2018 Deck for a Soldier® build in New Jersey is Complete.

April 4th, 2018 Final UPDATE & Thank You:  
We finished up the Deck for A Soldier® project on Thursday with the electrician installing some lights in the ceiling of the front porch.  The soldier, his wife and their 15 year old son with Muscular Dystrophy are so very grateful for all that we did for them.  I would like to thank everyone who helped and donated time or materials to make this project possible. A compilation video of all photos is forthcoming. 
 
Material Donations:
  • Excelsior Lumber
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Fox Lumber
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • National Nail
  • Screw Products
  • Greenbay Decking
  • Trex – Railings
  • Mid State Lumber – Trex railings
  • MRS – Trex railings
  • Allied Supply
  • GAF Roofing
  • JayKay gutters
  • Zuidema Portable Toilets
  • Pinto Carting
  • Apex Electric – ceiling lights
  • Borough of Bloomingdale
  • Jeff Fleischer, Architect
  • Lunch was provided by Trex, AZEK, Fiberon, Back to Nature Decks (Mike Ebner) and the Soldier

Labor Donations:

  • C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC:  Bruce Verblaauw, Dylan Villela, Mike DiGiacamo
  • Fiberon:  Lainie Sleppin, Dave Jarvis
  • AZEK: Kyle Garvey
  • Barrett Outdoors: Gustavo deLaCruz & 3 Helpers
  • All American Decks: Chad McConnell, Scott Nadrotowski, Leonel Enrique
  • My Deck: Ed Drake, Tyler Smith
  • Trex: Tim Schlosser, Mike Ryan
  • Excelsior Lumber: Sophia Bishop, Stacey Poplowski, Adam Spratt
  • Outdoor Escapes: Terran Certosimo
  • Wolf Home Products: Bob Lett
  • Legacy Services: Michael Beaudry
  • Back to Nature Decks: Mike Ebner, Cody Ebner, Phil Plano
  • Decks by Kiefer: Bob Kiefer, Andy Gorzillo, John Parkin
  • Artisan Builders Guild: Walter Jones, Clayton Wolfe
  • Ken Pritchard, Volunteer

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 21st, 2018 UPDATE: 
The NJ team got a head start on the Deck For A Soldier® project in Bloomingdale, NJ late last week.  The old, deteriorated porch and roof were removed.  New footings were dug and poured so the crew could start building the new porch and roof on Monday, 3/19.
Volunteers are lined up and on site this week to help get the new porch framed and decked. The railings are expected to be installed by the end of the week and be ready to start building the roof next week.

Volunteers are on site today until the snow kicks them out.

What an amazing group of members & volunteers. We can’t thank you enough for your time, materials and efforts on this build.

Be sure to check out the gallery below of current photos from this week.

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 13th, 2018 UPDATE:
NADRA Members in NJ could use your help with supplies for Deck for a Soldier® build. Tear down is happening this week.

If you would like to make a monetary pledge, you can do so HERE.   The local crew can then use this money to purchase the items below as a final effort to fulfill material needs for the soldiers new deck.

The materials needed are as follows:

2 – 14” or 16” x 4’ concrete form tubes
3 – 2” x 10” – 16’ treated ledger boards
3 – 2” x 12” – 12’ treated stair stringers
3 – 2” x 4” – 12’ treated ramp
14 – 2” x 4” – 16’ treated lattice framing
7 – 4” x 4” – 8’ treated roof posts
1 – roll 12” vinyl flashing
1 – set black gate hardware (2 hinges and gate latch) for lattice access gate

5 – 1” x 12”-18’ PVC Trim Boards preferably Versatex
2 – 1” x 8” – 18’ PVC Trim Boards Preferably Versatex so it will match much of the other trim that has already been pledged by the company

Following are the pledges for this D4S Project: Thank you for your support!

