NADRA announces new membership packages
We are proud to announce our new membership packages! When the requests poured in to create a year-round opportunity to support the association, we listened. These new packages will provide you with more value added benefits and services from NADRA. We are excited to present to you the new packages in Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Click here to read the full article. Click here to view the new membership application.
National Deck Competition — What's in it for you?
Win national recognition and PR!
Attention deck builders! Lumber yards, manufacturers, dealers and distributors: Please pass this on to your builder lists. Help us spread the word! NADRA Challenges you to enter the 2012 National Deck Competition and upload your best deck projects today! The deadline for entries is Sept. 25.
What's in it for you? ... Win national recognition and PR!
Obtain your Master Deck Professional Certification at DeckExpo
This is the first time all four NADRA classes will be held in one location! Be among the first in the industry to earn your NADRA Certification by October 2012. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity. Classes will be held on Oct. 8 and 9 in Baltimore. For course descriptions and registration options, click here.
NADRA would like to thank our main event sponsors:
Join us for a live 'how to' webinar all about the deck competition
Join us on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-7 p.m.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask questions and to gain insight about the 2012 National Deck Competition!
NADRA New Jersey Chapter Meeting — Tuesday, Sept. 25
Hey NADRA! Come join the New Jersey Chapter at our next meeting. Xpanse railing will be our sponsors for the night. Our committees will have updates on what they have accomplished. We will be doing the 50/50 raffle again. We are asking that all builder members please bring a screw gun and a #2 bit with them for a hands on demonstration/interaction with the Xpanse railing system. Look forward to seeing you all! To RSVP, please, click here.
NADRA Atlanta Chapter builds deck for a soldier
NADRA's Atlanta Chapter is currently wrapping up their 2012 D4S build! The chapter is working side-by-side with Operation Homefront.
Here's a little bit about the soldier and his family: Winning entry essay — My wife and I have been married for seven years now and we bought our first home almost three years ago. We spent almost four years stationed in northern Virginia and moved back to Georgia in late 2007. In early 2008 I was recalled and sent to personnel retrieval and processing company from which I was deployed in late 2008. More
Enter our Facebook sweepstakes
Like us on Facebook and enter our "Be Our Guest" Sweepstakes for a chance to win a complimentary dinner ticket to NADRA's Main Event at The American Visionary Art Museum! More
Steel screws adapt to changes in wood decking
Deck fasteners have developed rapidly since the introduction of the first standard green deck screw in the 1990s. Although this type of deck screw was an improvement over the previous generation of galvanized wood screws that had been used by contractors for many years, it is remarkable how little this standard model has evolved. More
Wolf releases Key Buyer Index for September 2012
Wolf, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products in 19 states along the east coast, reported the findings of the Wolf Key Buyer Index for August. The September KBI score of 41.36 reflects a sharp decline from the August KBI of 58.93. This decline was reflected in both kitchen and bath products as well as building products. More
Lumberyards build a defense against big box stores
The Gazette Share
In this era of big-box competition in the retail, local lumberyard employees need to know their stuff. "Our lumberyard guys have all built their own homes," said Larry Paulsen, president of Ogden & Adams Lumber in Cedar Rapids. More
Fiberon launches new shopping website
Fiberon, a leading manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products, announces the launch of FiberonStore.com. The new website is designed to provide customers a convenient and easy way to order Fiberon decking and railing samples, accessories and hardware items. More
Fall's a fine time to check your deck
Hattiesburg American Share
"It's a great time of year before winter to do all of your safety checks on your deck like checking all the rails to make sure they're not loose," said Tom Booker of Distinction in Indianapolis. More
Rooms with a view: Popularity of outdoor lifestyle keeps it growing
Casual Living Share
The growing importance of the outdoor room as a consumer lifestyle benefits both the homeowner and the casual furnishings industry, key industry players agree. More
6 hurt in Wichita, Kan., deck collapse
Several people were hurt at a Wichita, Kan., home when an outdoor deck they were standing on collapsed. Police say it happened around 2:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of East Conomore Street. More
How the new lumber tax might affect California's Humboldt County
The Times-Standard Share
Humboldt County, Calif., timber experts say a new 1 percent lumber tax that squeaked through the California legislature will be largely beneficial for area timber producers and environmental groups. But, it's caught some retailers off guard. More
Apartment decks off limits after collapse
Charlotte Observer Share
A day after a University City apartment deck collapsed in Charlotte, N.C., the owner is obtaining repair permits through code enforcement to ensure the safety of the apartments' wooden balconies. More
California governor approves tax on lumber for consumers
The Sacramento Bee Share
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that charges consumers a 1 percent tax on lumber products starting in January and restricts damages landowners pay for sparking wildfires. More
10 ways to rejuvenate your brain while you work
Geil Browning writes: In my last column, I wrote about how I lead groups of volunteers to work with the Kenyan Children Foundation in Africa, and how we all return home exhausted but with our brains refreshed and renewed. We take a break from our usual ways of thinking and open our minds to new ideas and experiences. But you don't have to travel thousands of miles from home to recharge your brain. More
Email marketing — Effective modern marketing tools for businesses
Business 2 Community Share
Email Marketing is one of the most effective modern marketing tools for businesses. Generally, all emails sent to prospective customers or current clients can be termed as "email marketing." However, email marketing in the context of business is meant to promote brand awareness, build customer loyalty and generate trust in the company or business. More