filled with 3-10 emails of the same notice about your same discussion promoting your product, service, sales pitch. Now that we’ve been spammed with your message, we don’t even want to read what you posted… and so we don’t.

Posting the same discussion in all of your LinkedIn Groups is not the right approach.

So how should you use LinkedIn Groups for marketing?

Well, a discussion is just that, a discussion! 

            Dis-cus-sion

            Noun

  • The action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.
  • A conversation or debate about a certain topic.

Start by sharing something we want to read and reply to. We use LinkedIn for professional networking & development; so say something we care about or want to learn about.

Here are a few easy tips to follow to get the most out of your

LinkedIn experience:

  1. Connect with the companies you purchase from or sell to. Make alliances.
  2. Join a group(s) that is relevant to your industry.
    • LinkedIn will offer you suggestions for groups based on your connections. You can also perform a search. Once you find a group you want to be part of, you will be prompted to fill out an application to join the group. Some group settings allow you to automatically join, and some require approval.
    • Example: Here is the link to NADRA’s Group: Join Now. Once you request to join it will go through an approval process and you will receive a notification once you have been accepted.
  3. Engage in the right discussions!
    • If you have a blog, share your stories on LinkedIn. But don’t post it to the same 5 groups on the very same day. Switch up the stories and give it some time.
    • Ask questions & stir up conversation! (Try not to be controversial)
  4. If you are running a contest on another social channel, share your link and tell your LinkedIn connections what you are giving away.
  5. Show your value. Take time to reply to other discussions and offer your insight – but do it without a commercial! Don’t try to sell yourself or your product… just be helpful and it will sell itself.
  6. If you are launching a new service or product, and you just want to scream it to the virtual world… by all means, go for it! But this time, try to offer a reward or incentive to your connections for sharing your news! It’s easy and makes it fun for your followers.
  7. Lastly, reach out to the groups you want to share news with. Chances are, they WANT to share your stories, news, events and contests… most companies are begging for stories to post, especially via social media! Do it in a professional manor. Send them a private message and ask how you can work more closely together. You wouldn’t hound the company in person, would you? … So don’t do it online.

Follow a few of these guidelines & nobody will be saying, “Not this guy again!”

May 20th, 2013

The ProWood Desperate Deck Contest!

How desperate can a deck get? That’s what ProWood wants to know. ProWood is giving desperate deck owners across the nation a chance for a deck makeover through its ProWood “Desperate Deck” Contest. As part of the contest, ProWood is asking homeowners to write a short essay and upload pictures of deck in their most desperate state – damaged, unstable, color-worn … whatever they deem as desperate. One desperate deck will then be selected to receive a $20,000 makeover with ProWood lumber and accessories. The contest runs from April 15 through June 15. Visit ProWoodLumber.com and the ProWood Facebook page for all the details.

April 30th, 2013

Recap of 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearing (Dallas, TX) 

Last week the IRC code hearings were held in Dallas, TX. NADRA’s Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson represented the association on numerous proposals. This work is just beginning & your support is NEEDED on key issues that WILL effect your businesses and will effect this industry.  Your support is encouraged so these efforts can continue on behalf of the membership and industry the association serves. NADRA Headquarters and the entire board would like to personally thank Glenn Mathewson for his time and efforts at these hearings.

Recap of 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearing (Dallas) – By NADRA Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson:

Take Action: Now that the ICC Committee Action Hearings are over, be sure to follow the link about the public comment hearings. The first recap of an approved proposal is a good example of WHY we need your support so we can continue to be heard at these hearings! 

Here is a recap of proposed changes due to NADRA’s efforts at the hearings: 

On Monday,  April 22nd, the proposals to the pool and spa code were heard.  SP47-13 was disapproved.  Here was the proposal: “Walking surfaces of decks within 4 feet of a pool or spa that are not equivalent in the strength, durability and slip resistance of the surface of a concrete deck shall be prohibited.  Wooden walking surfaces and carpeted walking surfaces shall not be placed within 4 feet of a pool.”
RB143-13, proposing to return to measuring the height of a deck at the very edge of the deck (for determining if guards are required) was defeated with the help of NADRA.  Our professionals stood by the actual hazard and the current code that requires that height to be measured at a point three feet horizontally from the deck edge.  We know where our customers will hit the ground if they fall, and it is not directly at the edge of the deck.  With integrity for our industry and an understanding of the actual determination of hazard, we stood, we spoke and we were heard.”

RB145-13 proposing to eliminate the requirement to measure guard height from a fixed bench seat was approved.  This requirement in the 2009 and 2012 IRC effectively put an end to bench seating.  While some with small children may prefer not to have a bench against guards, the majority of our membership believe that is an individual choice, not a minimum standard.  The architectural liberties of our customers are one step closer to returning to them.  Other professional associations had helpful testimony to this goal, but our intimate perspective of how this affected our industry came only from us.  This approval supports a balance between minimum design and safety, the latter of which can always be improved by the personal choice of the homeowner or builder.”


RB75-13 proposed that all decks, detached or attached, ground level or upper level, regardless of materials, would be prohibited from being less than five feet from property lines to prohibit fire spread.  NADRA stood and shared the reality that many noncombustible decking and framing materials are available.  We explained that low level decks have different dynamics of fire spread than upper level decks.  We described how this proposal would unnecessarily put the decking market at an unfair disadvantage to patio pavers and flagstone for ground level decks.  The committee heard our sole voice on these concerns and unanimously disapproved the proposal.  NADRA made it clear that work is needed to figure out how decks contribute to fire spread and how to regulate it in the code, but not to do it without us in the conversation.  We plan to work with these proponents during the public comment period so we can get this issue figured out the right way.”