Material Pledges: 

Abbe Lumber – concrete, vinyl, aluminum and pre-bent flashing, nails, PVC privacy lattice

Fox Lumber – some pressure treated framing

Excelsior Lumber (MidState, Versatex) – Fir lumber, plywood,  PVC trim

Simpson StrongTie

FastenMaster

National Nail

Screw Products

GreenBay Decking

Trex Railing

Allied Supply – porch ceiling

GAF – roofing

Jay-Kay Gutters

Monetary Pledge: $250 from: Sean Smith, Homesmith, Inc.

Labor

Lainie – Fiberon

Gary Daley – GreenBay Decking

Pete Miller – MidState Lumber

Gus & Help -Barrett Outdoors

Excelsior Lumber Employees

Greg Hartmann – National Nail

Ed & Help – MyDeck

Joe. O – NJ Custom Decks

Josh & Vincent – FastenMaster

Bob Kiefer – Decks by Kiefer

Deck Remodelers

Legends Built

If you feel moved to get involved with this build, please reach out.

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw  ​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

 

March 7th, 2018 UPDATE: 
CALLING ALL NADRA MEMBERS – Builders, Reps, Everyone!!!!!
As most of you know, we plan on starting the New Jersey Deck For A Soldier® project on March 19, 2018.  This is a replacement of a wrap around front porch with a roof over it in Bloomingdale, NJ.  Because of the porch and roof configuration, this will be one of the most labor intensive Deck for a Soldier® projects to date.  We will be starting with demo. on Monday, 3/19/18 and expect that the job will take 1.5 – 2 weeks to complete.  We will need as much help as possible from everyone involved in order to spread out the financial burden of the labor volunteers.  If you can help, please get back to me with information so I can try to set up a schedule and not have too many helpers one day and none the next.  I intend to have my guys there on the first day to get the demolition done and then we will step in as needed along the way.
Again, please help us out on this one as much as possible.  This soldier has been injured in combat and an outstanding member of his community and deserves our help.
If you would like to make a pledge for labor and/or materials, please click here: http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.
 
If you would rather, you can email me at
bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com or call me, this is my cell phone # 201-803-2909.
Respectfully,
 

Bruce Verblaauw  

​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​

C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC (201) 327-7864

February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:  

The New Jersey crew is making some headway.  The building permit is in hand & the town graciously waived all related fees.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals.  We are currently looking for labor and material pledges from NADRA members. Following are some of the materials we are in need of for this build:

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge for material or labor, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working on this build with you.

January 18th, 2018: UPDATE:

Call for Action!

The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier  was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.   We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so.  We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project.  Following are some of the materials we will need:

Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced.  This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  

Thank you for all of your support!

Builders Appreciation Night by Phoenix

Come join the Phoenix Family for an evening of fun, education, certification, refreshments, and food. We have lots of new products and
you can get certified as a Phoenix Star Builder. Enjoy Open Bar, Food and chances to win Fantastic Raffle Prizes!

RSVP by March 23rd! The first 100 RSVP’s will be entered to win the grand prize raffle. Call 732-380-1666 to get on the list or ask your local sales person for the online link. We cannot wait to see you there!

When: Wednesday, March 28th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Headliner: 1401 NJ-35 Neptune City, NJ 07753

Register by clicking HERE.

FAQ’s:  

  1. Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
    No. As long as you RSVP by March 15th online or by phone.
  2. What can I wear?
    Casual attire, such as pants, jeans are acceptable.
  3. Can I bring a guest?
    Yes. However, please register for any guests.
  4. Can I still come if I do not register?
    Yes. However, in order to have enough food, we ask that
    you register. Also, all unregistered guests will be asked to
    make a donation at the door to Mary’s Place by the Sea of
    $10.

Deck for a Soldier® Build – New Jersey UPDATE

January 24th, 2017 UPDATE & Thank You:

Dear NADRA Members and Supporters,

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!!

