May is Deck Safety Month!
NADRA members, Simpson Strong-Tie shows how easily a deck can collapse in this demonstration. The deck fails at the ledger connection (where the deck attaches to the house). This is the most common type of deck collapse.
The North American Deck and Railing Association is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. NADRA encourages you to forward this brief to builders you may know.
For more information, check out the 2010 Deck Safety Consumer Checklist and Deck Evaluation Form. More
Construction firms added 14,000 new jobs in April
Construction firms added 14,000 new jobs in April, the second consecutive month of employment gains for the industry, according to an analysis of new federal figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America. After more than two years of dramatic job losses, the construction industry is once again adding jobs, thanks primarily to the increasing number of stimulus-funded projects now underway, the association noted. More
Composite deck makers combat slippery boards
Plastics News Share
Slipperiness is one of the biggest complaints consumers have for wood composite decks, according to a speaker at the 11th International Conference on Biocomposites in Toronto. Consumers can slip on wood plastic composite decks and injure themselves. Ironically, composites tend to be slippier when dry than when wet, according to Anatole Klyosov, principal of Mir International Inc. of Newton, Mass. More
New website is great resource for professional deck builders
Building Online Share
The Southern Pine Council has launched a new website where professional deck builders can find the key information they need to build safe, durable real wood decks. "There's a lot of information and misinformation out there about the pros and cons of using real wood versus composites, and we thought it was time to tell people why wood is still the best material available," said Richard Kleiner, director of treated markets for the Southern Forest Products Association, which sponsors SPC. More
Higher lumber prices hurt remodelers more than builders
The Columbus Dispatch Share
Home remodelers should pack a little extra cash in their toolbox this weekend. The cost of wood, especially framing lumber and structural panels, is leaping skyward. The average price of framing lumber, including two-by-fours, has risen 42 percent since December to the highest level since May 2006, according to Random Lengths, an Oregon-based publication that tracks lumber prices. More
Enjoying the great outdoors
The Daily Journal Share
Hector Rodriguez and his family enjoy summer barbecues, poolside gatherings and hanging out in their Rogers Avenue backyard. Before calling in the experts at Ashley Construction, the Vineland resident did his homework, planning a new deck that now surrounds their pool area. "Once school is out for the summer, my family loves spending time outdoors enjoying the sun right here at home," Rodriguez said. "We are thrilled to have a newly built, almost maintenance-free deck surrounding our above-ground pool. We're just waiting for summer to begin." More
Conference highlights quality problems, solutions for WPC decking
Canadian Plastics Share
The success of wood plastic composites (WPC) in North America risks being undermined by lawsuits relating to a variety of avoidable product failures. This was the message for attendees at the 11th International Conference on Biocomposites from Dr. Anatole Klyosov of Boston-based consulting firm MIR International Inc. "From 2004 through to 2010, no less than five WPC manufacturers and suppliers have faced lawsuits and class action lawsuits, and the outcomes of four of these are still pending," Klyosov told the audience. More
No easy answers on health care tax credits for small businesses
The Seattle Times Share
To small-business owners, it can seem like every deal offered by the government comes with much head-scratching and a ton of paperwork. The latest example is a tax credit offered in the new federal health-care law to encourage small businesses to provide insurance for employees. Effective this year, the credit will take up to 35 percent of health-care expenses straight off the top of any taxes owed by the smallest businesses — those with fewer than 25 full-time workers earning less than $50,000 a year on average, and for whom the company pays at least 50 percent of premiums. More
Join NADRA today!
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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Check out the NADRA Blog!
We're excited to launch the official blog for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). We hope this blog provides you with a deeper insight into our work and who we are, and we're very excited to be out here talking to you!
Thanks so much for visiting our blog. Enjoy! More