Memorial Day gathering gone wrong: Deck collapses in Brooklyn, NY
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June 2, 2010 issue: What began as a fun Memorial Day celebration ended with a near tragedy in Mill Basin, after a deck collapsed into Jamaica Bay. "There was a huge crashing sound," said 15-year-old Claudine Amsalem. "And when I looked over, the pool was gone and my sisters and cousin were gone with it." Amsalem said the family had just set up a 15-by-4 foot above-ground pool on the deck of their new home. The family had been swimming in the pool all morning and afternoon and several people had gotten out of the pool to get ready for dinner. Ten to fifteen minutes later, the deck collapsed. More
Out of the shadows: More hidden deck fasteners surface
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March 10, 2010 issue: The tremendous growth of premium decking materials during the last decade powered a similar rise in the use of hidden deck fasteners. If builders and homeowners are going to pay extra for high-end hardwood, PVC or composite boards, they want their decks to look and perform their best, free from fasteners that might corrode or allow moisture penetration. Yet the market for hidden deck fasteners is still on the upswing. New and upgraded products are constantly introduced. More
Wood 'It's Real': The lumber industry's war on plastic
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Feb. 17, 2010 issue: There's drama in the deck business. For several years, wood composites have been gaining market share in residential deck construction, appealing because they typically require less maintenance. Now the wood industry is fighting back. More
What is the best type of composite decking?
Universal Forest Products Share
June 2, 2010 issue: There are many brands of wood plastic composite decking on the market, but only a few should be considered "high quality". The best composite decking brands share three common traits: Made using finely groundFine wood flour wood flour that has very consistent particle size which mixes very well with other ingredients. Many composites use very large wood particles which create the rough surface and voids or open areas in the product which allow dirt and debris to collect. These open areas may allow the decay to start and to attack the wood. More
Several hurt in Georgia deck collapse
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July 7, 2010 issue: Several people are recovering this week after a deck collapse in Marietta. Officials say it happened at a Fourth of July celebration, and at least five people went to the hospital with injuries. Cobb fire officials say the victims, who were all adults, were having a cookout on Sunday night when the deck they were standing on suddenly collapsed. That sent them crashing 10 feet to the ground. Investigators say the deck pulled away from a wall and then fell back toward the home, landing on top of the victims. More
The 6 traits of a successful small business owner
July 7, 2010 issue:There is no magic formula for small business success, but most owners who do well share the same six personality traits, according to a new report. The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute report hopes to explain why only 1 in 2 small businesses will survive more than five years, according to Small Business Administration figures. The study - called Six Dimensions That Characterize Success-Oriented Small Business Owners - is based on analysis of a survey of 1,100 small businesses with between 2 and 99 employees. More
Capstock and cellular PVC decking on the move, growing
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Nov. 3, 2010 issue: In the world of decking, the growth belongs to an "ultra-low maintenance" category — decks made with a durable coextruded capstock and cellular PVC, according to speakers at a Principia Partners conference. Several speakers even predicted the ultra-low maintenance decking will overtake traditional wood-plastic composite decking (WPC), which has experienced some problems with mildew, color fading and staining. Standard, uncapped WPC decking could become a lower-end product fighting it out with wood decking, they said. More
NADRA-member company is building a solid reputation
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April 14, 2010 issue: Why would anyone want to start a business in the construction industry, when five out of the top 10 complaints lodged by consumers with the Better Business Bureau are construction-related? Michael Flory and Chris Scott, brothers and co-owners of Custom Built Basements & Decks in Okemos, Mich., have 30-plus years of combined construction experience. Even so, it took 10 years of careful consideration before they decided, in October 2006, to hang their shingle at their original Lansing, Mich., location. More
Trex Company unveils new colors for Trex Transcend® decking
Nov. 3, 2010 issue: The Trex Company is expanding its high-performance Trex Transcend® decking collection to include a full range of aesthetic options with the introduction of two new tropical styles. Inspired by the beauty of streaked hardwoods, the new offerings feature the superior durability, low-maintenance and eco-friendly qualities of the innovative Transcend collection. More
US housing recovery will benefit cellular vinyl, not WPCs: study
Feb. 10, 2010 issue: Residential decking and railing demand is expected to improve in 2010 compared to 2009 as home construction and R&R recovery begins – a development that will benefit cellular vinyl but not wood-plastics composites (WPC), according to a new study by market research firm Principia Partners. More
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