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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:



  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

November 12th, 2013



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 

Reports are exclusively offered by NADRA and member companies receive a significant discount.

A portion of revenues directly benefits NADRA. 

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.


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


 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.