"Deck design and construction is our business. We're not handy-men, and we're not roofers looking to fill some down time with a deck. We are specialists. Because of this focus on decks, we strive to be at the leading edge of "all things decks." Whether it's new materials, innovative designs or code requirements, we want to be well-versed on the details. It's what sets us apart.
To that effect, we have taken the step to secure NADRA Branch Memberships for each of our field carpenters and our production manager. I feel that it's no longer enough to just have the salesman/owner certified, but the guys who are doing the work on a daily basis also need to be up-to-date on the latest info- and have the technical training to back that knowledge.
The North American Deck and Railing Association is the only national association that focuses on our industry, and is leading the cause on deck-specific training and certification. I want myself, and my company associated with leaders and innovators, and this training course will allow us to continue on our commitment to be the best deck designers/builders in our local market. This is why my team and I are making the trip from Reading, Penn., to Providence, R.I. to attend NADRA's networking dinner and full day of deck-specific education...it's spring time and getting busy, but this is an event I and my staff cannot afford to miss!"
~Matt Breyer, President Breyer Construction & Landscape, LLC.
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Home remodeling to rebound in US as owner confidence improves
The U.S. home-improvement industry is poised for a revival this year as property owners who scrimped and saved during the recession spruce up kitchens and bathrooms. Spending on remodeling probably will rise 9.2 percent to $125.1 billion in the first quarter from $114.6 billion a year earlier, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. More
Engineered materials take center stage in building trade
Once there was just dimensional lumber. A 2x4 was a 2x4 wherever a builder happened to go, the only difference perhaps being in what kind of timber from which the board had been milled. Then came laminated materials like plywood, followed by the composites, starting with particle board. Now the list of man-made, or engineered materials is huge, including structural materials, decking, siding and trim. More
11 hot green building trends to warm up to
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More people are going green each year, and there is nothing that will stop this trend. In fact, it is accelerating each year. As a result, we expect to see considerable interest in green products that promote water conservation and energy efficiency, including fixtures and appliances, as well as energy-efficient windows and doors, certified wood products (either FSC or SFI) and recycled-content materials. More
Construction industry adds 33,000 jobs between January and February
The Associated General Contractors of America Share
The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February even as the industry's unemployment rate was 21.8 percent, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. As welcome as the new figures are, association officials cautioned that it was too early to tell whether the industry is improving or simply benefiting from the more favorable weather in February compared to the previous month. More
RSMeans detects a speed-up in construction material prices
Reed Construction Data Share
According to RSMeans' Construction Cost Index, which is based on an average of 30 major American cities, the expense of building in January 2011 increased 2.3 percent versus January 2010. The composite index gain was comprised of materials at +1.8 percent and labor at +2.9 percent. More
Gas prices could hit $4 by summer
For Construction Pros Share
Dan Kieler led the way around the flatbed truck and pointed to the gas meter. "Look at this, $200 for (around) 50 gallons," said Kieler, who appropriately is from Kieler, Wis. He stopped at the BP station on Old Highway Road recently one morning to fill up while hauling some equipment for Epic Construction. "I think they're higher than hell," said Kieler, of current fuel costs. "A few years ago, diesel was always cheaper than gas. I don't understand that." 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. More
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