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September 21st, 2016
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DATE:                    September 21, 2016

 

CONTACT:           Jim Groff, Vice President of Marketing, Wolf Home Products 717.852.4842jcgroff@wolforg.net
 

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:

  • Terrace, Wolf’s brand new decking collection, featuring 5 capped composite decking colors
  • 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.

For more information about Wolf Home Products, visit www.wolfhomeproducts.com

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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.

September 7th, 2016

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.

To learn more, please visit: www.kopperspc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Greer

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.

August 31st, 2016

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.

Register Now

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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July 15th, 2015

Connecting Deck Ledgers to MPC Wood Trusses

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.

June 30th, 2015

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
  • Boise Cascade
  • Stock Building Supply
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Rainaway
  • FastenMaster
  • Trex
  • Fiberon
  • CoolScreens
  • ProWood
  • Metro Building Products
  • Compton Sales
  • MultiView
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • Decksouth
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • YellaWood
  • Guardian Building Products
  • UltraLox

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:

  • Team Trex
  • Team Outback 

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!

James Gunning and the NADRA Atlanta Chapter Board

August 26th, 2014

There are THREE new vendor categories this year in NADRA’s National Deck Competition. Each year we receive phone calls at NADRA Headquarters from manufacturers asking about which categories they can enter. Our answer each year has been “Sorry, the competition is only for builder members, maybe we can add it in the future.” Well, that time is upon us. We would like to encourage all vendor members to take a look at the three new categories below and enter the competition this year.

New Vendor Categories:

Vendor Wood Deck Project

Vendor Wood Project Category Rules: For Distributor, Retailer or Manufacturer members of Wood Decking: Pressure Treated, Cedar, Redwood, Southern Pine, Ipe, Hardwoods, etc… The vendor member must enter the competition, not the builder. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

Vendor Alternative Deck Project

Vendor Alternative Project Category Rules: For Distributor, Retailer or Manufacturer members of Alternative Decking: Cap-Stock, Composite, PVC, Plastic, Aluminum, Vinyl, etc. The vendor member must enter the competition, not the builder. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

Vendor Accessory Project

Vendor Accessory Project Category Rules: For Distributor, Retailer or Manufacturer members of Outdoor Living Accessories: Railing, Lighting, Screws, Outdoor Furniture products, etc can enter their best photos.  Category Rules: The vendor member must enter the competition, not the builder. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

There are ruled governing the deck competition. Here they are:

Rules:

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  1. You must be a NADRA member to continue.  If you are not a member, you may enter the competition and join NADRA during the online registration process. You will see this option at the onset of entering. You may also call us and we will expedite the membership process for you. Direct: 215.679.4884
  2. Decks must have been completed in 2013 and 2014
  3. All submitted photos become property of NADRA and may be used in future promotions, website, marketing, etc
  4. Image file names and actual photos cannot include your name or business name. NADRA HQ cannot rename for you. Images that are uploaded with your name or name of business will be disqualified.
  5. Image file size cannot exceed 10MB
  6. Image file must be a jpg
  7. Please review Disclaimer / Terms & Conditions page. By continuing on with the submittal process you have agreed to these terms and conditions
  8. There is a $25.00 fee per entry
  9. Each category must receive a minimum of 3 projects from different companies entered in total. If a category does not receive 3 entries, the category will be removed from this year’s competition and you will be refunded your entry fee for that category.
  10. All projects submitted must be residential, with exception to the one commercial deck category and the category for vendors
  11. Projects previously submitted in the National 2013 Deck Competition do not qualify
  12. Projects previously submitted in the local New Jersey Deck Competition are permitted
  13. Deadline to enterThursday, October 5th, 2014 at 11:59pm ESTThere will be no extensions.
  14. The online registration system WILL time out after 60 minutes. Time-outs are easy to avoid. Follow the tips on the registration page to see how to avoid time-outs. *Time-outs, legally, must be used on any system requiring online payments.
August 19th, 2014

The New Jersey Chapter of NADRA has created a fun program for their members. At each meeting, members put their names in a hat and one lucky winner is chosen to be marketed via social media. But not just that; the winning member is also highlighted here on NADRA’s blog AND in the industry weekly news brief! NADRA’s National Facebook page also promotes the spotlight winner.

