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NADRA would like to invite you to a free seminar taking place online Wednesday, July 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. EST and Thursday, July 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. Click here to register now.
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We encourage you to take an hour out of your busy schedule to explore the opportunities NADRA has set up to help you grow. Register now! More
2010 Deck Builder's Bash at 6 p.m. TONIGHT!
Sequoia Supply Share
Be sure to join NADRA members Sequoia Supply for the 2010 Deck Builder's Bash taking place at 6 p.m. EST tonight, in Hatfield, Pa. The event will feature industry guest speakers, product showcases, food, drinks, games and prizes! Click "More" to RSVP. 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
Check out the NADRA Blog!
Be sure to check out the official blog for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA)!
This blog is routinely updated to provide you with a deeper insight into our work and who we are.
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Small projects, big recovery?
Austin Daily Herald Share
With a pile of salvaged lumber sitting nearby, Bob Hicks is building. The Austin, Minn., resident is working on a deck extension to replace a pool that was damaged during the harsh winter. When all is said and done, the new ramp off of the old deck will circle around a small stream and a fire pit — projects still on Hicks' to-do list. Hicks is among a number of Austin residents looking at smaller projects these days. Local construction workers say they've seen a rise in remodeling and renovation projects, and statistics from the city's planning office show that residential construction of all kinds — including deck projects like Hicks', as well as things such as new garages and revamped roofs — is up versus this time last year. More
Rise to the task — Deck stairs all about the math
Chicago Tribune Share
We all know the ups and downs of our homes by heart. But approach an unfamiliar set of steps and most people look down to check the first footfall. After that, reflexes take over, and our expectation is that once we negotiate the first step, all the others will be the same. It makes sense — the same height, same angle and same tread size each time. It's also code, and what keeps people from tumbling onto and off of porches and decks, even if the transition is no more than a single platform. If you have to tell friends to watch out for that big step onto the grass, you need a transition level to split that distance in half. More
Get appy: The iPhone meets the lumber industry
Building-Products Online Share
Packed with capabilities well beyond mere communications, iPhones are fast becoming powerful tools to help LBM dealers and manufacturers work with, market to, and better serve their customers and prospects. Using specialized applications (or "apps"), iPhones can calculate job lists and lumber dimensions, hold digital product samples, and even locate and provide directions to the nearest home center-thanks to the $0.99 Home Improvement Store Finder app. More
Lumber falls to 8-month low on collapse in US home sales
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Lumber prices plunged to an eight-month low after a report showed that new-home sales in the U.S. fell at a record pace in May, dimming prospects for building materials. "Home sales are down 33 percent, so you have an overall economy issue," said Dewey Strickler, the president of Ag Watch Market Advisors in Nashville, Tennessee. "For grains or any other commodities to rise, you have to have strong consumer demand, and we don't really have that." More
Small business: Social media up 230 percent since 2007
The love affair between Internet-connected Americans and social networks continues, with two-thirds claiming to visit sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, up about 230 percent from the 20 percent penetration in 2007, and 43 percent are visiting these sites more than once a day, according to a new report by Experian Simmons. Multiple visits are up 28 percent compared with last year, the Simmons New Media study determined. More