Out of the shadows: More hidden deck fasteners surface
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The tremendous growth of premium decking materials during the last decade powered a similar rise in the use of hidden deck fasteners. If builders and homeowners are going to pay extra for high-end hardwood, PVC or composite boards, they want their decks to look and perform their best, free from fasteners that might corrode or allow moisture penetration. Yet the market for hidden deck fasteners is still on the upswing. New and upgraded products are constantly introduced. More
Don't miss the 2nd Annual NADRA NJ Deck Awards Dinner
The New Jersey Chapter of NADRA will be presenting the 2010 Deck Awards at the 2nd Annual NADRA NJ Deck Awards Dinner. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this industry event on Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. Register NOW! Space is filling up! More
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NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices and deck safety.
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Are the wood treatment wars over?
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The withdrawal in 2004 of chromated copper arsenate from the residential treated-wood market led to a spate of new preservatives such as ammoniacal copper quat and copper azole. Both of those chemicals rely on higher concentrations of copper to pick up the slack left by the absence of chromium and arsenic. While both ACQ and CA are effective preservatives, they are also more corrosive than CCA. Briefly, copper eats steel and aluminum for lunch, and one of the benefits of the now-missing arsenic and chromium was that they made the copper less corrosive. This one-two combination caught a lot of deck builders and hardware manufacturers short, and before long, deck builders were talking about little other than failing flashing, fasteners, and hardware. More
Fact, not fad: Marketing proves 'green' sells
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The fad of 'green' building is quickly becoming just the natural way to build, according to experts at Fencetech. By 2013 it will be a $140 billion market, split evenly between residential and non-residential. Moreover, policies also are being implemented by governments. Practices are being codified and groups such as the International Code Council are requiring green building practices. According to the American Institute of Architects’ Local Leaders in Sustainability study, 138 cities have green building programs, which translates to more than one in five cities surveyed. This is a 50 percent increase in green building programs since 2007. On the consumer end, there is the impact of causal consumption where people want to be part of the solution. More
Lumber prices are rising despite soft demand
Lumber prices have risen to levels not seen since August 2008 because of a shortage of supply. When the housing market cratered, mills in the U.S. and Canada cut production; output plummeted about 45 percent between 2005 and 2009, according to Random Lengths, an industry data provider. The market basket of nine lumber products tracked by Purchasing magazine have increased 23 percent in the spot market since the nadir in April 2009. However, their average price of $255 per thousand board feet still is 20 percent lower than the last peak of $329 in May 2006. More
What states and cities are doing to help small businesses
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While Washington debates how to help the country's struggling small businesses, states and municipalities have stepped up with an array of initiatives to stanch closings and save jobs. The local approaches are as varied as subsidizing wages for new hires, running a $100,000 regional business-plan competition and giving out grants to help small manufacturers reposition themselves. Some states and cities are using federal stimulus dollars, and others are mixing federal, state and private dollars. More