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw

NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person

Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:

Material Donations:

–        Trex Decking & Steel Framing

–        Fortress Railings

–        FastenMaster

–        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

Labor Donations

–        C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
Bruce Verblaauw

Scott Olson

Melissa Olson

Tommy DeLuise

Miguel Dominguez

Jose Santos

Neal Moran

–        My Deck

Ed Drake

Ben Sherman

–        Barrett Outdoors

Gustavo deLaCruz

–        Deck Remodelers

Chuck Briggs

Cory Bohner

–        Legends Built

Bill Lecorchik

–        All American Decks

Scott Nadrotowski

Robbie Sciacchetano

Steve Daum

–        North Jersey Custom Decks

Joe Onorevole

Mark Onorevole

John

–        Decks by Kiefer

Bob Kiefer & Helper

–        Trex

Butch Palaza

Tim Schlosser

Mike Ryan

Laura Hays

Jamie Binns

Tim Van Vaketis

–        Manufacturers Reserve Supply

Chris Christakis

Peter King

Weiss Froogh

Sean O’Brien

Jared Noble

–        FastenMaster

Josh Hall

–        Fortress Railing

Craig Dowdy

–        Fiberon

Lainie Sleppin

–        CPG/AZEK

Alan Bensen

Drew Giganti

Kyle McEnroe

–        Wolf Home Products

Paul Kovach

–        Excelsior Lumber

Sophia Bishop

Adam Spratt

–        Mid-State Lumber

Pete Miller

January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:

Hi NADRA!
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 pageLike us on Facebook
Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
Cell  201-803-2909
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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)
Bruce Verblaauw
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 bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com.   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.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

NADRA Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair,

Bruce Verblaauw

Phone: (201) 327-7864(201) 236-0393

Email: bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com

Member Spotlight: Robert Lascelle, MyDeck.com

NADRA Member Spotlight.
January 2017 Member Spotlight: Robert Lascelle, MyDeck.com

NADRA launched a member spotlight award for 2017. We are excited to showcase our first winner of 2017, Robert Lascelle from MyDeck.com.
Member Name:  Robert Lascelle
Company Name:  MyDeck.com
Member Category:  Deck Builder
Location:  Flemington, New Jersey
What inspired you to join NADRA?   Lainie chased me down for a long time and finally beat me down until I had to attend a meeting. So glad she did! NADRA has helped my business grow and I have lifelong friends within the organization.

What was the first thing you ever built?  It Was a deck of course, it was a pressure-treated deck in Pittstown, New Jerse y.
How do you define success?  I define success in business as the joy you feel from your work and also the joy you feel from your clients after a project is complete.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?
Work on your business and not in it.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? 

What single action have you done that has brought you the most success?
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a Sandyhook Harbor Pilot. I would have been one if I had not started my business at such an early age.
Tell us anything! Talk about your family, pets, travel, hobbies… I have an incredibly beautiful wife that has many skill sets including being a wonderful mother to my daughter Brooklyn and my stepson Cory. Brooklyn is 10 years old and enjoys gymnastics and animals. Cory just turned 18 and is heading into the Marines July 10, 2017.
My wife is a heavy equipment operator as her main job, she also performs autopsies at Hunterdon Medical Center. Lastly, she became a Hunterdon County  death investigator last year. I spend most of my time running my business and trying to be as good of a dad as I can to my children. I love being on the water and have two Jetski’s and purchased the boat of my dreams last year. I plan on taking the entire month of July off this summer to spend a lot of quality time on it with my family.
*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found here

You’re Invited to NADRA’s Northeast 2016 Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again!  We are planning our annual NADRA Northeast Holiday party.  Please bring your family and join us!  We ask that everyone bring a dish, whether it is an appetizer or a dessert.  Please list what you are bringing when your RSVP.  We can’t wait to see you all there!

RSVP Here

 

NADRA, Deck for a Soldier® Update – New Jersey

November 16, 2016 Deck for a Soldier® Update:

The New Jersey Deck for a Soldier® build is for a young soldier who served in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 – 2011 and was in the Inactive Reserve from 2011 – 2015.  A little over a year ago, he was on his way to work one morning as an electrician apprentice on his motorcycle when he was hit by an elderly gentleman.  He was in a coma for 45 days and was left with nerve damage in his eyes and right leg.  He lost part of his left leg.  His mom had to quit her job to help take care of him.  Friends all joined together to donate money to help him buy a house, but it only has a front entrance and no outdoor living space.  We are planning on installing a sliding door in the kitchen and a deck on the rear of the home to give them a second entrance, as well as, a place to enjoy the outdoors.

