Decks with a difference: Why choose composite decking materials?
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With summer just around the corner, and beautiful spring weather to enjoy, thoughts turn to barbecuing, outdoor entertaining and warm evenings in the backyard. What better way to celebrate your 'stay-cation' this year than with a new, low maintenance deck. Low maintenance decks are an affordable way to enjoy life outdoors without compromising quality, luxury or the environment. More
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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!
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Low-maintenance deck boards pay off later
The Detroit News Share
In today's economy, tearing down an old deck just isn't practical. But with the ability to use your old substructure and resurface the deck with wood, composite or PVC, it provides homeowners with a cost-effective alternative that will still have you bragging about the results for a lot less money. Because stripping and staining a deck is so time intensive, many people are turning to lower-maintenance deck alternatives. But these materials are expensive, and with the tough economy, many homeowners can't afford to tear down their old wood deck and put in a new composite or PVC deck. However, there is a happy medium — keeping your wood substructure and resurfacing the top boards with composite or PVC decking. More
Top decking trends bring the inside out
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As the economy starts to come back around, many remodelers and deck builders expect to see a significant up-tick in requests from homeowners who want a new deck or want to update an existing deck to an expansive outdoor living area. Architects, landscape designers and building professionals are among those who typically stay up-to-date with the hottest deck trends. More
Money growing in your garden: Plants, patios, and other outdoor features can add value to your property
The Boston Globe Share
Even if you're not planning to sell your home any time soon, landscaping – both with plants and with structures like decks, fencing, pergolas and fire pits – can be one of the best investments you’ll make in your home, if for no other reason than the enjoyment it will bring to you and your family. And there are other, perhaps more subtle, benefits. "Studies have shown that interesting landscapes really increase kids' creativity and even help them concentrate better," says Somerville. "People in hospitals who have rooms with a view of nature have shorter stays and fewer complications." 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.
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Using a mediator for family business disputes
Building Products Online Share
The word "conflict" has gotten a lot of bad press. Rather than seeing conflict as a natural and predictable aspect of human interaction-a process that, if managed properly, can often lead to growth and new solutions-people tend to see it as a failure on the part of the disputants. This is unfortunate, because conflict, when channeled positively, can be a creative, energizing, and even a healing force. In family businesses, where the twin currents of family and business run through so many decisions, conflict is inevitable. While conflict presents challenges for any organization, internal conflict in family businesses has a special complexity. More
Housing construction points to market recovery
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There were more signs of a moderate housing recovery as the government reported an increase in construction and building permits. The Commerce Department said the pace of new construction rose roughly 2 percent from February to March. That increase, however, was thanks to a 19 percent increase in apartments, which offset a 1 percent decline in home building. But more encouraging, applications for building permits — a good gauge of future activity — rose 7.5 percent to the highest level since October 2008, when the financial crisis hit with full force. More
Lumber rises to highest price since 2006 on economic outlook
Lumber rose to the highest price in more than three years as signs of rebounds in the U.S. economy and home-building industry fueled speculation that demand for wood products will increase. U.S. factory production rose 0.9 percent in March, the Federal Reserve said. Homebuilder bonds have climbed to levels reached before the global credit freeze, buoyed by investor confidence that the economy is strong enough to prevent defaults. Lumber prices that plunged in January 2009 to the lowest level since at least 1986 have jumped 67 percent in the past year. More