RB74-13 proposed some serious consequences to the decking industry regarding placement of stairs.  While well intentioned for other purposes, it was dangerously flawed.  Imagine a deck connecting between a house and a detached garage.  This proposal would have prohibited any stairs within five feet of the garage.  Huh?  No wide steps from house to garage on one side of the deck, even for a few steps to the backyard.  NADRA stood against this proposal and the committee unanimously agreed and disapproved the proposal.”


“NADRA’S proposal, RB58-13, for replacing all use of the term “guardrails” for the IRC defined term “guard” has been approved as submitted unanimously by the committee.  This simple change secures architectural freedom for guards, and that they don’t have to have a “rail”.  On with the custom work of kitchens counters, planters, benches or whatever other feature that can be built to the requirements of a guard.”


 ”RB6-13 was approved.  The size limit of 200sf for requiring a permit on low level decks was approved.  This will allow more under bid decks to be built poorly, putting our professionals (who build right regardless of permits) at an unfair disadvantage.  I encourage our members to support a public comment to disapprove this at final action.”

April 23rd, 2013

May is Deck Safety Month ®

In 2006 NADRA, The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. NADRA’s Deck safety program is an effort to improve deck safety awareness!

Here are some helpful ways to promote Deck Safety during the month of May! Please call NADRA direct with any questions you may have: 215.679.4884 or email: Info@NADRA.org. We are here to help!

Tips to Promote Deck Safety Awareness: Download the PDF now to learn ways to spread the word! Click HERE.

Visit NADRA’s Deck Safety Webpage for links to the Deck Safety Month® Video, Deck Evaluation Form & The Consumer Checklist

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April 22nd, 2013

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                   

April 2013

We tried something different with our second meeting of the year by hosting the first “Speed Dating with Deck Builders” event at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had over 51 attendees at the meeting which included several first time visitors.  I want to thank the following Deck Builder members that agreed to be at the host tables:  David Tibbetts, Atlanta Decking, John Harper and Joel Harper with Leisure Time Decks, O.C. & Mary Kirk with Just Decks, Rick Goldstein and Chapin LaChance with the Mosaic Group, Mike Reasons and John Lea with DeckSouth, Frank Pologruto with Decks & More, John Paulin with Tailor Decks, Bryan Miller with OutBack Decks, and Steve Matrangos  & Craig Dickerson with DeckSource.

 

Thanks you all so much for giving your time and giving this new idea a chance.  We only have six meetings a year and this format opened up the opportunity for more of our great Vendors to get in front of the deck builder members.  I would also like to thank the following Vendor members who bought “dates” for the event:  Weyerhauser/ Cox, Tamko, Homeland Vinyl, Trex, Azek, Dixie Plywood, NyloBoard, MoistureShield, Fiberon and Universal Forest Products.   We could not have a chapter without the ongoing support of so many members and I want to thank each of you for giving your resources to this meeting and to the chapter.

We had an opportunity to take care of normal business and to discuss forming a local code committee made up of Rick Goldstein, Steve Matrangos and Craig Dickerson.  Rick and Steve both spoke to the formation of the committee and invited all members to contact them with ideas and specific topics they may want to cover.  We also spoke about the National initiative for Code’s and to remind everyone to fill out the survey that is online and to contact Glenn Mathewson with any information prior to his going to the ICC meeting.  We were also able to give away a number of door prizes to the contractor members because of donations from Tamko, Weyerhauser, Cox , Fiberon, Universal Forest Products, and Fortress.

Our next meeting will be held on June the 18th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Fastenmaster and we are currently looking for a guest speaker so please let me know if you have any ideas.   Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and for all that each of you do to make us successful.

 

Respectfully Submitted ,

Keith Compton / Chapter President

March 12th, 2013

The time has come again for us to be a part of our future…for you to be a part of your future.  The International Code Council released the proposed changes to the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) on March 11th.  The ideas contained in these proposals come from professionals and non-professionals from all corners of the construction industry and from all over the nation and result in the 2015 IRC.  Now is the time for the decking industry to review these ideas and see how they affect our industry, both positive and negative.

 

In only a handful of weeks, I will be in Dallas at the ICC Committee action hearings representing NADRA to speak in opposition or support for any proposals that affect our industry.  The hearings run from April 20th to 31st, where over 2,000 individual proposed changes will be discussed.

 

The decisions made from now until this Fall will be those that determine what code will be published in 2015 and what you will be working under in 2016 and beyond.  NADRA needs your help reviewing these proposals to determine which ones matter to us and our opinion of them.  Please follow the link found HERE to ICC’s website and choose a PDF to download and begin reviewing.  Please keep us informed of your efforts and opinions in the next few weeks, as official NADRA positions on proposals need to be determined well before the hearings.  We need your opinions to know our position.  Now is the time, and there’s not much of it.

 

On behalf of the NADRA leadership and membership and most certainly on behalf of myself, I look forward to working together to create our future.

 

Thank you,

 

Glenn Mathewson

NADRA Technical Advisor