During the four months of 2018, Spectrum Consulting conducted research with the objective of providing clients with an extensive research report and overview of the composite decking and railing industry. The information provided in the report details industry research from a variety of sources including in-depth interviews with leading distributors, suppliers and dealers.
Marketplace overview: Size and growth of the market 2017/2016 2018 forecast Consumer trends Decking overview Market Segments in dollars sales Estimated industry sales by region Railing overview (product types and trends) Growth of the composite market in relation to Treated Lumber Treated Lumber code change overview
Industry Supplier overview Market share estimates by supplier Market place profile of the top three suppliers Overview of second tier suppliers The marketplace impact of contractor loyalty programs, distributor and dealer rebates Challenges and opportunities for suppliers not among the top three
Status of the two-step distributor marketplace Key issue results from major distributor interviews Distributor views of the decking and railing product category Dealer brand loyalty Distributor consolidation
The home center marketplace and its impact on the industry Home center overview (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards) The impact and implications of Home Center online sales and home site deliveries The potential for Home Centers to grow sales at the expense of traditional lumberyards
In honor of Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.
Quakertown, PA – “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. This means big business opportunities for deck builders, remodelers, inspectors and contractors to promote deck inspections, ensuring homeowner safety while simultaneously building their own brand.
The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.
“May is Deck Safety Month®-along with prime outdoor living season-and that presents a perfect chance for savvy pros to market their business,” says Beaudry.
The non-profit trade association offers the following resources for building professionals to leverage during Deck Safety Month® and throughout the year, including:
The 2018 official deck safety toolkit. This NADRA-member benefit includes:
Customizable social media, infographics, and web graphics
Tips and guidelines to make the most out of Deck Safety Month®
Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.
“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”
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!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
– Trex Decking & Steel Framing
– Fortress Railings
– 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
– C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
– My Deck
– Barrett Outdoors
– Deck Remodelers
– Legends Built
– All American Decks
– North Jersey Custom Decks
– Decks by Kiefer
Bob Kiefer & Helper
Tim Van Vaketis
– Manufacturers Reserve Supply
– Fortress Railing
– Wolf Home Products
– Excelsior Lumber
– Mid-State Lumber
January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:
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 page.
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Contact: Andrew Clements, E mail: email@example.com Office :770-779-0940
BrightClaim EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION AT LEADING INDUSTRY EVENT
Atlanta, GA – 10/19/16. BrightClaim, a NADRA member based in Atlanta, GA was honored at the recent 2016 National Awards Ceremony with the 2016 Recognition Award, an awards program by The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).
BrightClaim was selected for the 2016 Recognition Award. The award recipients are selected from NADRA members from across the U.S. and Canada.
“We are honored to receive a national award from a highly regarded trade association,” Andrew Clements of BrightClaim said “It’s gratifying that peers in the industry found our company worthy of recognition.”
“Andy Clements’ support over the years has helped bring together some the greatest technical experts in the industry. NADRA is positioned to continue its mission in raising the bar of this industry through the efforts of members like Andy Clements.” Said Michael Beaudry of NADRA.
It is BrightClaim’s privilege to be a part of the NADRA family. We are honored to receive a recognition award to assist the decking industry with the Consumer Product Awareness Charter. The NADRA CPAC program’s goal is to assist consumers, manufactures, resellers, and installers. It’s a great honor and privilege to assist NADRA help the decking industry. At BrightClaim our goal is to be your third party warranty services resource partner.
About NADRA The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is a not-for-profit trade association made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, inspectors, and service providers to the deck and railing industry. NADRA emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety. For information, visit www.NADRA.org.
About BrightClaim Warranty Services At BrightClaim Warranty Services, our focus is to provide consistent warranty claims related services such as inspections, managed repair and claims administration that support our client’s needs. Our involvement allows our clients to focus more on their core business and improve management of expense claims costs. To learn more visit our website http://brightclaim.com/warranty-services/
WOLF HOME PRODUCTS TO UNVEIL HISTORIC ROLLOUT OF NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT 2016 REMODELING SHOW
(YORK, Pa.) —Wolf Home Products today announced it will be introducing the largest single expansion of products and dealer support services in the company’s history at the Remodeling Show/Deck Expo/JLC Live 2016. Wolf Home Products is a leading supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products in the U.S.
The Remodeling Show, which will run October 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is a three day event sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders, the North American Deck and Rail Association and Remodeling magazine featuring educational conference programming, professional development and product exhibition.
Heading the list of Wolf’s new products is Wolf Transition, Wolf Home Products’ new line of full-access cabinets, one of the most sought-after styles of cabinetry on the market. Wolf Transition cabinets present not only simplicity and contemporary style, but also increased storage, easier access and a more efficient use of space. Wolf Transition cabinets will be available in 17 door styles and 37 finishes.
In addition to Transition, the Wolf Home Products exhibit at Booth 2204 will feature:
Two new Tropical Hardwood PVC decking colors and two new PVC porch colors
Two new door styles to the Builders Mark cabinet line
Block-It housewrap from Kimberly-Clark
New Boral Siding products
A roll-out of Wolf Home Products’ new website, which will offer much greater interactivity, streamlined navigation, and a wide range of fresh content
Visitors to Wolf Home Products’ booth will be among the first to see and handle the new products and talk with the team of Wolf Home Products experts. For more information, click here for the JLC Live website.
