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Stay tuned for NADRA events at DeckExpo 2010!
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In the coming weeks, keep your eyes open for exciting new announcements about NADRA-sponsored events taking place at this year's DeckExpo in Baltimore! Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in on the ground level now for NADRA sponsorship opportunities at DeckExpo 2010! Click here to send a request for more information.
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Latitudes composite decking earns CCMC listing
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Universal Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products and maker of Latitudes composite decking and railing, announces the company’s composite decking has been granted a Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) Listing for its Latitudes wood/plastic composite deck board, when used as exterior decking planks and as stair treads. More

A deck with all the trimmings
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If you're building a new deck or remodeling an old one, consider which finishing touches will make the outdoor living space attractive and comfortable for you. Railings are a must for safety, and other features can add to both the convenience and the aesthetics. How much will they add to your bill? It depends on the amount, style and type of materials you request. More

Deck design made easy with new online resource from Fiberon
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Now that the weather is warm, it's the perfect time for homeowners to start thinking about sprucing up their outdoor living space. The addition of a deck is often a popular choice because it's a great way to increase outdoor living space and add value to your home, however the process can be overwhelming. In an effort to simplify the experience for customers, Fiberon, one of the leading manufacturers of composite decking, railing and fencing and PVC outdoor flooring, is offering a Deck Design Tool on its website as a resource to homeowners. The Fiberon Deck Design allows customers to select the shape and size of their deck, including the number of levels, stairs, railings — even board widths and footings — in addition to choosing from various colors and styles. With a couple of clicks, visitors can create a deck plan that perfectly complements their space — and a materials list to match. More

New Deck Connector for Railing Posts and Ledger Connection
The new Simpson Strong-Tie® DTT2Z deck tension tie is a safe, cost-effective and code-compliant way to attach deck-railing posts to deck framing and to tie the deck into the house. MORE


Complying with the Lacey Act-or Else!
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What do meranti plywood, ipé decking, sapelli lumber, bamboo flooring, and a guitar's wenge fingerboard have in common? They are all covered by the Lacey Act, and distributors and dealers who trade in these products and others face civil and criminal penalties if they fail to comply with the Act's requirements. If you trade in wood products, regardless of their source or your own position in the market, you should know your responsibilities under the law. You must not only document your own direct imports, but also conduct "due diligence" on the imported products you are purchasing domestically. Even if you trade only in domestic species and production, you have obligations and liability under Lacey. More

Green Bay Decking introduces Integra Rail™, a new, state-of-the-art composite railing system
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Green Bay Decking, LLC, The Composite Solutions Company, is excited to introduce Integra Rail™, a new, state-of-the-art composite railing system for commercial and residential applications. Formulated with Fibrex® material, Integra Rail has been expertly engineered to outperform every other railing system available and carefully designed to install quickly and easily by professional contractors or homeowners using a two-piece top rail, hidden bracket system and mechanically attached balusters. "Integra Rail is the most advanced, most innovative railing system ever created," said Lanny Jass, president, Green Bay Decking. "After studying the entire railing industry landscape, we selected the absolute best customer benefits, best product features, and best materials from which to develop the Integra Rail composite railing system. It's the new standard for strength and beauty in outdoor living building products." More

Beware of falling prices
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Lumber prices are sinking. And while that might make a trip to Home Depot cheaper, it's also a sign that the global economic recovery and the U.S. housing rebound are in danger of stalling. Only a few months ago, inflation was the main worry of many economists. But falling prices for the raw materials of many industries, including lumber, have set off deflation warning bells for some economists, who worry that they could signal another global economic downturn. Prices for framing lumber have tumbled 21 percent from their peak only five weeks ago, according to figures from the National Association of Home Builders. Prices are also falling for a wide variety of other industrial materials in recent weeks. More

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Pickup sales picking up and economy hitches a ride
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If you want a hint about the economic recovery, follow that truck. Pickups are a kind of rugged indicator of the nation's financial health. When times are good, contractors buy more of them to carry tools around for landscaping and lumber to build homes. Weekend haulers also gravitate to them even though cars get better mileage. And lately sales have started shifting into a higher gear. Americans bought 151,000 pickups last month, 19 percent more than a year ago. Sales of full-size pickups, especially popular among contractors and builders, grew even faster. More

Check the deck: Safety a concern as roughly 5 Gwinnett, Ga., decks topple yearly
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Before the plunge, Jennifer Martinez's family crowded the deck at her in-laws’ two-story home on Omega Drive in Lawrenceville, Ga., their appetites whetted for a Mother's Day feast of chicken. Martinez watched from the kitchen as her loved ones dropped, the wood beneath them collapsing. She ran to find her 1-year-old daughter, Alejandra, trapped under a piping-hot, industrial-size grill that oozed with fiery coals. "When I saw her, she was burned with charcoal — her arms, feet, legs, tummy,” Martinez said. "It took less than three minutes for an ambulance to respond, but it seemed to me like an hour." The child was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, where she spent four days undergoing various grafts and dressings. Fourteen percent of her body incurred third-degree burns, and she’s still being held from day care in fear of infection. More

Years of weathering blamed for Holden Beach, NC, deck collapse
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The town's building inspector released a report saying 30 years of weathering is to blame for a deck collapse last week at a Holden Beach, N.C., home that injured several people. The report says the structure was worn down when it fell just before 5 p.m. at a home on Ocean Boulevard West. Holden Beach Police say about seven people were hurt but none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. More

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Join NADRA today!
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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

Ecolife™ - Better Decks Cost Less
Build Better, Build Greener with Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood. Built-in weathering protection and stabilizing properties dramatically reduce cracking, warping and splitting for fewer CALLBACKS. MORE


Important dates to remember
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  • June 15 - Atlanta Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. - Location TBA.
  • August 17 - Atlanta Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. - Location TBA.
  • October 19 - Atlanta Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. - Location TBA.

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to info@NADRA.org.


Check out the NADRA Blog!
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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
 


Deckorators® introduces Aluminum Railing System!

Kits work with many existing Deckorator balusters including classic & architectural styles. More


Get Inspired By The Possibilites.

Clean lines. Fast installation. Longer post life. Try them on your next project. More


Keylink Fencing & Railing

Unique choices for decks, porches, fencing & kennels. Contemporary styles & versatility, top-quality for durability, effortless installation, lifetime warranty. Endless options give you the freedom to fulfill your distinctive design. More

 

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