We have the deck framing, decking and railings. We are still in need of:

  • A door, The framing, insulation and trim necessary for the door install
  • Wood posts to support the deck
  • Misc. hardware,
  • Lighting
  • Porta-potty
  • Lunch
  • Monetary donations for small items

If you feel moved to help with this project, please go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the design for this project so far:

October 2016, Deck for a Soldier® Update:

NADRA New Jersey volunteers are still looking for additional material, labor and especially, monetary pledges, for the upcoming Deck For A Soldier® project in New Jersey. We do have quite a few decking material pledges but are still in need of some items like hardware, a sliding door, money for permit fees and builders to help with the labor. This build is for a young soldier who did two tours of duty and was severely hurt in a motorcycle accident after he returned home. We are planning to start this build in mid – late December. We are looking for material and labor donations to help with this project. If you would kindly go to the NADRA website and fill out the online pledge form, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA Deck for a Soldier®/Deck for a Hero® Committee Chair

New Jersey Travel Tips for DeckExpo, Chicago

Hey New Jersey NADRA members:

Your fellow NJ NADRA members are getting ready for DeckExpo Chicago. And we wanted to pass along the great stuff we found.

Several of us have already booked our flights. The best airfare deal–far and away–is with Frontier, out of Trenton Mercer Airport. They have a nonstop leaving each morning at 7:00 AM, arriving at 8:15. And a nonstop return leaving Chicago at 10:05, arriving around 1:00. Many of us have our reservations for Wednesday to Saturday. We reserved seats in the 4th and 5th rows. And we’d love nothing more than for you to join us there. Flight numbers are F9 915, and F9 916, respectivel

The airport is small, and friendly. There are two gates, and a bar. Long-term parking is just steps, literally, from the “terminal.” And the baggage claim uses a single roller dispenser. No motorized carousel here. This is luxury/economy, my friends.

If you’re in, here’s the best plan. Go to Frontier.com, join their rewards club, and book your flight. Right now it’s $89 each way. That’s up from $69 each way earlier this week. You can be sure this will continue to go up as the plane fills. So get your ticket early.

Anyway, once you’ve got your ticket, pay an extra $12 and reserve your seat up with the rest of us. Also, be aware that the bag other airlines regard as a carry-on will cost you $25 on Frontier. So check it and it only costs $15–same bag, different price. They do allow one personal item, like a purse or laptop. But you can be sure they will charge you for your second item. It’s how they make their money

Finally, we’d like to coordinate on a hotel. Just not officially sure which one yet. So stay in touch with your NJ NADRA builders. They’ll have all the latest regarding hotels

Remember, this is the last DeckExpo in Chicago. So let’s own it, and put our unique New Jersey label all over the place.

All the best, all the time.

Gary J Daley, America’s DeckBuilder

Attention New Jersey NADRA Members!

January 10. 2012 | Simpson Strong-Tie is holding a workshop in Cherry Hill, NJ on Thursday, January 19th.

What: Simpson Strong-Tie 2012 Deck and Porch Workshop
Registration: 8:30am

Online: www.strongtie.com/workshops
By Phone: Call 800.999.5099 and ask for ext 4016
By Fax: Fax the info found HERE to 614.876.1631

Workshop: 9:00am – 3:30pm Lunch Provided
About: (For a full description and registration form, click HERE.) The free workshop is designed for Architects, Engineers, Specifiers, Distributors, Sealers, Building Inspectors, Home Inspectors, Contractors & deck Builders. Meet with fellow NADRA members on Jan 19th in Cherry Hill for a chance to network with other industry professionals.

Links:
Registration Form
Itinerary