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Homeowners are always looking for that hassle-saving, no-maintenance material — like decking that never needs to be resealed, repaired or replaced. Dozens of synthetic (that's plastic) deck manufacturers seem to have an answer with planks that won't splinter, rot, warp or need sanding and staining like wood. Established companies including CertainTeed, TimberTech and Trex make a wide variety of wood-toned products. Different grain patterns and finishes often are part of a line that includes matching railings, and sometimes the structural system as well. And because most plastic decking is made of recycled materials — some almost entirely of plastic milk jugs — companies also push the environmental advantage. More
Tips for a beautiful and safe deck
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With temperatures heating up, chances are you've already been relaxing on your deck. Or maybe adding a deck is high on your summer agenda. As many as 3 million homeowners add decks to their homes each year, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association. Municipalities require permits for new deck construction, but not all contractors or homeowners file the appropriate paperwork, so many decks aren't inspected or even built safely. Since 1999, there have been more than 850 reported injuries and at least 20 deaths as a result of deck failures, NADRA reports. More
Study: Construction equipment theft remains a major issue
LoJack Corp. announced the results of its 10th annual Construction Equipment Theft Study in a report that provides valuable information on the ongoing issue of equipment theft-a problem that collectively cost owners 13,452 stolen pieces of equipment in 2009, 82 percent of which were never recovered. According to the study, which analyzed LoJack stolen vehicle recovery reports for the calendar year 2009, construction theft continued to be driven by organized crime rings, with towables (generators, welders and air compressors) being the number one theft target. More
Construction employment drops again
Construction employment declined in May as 35,000 workers lost jobs, offsetting most of the increases the industry experienced in March and April, according to a new analysis of federal employment figures by the Associated General Contractors of America. The figures show how fragile the sector is despite recent increases in stimulus funding activity, association officials noted. "Growing stimulus activity was clearly offset by weak private sector demand and diminished state and local construction budgets last month," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Unfortunately, construction employment is likely to remain both relatively low and unstable until at least early 2011." More
Small business news: Mastering social media
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Social media remains one of the most hotly debated ideas in the business world today. While proponents argue that use of social media ranging from Facebook to Twitter to blogs and beyond gives small businesses an outsized advantage allowing them both to market and to leverage resources on an equal par with larger competitors, detractors say that social media can be a terrible "time sink" taking resources from more important aspects of running a business and that its impact is overstated. In this Small Business Trends roundup, the challenges and rewards of using social media effectively in your small business are reviewed. More
Stay tuned for NADRA events at DeckExpo 2010!
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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
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! More