NADRA Annual Meeting — Huge Success!
NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting and Third Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The American Visionary Art Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Attendees included NADRA members & guests, NADRA's National Board of Directors, local Chapter Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon, Platinum Sponsor, MoistureShield, Silver Level Sponsors, Fortress Railing Products, TimberTech, Screw Products, Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, Bronze Level Sponsors, Wolf, Cabot, Techno Metal Post, California Redwood Association & Supporting Sponsors, EZ Stairs, along with many other industry professionals.
2012 National Deck Competition First Place Winners:
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2012 National Awards Winners:
2012 Recognition Award:
Phil Lail, Sure Drive, USA
2012 Merit Award:
Lainie Sleppin, Mid-State Lumber
2012 Terry Award:
Shawn Miller, Classic Designs, Inc.
2012 Newly Elected Board of Directors:
Bill Ross, Fiberon — NADRA President
Brent Gwatney, MoistureShield — Director
Laura Kueny, DecksDirect .com — Director
Lainie Sleppin, Mid-State Lumber — Director
Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction — Director
Gus de la Cruz, Barrett Contracting — Director
Change Your Words, Change Your World — A note from Shawn Miller, NADRA's immediate past president
At DeckExpo Memphis in 2006 I accepted the responsibility to become a member of the board of directors. Looking back now, I realize that I had no idea what was involved but I was honored to represent you and give back to this industry that has done so much for me and my family. There were times for me early in this business where people would question the idea of a company that specialized in decks. I saw NADRA as a way to show that our industry was truly professional. More
NADRA is heading to Atlanta for the Composite Decking & Railing Conference — Will you be there?
The Composite Decking & Railing Conference is next week — Oct. 22-23 at The JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta. NADRA will be there with a table. Also, if you are attending this event, we would like to invite you to a local Atlanta Chapter meeting on Monday, Oct. 22nd at 7 p.m. at The Ivy Buckhead. Click here for meeting details & to RSVP. You can download the flyer here. All are welcome. See who is attending the meeting and RSVP. To learn more about the conference, and for 5 reasons you shouldn't miss it, click here.
Outdoor products for outdoor living
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As the weather begins to cool off, here's a look at some outdoor products to help enhance your yard without all the heat. The summer may be the best time to relax in your backyard, throw some meat on the grill and enjoy your deck or patio. But the fall is the best time to work on them, because it's not so sweltering hot. Here's a quick roundup of some products and materials that might help you enhance and maintain your outdoor living space. More
Nyloboard introduces nylodeck — next generation composite decking
Building materials manufacturer Nyloboard, whose patented process uses recycled carpet fiber and VOC-free resins to create exceptionally strong, durable and eco-friendly products, introduced its next-generation NyloDeck, a superior decking and dock material containing no wood or PVC. More
WOLF adds Tamko Envision products to mix
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York, Pa.-based WOLF will begin distributing Tamko's new Evergrain Envision Decking and the Marquee line of railing to dealers in 19 eastern states. WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast. More
3 new products tested for boardwalk decking
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Unhappy with the deteriorating quality of southern pine boardwalk decking installed over the past year, Mayor Jay Gillian said his administration was looking into better alternatives. Last week, three of them appeared on the boardwalk near 12th Street. About a dozen boards each of the new wood alternatives — TimberSIL, Siberian Larch and Bamboo — are screwed in to the substructure and stand out against the splintered, aging southern yellow pine surrounding it. More
Stain damp wood? Cabot claims 1-day deck refinishing
Anyone who's ever finished a deck knows to clean it beforehand to strip it of loose wood, mildew, stains and any flaking remnants of previous finishes. But once you're done and want to apply the stain, there's another vital step: Waiting for the deck to dry down to the last stubborn boards. Wouldn't you like to just sop up any puddles, brush on the stain, and let both stain and wood dry at the same time? More
Fired up for fall: Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits you can make or buy
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Sitting around a roaring fire sipping cider and roasting marshmallows is one of the joys of autumn. But you don't have to be on a campout to do it. Most homes today can easily incorporate a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. And with the wide range of options available, you can be making s'mores by the time the sun goes down. More
4 ways to get more mileage out of your press release
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Did you know that just 14 percent of press releases posted on major wire services have been optimized for search? Or that press releases including an image or a video get shared three times more than text-only releases? Also, nearly half of marketers do not routinely add images to their press releases. Many small-business owners are missing out on opportunities to get their news more widely viewed and shared. So before you issue your next press release, consider these four simple tactics to amplify the reach of your news. More
Do 1 thing and do it better than anyone else
Jeff Hoffman writes: The other day, I received a business plan from a pair of entrepreneurs who are smart, talented and passionate — exactly the formula you want to see. I reviewed the plan they sent me. And they had a great idea. Interesting enough to keep reading. But when I got to the fifth slide, they had another idea. And then later, another idea. Three good ideas in one plan. Sounds like a bargain, right? Wrong! Only a fraction of ideas actually get pulled off. More
8 pieces of flair for your iPad
Even if you had all the money in Guam, you couldn't buy every iPad accessory on the market. E-tailers' virtual shelves are awash in keyboards and stands and cases and speakers and bags. And, big surprise: A lot of those add-on tchotchkes are cheap, worthless junk. But there are some accessories that are truly smart and useful, things that extend the iPad beyond its lot as a luxury item, or turn it from a niche product into something with a broader purpose. More