About Wolf Home Products Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 170 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, go to wolfhomeproducts.com.
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.
The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of ABOVE GROUND treated wood products. ABOVE GROUND treated products shall not be used in ground contact, or subjected to hazards comparable to ground contact. If components such as a deck joist, or support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then those components shall be treated to GROUND CONTACT Standard. ABOVE GROUND treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications. Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will in most cases, lead to the logical and safest conclusion; that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks should be treated to the GROUND CONTACT Standard.
In February of this year, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) passed a U1 Standard change affecting above ground and ground contact treated wood products.
This Standard change officially became effective in July 2016, when the AWPA Book of Standards was published.
The new Standard change is affecting treated wood purchasing practices of home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. Many retailers are now ordering ground contact treated 2” lumber and decking to meet the new requirements.
The new AWPA Standard change is not confusing or hard to apply.
The AWPA Book of Standards states, “AWPA Standard U1 is the primary standard for specifiers, such as architects and engineers, but also for end users and building code officials. This Standard contains the information needed by specifiers in order to select a product that best suits their needs.”
The AWPA Standard change establishes new guidelines for when wood shall be treated to the UC4A Ground Contact General Use category in situations that simulate ground contact, such as:
When there is a reasonable expectation that soil, vegetation, leaf litter or other debris may build up and remain in contact with the component.
When the construction itself, other structures or anticipated vegetation growth will not allow air flow to circulate underneath the construction and between decking boards.
When components are installed less than six inches above ground (final grade after landscaping) and supported on permeable building materials (e.g. treated wood or concrete).
When components are in direct contact with non-durable untreated wood, or any older construction with any evidence of decay.
When components are wetted on a frequent or reoccurring basis (e.g. on a freshwater floating dock or by a watering system)
When components are used in tropical climates.
In addition, the new AWPA Standard states that above ground wood components, including joists and beams for decks and fresh water docks, shall be treated to Ground Contact UC4A when they would be:
Difficult to maintain, repair, or replace; and
Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system.
Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will, in most cases, will lead to the logical — and safest — conclusion that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks shall be treated to the Ground Contact Standard.
The bottom line is that if a deck joist and/or a support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then wood treated to the Ground Contact Standard shall be used.
Above Ground treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications.
The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of above ground treated wood used in ground contact or in applications that are physically above ground but are subject to hazards comparable to ground contact exposures or are used in applications involving components that are critical to safety and performance and will be difficult to maintain, repair or replace.
The new Standard change will help address the misuse of above ground treated wood products.
Todd Greer is the Director of North American Sales and Service for Koppers Performance Chemicals. His experience in the treated lumber industry includes 21 years with Timber Products Inspection, both in the field and in management of several programs. Todd joined the Koppers team to focus on Customer Development and Quality Control.
What: ND01 – Deck Evaluation/ Inspection Certification Class for Industry Professionals
When: Wednesday, October 5th from 8am – 12pm. Presenter: Jim Mailey.
Cost: NADRA Member Price: $99 / Non-Member Price: $199
This four-hour session will teach the home inspector how to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. This checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety of a deck. At the conclusion of this session, the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues: 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, and review the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.
What: ND02 – A Trip Down the Load Path: Updated to 2015 IRC Provisions
When: Wednesday, October 5th from 1pm – 5pm. Presenter: Glenn Mathewson.
Cost: NADRA Member Price: $99 / Non-Member Price: $199
Now updated with all the new 2015 IRC provisions, this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth are covered, so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood. This course also covers the topics in the NADRA Master Deck Professional-Codes 2015 certification renewal!
Upon completion of this course, attendees will…
Understand the basics of proper deck foundation design and construction.
Comprehend the concept of a load path and how forces are transferred through a structure.
Learn of various standards and sources for validating a deck’s structural system, but without an engineer.
Registration: You can register right here on NADRA’s online event registration portal.
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
The connection of residential deck ledgers to MPC floor trusses is not covered by the 2012 IRC (Table R507.2 and R507.2.1) that gives fastener requirements for the connection a deck ledger to a solid-sawn house band. The ledger connection is especially difficult when the deck ledger is attached to the side of the truss because only the narrow edge of 2×4 truss chords and webs are present and not suitable for installing the typical ½-inch lag screws or bolts. According to Professor Frank Woeste, Virginia Tech University, it is critically important for contractors to verify the existence of a solid-sawn band joist when adding a residential deck because without verification, it’s possible for the ledger connection lag screws to only penetrate the wood sheathing, typically 15/32-inch thick. Details for connecting a residential deck ledger to floor trusses have been updated and published by the SBCA(2015). See HERE.
NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together
From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:
I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.
Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers? 20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:
Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
PMC Building Supply
Stock Building Supply
Screw Products, Inc.
Metro Building Products
Southeastern Underdeck Systems
Simpson Strong Tie
Guardian Building Products
Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.
NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”
We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.
The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:
After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.
On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products – 348 yds ( ouch! )
Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament. I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!
See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!