May is Deck Safety Month®
2012 deck safety forms for your use:
Deck Evaluation Form
Check out the cool Infographic on Deck Safety by NADRA Member, Fiberon!
NADRA Eastern Education Tour — Success in Pennsylvania this past weekend!
Thank you to all of our members who attended the Pennsylvania education this past weekend. And thank you to our sponsors for making it happen. I think we can all say it was a success! See what NADRA members had to say about the classes:
"NADRA has been the best professional decision I've made in terms of growing my business. The professional contacts I've made with manufacturers, vendors and even other contractors alone have been worth the investment. Add to it the friendships I've developed and the personal help I receive from the manufacturer reps and now the Master Deck Builder Education. These courses are a great learning experience. Glenn has clarified many code questions I've had and things I've done without knowing why. I'm looking forward to the next 2 classes in this series!"
Bill Lecorchick — Heritage Deck Design & Construction, Sayreville, N.J. — Members since 2008
"Contractors who scoff at taking a day off from building to sit in class ... have no clue what they are missing. Training like this is crucial to stay at the top of our game. Great info, as always."
Matt Breyer — Breyer Construction & Landscape, LLC, Reading, Pa. — Member since 2006
"These courses, part 1 and 2, of the NADRA certification training were very well done and instructive. The practical explanation of code requirements as applied to the specific techniques of deck construction and design are clear and very helpful. As a result of the training we will modify some practices we have used in the past to improve our deck design and installations. We plan to attend the upcoming Deck Expo in October in Baltimore to complete the next two courses in order to complete the NADRA training as well as continue participation in future NADRA conferences."
Mike Adriani — Adriani Brothers Construction, Hollywood, Md. — Members since 2012
It's not too late to get involved. Click here to download sponsorship form.
What's The Concern? By David Elenbaum
Why would a deck builder be so afraid of trying a new material for his next project? Isn't being up on the latest technology a dream come true. Perhaps, but are you taking risk in the process? Some guys I know would say yes to that. They would no sooner use a new product then throw themselves off a bridge. Some I know embrace the new stuff and love it.
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NADRA Atlanta Education — May 17 and 18! Last days to sign up!
If you are a decking professional in the Atlanta area ... now is the time to register for the 2-day deck training! Please take a few short minutes to register for the classes. Also, please help us spread the word to your dealers, distributors, lumberyards, manufacturing reps, etc. — who can help us get the word out to more builders! It's the power of one! Thank you and we are really looking forward to seeing all of you in the Atlanta area on May 17 and 18! Call us direct with any questions: 215-679-4884. All you need to do is click here for more information about the 2-day training. You can use the same link to register!
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Duradek — Proud member of NADRA
As of April 30, Duradek is proud to be a part of a non-profit organization that operates under shared philosophies of performance, respect and sustainability. NADRA members are balanced between builders, suppliers and manufacturers, and this combined voice and perspective enables NADRA to effectively represent the industry regarding important issues such as code development to regulating bodies. Duradek looks forward to a long relationship with the influential industry organization and encourages anyone looking for decking information and resources to visit the NADRA website. For general consumer information or for in depth industry issues, the best place to begin the journey of decking discover is with NADRA. More
Fiberon launches dream deck sweepstakes
PRNewswire via MarketWatch Share
Fiberon 2012 Deck Day Promotion offers a chance to win $5000 worth of Fiberon products. Fiberon, a leading manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products, is proud to announce it will be joining homeowners across the nation to celebrate the third annual National Enjoy Your Deck Day on June 2. Fiberon is encouraging homeowners to celebrate with their family and friends, enjoy the outdoors and sign up for this year's opportunity to win $5000 in Fiberon products. More
Redwood lumber marketing project launching soon; supervisors approve using Headwaters Fund grant
The Times-Standard Share
Humboldt County residents can expect to start seeing advertisements promoting the use of redwood over other building materials thanks to a marketing program that will utilize a Headwaters Fund grant. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to approve spending $750,000 in Headwaters Fund money during the next three years to develop and implement a redwood lumber advertising campaign. More
Trex Company sponsors 2012 HGTV Green Home
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Trex Company, the world's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is a sponsor of the fifth annual HGTV Green Home. Located in Serenbe, Ga., an idyllic community focused on green building and smart environmental practices, the custom-designed modern family farmhouse combines traditional beauty with 21st century responsible living. More
Increase your team's motivation 5-fold
Harvard Business Review Share
In a famous experiment, researchers ran a lottery with a twist. Half the participants were randomly assigned a lottery number. The remaining half were given a blank piece of paper and a pen and asked to write down any number they would like as their lottery number. Just before drawing the winning number, the researchers offered to buy back the tickets. This result reveals an inconvenient truth about human nature: When we choose for ourselves, we are far more committed to the outcome — by a factor of 5 to 1. More
14 lessons from Benjamin Franklin about getting what you want in life
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Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer, publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life. Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. More
The power of business imagination
When you bend your business to your ego, you forfeit your capacity to believe. You've defined your company's practices as only those things and people that you can influence, control and manipulate. With this corporate policy of assumed perfection, you give away the keys to your ability to imagine your business as wildly successful. More