The Effect an Underdeck might have on Decking

It was nice to see everyone at the The Ivy in Atlanta for the most recent NADRA meeting. Several guests were in attendance, as well old friends, and it was great to spend some time catching up.  Thanks to everyone who made it out during this busy part of the year.

At the business session, representatives from the three major chemical suppliers for pressure treatment visited and held a Q&A panel for NADRA members to gather information about the current AWPA Standard changes. It also gave everyone a chance to voice concerns that have arisen over the past few years.

One issue that came up was the effect an underdeck might have on decking, particularly regarding how systems which close in the underside of here joists might create ground-level conditions for joists built with above-ground lumber. It is an interesting question to ask, but not all underdeck systems are the same, and many are designed to address these types of issues. To help clear away some of the misconceptions about underdecks, her are some things to remember.

Underdecks have come a long way from the days of screwing track systems and locking panels directly into the joists, causing debris buildup and restricting water flow. Many underdeck systems now hang below the joists, allowing for more accurate pitch to allow water flow through the system. The additional space taken by dropping below the joists also reduces the likelihood of debris accumulation and allows for more air flow to keep the system dry. Some systems even offer the option of ventilation to increase airflow.

Many systems also offer ways of cleaning the system out, whether it is from panels that pop up to allow access to the interior, or systems where entire panels can be removed independently. Most of these are designed with the consumer in mind so that people can maintain the systems themselves without being hostage to a repair tech’s schedule.

The important thing is helping people understand that when it comes to their homes, something that is out of sight should not be out of mind. Educating our customers on the various means and ways of drying in their patios to increase their useable living space also means stressing the importance of all aspects of home maintenance. Properly cared for, a good underdeck system should do nothing but enhance the living space and add enjoyment to the home.

Joel Mooneyhan

Southeast Underdeck Systems

NADRA’s 2016 Southeast Regional Golf Tournament

NADRA’s 2016 Southeast Regional Golf Tournament Brings Industry Pros Together

What a turnout! NADRA had a successful golf tournament on Monday, May 9th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell, Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the busy time of year. It was quite the competitive event!

The festivities began with handing out custom NADRA coolers to all attendees and a shot gun start at 11am.

Teams took to the greens to play their best and stopped to see what sponsors had put together at each hole.
NADRA National Board Member, Heath Bowman said, “This year’s NADRA golf tournament brought a lot of familiar faces together for a beautiful day to connect and have a good time together. Even more exciting was seeing a handful of new faces, which were a great reminder why we do this: building our community, sharing resources, and ultimately succeeding in business together.”
Thank You, Sponsors:
  • Compton Sales
  • Fiberon
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • BMC / Stock Building Supply
  • Atlanta Home Show- Cobb Galleria
  • Higginbotham Steel
  • TimberTown Atlanta
  • UltraLox
  • Trex
  • Ultra Aluminum

 

Thank you to all of our friends listed here,  we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event without all of your support.

Thank you to NADRA members and the Southeast Regional team leaders, Mike Reasons, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyham and Joey Matthews.

Thank you Andy Clements for taking photos throughout the day!

A special shout out to Heath Bowman for taking care of beverages & all of your help setting up. You’re by far awarded MVP of the day!

We finished the day with a wonderful awards ceremony.

Two teams finished with a close score:

  • First place came in at 55: Team Outback Deck
  • Second place came in at 58: Team Stewart! 
The Closest to the Pin was awarded to Steve Hopson and Longest Drive was awarded by Chris Szemprich!
Another well attended, successful tournament in the books! We hope to add more sponsors next year and really raise some money for NADRA programs. We loved seeing new faces and hope to see the tournament continue to grow year after year! If you couldn’t make the event in GA, we hope you will join us in Baltimore on October 4th. You can learn all of the details, sponsor and register right HERE.
Until then, happy building season!

At your service,

Your team at NADRA Headquarters

Join us on October 4th in Baltimore! Register HERE.

Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

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