We are excited to spotlight this months winner: Robert Lascelle, professional deck builder and owner of My Deck.com.

We wanted to learn a little more about Robert. Here is what he told us:

  1. How long have you been a member of NADRA? 6 years
  2. When did you first get involved with this industry? I started my business in March of 1986
  3. What was your first job? I worked on the Clinton Township road department while I was going to college in the evenings.
  4. What was the first thing you ever built? I built a really cool Lego house that took me months to build. It was pretty large and one of the best features was the deck that wrapped around it.
  5. Tell us a little about your family. I have a beautiful wife Lisa and two children Cory 15 and Brooklyn 8. My wife is an operating engineer for local 825. Cory will be a sophomore at Central high school and enjoys playing football. Brooklyn will be entering third grade at Franklin Township School. She also enjoys playing football and loves arts and crafts and has recently taken up sewing.
  6. What is your favorite hobby? I enjoy being on the water boating. I grew up in the summers on the water and have always owned a boat.
August 5th, 2014

You’re Invited to NADRA’s Golf Tournament!

To kick off NADRA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the DeckExpo in Baltimore this year, you’re invited to join us at Mountain Branch Golf Course for a FUN FILLED afternoon on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 which includes, Transportation from NADRA’s Hotel headquarters (Days Inn), Round of Golf with cart, Lunch, Beverages, Dinner and a chance to win at 3 closest to the pin, 2 longest drives and one hole in one. Sign up early to be sure to secure a spot. You can make your own foursome or tell us who you would like to golf with and we will do our best to pair you with that person. Scramble format. Sponsorships available.  Click HERE to learn more.  Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime. IT’S GOING TO BE A BLAST and what a better way to start one heck of  a celebration?!! We hope you will join us!

Golf Tournament Sponsorships Available: (Sample of sponsor form. Download complete form HERE)

April 30th, 2014

Thanks to all who attended our formation meeting for the Carolina chapter this past Tuesday, April 22nd at the Jocks & Jill’s restaurant in Charlotte.  We had 30 attendees who came from throughout the North and South Carolina markets to help us in forming this chapter.   It was a great turnout for our first meeting and I am hopeful that this trend will continue as we develop this chapter.

We called the meeting to order with a reading of the anti-trust statement and then I was able to take about twenty minutes and go through the benefits of NADRA and point out the many things that deck builders and associates can enjoy by becoming members of NADRA and by engaging in a local chapter. We also had our National President – Bill Ross (who came on his birthday) speak to the group about his experience with the organization and also shared some of the directives that have been put in place during his tenure and also others that the board continues to pursue.  John Lea of Decksouth in Atlanta then came up and shared his involvement in the Atlanta Chapter.  John was one of the original founding members of NADRA and his input was very valuable to the group. Our final speaker was David Elenbaum of the DeckStore in Greenville.  David serves on the National board and he gave his insight in the education and code committees in which he is involved.

We closed the meeting with an invitation for any NADRA members in the Carolina region to join us in pursuing a charter and getting the chapter off the ground.  I would like to ask anyone that attended (and also those that could not be with us) to contact me about your ability to be a part of the leadership of this chapter.  I look forward to hearing back from any of you and if you cannot get a hold of me please contact our National office.  We will be publishing a second meeting time and date in the near future.

Thanks for being a part of this inaugural meeting – Keith Compton / Past President of NADRA Atlanta and coordinator of the NADRA Carolina Chapter   (404-308-7039)

NADRA Headquarters:

Direct: 215.679.4884 / Info@NADRA.org